Thursday, March 30, 2017

DOE conducts energy efficiency workshop

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 30  – With an objective to develop policy measures and instruments that will sustain the switch to more energy efficient appliances and equipment, starting with electric motors and drive systems, the two-day Regional Workshop on Energy Efficiency and Minimum Energy Performance in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors is held on Wednesday until today at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City.

Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary Leonido J. Pulido, III welcomed the foreign guests and participants as he formally opened the workshop.

Asec. Pulido congratulated the European Union-Switch Asia (EU-Switch Asia) through the European Union-High Efficiency Motors (HEMs) Project for initiating the event aimed at sharing knowledge and experiences in promoting energy efficiency in industries within the ASEAN region and at the same time, designing and implementing the minimum energy performance standards for electric motors.

“Energy has become a volatile commodity and serious concern worldwide. The Philippines through the Department of Energy (DOE) has continued to exhaust all means and technologies to sustain a stable supply for the country,” said Pulido.

He added that the DOE has initiated the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Program (NEECP) which is envisioned to promote EE&C as a way of life for every Filipino and at the same time mitigate the impact of price increases and the effects of greenhouse gas emissions.  Among the major components of the NEECP are the information, education and communication campaigns to increase the consumer’s level of awareness while instilling values formation on the benefits of energy efficiency and conservation.

The Government Energy Management Program aims to sustain the judicious and efficient utilization of energy resources by integrating the concept of energy efficiency into the operations and procurement practices of government agencies and government offices.

The DOE is intensifying its efforts to empower the consumers in selecting the most efficient appliances available in the market through our Standards and Labeling Program which involves the posting of energy guides to indicate the energy rating of a particular appliance that was tested by DOE in our Lighting and Appliance Testing Laboratory.

Pulido revealed the launching of the website wattmatters.org.ph, which allows consumers to check the wattage, efficiency rating and consumption of household appliances such as television sets, refrigerators, air-conditioning units, etc.  This website also provides practical energy conservation tips to consumers in order to save in their electricity bills.

He also mentioned the Energy Efficiency Road Map 2017-2040 which targets the sectors of Transport, Residential, Industrial and Commercial establishments that will guide in the generation of energy savings of approximately 25,644 Thousand Tons of Oil.

“Albeit the significant accomplishments gained through these measures, the DOE recognizes that these are still not enough so we seek and encourage the active participation of the public and private sectors as well as our international partners to help us in achieving our goal of becoming a more energy efficient nation.

We are expecting that through this workshop, we will be able to obtain an outsider’s point of view as to how we are performing in terms of utilizing energy efficient technologies in our industries. What we will gain will be assessed and applied to our existing policies and programs,” underscored Pulido.

The workshop is being organized by the DOE in partnership with the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines (IIEE) and other local and international organizations. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD Caraga produces 48 graduates for leadership for convergence program

By Abegail R. Alvarez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Mar. 30 - A total of 48 field staff or City/Municipal Action Team (C/MAT) leaders of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga finally completed the Leadership for Convergence Program (LCP) in partnership with Xavier University-SEARSOLIN, this city.

The said graduates who are already employed in the Department met the requirements and passed the standards of performance set by the said University.

To celebrate their success, the agency conducted the Leadership for Convergence Program Colloquium, which was attended by DSWD Caraga OIC-Regional Director Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim on March 17, 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The said graduates were trained with the modules on Leadership Skills, Team Management, Partnership Building, and Technical Writing. This course was taken within a period of 6 months or more wherein all corresponding school fees were paid by DSWD.

Keynote Speaker Romeo P. Tiongco, former Mayor of Damulog, Bukidnon and Asian Institute of Management - Mindanao Bridging Leadership Fellow, lauded and reminded the graduates about leadership during the graduation ceremony.

“A good leader has a clear vision and carries it to his community. I hope that this success will lead you to become a great leader not just in your workplace, but also to the community that you belong,” said Tiongco.

Also, Lim congratulated the graduates for their efforts.

“I commend you all in succeeding this endeavor despite and in spite the hurdles you’ve encountered along your journey,” said Lim.

“To our dear graduates, I hope that the things you’ve learned from this program and institution will never be put in vain. We are hoping that you grow individually and professionally through this and will be able to find your purpose in working with DSWD and in serving our beneficiaries,” she added.

Prior the graduation ceremony, the C/MAT leaders attended the leadership retreat which aims to deepen their understanding about leadership as well as their commitment as public servant. Also, they individually shared their leadership journey through Public Narratives in front of the panelist. The said report highlights their leadership challenges and their response in improving the social welfare system of their respective municipalities.

With these achievements, the said C/MAT leaders are expected to initiate strategies on how to ensure that the programs and services of the department are maximized.

The LCP is a leadership capability intervention of the department for C/MAT leaders. It aims to improve their leadership and partnership skills and instill appropriate mental models through Bridging Leadership Framework to effectively facilitate the operationalization of Convergence Strategy in their respective municipality. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan blaze kills 2, destroys P15M property

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 30 - A major fire broke out in the city that left major damages to properties and took lives of siblings Tuesday.

PCSupt Rolando B Felix, Caraga Police Regional Director said the fire started near the kitchen of a residence in Brgy. New Society Village that trailed off to more or less 50 neighboring residential and commercial buildings. The operatives from Butuan City Police Office, Bureau of Fire and Protection 13, and other private fire trucks instantly responded to the incident that lasted for more or less one hour.         

An estimated P15,000,000 worth of damaged properties were initially reported while a one year old victim identified as Zion Lisondra Marqueta was charred to death and his four year old brother named Justine Dayn Marqueta died due to his acquired 2nd degree burn.         

“The Police operatives has prevented possible looting at the scene in the incident as they assisted the traffic and rerouting of vehicles to assist the responding fire fighters. Further investigation of the incident is in full swing,” Felix assured. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


U.S. gov’t commits support for development in Mindanao

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 30 – In account to the vibrant economic relationship of the United States (U.S) and the Republic of the Philippines, U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim conveyed the U.S. government’s wholehearted support to the country with emphasis on the commitment to Mindanao development.

Ambassador Kim had a friendly and productive meeting with Philippine president Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Davao City on Monday. They discussed the extensive bilateral partnership over the years as well as cooperation on counterterrorism, child protection, piracy, and economic development in Mindanao.  The ambassador highlighted U.S.-Philippine partnerships in the region that strengthen the local economy and promote peace and stability.

Also, in honoring Women’s History Month, ambassador Kim highlighted the Embassy’s U.S. Agency for International Development funding for a project of training women to weave nets that stop erosion and landslides along the roadways in Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur.

The U.S. government has pledged more than P3.5 billion for dozens of projects in Mindanao over the next few years, including the Roll-on, Roll-off, or RO-RO, nautical highway.  On April 30, the route will connect the cities of Davao and General Santos to Bitung in the Sulawesi Island of Indonesia.  This accomplishment will help U.S. and Philippine businesses operating in Mindanao increase their exports at great savings.

The ambassador also shared a few concrete examples of the close business ties between U.S. companies and Mindanao.  Demand from U.S. clients generates an estimated 40,000 well-paying BPO jobs in Mindanao.  Cargill, a U.S. agricultural corporation, exports P7.5 billion worth of coconut oil every year, much of which comes from Mindanao, supporting tens of thousands of Mindanao farmers.  Together with its partners Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and BASF, Cargill has trained more than 1,000 coconut farmers since 2011 on improving agricultural practices.  As a result, 300 small farmers from the region have been certified to produce the world’s first Rainforest Alliance certified copra, raising their incomes by 15 percent.

For more on U.S. government programs in Mindanao and across the Philippines, visit ph.usembassy.gov or on Facebook account at www.facebook.com/manila.usembassy/. (U.S. Embassy/PIA-Caraga)