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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

'New' Manila city hall fitted with solar-powered devices

MANILA, Jan 12 -- Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno unveiled yesterday the country’s first ever solar-powered city council session hall.

The city council also launched its real-time broadcast of its twice-a-week sessions yesterday.

Moreno, in his speech during the launch, said he believes being seen by the public during sessions is a good thing. He urged the city council to be transparent in the discharge of their mandated duties and responsibilities.

He said the city government spent close to P3 billion to use solar energy and install solar tubes, solar air-conditioning units, and solar panels on the roof.

Although they retained the old facade of the session hall due to its historical value, Moreno said its entire structure was changed.

The new session hall has a huge dome with cathedral glasses that catch the sun’s rays, illuminating the session hall. Solar panels were installed on the roof to generate electricity for the entire session hall.

Moreno said this will mean lower electricity bills. The session hall’s power bill alone reaches P80,000 a month, and shifting to solar power would lower the bill by 90 percent.

He said studies show the solar powered devices would last 25 years.

“I am happy. This proves that it wasn’t really bad to dream. After all, this started with just a dream, and now, we have the first solar-powered session hall in the whole country,” Moreno said.

Yesterday’s blessing of the new Manila council session hall was led by Vice President Jejomar Binay and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim (PIA NCR)

 
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