Utility firm taps scouts in energy conservation

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Sunday, June 1, 2014


A YOUTH movement that promotes responsible energy use in Cebu has begun.
The Visayan Electric Company (Veco), in coordination with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Philippines, will now rely on the help of 150 newly christened “Energy Scouts” to lead the Cebuano youth toward responsible energy use.

The Energy Scouts were named during the launch of Cebu Unplugged project at the SM City Cebu Event Center. The project promotes efficient use of energy starting with the youth.

The Energy Scouts are students from participating schools in the cities of Cebu, Talisay and Naga.

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“We are starting with BSP (Boy Scouts of the Philippines) and GSP (Girl Scouts of the Philippines) because they are the models and they have self-discipline,” Maria Theresa Sederiosa, Veco corporate communications manager, said. “I want them to remind people to be mindful of what they do, to think of the consequences of their actions not only in terms of conserving electricity but also about avoiding waste at all costs.”

Sederiosa gave tips on how to conserve energy. She said that with the help of the youth, Veco can avoid brownouts during supply shortages.

“Cebu Unplugged has helped open our eyes, we have realized how important it is to help save energy,” Andrea Ravina of the Cebu City National Science High School told Sun.Star Cebu.

“I learned how to conserve electricity in simple ways. I could help in this advocacy by sharing the things I learned,” Anthony Martin Navarez of the Cebu Institute of Technology-University said.

Sederiosa said Veco plans to go to different schools in Cebu to further promote the campaign. (Arvin Matthew Paculaba, CNU Comm Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 01, 2014.

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