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DOE to sign MOA with VECO on CFL distribution

Part of energy efficiency program

Cebu City (20 October) -- In its bid to abolish the use of incandescent bulbs as part of it energy efficiency program, the Department of Energy (DOE) plans to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Visayan Electric Company (VECO) before the end of this month for the distribution of 250,000 compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

Allan Bacudo, DOE science research specialist II of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division during the Public Consultation on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Climate Change this morning here in Cebu City said the MOA will task the VECO to take charge in distributing the CFLs to household residents.

Under the MOA, the VECO will identify the distribution center where household residents will exchange their incandescent bulbs (IB) for CFLs, Bacudo said.

Bacudo said household residents of Cebu City will be the recipients of the first batch of the CFL distribution.

Bacudo said the 250,000 CFLs is already there and once the MOA has been signed by both parties, the DOE will then turn over the CFLs to VECO.

When the distribution center has been identified by the VECO, Bacudo said household residents can exchange up to a maximum of six IBs for six CFLs. One condition is that the IBs should not be broken but still in good condition when they exchange these for CFLs, this is learned.

'Switch to Efficient Lighting' through the use of CFLs is the DOE's tagline as they target 13M CFLs to be distributed throughout the country starting this year until the end of next year or early 2011, according to Bacudo.

The distribution of the 13M CFLs is broken down into three lots where the first lot is to be able to distribute 5M CFLs to replace IBs in households in four identified power distribution utilities' areas namely Meralco for Metro Manila, Davao Light for Davao City, Cepalco for Cagayan de Oro and VECO for Cebu City, Bacudo's presentation showed.

Out of the 5M CFLs, Metro Manila garnered the highest number with 4.45M CFLs for distribution followed by Cebu City household residents with 250T CFLs while third is Davao City with 200T CFLs and lastly, Cagayan de Oro with 100T CFLs.

The 5M CFL should be distributed within three months, this is said.

For the second lot, around 4M CFLs will be distributed with Visayas Region as the recipient target while the third lot involves another 4M CFLs ready for distribution solely to Mindanao Region recipients. Both second and third lots will be distributed through the electric cooperatives, Bacudo revealed.

The CFL distribution which falls under the enhancing energy efficiency and conservation component is one of the government's five-point reform package under the 2007 Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) aimed at pursuing the energy independence agenda. The energy sector's agenda focuses on attaining a sustainable 60 percent energy self-sufficiency level beyond 2010 and promoting a globally competitive energy sector.

The other components are: a) accelerating the exploration; development and utilization of indigenous energy resources b) intensifying renewable energy resource development and c) increasing the use of alternative fuels while the continuing reforms in the power sector as well as the downstream oil and gas industries will pave the way in realizing a globally competitive Philippine energy sector.

Cebu City is one of the five identified highly urbanized cities in the country to conduct a public consultation on CDM and climate change relative to the distribution of CFLs with barangay captains as the main participants.

Over 80 barangay captains of Cebu City and other stakeholders attended the consultation this morning.

The half-day consultation was an undertaking of the DOE and the Philippine Information Agency. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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