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Reminder to heed PGMA's call for energy conservation

Tacloban City (June 5) -- Amidst the once again soaring fuel crisis being experience by the entire world, a reminder to heed President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's call on all government agencies and local government units to adopt electricity and fuel saving measures as soon as possible, is in order.

President Arroyo made the call through a Memo Circular which she signed on May 31, 2008 which stated that in order to encourage officials and employees to conserve electricity and fuel, all savings on these items in their respective Maintenance, Operating and Overhead Expenses can be used as additional rice and allocation subsidy to their employees.

The urgency of the President's call was manifested by the fact that on June 2, 2008, she signed Administrative Order No. 228, Addressing the Rising Cost of Energy.

In that Order, President Arroyo directed all agencies to reduce transport fuel consumption in liters by ten percent starting the month of June.

In the same Order, President Arroyo directed all government buildings to turn off airconditioning units at 4:30 p.m. except those with 24 hours work; and for the agencies to implement starting July, plans to replace all incandescent bulbs.

The Agencies are also directed to convert 20 percent of their vehicles in major cities to liquid petroleum by September 2008 and to install and adopt other energy-saving technology with the help of the Department of Energy and the Department of Science and Technology.

In a period of 33 months since September 2005, the Government's energy savings was recorded at P945 million.

This is to reiterate that government agencies including the local governments must adhere to the President's directive, in order to set an example not only in energy conservation but also in fiscal discipline.

But while the Arroyo administration has been pushing energy saving measures to cope with higher oil prices, every Filipino people should also do their share.

Indeed, conserving energy is the best that every government agency or for that matter every Filipino, can do in the face of the soaring prices of world fuel. (PIA 8) [top]

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