Whether the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant will be revived or not, the Department of Energy said that it will not affect the call for introducing nuclear power in the country’s energy mix.

“The inclusion of nuclear in our energy mix is not limited to BNPP or not dependent on BNPP. BNPP might be revived, rehabilitated, or not, but it will not stop us from adapting nuclear,” said Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi in a meeting with media on Thursday.

“That's why we are looking for host communities willing to adapt nuclear as a source of power,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently issued Executive Order 116, creating the Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee, which will study the adoption of a national nuclear energy policy.