Iloilo City Government Takes Action to Promote Energy Conservation


The Iloilo City Government is taking proactive steps to address energy conservation following a series of power outages in late April. Mayor Jerry TreƱas has issued Executive Order No. 049 on May 2, directing all City Government offices, departments, barangay facilities, schools, local police stations, and other offices dependent on City Government electricity to adhere to energy conservation guidelines provided by the Department of Energy (DOE). Public and private establishments in the area are also encouraged to adopt these measures.

The order prohibits the unnecessary use of office equipment and appliances, such as computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, air conditioners, electric fans, office lights, and government vehicles, which must be unplugged when not in use. The Iloilo City Hall's air conditioning systems are limited to operation between 8 am and 4:30 pm, with a maintained temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. During the lunch break, office equipment and gadgets are to be turned off from 12 noon to 1 pm, despite the "No Noon Break" regulation mandated by the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.


Further measures include the prohibition of high-energy consumption devices like electric stoves and irons on office premises. Street lights along public thoroughfares are to be turned on from 6 pm to 4 am, while lights in public plazas, parks, and esplanades should be turned off at 11 pm, with minimal lighting maintained for safety and security. Barangay officials are encouraged to limit the use of sound systems and disco lights during barangay fiestas.

Water conservation is also emphasized, promoting practices such as using brooms instead of water hoses for cleaning sidewalks and driveways, repairing faulty faucets, washing cars with buckets instead of hoses, and using recycled water for houseplants. Water concessionaires and utilities are instructed to promptly check for waterline leaks and make necessary repairs to minimize wastage.

These energy-saving measures aim to implement best practices in energy management and conservation, while encouraging the active participation of City Government employees and the entire Ilonggo community in reducing energy waste.
Zach Golez

A lifestyle blogger based in Iloilo City

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