Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center will be hosting a webinar via Zoom, “Trajectory of Renewable Energy in the Philippines” on 8 January 2022,  2:00 pm (Philippine Standard Time, GMT + 8). The webinar is free and open to the public, but registration and signing in to a(free) Zoom account are required.


A fundamental challenge in Philippine energy security and sustainability lies in its gradual transition to renewable energy sources and a much-improved energy efficiency. This requires strategic forecasting and planning to derive effective and enduring policies. First is to map out the current status of energy security (i.e., production, estimated reserves, technological advancements, imports, consumption levels) in the Philippines. The second is to critically and pragmatically examine the role of renewable energy in conjunction with the Philippine economy. Third, current financial and human resources must be evaluated to respond to possible gaps that could affect the development of renewable energy in the country. Fourth, a socio-cultural perspective (i.e., communities, students, families) is needed to substantiate the course of renewable energy in the Philippines. Lastly, it is important to extend the discussion and look into the development of renewable energy within Southeast Asia. This is to figure how the interconnection between and among countries affects the transition to renewable energy and assess its implications for financial and resource competition in the region.
This webinar aims to provide meaningful insights into the capacity of renewable energy as a viable path towards energy security and sustainability in the Philippines. By mapping out the current status of renewable energy in the country, the challenges and opportunities to attain these energy security objectives will be identified. In line with the practices by neighboring ASEAN member-states, Philippines’ possible action plans (policies and programs) in moving forward will also be highlighted. 




      • Ian Rivera
                  National Coordinator, Movement for Climate Justice
      • Arturo Tahup
                  Associate for Community Resilience, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities
This event is organized by the students of PS 279 (Special Topics in Philippine Foreign Relations) under Professor Henelito Sevilla, Jr. For inquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D.  program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.