As part of the government’s campaign for energy conservation and global warming mitigation, the Department of Energy (DOE) through the Energy Utilization Management Bureau, in cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), will be conducting a “Seminar on Electricity Conservation in Households and Schools” in Valenzuela City on March 22 (Thursday).
This initiative for a nationwide education and information campaign on energy efficiency and conservation is targeting multi-sectoral participation from the local government, students, businesses, NGOs, and various consumers.
The seminar which will be held at the Social Hall of the Valenzuela City Hall will cover various topics related to the environment, climate change, and energy conservation.
The topics include “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation” to be discussed by WWF Communications Officer Marlyn P. Santiago; “Household Energy Conservation Tips” (Rosalie Joan R. Sotelo of EECD-DOE); “Know your Electric Bill and How to Read the Electric Meter” (Mamerto H. Mendoza, MERALCO Valenzuela Business Center); and “DOE Energy Efficiency Plans and Programs” (Ronaldo P. Pareño, Jr., EECD-DOE).
The seminar is part of the DOE’s National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program (NEECP) which aims to implement the use of energy efficiency and conservation measures to gain access to affordable, cost-efficient, and environment-friendly energy sources. The program’s ultimate objective is to make intelligent use of energy a way of living for every Filipino.
The activity is also in preparation for the WWF-spearheaded “Earth Hour”—a global campaign against global warming through a simultaneous switching off of lights and other nonessential electric devices set on March 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
With this year’s official campaign “I Will If You Will”, Earth Hour 2012 aims to showcase how everyone has the power to change the world they live in through creative action, aside from the usual turning off of lights, which provides for further opportunity for the communities to be part of actual environmental solutions.
The DOE has partnered with the PIA in the dissemination of adequate information on ways and measures to conserve energy that could help save the planet from environmental destruction.