‘E-Power Mo’ forum stresses energy awareness, cooperation


THE Department of Energy (DOE), in its continuing campaign to promote public awareness on energy conservation and renewable energy sources, shifted its program “E-Power Mo” conference to Iloilo City last October 9 at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel.

The forum – which was opened by Iloilo II Electric Cooperative, Inc. Legal Officer Atty. Dennis Ventilation and DOE-Visayas Field Office Representative Engr. Jose Rey Maleza – enlightened the participants on the pressing issues in the sector.

Among those discussed in the conference with the theme, “Empowering Filipinos through Informed Energy Plans and Policies” were the national energy plans, the tax reform program affecting petroleum products and the nuclear policy.

In his keynote speech delivered by DOE undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi stressed that the agency is continuously crafting proactive policies that effectively respond to industry and consumer needs.

“An informed Filipino is an empowered Filipino. This awareness gives all of us a stake in our country’s energy future. However, the successful attainment of our goals is contingent upon everyone’s full cooperation,” said Cusi in his remarks.

The undersecretary, meantime, urged the public to live by the core message of E-Power Mo efficiently and effectively by using the country’s energy sources to create wealth for the nation.

Fuentebella added that the conference aims to have a strengthened collaboration between the government and the public to engage in healthy and informed discussions on issues of national interest.