Public warned vs using energy saving devices

By Roi Lomotan

Officials from the Department of Energy-Visayas Field Office (DOE – VFO) has cautioned residents here on the use of energy saving devices that promise to lower the electric consumption in homes.

Engr. Miguel Trenuela, Science Research Specialist II of Energy Resources Development and Utilization Division of DOE-VFO, disclosed during a Kapihan sa PIA forum held Sept. 4 that so far, no energy saving device has passed the quality tests administered by the department.

Wala pa gyud nakapasar sa testing sa atong laboratory na naa’y energy saving device. Wala pod kami ga-recommend. Kon mopalit na sila, usahay madako pa na inyong consumption kay naa siyay self-consumption (As of now, no energy saving device has passed our laboratory testing. We also do not recommend any device. There’s a tendency that their electric consumption may increase when they buy it because the device itself consumes power),” Trenuela explained.

Kanang energy – saving device na ingon sila isaksak lang sa saksakan maka-save na ka, actually modako pa na imo consumption kay naa pod siya self-consumption so makadugang pa siya. (Actually, those energy saving devices that claim to help reduce electric consumption when plugged in the electric outlets also use energy so there’s a possibility that electric usage will increase),” Trenuela said.

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(L-R) Engr. Rey Maleza, OIC-Chief of Energy Industry Management Division of Department of Energy – Visayas Field Office (DOE-VFO), Engr. Miguel Trenuela, Science Research Specialist II of Energy Resources Development and Utilization Division of DOE – VFO , and PIA-Negros Oriental Infocen Manager Jenny Tilos during the Kapihan sa PIA forum on DOE’s E-Power Mo! Campaign held Sept. 4, 2018 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Negros Oriental Consumer Protection Division Officer Hernel Sun, who was also in the Kapihan, urged consumers to refrain from buying products from individuals who are doing home solicitation sales.

Sun said these individuals visit barangays especially those in far-flung areas and sell their product to consumers and they appear to be legitimate sellers since they issue official receipts.

However, Sun disclosed that DTI found out that the declared office address of these sellers are non-existent after an inspection and validation done in response to complaints sent by consumers who bought energy saving devices.

Instead of lowering their electric bill, the devices they bought contributed to an increased power consumption.

Meanwhile, Trenuela gave some energy-saving tips to consumers to help them lower their power usage.

The DOE official cited the use of energy-efficient products like LED light bulbs as being effective in conserving energy in homes.

He urged consumers to look for the Energy Label Guide when buying refrigerators or air-conditioning units.

The Energy label Guide is the yellow sticker placed on refrigerators and air-conditioning units which certifies that appliance has underwent testing from DOE laboratory and are proven to conserve energy.

Kon wala energy label, ayaw palita (If it does not have an energy label, don’t buy it),” Trenuela added.

He also noted that appliances with inverter type technologies are proven to be more energy efficient.

Trenuela also reminded consumers that practical measures like putting the temperature of the aircon into a comfortable level in which they suggest 25 degrees centigrade would be the ideal standard temperature, opening the refrigerators only when necessary, and keeping lights off when not in use would contribute a lot in conserving energy.

Energy efficiency and conservation are essential components of DOE’s E-Power Mo! Campaign, a nationwide information drive conducted in cooperation with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) which aims to communicate to every Filipino the major thrusts of the department and also proper energy utilization.

Engr. Rey Maleza, OIC-Chief of Energy Industry Management Division of DOE-VFO, underscored during the Kapihan that there are two approaches in energy conservation.

The first one is focuses on the supply side, while the other is on the demand side which refers to the consumers.

Knowing na kabalo naman ta sa power cost per hour, fix man na siya. Ang ga-vary ra ang atong konsumo. Kanang konsumo based na sa atong aksyon. Kung gapatuyang ra ta: let’s say wala na’y tawo sa room sige ra abre ang aircon o electric fan, ga-on ang suga then maabtan ta ug pila ka oras. That means to say atong gipabay-an (Knowing that the power cost per hour is fixed, what varies is our consumption. Our consumption is based on our action. For example, there is no one in the room and the electric fan or aircon and the lights are turned on for hours, that means to say we don’t care),” Maleza said. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)


Dumaguete City leads war against plastic waste

By Jennifer C. Tilos


With the three pilot barangays taking the lead in waging war against plastic waste, Chair of Environmental Committee Atty. Manuel Arbon of Dumaguete City Council committed the funding support to make the ‘Zero Waste Cities Project Dumaguete’ successful.

The project aims to educate the residents of the three barangays by providing them information about waste management and how it effects the environment.

Arbon said, “As far as the city is concerned, we are committed to making this particular collaboration with Civil Society Organization, the War on Waste, and the three barangays Lo-oc, Piapi and Bantayan of Dumaguete, a successful one.”


Dumaguete City Councilor Atty. Many Arbon entertains questions from the media during the launch of Zero Wast Dumaguete held on Aug. 23, 208 at Lo-oc Barangay Hall, Dumaguete City. (PIA7-NegOr)

The local legislator said “Whatever funding that would be supporting this particular undertaking would require, I can assure that the city mayor and the city council, will be fully behind this particular effort.”

Three coastal barangays have committed personnel and resources to implement the waste segregation at source so that only the residual garbage will be collected by the city government.

Punong Barangays Angelita Ragay, Nerio Grapa, and Charlemagne Bantilan of Lo-oc, Bantayan, and Piapi, respectively signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Thursday that formalized their commitment to legislate an ordinance that will impose fines to those who would irresponsibly dispose of their garbage.


From left: Zero Waste Project – Dumaguete Project Manager Merci Ferrer, Capt. Nerio Grapa of Barangay Bantayan, Capt. Angelita Ragay of Barangay Lo-oc, and Capt. Charlemagne Bantilan of Baangay Piapi. (PIA7-NegOr)

“This is to show the people in the city that we are starting to get rid of plastic as are the stewards of our environment, that is why we are doing this,” Capt. Ragay said.

For his part, Grapa urged residents to help and join hands to help solve the problems on garbage in the city.

All these activities are in accordance to the Zero Waste Cities Project Dumaguete spearheaded by its Manager Merci Ferrer of WOW Break Free from Plastic-Negros Oriental along with allied organizations. (with reports from Kristine Maria Ariken, SU Intern)

Dgte LGU, Rotary Clubs provide ICT equipment to schools

By Roi Lomotan


Local officials here have partnered with Rotary Club Park Cities, Dallas Texas, U.S.A. and Rotary Club Dumaguete East in providing Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment to public schools in the city.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo together with Department of Education (DepEd) – Dumaguete City Division Superintendent Dr. Evangel Luminarias and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Negros Oriental Science Research Specialist Reinhold Jek Abing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rotary Club Park Cities, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. and Rotary Club Dumaguete East represented by Rotarian Bud Naifeh and Rotarian Don Ramas-Uypitching, respectively, yesterday at the Dumaguet City Hall to formalize this partnership.

The move aims to scale up computerization for quality education in public schools.

Abing said the partnership was preceded by the recent collaboration between DOST and DepEd-Dumaguete City to intensify the utilization of ICT equipment in public schools around the city.

DepEd- Dumaguete City Division was a recipient of DOST’s Grant in Aid (GIA) project wherein the city division received P761, 000-worth of ICT equipment from the department recently.

These include 18 units 40” LED TV,  seven units of desktop computers, six laptop computers, six Arduino kits, and six Raspberry Pi kits.

With the signing of the MOU, said agencies committed to deliver their counterpart to make this project more successful in the city.

“Karon there will a counterpart coming from the rotary and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Dumaguete City (This time, the rotary and the LGU of Dumaguete City commit to give their counterpart),” Abing said.

The DOST official also shared that it was DOST Provincial Director Atty. Gilbert Arbon who informed Dr. Luminarias about Rotary Club Park Cities, Dallas, Texas Rotarian Bud Naifeh idea on the computerization program.

Rotarian Don Ramas-Uypitching cited that this project has a total funding of $107,296 or roughly P5 million.

Of the total, the Rotary Club Park Cities, Dallas, Texas has a counterpart of $5,250, Dumaguete City – LGU with $42,000, Rotary Club Dumaguete East with $2,000, District Designated Fund of District 5810 of Texas with $35, 000, Rotarian Clint of Texas gave $1,050, DOST with $2,745, and the World Fund with $19, 551.

The amount is expected to provide 45 Lenovo tablets in 18 schools along 45 headphones with microphones, one computer server in each school, Wifi routers, desktop switches, and UPS.

It will also cover the miscellaneous expenses related to the project.

Ramas-Uyptiching assured that he will make sure all expenses will be accounted and reported to Rotary International.

Atong ipakita kanila (Rotary International) na kada ilang gigahin na kwarta atong igasto sa unsay tuyo (We will show them that the money they have set aside for us was spent on its intended use),” he told their partners.

Meanwhile, Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo believes this partnership is timely since it will help boost the competitiveness of Dumagueteño students.

“Very fortunate ang mga bata nato karon to have this modern technology so that knowledge will be attained fast and connectivity ang importante (Our youth today are very fortunate to have this modern technology. Knowledge will be attained fast and more importantly, they enjoy connectivity),” Remollo said.

“Ang atong kwarta nga counterpart na 50 percent comes from the special education fund which was also approved by the City Council. It is $42, 000, roughly that’s P2 million (Our 50% counterpart comes from the special education fund which is approved by the City Council),” he added.

The local chief executive also thanked the two rotary clubs for choosing Deped-Dumaguete City Division as the beneficiary of their projects.

He hopes this would lead to other partnerships to help poor children in the city.

On the other hand, Dr. Luminarias expressed gratitude to the other agencies for their help.

She assured that the ICT equipment will be utilized in the teaching, learning, and instruction processes in schools.

“Labaw sa tanan, ang mga bata ang maka-benefit ani kay sila man ang mogamit aning equipment (Children will truly benefit from this because they will be the ones who will use these equipment),” Luminarias said.