DOE implements AO 183 in government agencies
By Michael A. Imbo
Butuan City (6 May) -- The Department of Energy (DOE) is intensifying efforts to complete the energy conservation audit and seminars of all government agencies, held recently at this city.
DOE is conducting nation-wide campaign for energy conservation as the center stage of awakening the different government agencies, offices and government institutions in line with the implementation of Administrative Order 183.
Energy conservation seminars to regional offices are also being conducted by Department of Energy Audit Team Chairman Waldo Flores.
Meanwhile, Mr. Flores said that the A.O 183 shall take the lead in implementing this order and shall take appropriate measures and necessary actions to ensure compliance in accordance to the use of energy efficient lighting system in government institutions.
During the forum some participants brought out the issues on crisis in power curtailment criticized by some government employees that mostly affected there works and performances in the offices.
Right after the seminar, the audit team also conducted Energy Conservation (ENERCON) inspections in different major regional government agencies such as; Department of Budget and Management (DBM); National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Works and Development (DSWD); Department of Education (DepEd); Department of Agriculture (DA); Department of Interior and local Government Unit (DILG); Government Services Insurance System (GSIS); Department of Justice (DOJ); Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Department of Health (DOH); Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR); and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
The energy audit team said that so far, the regional offices here have obtained the energy conservation audit rating since the result are impressive and due to electricity savings.
National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) followed with a uniform rating.
The team had conducted a total of 20 owned-government institutions during its energy spot checking here in the city including Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Caraga State University Campus in Barangay Ampayon.
In addition to the DOE's spot checking, the team requires all government agencies to submit documents on fuel and electricity consumption.
Government agencies are also required to comply with A.O. 183 which mandates all government offices to use energy-efficient lighting systems and implement an energy conservation program.
The Team hopes to increase consumer vigilance in energy conservation and protection of the environment.
The theme is anchored on the key policy area of the national government based on the pronouncement of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to promote energy conservation and environmental stewardship to mitigate the ill effects of climate change.
DOE's role is highlighted in the consumer adoption as crucial in the implementation and enforcement of the Consumer Act, and other energy-related laws which have great impact on consumers. (PIA-Caraga) [top]