Overview and Executive Summary
Poverty reduction remains an unfinished business for developing countries like the Philippines. Without strategies to address economic inequality, government gains will never be felt by all segments of society. It is in this context that the Duterte Administration has a prime banner program on inclusive growth to ensure that a level playing field is available for all Filipinos. And to usher in and enable inclusive growth, the Department of Energy (DOE) is tasked to work on improved energy policies and plans to provide a stable, adequate, reliable energy supply towards a sustainable growth path for the country.
Marinduque’s economic potential is promising given its improving tourism sector that could bring a dynamic opportunity not only for the province but for MIMAROPA region as well. This provides greater prospect for businesses to expand and for more investments to pour in. However, the challenge that looms on the horizon is the need to ensure that there is sufficient energy supply and that required energy infrastructures are in place to meet and sustain the growing local economy. Thus, the first ever Marinduque Energy Plan (MarEP) was formulated by the DOE to serve as a “living energy plan” for all Marinduqueños, its local government units (LGUs), civil society and the private sector. The MarEP should be pursued through collective involvement of all key stakeholders to achieve the development targets. It intends to set forth a strategic vision of greater energy access and better services for Marinduqueños as it outlines all initiatives, strategies and programs towards energy development and utilization in the province.