Philippines Philippines issues Department Circular establishing Minimum Energy Performance for Products

Philippines issues Department Circular establishing Minimum Energy Performance for Products

On June 15, 2020, Department Circular No. DC 2020-06-0016: Prescribing the Minimum Energy Performance for Products (MEPP) Covered by the Philippine Energy Labeling Program (PELP) for Compliance of Importers, Manufacturers, Distributors, Dealers and Retailers of Energy-Consuming Products (ECP) (hereinafter referred to as the Circular) was issued in the Philippines (the promulgation date is June 26, 2020). This circular requires manufacturers and importers of covered ECPs to comply with the Minimum Energy Performance of Products (MEPP). This circular shall take effect 15 days following its publication.

The original text of this Circular can be downloaded from the following URL.


Covered products

The covered products are specified in Section 4 of the guidelines as follows.

  • Room air conditioners
  • Refrigeration units
  • Lighting products

However, additional ECPs shall be included in accordance with the recommendations of the Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB), Department of Energy as the competent authority. Such recommendation shall be made after public consultation and coordination with Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Transportation for fuel economy performance labeling requirements for transport.



The MEPP that shall be adhered to are specifically prescribed in Annex A of the Circular. The following are some examples (none of them have been changed from the draft). The MEPP will be reviewed every three years and upgraded to more energy efficient values.

Window-type and split-type room air conditioners

Energy consumption Below 3.33kW 3.33 kW-9.99 kW
Minimum Cooling Seasonal Performance Factor (CSPF) 3.08 2.81


LED Type Non-directional Linear
Minimum luminous efficacy lm/W 80 90


Type Single door Two-door manual defrost Frost-free
Minimum EEF L/kWh(24h) 200 230 180


For products that are not compliant with the MEPP, the information including the model, brand name, and importer’s name of the products will be published on the website of the Department of Energy, and also published in newspapers every six months.



Annex B of this circular sets out the offences and penalties for them as follows.


Fines (in Philippine Peso)
10,000 – 200,000 200,000 – 500,000

500,000 – 1,000,000

Selling, leasing, or importing ECPs that are not compliant with the MEPP

First offence

Second offence

Failing to provide accurate information, or provision of false or misleading information

First offence

Second offence

Third offence

Refusal to cooperate with the verification test (sampling of products)

First offence

Second offence

Third offence

Author / Responsibility

AOKI Kenji

Senior Consultant, EnviX Ltd.
General Director, E&H Consulting Co., Ltd.

Business Performance

Expertise in EHS (environment, health and safety) consulting in ASEAN region.
- Environmental regulations updating
- Chemical regulations consulting


MSc in Earth Science, The University of Tokyo

AOKI Kenji