(Taguig City) In relation to a pronouncement by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. urging government agencies to put in place conservation measures, the Department of Energy (DOE), through its Government Energy Management Program (GEMP), will intensify efforts in reducing energy consumption. Administrative Orders (AOs) 110 and 110-A issued in the past, institutionalized the GEMP, which aims to reduce the monthly electricity and fuel consumption by at least 10%. in all Government Departments, Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), State Colleges and Universities, Hospitals and other instrumentalities of the government except for constitutional bodies including the judiciary and legislative bodies.
The current global energy situation makes it more imperative for government to lead in managing energy use to demonstrate its commitment to effect significant reduction in energy expenditures. The GEMP, from 2005 to 2010, has already effected savings of Php 1.4 billion in electricity and Php 239 million in transport fuel. The DOE has also conducted spot checks in 719 government facilities and certificates of energy/monetary savings have been issued to 62 government agencies.
This year, the DOE steps up its plan to go online for the submission of government agencies’ monthly energy consumption reports. In addition to GEMP, government agencies are also being reminded of the other AOs (nos. 103, 126, and 183), which have been issued in the past that highlighted conservation measures. AO 103 directs the continued adoption of austerity measures in the government, particularly “consumption of fuel, water, office supplies, electricity and utilities.” AO 183 also authorizes the installation and use of energy efficient lights and fixtures.
Memorandum Order No. 8 established the Energy Audit Team headed by Atty. Herminio M. Alcasid, Sr. of the Philippine National Oil Company- Development Management Corporation (PNOC-DMC) with DOE Undersecretary Loreta G. Ayson sitting in as a member. The Energy Audit Team is assisted by the DOE through its Energy Utilization Management Bureau, Energy Research and Testing Laboratory Services, Information Technology and Management Services, and Energy Policy and Planning Bureau.
“The GEMP and other parallel energy conservation measures in the government will become important as we are facing times where our supply is threatened. It is important to bear in mind that the measures we can actually do need not be done in one fell swoop but it can be done by an individual. These solutions, if done by everyone, can be a big help,” the Energy Department said with regard to the program.