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October 2, 2019

Senate Committee on Energy

Philippine Senate 

Pasay City 

Attn.:   Atty. Grace Ann C. Salesa

            Legislative  Committee Secretary 


Re : SB 174, 472, 479, 538, 638, all on Electric Vehicles 

Sir/Madam :

The Laban Konsyumer Inc. is a non stock and non profit consumer advocacy registered entity , an accredited consumer organization of the Department of Energy and a full term member of the Consumer  International.

We respectfully submits our comments and recommendations as follows :

1. The battery or energy storage unit must be a product under mandatory certification  by the concerned government agencies . As such, the appropriate product standards that are applicable under Philippine conditions must be formulated and adopted  and should bear the Philippine Standards Mark . When the unit is imported, the equivalent product certification  label must be permanently engraved or embossed on the product.

2. The cost of  the use of the electric energy should be indexed  to an equivalent energy resource, thus , consumers  can quickly compare the cost and make a choice  versus conventional fuel.

3. The regulators and the industry participants should inform consumers of the total cost of an electric vehicle net of fiscal incentives, and the  return on investments over a period of 5 years. 

4. Oil companies should designate their service stations as charging stations all across the urban cities of the country that are accessible to consumers or users of electric vehicles .

5.    In the Bill proposing the creation of an Inter Agency Task Force,  we propose to add a representative from the consumer sector . 

The Laban Konsyumer Inc. expresses our appreciation to the various sponsors of the Bills  for the opportunity to submit our comments , as well as  conveying our  desire to continue our participation in the deliberation of the various  bills.

In fine, we  support the enactment of all  the above  Bills. 

Thank you for the opportunity to submit our comments. 

Very truly yours,


Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba, AB, LLB, LLM