Iloilo is one of the two provinces in the country to win the Energy Efficiency Excellence Award from the Department of Energy (DOE).
Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. received the award during the awarding ceremony on December 19, 2023, at Hilton Manila in Pasay City. He was accompanied by Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office chief Atty. Caesar Emmanuelle Buyco, Board Member Rolando Distura, and EEC Focal Rey Victor Garin of the Provincial Planning and Development Office.
The DOE recognized Iloilo for its exemplary performance and pioneering initiatives in implementing the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP). The other winning province is Nueva Vizcaya.
GEMP is a government-wide program implemented under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (Republic Act 11285) to reduce consumption of electricity and petroleum products through electricity efficiency and conservation, and efficiency and conservation in fuel use of government vehicles, among others.
The Energy Efficiency Excellence Award is one of the most prestigious awards on a national scale. It aims to promote the implementation of energy management systems and best practices on energy efficiency in all energy-consuming establishments within the country, including government facilities.
Through a letter addressed to Governor Defensor, Director Patrick T. Aquino of the DOE Energy Utilization Management Bureau congratulated the Iloilo provincial government for its “exceptional initiatives and unwavering commitment in the implementation of energy efficiency and conservation”.
They were guided by Department Order No. DO2021-09-0014 or the Guidelines on Energy Efficiency Excellence Awards, the Iloilo provincial government was subjected to a rigorous evaluation by the Selection and Awarding Committees. (Capitol News)
Congratulations to the Iloilo Energy Team and all the hardworking officers and employees of the Iloilo provincial government headed by Governor Defensor; Vice Governor Christine Garin; our “Energy Champions” Board Member Rolando Biaca Distura and Dr. Raul Banias; Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office chief Atty. Caesar Emmanuelle Buyco; and EEC Focal Rey Victor Garin.
Special thanks to USAID Energy Secure Philippines for assisting the province of Iloilo in this endeavour along with Central Philippine University, DOE and other implementing partners.