Letter of Instructions No. 531




The Commissioner of the Budget



The Treasurer of the Philippines



The President, Philippine National Oil Co.


The early development and exploitation of geothermal resources which constitutes one of our country’s important indigenous energy resources is considered an important part of the country’s energy development program, the objective of which is to develop self-reliance in energy.  In pursuance of this objective and to enable it to undertake its geothermal exploration and development program, the Philippine National Oil Co. and its subsidiaries are negotiating the acquisition of geothermal drilling rigs.  It is therefore necessary to assist the Philippine National Oil Company and its subsidiaries with a subsidy to enable them to finance the purchase of such rigs which in turn would allow them to carry out geothermal drilling operations.  You are therefore directed to set aside and immediately release out of the special fund created under Section 8 (j) of Republic Act No. 6173, as amended, the amount of Fifty Million Pesos (P 50,000,000).


PNOC is directed to utilize the said sum and/or earnings therefrom in connection with the purchase of its’, or its subsidiaries geothermal rigs and supporting equipment.


The Philippine National Oil Company is also directed to submit to the President of the Philippines not later than the end of each year a report accounting for the disbursement and the utilization of the foregoing funds.


Done in the City of Manila, this 15th day of April, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-seven.


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