Executive Order No. 856-B, s. 2010

Link to law: http://www.gov.ph/2010/06/18/executive-order-no-856-b-s-2010/
Published: 2010-06-22

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MALACAÑANG

MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 856-B

AMENDING SECTION 3 OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 856-A, DATED MARCH 23, 2010, BY GRANTING DISCOUNTED RATES FOR COMPETITIVENESS

WHEREAS, Executive Order (EO) No. 856 dated January 29, 2010 expanded the coverage of EO No. 666, series of 2007, in support of the power requirements of Clark Freeport Zone;

WHEREAS, EO No. 856-A dated March 23, 2010 amended Section 3 of EO No. 856 by adjusting the discounted transmission and generation rates for qualified semiconductor firms in Clark Freeport Zone;

WHEREAS, the rate appearing for the first to the sixth year of operations was inadvertently printed at US$0.51760 per kilowatt hour, while it should have been at the amount of US$0.051760 per kilowatt hour;

WHEREAS, the material adjustment shall enhance the viability of Clark Freeport Zone as investment area, and shall infuse capital, generate employment opportunities, boost exports, and improve the country’s economy in the long run.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:

SECTION 1. Section 3 of Executive Order (EO) No. 856, dated January 19, 2010, as amended by EO No. 856-A, dated March 23, 2010, is hereby further amended to read as follows:

“SECTION 3. Grant of Discounted Rates for Competitiveness. In accordance with Executive Order No. 796, dated May 21, 2009, the Department of Energy (DOE) shall provide qualified semiconductor firms in Clark Freeport Zone with minimum investment of One Billion U.S. Dollars (US$1,000,000,000) discounted transmission and generation rates as follows:

• 1st-6th year of operation: US$0.051760/kwh

• 7th-10th year of operation: US$0.062553/kwh   

Concerned government agencies shall work for an arrangement with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP, formerly National Transmission Corporation) to amortize investment for the 230 KV facilities in order to provide the required discounted rate for the semiconductor companies as earlier committed by the government. Said discounted rates shall be reported to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). Failure of the semiconductor firm to comply with the minimum investment requirement within three (3) years from the start of its operation shall forfeit the incentives owing, and it shall further be required to reimburse the benefits derived from this scheme.”

SECTION 2. Repealing Clause. All executive orders, rules and regulations and other issuances or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with this Executive Order, are hereby revoked, amended, or modified accordingly.

SECTION 3. Separability Clause. Any portion or provision of this Executive Order that may be declared unconstitutional shall not have the effect of nullifying its other portions or provisions, as long as such remaining portions can still be given effect.

SECTION 4. Effectivity. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.

DONE in the City of Manila, this 18th day of June in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Ten.

(Sgd.) GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President of the Philippines

By the President:

(Sgd.) LEANDRO R. MENDOZA

Executive Secretary

Source: Malacañang Records Office

Office of the President of the Philippines. (2010). [Executive Order Nos. : 831 – 910]. Manila : Malacañang Records Office.