More flaws in the DoE plan raise baseload bloat to 103%

Yellow Pad By Roberto Verzola A previous piece identified one serious flaw in the DoE’s Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) 2016-2040: the DoE still assumes that baseload plants will retain their 70% share in the electricity mix until 2040. This will not happen. Steadily dropping solar prices will make market-driven solar penetration inevitable. The rising solar […]

Flawed DoE assumption results in baseload bloat

Yellow Pad By Roberto Verzola Over the past four decades, solar photovoltaic (PV) prices have been dropping by an average of 9% per year. As a result, rooftop solar is the cheapest daytime source of electricity today in many countries. In the Philippines, the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) from solar rooftops has gone below […]


Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   I object to Senator Leila de Lima’s description that President Duterte is the “pambansang tambay.” Here is the press statement of Senator de Lima: Si Duterte ang tunay na tambay ng bansa na walang ginawa kung hindi magmukhang palaging lasing at bangag sa harap ng publiko. […]

A tribute to Tita Saling

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III Her full name is Rizalina Bautista Boncan. Friends call her Saling. We call her Tita Saling — the loving, caring aunt, even to non-relatives. To name a daughter after Jose Rizal can be forbidding, but Saling lived up to it: enlightened, courageous, patriotic, heroic. On a deeply […]

Insights into the World Bank’s Insights

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   The World Bank has come out with a Philippine poverty assessment report titled Making Growth Work for the Poor (2018). It works on the assumption, now an adage, that growth is a necessary but insufficient condition to reduce poverty. The publication has loads of information, drawn […]

The tragic consequences of suspending the oil excise tax

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   Some quarters led by politicians (it doesn’t matter whether the politicians are pro-administration or anti-administration) have called for the suspension of the increase in the fuel excise tax brought about by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN). Senator Bam Aquino is the most outspoken […]