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Mayor of Iloilo City issues Energy-efficient measures EO

Due to the power outages in Western Visayas in March, the municipal administration in this area is requesting that all public and private entities adopt energy-saving measures to be implemented in the city hall, villages, barangay amenities, schools, and local police offices and stations.

While efforts have been made to increase energy production to meet the demand, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treas said there are still issues with consumption that lead to power outages and unforeseen interruptions. On Wednesday, he issued Executive Order 49.

It cannot be said that one of the ways to deal with the continually growing need for energy and the problems it brings is to focus on energy conservation, he said. “While we demand from the NGCP (National Grid Corp. of the Philippines) and other energy suppliers and power distribution companies to improve their services,” he said.

The majority of the offices under city administration are covered by the decree.

It forbids the superfluous use of office spaces, and offices that aren’t front-line service offices must turn off their lights, air conditioners, and computer monitors at lunch.

Electric stoves, irons, and other appliances with high electricity consumption are not allowed, and charging cell phones and other similar items is strongly discouraged inside of buildings used for business.

Street lights must be switched on at 6 p.m. and turned off at 4 a.m. the following day in all public thoroughfares, while they must be turned off at 11 p.m. in public parks and plazas as long as there is still enough light for safety and security.

The EO stated that once the majority of the lights are turned off, “the public is strongly encouraged not to roam around these areas.”

Additionally, barangays are urged to use energy-saving techniques when hosting fiestas.

As the EO urges the wise use of water, using large amounts of water is also strongly discouraged.

The decree stated that the energy-saving measures would go into force immediately and last through August 30 of this year, or until such time as the transmission and supply of electricity would improve and stabilize.

The city’s environment and natural resources officer Neil Ravena, city architect Regie Gregorio, and city engineer Salvador Pedregosa have been instructed by the mayor to investigate the viability of installing solar charging stations for public use at the plazas and esplanades.

The top five schools with the highest energy consumption will be identified for an energy audit to establish which of their facilities have high electricity usage, according to Ravena, which announced this during their executive meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

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