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PIA Press Release
2010/02/23

Energy Sec. Reyes visits Cebu to launch Earth Hour Road Show

Cebu City (23 February) -- Energy Sec. Angelo Reyes will lead the launching of the 'Earth Hour' Road Show in Cebu this afternoon to mobilize Cebuano communities into action and participate in the actual event on March 27.

Earth Hour is an annual global event held every last Saturday of March where every household all over the world are urged to turn off their lights for one hour to help address global warming by reducing carbon emissions which power plants is a major contributor.

The launching of the Earth Hour Road Show will be at the SM City Cebu where other stakeholders and partners are also invited.

A presentation of 'Earth Hour Pilipinas 2010' will be done by the Dept. of Energy (DOE) and the importance of mobilizing all sectors to join the event.

Before the programs ends, an expression of commitment from partners will be solicited.

Last year, the Philippines topped among 88 participating countries with the most number of residential households that participated in the global call to switch off power for one hour, according to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) communications officer Gregg Yan as contained in a news report.

More than 15 million Filipinos around 650 major towns and cities from distant islands participated in Earth Hour 2009 while the country also placed first in town and city participation, this is learned.

Initial reports stated was that the Philippines saved 611 megawatt-hours as electric grid figures reported that 386 megawatt-hours were saved in Luzon, 150-megawatt-hours in Mindanao and 75 megawatt-hours in Visayas.

Greece placed second last year with 484 participating towns and cities while Australia was third with 309 towns and cities last year.

It will be the third time for the Philippines to join the global event this year as the DOE embarked on an aggressive campaign through road shows to ensure another successful Earth Hour 2010.

Earth Hour was launched in March 31, 2007 of which Australia was among the proprietor. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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