BAGUIO CITY, July 26 (PIA) - - The Department of Energy, in partnership with the Development Academy of the Philippines, engages local government units from National Capital Region and North and Central Luzon in a seminar – workshop here for the mainstreaming of Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) in local communities.
The three – day activity (July 25 to 27) is part of the DOE’s campaign to recognize the relevance of the LGUs to help maintain energy security of the country through efficient use and conservation of energy.
DOE Undersecretary Benito Ranque, in his keynote message during the opening program, outlined the importance of LGUs as a valuable partner in bringing the government’s E – Power Mo advocacy where energy efficiency and conservation is a vital part, to local communities.
Ranque said E – Power Mo aims to provide information on the fast – evolving developments in the energy sector, proper energy utilization, energy resilience and best practices.
DOE believes that a well informed consumer can become a wiser energy user, he stressed.
“E – PowerMo” uses four principles to capture President Rodrigo Duterte’s energy roadmap, namely: E – Power to develop and utilize energy resources available to Filipinos for wealth creation and global competition; E- Safety to undertake safety and savings measure through energy efficiency; E - Secure to secure the delivery of quality, reliable and affordable energy services, and E- Diskarte to empower consumers through a wide range of options in utilizing conventional, renewable and alternative energy sources, Ranque explained.
He also enjoined LGUs to support the mainstreaming of the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP) in their respective offices and in their daily operations.
Under DOE - led GEMP, from 2010 to 2017, DOE and the Department of Budget and Management have issued Certificate of Savings to 256 government offices amounting to P533 million in terms of reduction in electricity use and transport fuel consumption.
“We urge you to do the same,” he stressed.
For the scheduled activities, there will be orientation on GEMP and the DOE Energy Efficiency Programs, DBPs Energy Efficiency (E2Save) Financing Program, PNOC – RC: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Projects in government and sharing of best EE&C practices of several LGUs.
There will also be workshops on Understanding Energy and Carbon Footprints, and development of action plan and proposed ordinance (per invited LGU).
There are 21 LGUs represented in the seminar – workshop with vice mayors, Association of Barangay Captain presidents, city/municipal executive officers, council members, local planning officers, engineering officers and other key players on energy – related programs of the local government as participants. ( PIA CAR)