DOE, EU-ASEP, ADB and ASEP-CELLs reach out to Visayas LGUs for EE&C

Date Published: 
February 27, 2020
  • Dir. Patrick T. Aquino, DOE-EUMB discusses an EE&C case study for a government building during an EE&C forum for LGUs in the Visayas held in Mandaue City on 27 February 2020. Listening from the audience are fellow speakers (from left): Douglas Liner of EU-ASEP, Thomas K. Dreessen of ADB, and Alexander Ablaza of ADB and PE2.
    Dir. Patrick T. Aquino, DOE-EUMB discusses an EE&C case study for a government building during an EE&C forum for LGUs in the Visayas held in Mandaue City on 27 February 2020. Listening from the audience are fellow speakers (from left): Douglas Liner of EU-ASEP, Thomas K. Dreessen of ADB, and Alexander Ablaza of ADB and PE2.
  • Forum participants gather for a group photo. (Photos: PNA, DOE)
    Forum participants gather for a group photo. (Photos: PNA, DOE)

MANDAUE CITY, 27 February 2020 – The Department of Energy (DOE), the EU-funded Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (EU-ASEP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the ASEP Clean Energy Living Laboratories (ASEP-CELLs) jointly opened earlier today the two-day event, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Forum for Local Development in the Visayas.

Some sixty participants, most of which represented various city, municipal and provincial government units from across the Central, Eastern and Western Visayas regions, attended the forum, staged from 27-28 February 2020 at the Bai Hotel in Mandaue City.

Director Patrick T. Aquino of the DOE Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB) delivered a detailed presentation on the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11285, or the EE&C Act. The DOE presentation also showcased the energy audit findings for lighting and air conditioning efficiency improvements in its own building in Taguig City.

ADB principal energy specialist Jiwan Acharya shared the Bank’s experience of scaling up India’s demand-side energy efficiency program through their assistance for the state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).

ADB expert and PE2 president Alexander Ablaza explained how the EE&C Act should enable innovative financing options for public sector EE&C projects. The new financing modalities for EE&C improvements in government facilities include direct procurement of energy service company (ESCO) performance contracts under the government procurement reform law, public-private partnership (PPP) transactions under the Build-Operate-Transfer law, and the joint venture (JV) agreements under the amended JV Guidelines of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

Presentations were also delivered by the DOE Visayas Field Office, the DOE EE&C Public Sector Management Division, ASEP-CELLs as represented by ICLEI, the City Government of Mandaue, the Board of Investments, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Science and Technology, the Development Bank of the Philippines, the University of San Carlos - Center for Research in Energy Systems and Technologies and the OneEnergy2030 Movement.

The forum was planned to share with local government units (LGUs) the key features of the new EE&C Law and its IRR, discuss the development of Local EE&C Plans, address key challenges and needs going forward. LGUs’ energy management and reporting systems will need to be developed in collaboration with DOE and other national government agencies. Some key challenges include: coordination amongst relevant responsible agencies, sources of technical and financial know-how, and project development and resourcing at the local level.

The first ASEP LGU Forum focused on Luzon-based LGUs and was conducted in November 2019 through a partnership among EU-ASEP, DOE and the ADB. During this forum, it was recommended that regional forums be likewise organized to reach out to LGUs in Visayas and Mindanao. It is anticipated that 100 LGU representatives and stakeholders will attend the Regional Forum. In addition, international speakers from ADB and ASEP are expected to share their experiences.

Other objectives of the Visayas forum included: a discussion on the development of specific technology and financing options for EE&C projects of LGUs; a discussion on next steps for LGUs and supporting agencies; and to showcase successful EE&C project at the local level through a site visit. The organizers are planning a replication of the forum for Mindanao LGUs in late-March 2020.

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