D.O.E. to tap academe to conduct tech audit on DUs

by Lenie LecturaAugust 2, 2016

from Business Mirror

THE Department of Energy (DOE) may tap people from the academe to conduct a technical audit on all distribution utilities (DUs) and power-generating firms, the agency’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

“We may tap a third party, especially from academe, to conduct the audit. We are exploring all options so that the process would be faster and credible,” said DOE spokesman Felix William B. Fuentebella.

Last month, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said his office would pursue the conduct of an audit to determine if the DUs and power firms are in compliance with existing laws and regulations.

The audit would also validate the various reports they submit to the DOE.

The technical audit teams, added the agency, aim to contribute in acquiring accurate data for the delivery of quality, reliable, secure and affordable supply of energy.

Cusi earlier said competent people within the agency would conduct the audit.

Fuentebella, on Tuesday, said the DOE is considering all options including, but not limited to, tapping experts from academe and possibly via public bidding.

“We will look into the possibility of avoiding bidding so as not to delay the process, but we are exploring all ideas, including bidding,” he said.

The DOE, he added, has started preparations for the conduct of an audit.