DOE’s lighting retrofit to cover government buildings in Northern, Central Luzon, Cordilleras

LAOAG CITY, August 12 (PIA) — Government buildings in Northern and Central Luzon, including the Cordilleras, stand to generate savings when the Department of Energy (DOE) adopts the lighting retrofit in their lighting systems.

The DOE will sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with government leaders in Regions I, II, III and the Cordillera Administrative Region for the adoption of lighting retrofit in government buildings to achieve energy efficiency.

DOE representatives have temporary moved the signing of the MOA in the coming days. A scheduled MOA signing last Friday was cancelled due to bad weather that caused widespread flooding in Metro Manila and other Luzon provinces.

At least 135 government buildings nationwide will benefit from reduced energy wastage from the use of inefficient lighting equipment.

According to DOE’s media release, light retrofitting involves replacement of existing lighting systems with efficient lamps and electronic ballast that could spell millions of pesos in savings for government.

It said some P20 million in projected savings will be achieved with the retrofitting of at least 35 government buildings of various national government agencies which was implemented early this year.

“To date, 22 buildings which have been retrofitted will result to one (1) million kWh electricity reduction equivalent to monetary savings of as high as P 10 million (at Php 10.00/kWh) per year,” the DOE said.

The government building retrofit is part of the efficient lighting initiative component of the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP).

The PEEP also includes the National Residential Lighting Program (NLRP), the Public Lighting Replacement Program (PLRP), and the carrying out of energy efficiency testing and lamp waste management which intends to expand the DOE’s existing testing laboratory and the establishment of a mercury waste management facility for recovery of mercury from used fluorescent lamps.

Government buildings/agencies which have already benefited from the program are: National Dairy Authority, National Housing Authority, Environmental Management Bureau, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, National Food Authority, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Information Agency, National Telecommunications Commission, Philippine Coconut Authority, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Agriculture, Tourism Infrastructure and Entrepreneurship Zone Authority, Department of Tourism, National Electrification Administration, National Printing Office, National Irrigation Administration, Land Transportation Office, Department of Science and Technology, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Energy, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Health, Metro Manila Development Authority, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Trade Industry-International Trade Group, Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, Department of Justice, Philippine Trade Training Center, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Finance, and the National Center for Mental Health. (JCR/CCA-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)

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