Situating the Belt and Road Initiative in the Philippine Energy Trajectory

Renewable energy is necessary to end carbon dependence. However, it can also be harnessed merely to power the same economic systems and development pathways. In fact, like fossil fuels, it can be implicated in the displacement and marginalization of indigenous peoples.

LRC’s new paper, Situating the Belt and Road Initiative in the Philippine Energy Trajectory, examines China’s renewable energy investments in the country.

The paper includes:

  • An overview of the overall policy environment that regulates foreign investments in the Philippines, particularly BRI financing in the power sector,
  •    A section on how BRI investments in renewable energy are processed and implemented in the Philippines,
  • A short case study of the impacts of the 300 megawatt South Pulangi 5 Hydropower Plant in the Philippines, including impacts on Manobo indigenous peoples, and
  • Policy recommendations for promoting responsible and sustainable investments in the country.


Download the full report here. 


For more information contact:
Maya Quirino
Advocacy Coordinator, Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC)