Philippines

Since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic in early 2020, Philippines has committed at least USD 20.41 million to supporting different energy types through new or amended policies, according to official government sources and other publicly available information. These public money commitments include:

  • At least USD 20.41 million for unconditional fossil fuels through 1 policy (1 quantified)
  • No public money commitments identified for conditional fossil fuels
  • Some public money committed for unconditional clean energy (3 policies with the value of public money unquantified)
  • No public money commitments identified for conditional clean energy
  • Some public money committed for other energy (4 policies with the value of public money unquantified)

By energy type, no public money commitments identified for oil and gas.

In addition, no public money commitments identified for coal.

Further, no public money commitments identified for hydrogen based on fossil fuels.

Finally, Philippines committed at least USD 20.41 million to multiple fossil fuels (at least USD 20.41 million to unconditional multiple fossil fuels).

A considerably larger amount of public money committed to supporting the economy and people of Philippines through monetary and fiscal policies in response to the crisis may also benefit different elements of the energy sector. However, these values are not available from official legislation and statements and therefore are not included in the database. Meanwhile, in addition to monetary and fiscal measures, the database lists other policies and regulations that can also provide benefits to producers and consumers of different energy types.

These public money commitments are additional to many other government policies that had existed to support different energy types before the COVID19 pandemic.

More information on key poverty and inequality indicators in Philippines can be found on the Inequality and Poverty Dashboard page.

Updated: 25 May 2022


At least

$20.41 million

Supporting fossil fuel energy

$0.19

Per capita



At least

$0

Supporting clean energy

$0.00

Per capita

Philippines

Since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic in early 2020, Philippines has committed at least USD 20.41 million to supporting different energy types through new or amended policies, according to official government sources and other publicly available information. These public money commitments include:

  • At least USD 20.41 million for unconditional fossil fuels through 1 policy (1 quantified)
  • No public money commitments identified for conditional fossil fuels
  • Some public money committed for unconditional clean energy (3 policies with the value of public money unquantified)
  • No public money commitments identified for conditional clean energy
  • Some public money committed for other energy (4 policies with the value of public money unquantified)

By energy type, no public money commitments identified for oil and gas.

In addition, no public money commitments identified for coal.

Further, no public money commitments identified for hydrogen based on fossil fuels.

Finally, Philippines committed at least USD 20.41 million to multiple fossil fuels (at least USD 20.41 million to unconditional multiple fossil fuels).

A considerably larger amount of public money committed to supporting the economy and people of Philippines through monetary and fiscal policies in response to the crisis may also benefit different elements of the energy sector. However, these values are not available from official legislation and statements and therefore are not included in the database. Meanwhile, in addition to monetary and fiscal measures, the database lists other policies and regulations that can also provide benefits to producers and consumers of different energy types.

These public money commitments are additional to many other government policies that had existed to support different energy types before the COVID19 pandemic.

More information on key poverty and inequality indicators in Philippines can be found on the Inequality and Poverty Dashboard page.

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Public money commitments to fossil fuels, clean and other energy in Philippines recovery packages since January 2020, USD billion, as of 25 May 2022

Country Jurisdiction Category Policy name Sector Energy Type Mechanism Value committed, USD Date of announcement Stage Legislation and Endorsing Agency Arm of Government Primary and secondary stated objective of the policy Date of entry into force Implemented repeal date, if any Value committed, national currency Value disbursed, national currency Value disbursed, USD: Policy background Links to official sources Links to additional sources
Philippines National Fossil unconditional Cash grants to public utility vehicle drivers Mobility Multiple fossil Budget or off-budget transfer ... 20408163.265306 Energy use (all energy types, consumption in transport, household use, buildings etc) Government Government The government has committed to transfer P1 billion to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for cash grants to public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers hurting from soaring fuel prices. 26/10/2021 1000000000 The government has committed to transfer P1 billion to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for cash grants to public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers (136,000 jeepney drivers) hurting from soaring fuel prices.

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/10/26/2136681/economic-managers-ok-p1-billion-fuel-subsidy (17th Feb 2022)
https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/11/24/Govt-starts-fuel-subsidy-distribution-jeepney-drivers-.html (17th Feb 2022)
Philippines National Clean unconditional Guideline for new/existing buildings to install solar and wind energy technologies Buildings Multiple renewable Uncategorized Energy use (all energy types, consumption in transport, household use, buildings etc) Department of Energy Government Aims to promote the energy- conserving design of buildings and their services and boost the demand for energy-efficient materials and technologies. 20/02/2021 New and existing buildings are now required to use solar photovoltaic (PV) and other renewable energy (RE) technologies with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) issuance of a policy on the adoption of the guidelines on the energy-conserving design of buildings.

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1131318

https://mercomindia.com/philippines-promotes-use-solar-energy/
Philippines National Other energy MoU with Australia-based research company to explore potential of Hydrogen as an energy source Multiple sectors Hydrogen Uncategorized Several energy stages Department of Energy Government Explore potential of Hydrogen as a fuel as well as the role that it can play in the economy of the Philippines as a whole, which is heavily dependent on imported coal and oil. 27/01/2021 The Department of Energy (DOE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Australia-based research and development company Star Scientific Ltd. to explore the potential of hydrogen as one of the country’s energy sources.

https://www.doe.gov.ph/press-releases/doe-signs-mou-start-scientific-research-hydrogen-potential-ph
Philippines National Other energy Creation of Hydrogen and Fusion Energy Committee Multiple sectors Hydrogen Uncategorized Several energy stages Department of Energy Government 08/04/2021

https://www.doe.gov.ph/press-releases/cusi-pushes-rd-hydrogen-energy
Philippines National Other energy MoU with Japan-based research company to explore potential of Hydrogen for power generation Power generation Hydrogen Uncategorized Electricity generation Department of Energy Government Explore potential of Hydrogen as a fuel as well as the role that it can play in the economy of the Philippines as a whole, which is heavily dependent on imported coal and oil. 08/04/2021 The Department of Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tokyo-based Hydrogen Technology Inc. to explore the use of hydrogen as a fuel for power generation.

https://www.doe.gov.ph/press-releases/cusi-pushes-rd-hydrogen-energy
Philippines National Clean unconditional Opening for 100% foreign ownership in the geothermal sector Power generation Other renewable Uncategorized 2020102727/10/2020 Electricity generation Government of Phillipines, Department of Energy Government Increase energy resiliency in the system 20/10/2020 Energy secretary Cusi has signed a Department Circular for opening the geothermal sector to 100% foreign investment for large scale exploration, development, and utilization projects, starting at cost of 50 million USD. Investors have to apply according to the guidelines for the third Open and Competitive Selection Process (OCSP3) in the awarding process of RE Service Contracts.

https://web.archive.org/web/20201104065644/
https://www.doe.gov.ph/press-releases/doe-statement-allowing-foreign-investors-100-ownership-large-scale-geothermal-0?ckattempt=1;
https://youtu.be/XHWDc1VDvg4?t=3288

https://web.archive.org/web/20201103201046/
https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/10/28/philippines-declares-moratorium-new-coal-power-plants/
Philippines National Clean unconditional Moratorium on endorsements for greenfield coal power plants Power generation Coal New or extended regulation (IT... 2020102727/10/2020 Electricity generation Government of Phillipines, Department of Energy Government Increase the share of renewable energies in the system The Department of Energy (DOE) declares a moratorium on endorsements for greenfield coal power plants for shifting to a more flexible energy supply mix and to increase the share of renewable energy and resiliency in the energy system.

https://web.archive.org/web/20201103220349/
https://www.doe.gov.ph/press-releases/doe-sec-cusi-declares-moratorium-endorsements-greenfield-coal-power-plants?ckattempt=1;
https://youtu.be/XHWDc1VDvg4?t=3288

https://web.archive.org/web/20201103201046/
https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/10/28/philippines-declares-moratorium-new-coal-power-plants/
Philippines National Other energy Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee constitute for conducting a Study for the Adoption of ... Power generation Nuclear Uncategorized Electricity generation Government Government Adoption of a National Position on nuclear energy program in accordance with pertinent IAEA guidelines, relevant laws, rules and regulations. 24/06/2020 The government shall conduct a study for the adoption of a National Position on nuclear energy program in accordance with pertinent IAEA guidelines, relevant laws, rules and regulations.

https://www.doe.gov.ph/sites/default/files/pdf/announcements/10_Nuclear%20Energy%20Program_19Aug2020.pdf?withshield=1

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-energy-nuclear/philippines-takes-major-step-toward-using-nuclear-power-idUSKCN24U14E