A REPRESENTATIVE from the Department of Energy (DOE) conducted Tuesday an energy audit in Bacolod City relative to the implementation of the city’s energy efficient lighting system.

DOE lighting audit specialist and mechanical engineer Rodolfo Manga said that in June 2003, they conducted “Palit Ilaw sa Palengke” program in Bacolod North Public Market for the shift of incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL).

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About 500 incandescent bulbs in Burgos Public Market have been changed to CFL, which the city saved around P1 million in cost savings per month.

The energy audit by the DOE will help the City Government save a lot of power consumption and bills.

Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, chair committee on energy, said the members of the City Council passed a resolution on the shift of bulbs from incandescent to CFL, noting that last year, a project with the DOE regarding the use of CFL as mandated by the DOE, was already started.

Manga said they will conduct the same inventory in some local government units with regard to this matter.

He said the DOE will distribute books and guidelines to the cities and municipalities with regard the project.

Batapa-Sigue said the city has maintained its partnership with the DOE, especially in the promotion of power friendly street lighting and buildings.

DOE’s lighting project is covered under the Philippine Efficient Lighting Market Transformation Project (PELMATP).

The councilor vowed to help DOE with due respect to the city’s ordinance, especially observing that street lights are within the efficient lighting standards of the DOE. (MAP)