THE Bacolod City Council passed resolution urging all sectors in the city to support the “Palit Ilaw” program of the Department of Energy (DOE).

The said resolution was authored by Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, chair committee on energy.

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She urged Bacolodnons to use compact fluorescent lamps (CEL’s) instead of the conventional incandescent lamps, T8 or slimmer linear fluorescent lamps instead of 40W fluorescent lamps, and low-loss magnetic and electronic ballast instead of the conventional magnetic ballast “for energy and conservation.”

Batapa-Sigue said the use of CFL provides more energy savings, brighter light and longer life span which translate to a more efficient lighting system, a healthier environment and a bright future.

She said even the New Government Center of Bacolod utilizes energy saving and energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps in its offices, adding that the significant benefits in energy consumption and environmental care are the encouraging results of the “Palit Ilaw” program worthy of support and replication in Bacolod.

Citing Ordinance No. 504, Series of 2009 or the Climate Change Ordinance, Batapa-Sigue said that Article 4, Section 1 calls for the City Government to establish with annual energy efficiency targets that particularly address the demand-side efficiency improvements, energy conservation, and use of energy efficient technologies.

Further, a resolution was also passed urging the City Government to implement City Ordinance No. 504 particularly by convening the Bacolod network on climate change to undertake its advisory functions, especially the provision under Article 6 with regard the importance of water conservation as in order to address the threat or decreasing quantity and quality of drinking water due to climate change.

Batapa-Sigue meanwhile said water scarcity, drought and other circumstances related to lack of water either for human consumption or for purposes of agriculture need to be addressed.