THE DEPARTMENT OF Energy (DoE) said it is granting entry approvals for foreign workers who will provide assistance in critical power sector operations and projects with the aim of ensuring a reliable supply as the school reopens as part of a mostly online setup.
“We support the entry of foreign experts and consultants (who have) essential roles in the operations of the electricity sector, as well as in the development and implementation of projects”, Mark Christian P. Marollano, Scientific research supervision specialist from the DoE Electric Power Industry Management Bureau, said Tuesday at a press conference.
The Energy Department is one of 10 member agencies of the Oplan Balik Eskwela task force, which will focus on providing basic education amid the lingering threat of the coronavirus.
Mr Marollano said the DoE and its partner partners are aiming for an uninterrupted supply of electricity for distance education classes.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte has yet to approve the Education Ministry’s proposal to resume face-to-face classes in areas at low risk of the virus.
Mr Marollano’s statements come about a week after DoE spokesman Felix William B. Fuentebella told a press conference that they were “closely helping” industry players who have known delays in issuing permits for foreign consultants and new equipment. – Angelique Y. Yang