Gov't to distribute energy-saving lamps for free

The Department of Energy announced Tuesday the distribution of free compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) starting September 22 until September 28.

According to the DOE, distribution will be coursed through 188 congressmen and 51 party-list representatives based on their Memoranda of Agreement with the department.

Each congressional district and party-ist group will be allocated 10,000 CFLs for distribution to the target beneficiaries, the DOE said. It will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Those who would like to get a free CFL are required to bring their most recent electricity bill to qualify.

The energy department also allocated about 1.2 million CFLs for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which will be distributed to identified and deserving recipients.


The CFLs can help save 223.56 million kWh/year or about P2.24 billion in monetary savings, the DOE said.

Another 3.6 million 14-Watt CFLs are up for distribution this year. For this batch, the country is said to benefit from another 82.78 million kWh/year reduction in electricity consumption, which is equivalent to P827.82 million, and at the same time reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 44,702 tons.

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The program is laudable. We’re hoping there won’t be too much politics down the line.

Photo credit: Armin Kübelbeck