Local Government Units empowered to Implement Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act
TAGUIG CITY – Local Government Units (LGUs) play a critical role in the implementation of energy-related programs and projects within their respective areas of jurisdiction. The Department of Energy (DOE) recently conducted a Seminar and Orientation for the LGUs on the Implementation of R.A. No. 11285, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (EE&C Act), attended by representatives of LGUs from all over the Philippines. The event was held December 10th, 2019 in BGC, Taguig City.
The seminar was designed for orientation, discussion, and an open forum covering the following topics: (1) the institutionalization of energy and conservation as a national way of life; (2) development and utilization of efficient renewable energy technologies; reinforcement of laws and legal provisions of energy efficiency, conservation, sufficiency and sustainability; and (4) improvement of energy efficiency and conservation initiatives.
In his Keynote speech, Dir. Patrick T. Aquino of the DOE – Energy Utilization and Management Bureau (EUMB) stressed that, “With LGUs as our partners on the ground, our goals, and efforts have to be aligned in order that we will truly be able to push forward energy conservation and cost effectiveness measures that are expected to significantly impact our communities, in particular, and the country as a whole.” He also recalled that a similar activity that was spearheaded by the European Union-financed, “Access to Sustainable Energy Programme” in coordination with the Asian Development Bank last month. Ar. Abraham L. Raposon, Jr., Head of the Green Building Division of the City of Mandaluyong, shared how their municipality was able to design, achieve, and sustain their Local Energy and Efficiency Plan and presented how their strategies and best practices to improve the same in compliance with the EE&C Act.
The Implementing Rules and Regulations for the EE&C Act were approved on November 22nd and published on December 5th, 2019. The IRR’s became effective on December 21st, 2019.
“It is now our joint responsibilities as national and local government agency executives to ensure that the policies and the measures of this Act will be implemented and executed across all sectors of the society. It is also important to note that this Act is to be enforced with corresponding penalties for non-complying entities,” Director Aquino emphasized as he urged the LGUs to join hands with the Department of Energy in to make a more energy efficient and energy conserving Philippines.
To download the DOE EUMB presentation, log on to http://bit.ly/DOE_LGU_RA11285. The DOE-EUMB will conduct a Seminar and Orientation on Formation of Inter-Agency Energy Efficiency and Conservation Committee (IAEEC) of R.A. No. 11285: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act on 16 December 2019 at the F1 Hotel Manila, BGC, Taguig City.