DOE holds alternative fuels and energy technologies forum in Sagada

SAGADA, Mountain Province  Nov. 10 (PIA) -- The Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency – Cordillera conducted IEC on Alternative Fuels and Energy Technologies last November 7 in this mountain resort town.

 

More than 150 participants from various sectors attended the activity that aimed to create greater awareness and appreciation of the importance of cleaner alternative fuels and energy technologies and efficient use of energy.

DOE Senior Science Research Specialist (SRS) Roselle Ibuna discussed alternative fuels and energy technologies such as the use of auto-liquefied petroleum gas in public utility vehicles and promotion of electric vehicles. These alternatives are intended to address concerns about fossil fuels, she said.

Fuel diversification using LPG as a clean alternative fuel will help address air pollution caused by vehicle emission.

Ibuna also shared that there is a grant called Japan Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) for the Introduction of Japanese Advanced Products and its System (Next-Generation Vehicles Package) for the promotion of environment-friendly and fuel efficient vehicles.

“The goal is to enhance energy supply security in the transport sector through fuel diversification with the use of new technology vehicles utilizing cleaner alternative fuels for transport,” Ibuna added.

Simon Leonor also of DOE, presented the proposal for the adoption of E-Trikes initiated by Philippine government to help enhance the country’s energy security thru fuel diversification and to insulate stakeholders from the price volatility of imported petroleum products. This will also reduce the transport sector’s annual petroleum consumption and carbon dioxide footprint in the tricycle transport sector.

“Other benefits include job generation; healthy, safety and comfort; reduce dependency on fossil fuels; transformed public mass transport to green and efficient vehicles and help in tourism,” Leonor said.

Meanwhile, DOE Supervising SRS Federico Domingo discussed the potentials of  innovation and emerging technologies in the Philippine Energy sector including its applications like energy resource diversification; generation, conversion and storage; industry, commercial and residential energy use and next generation transportation technologies. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)

 

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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.