Bongbong appoints former Joint Congressional Power Commission exec Nani Almeda as NEA chief

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has appointed Antonio Mariano “Nani” C. Almeda as administrator of the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

Almeda took his oath of office before Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla.

He played a pivotal role in the privatization process of energy assets and the formulation of energy bills. From 2007-2010, he served as the deputy executive director of the Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC), having been appointed to this position by then Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee on Energy in the Lower House and vice chairman of JCPC.

Almeda was tasked with overseeing the privatization process of the various power plants of the National Power Corporation (NPC) — from the formulation of the terms of references to the final bidding award.

In addition to this, Almeda was actively involved in the formulation of the bill for the Epira Amendments. The bill was eventually passed into law as R. A. 9136 and as R.A. 9513 also known as the Renewable Energy Law. Almeda’s experience in these key undertakings made him knowledgeable in and perceptive of the country’s energy needs.

After his stint in the government, Almeda returned to the private sector managing several businesses in logistics and industrial trading, among others.

He also held key consultancy positions in several public and private institutions, particularly in the field of revenue generation and private and public partnerships.