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PIA Press Release
2009/06/23

LGUs' help sought to alleviate crisis

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (23 June) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has encouraged all local government unit (LGU) officials to reduce electric consumption and optimize utilization of government vehicles amidst the global economic crisis.

In a DILG Memorandum Circular, the local authorities are advised to regulate use of office air conditioners and shift from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) to lessen electric consumption and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The circular is in support to President Gloria Macapagal - Arroyo's call for LGUs to observe electricity and fuel-saving measures by using widely accepted practices and creative innovative ways.

Recently, the President said that the switch from incandescent bulbs to CFLs will initiate reduction in carbon emissions and help mitigate climate change.

The government is set to distribute 13 million CFLs nationwide under its program to phase out incandescent bulbs that consume five times more energy than CFLs. The first tranche of the 13 million CFLs will be given by August in Metro Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao cities.

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is continuously asking countries, companies and communities to focus on greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them as it recognized that climate change is becoming the defining issue of the era. (PIA) [top]

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