Save, conserve energy, gov't agencies told

Executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. on Wednesday urged government agencies to put in place power conservation measures and cut down fuel consumption of government vehicles in the wake of rising petroleum prices brought about by the political uncertainties in oil-producing countries in the Middle East, the PCOO website posted.

According to Ochoa, this is in line with the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP) under Administrative Order No. 110, which calls on government personnel to observe energy efficiency in their offices.

“Public servants must lead by example in the general campaign for energy efficiency and conservation. This is a proactive response of the government to cushion the adverse effects from such price increases,” Ochoa said.

To ensure compliance of government agencies, Ochoa reportedly ordered Herminio Alcasid Sr., chairman of the Energy Audit Team, to submit to the Office of the President a summary accomplishment report to date and a plan of action detailing improvements or amendments to the existing GEMP framework.

At the same time, the Executive Secretary reportedly appealed to the public to help in the campaign to save and conserve energy, saying, “Energy efficiency is the shared responsibility of every citizen, and when everyone does their part to conserve fuel and electricity, all of us benefit.”

“A collective response is necessary to address a national issue like energy efficiency. All of us have to do the little things to conserve electricity and fuel because when you combine all these small initiatives––like turning off lights when not in use or carpooling––these will impact significantly on energy consumption,” Ochoa added.