DOE calls on consumers to save electricity

BATAC CITY- The Department of Energy (DOE) has called on all consumers to adopt energy efficiency measures to help maintain the energy demand requirement generated by the power plants in the country.

Federico G. Domingo, supervising science research specialist of the DOE, said saving electricity is way better than putting-up more power plants.

“If we save electricity, we don’t have to put-up more power plants and we don’t have to increase gas emission.  Thus, we save lot of money and we save our environment,” Domingo said during the kick off leg of the nationwide multi-sectoral advocacy forum held recently at the Teatro Ilocandia of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Batac City.

The multi-sectoral advocacy forum on use of alternative fuels and other energy technologies is a special project initiated by the Alternative Fuels and Energy Technology Division (AFETD) of the DOE and the Philippine Information Agency which aims to strengthen the awareness of the public about the significance of cleaner alternative fuels and energy technologies and the efficient use of environment-friendly energy sources.

Some 100 individuals from local transport groups, local government units, local media and academe joined the forum.

“I’m appealing to the participants of this forum to share the programs being implemented by the DOE in which aside from our program development on alternative fuels’ source, we have also our other technologies for our transport system such as the electric- tricycle and the auto- liquefied program (LPG),” he said.

Domingo believes that with the continuing massive advocacy campaign initiated by their agency, the transport sector will take on at least three major technologies in transport system such as the Natural Gas Vehicle Program for Public Transport (NGVPPT), the E-trike project and the Auto-LPG program before 2020.

The NGVPPT promotes fuel diversification using the indigenous Malampaya natural gas as a clean alternative fuel for transport; the E- trike project is a three-wheeled vehicle fueled by electricity (battery) instead of gasoline; and the auto – LPG program endorses the use of LPG as an alternative fuel source to solve the problem on air pollution due to carbon emission caused by gasoline/diesel-fuelled vehicles.

The same nationwide campaign will also roll out in 11 other regions from July 2016 to January 2017. (Freddie G. Lazaro/PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)