September 19, 2023
REalTalk is a training program focused on raising energy literacy and building a movement on just transition to renewable energy. Following the three-day virtual REalTalk sessions held in March 2023, regional trainings were conducted to mobilize nationwide campaigners in support of GEOP. The regional workshops are organized in partnership with AktivAsia Philippines, a non-profit organization composed of educators and facilitators who support organizers and activists in Asia win energy campaigns.
“REalTalk continues to produce and mobilize campaigners who can champion the movement towards just renewable energy transition. We recognize the potential of Mindanao to take lead in this transition with its abundant hydroelectric resources across the region,” said Nazrin Castro, Branch Manager of The Climate Reality Project Philippines.
The Luzon and Visayas legs of REalTalk were held in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan and Ormoc City, Leyte, respectively, and produced GEOP campaigners across the regions. The upcoming Mindanao leg will have more advocates undergo sessions on campaign elements and tools, as well as leadership skills to support GEOP in the region.
In January 2023, the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM)—the market where energy is traded as a commodity—was launched in Mindanao. Energy players are expected to participate in the WESM this year, including renewable energy suppliers for GEOP that could provide cheaper and cleaner energy to eligible companies and entities.
“The REalTalk in Cagayan de Oro City will be an opportune moment for us to build momentum on the implementation of GEOP in the region by mobilizing campaigners who will raise awareness and influence entities to participate in the program,” said Ian Soqueño, Climate Reality Philippines’ Energy Program Lead.