The Access to Sustainable Energy-Clean Energy Living Laboratories (ASEP-CELLs)
project conducted its first Advisory Board meeting on 9 August 2019 at the
Ateneo School of Government, Quezon City.

The meeting gathered energy experts from the government, non-government,
academic and civil society sectors to discuss ASEP-CELLs’ 2019 Research Agenda
and activities, as part of the think-tank’s commitment of working with partners to
build energy security in the Philippines.

The Advisory Board’s inputs ensured that ASEP-CELL’s research, capacity-building
and advocacy activities were en sync with national and local stakeholders’
priority needs.

ASEP-CELLs Advisory Board discusses the research agenda for Year 1 of the project.

The meeting was attended by Director Mylene Capongcol from the Renewable
Energy Management Bureau of the Department of Energy; Dr. Majah Leah
Ravago from the Department of Economics of Ateneo University; Ms. Josephine
Mangila-Tioseco of the European Union-Access to Sustainable Energy Project;
Atty. Maris Cardenas, Executive Director of CentRE; and Dr. Josef T Yap, Senior
Technical Advisor of the ASEP-CELLs project.

Mr. Teodoro Brawner Baguilat, Jr., President of the ICCA Consortium; Mr.
Chrosogenous Herrera, Senior Vice President on Commercial and Planning of
Meralco PowerGen Corporation; and Atty, Raphael Perpetuo M. Lotilla, former
Department of Energy Secretary were absent during the meeting but are
members of the eight-member Advisory Board.

Mr. Nex Bengson presents the activities of Luzon CELL led by the Ateneo School of Government.

ASEP-CELLS is a three-year funded by the European Union. It is a project—with
presence in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao—that provides research studies,
capacity-building services and advocacy support to help the DOE and the EU
achieve 100% rural electrification through renewable energy, increase the share
of renewable energy in the Philippines’ energy mix, and promote energy
efficiency towards sustainable and inclusive growth.