The City Government of Dumaguete received a score of 94 that is equivalent to a 5 star rating and Grade A for best practices for electricity and fuel conservation based on the assessment conducted by the Energy Audit Team from the Department of Energy and Department of Science and Technology- Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI).
City Administrator Lilani Ramon and City Planning and Development Coordinator Leonides Caro along with personnel from the City Engineering Office and General Services Office held a conference with the Energy Audit Team to scrutinize the documents and records related to electricity and fuel conservation.
The Energy Audit Team also conducted random checking of office energy-consuming equipment and measurement of electricity consumption of the buildings.
In assessing the best practices for electricity conservation the Energy Audit Team determined that the city government offices and facilities used efficient lighting lamps, used efficient equipment of appliances, utilized daylight whenever possible, room temperature were not kept lower than 25 degrees Celsius, use of air conditioning units was limited from 9:00am to 5:00pm, kept the air conditioned room sealed from air infiltration, set the ACU at “fan mode” during lunch break and turned off light, computers, appliances and other equipment when not in use.
As for best practices for fuel conservation, it was also determined by the team that the City Government implemented a fuel conservation program, performed a preventive maintenance schedule of official service vehicles and avoided idling of engines while waiting or parking.
The energy assessment is part of the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP) under the RA 11285 or “An act Institutionalizing Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Enhancing the Efficient Use of Energy, and Granting Incentive to Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program.”
The Energy Audit Team is composed of Apollo Victor O. Bawagan, Wilfredo A. Balais, Federico E. Del Pon Jr., Chammen Jave Plaza, Robert James O. Lacandazo, Marlito M. Manatad and Edd Detleft Brent F. Pardillo.