ENERGY POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (EPDP)
Started in November 2014, the EPDP is a four-year program that aims to strengthen the capacity of the Philippine government to formulate coherent and evidence-based policies and strategies for sustainable, reliable, and efficient use of energy resources and technologies. It supports the national government, in particular the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), in policy analysis and formulation for the energy sector. The EPDP is being implemented by the UPecon Foundation through a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Energy is crucial to economic growth and development. Energy provides power, heat, and transportation to people and industries–all critical to a well-functioning modern society. However, energy supply interruptions, impacts of climate change, and price shocks all disrupt the economy. To respond to these challenges and opportunities, academic and policy programs in universities and economic centers need to develop and promote knowledge, research, and good practice in energy development. It is both urgent and important to bring to the fore the discussion on energy.