ILOILO CITY, Oct. 12 (PIA6) -- The overriding message that the Department of Energy (DOE) conveyed to consumers and other stakeholders at the E-Power Mo Iloilo is the need to conserve energy and use it efficiently and the assurance that the department will continue to craft policies and implement programs that respond to people's needs.
DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said in his keynote message at the start of the event held October 9 to 11 here that the vision of the department is in support to the government's "AmBisyon Natin 2040".
AmBisyon Natin 2040 is the collective vision and aspiration of Filipinos over the next 25 years of a "matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay", according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
Fuentebella said that their program on energy efficiency and security will need the support and cooperation of consumers and all Filipinos.
In his message on opening day, Philippine Information Agency Director General Harold E. Clavite said: "Without energy, the quest for development becomes tricky." The message was read for him by the agency's Program Management Division chief Emelyn Q. Libunao.
PIA is the partner of DOE in the implementation of E-Power Mo nationwide, designed to capacitate and make consumers aware on their responsibility to manage their energy supply and use it in a smart way.
"With proper awareness of our responsibilities as energy consumers, not only will we contribute to the safety and security of our households and communities, but we will also ensure that the next generations of Filipinos will still have an energy supply to enjoy," Clavite averred.
In a message read out by DOE Visayas Field Office division chief Jose Rey Maleza, Director Saul Gonzales said the department continues to implement activities, programs and projects to ensure energy security in the country.
Iloilo Provincial Legal Officer Dennis Ventilacion welcomed the guests and participants on behalf of Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr.
The conference on opening day was participated in by some 700 representatives from the sectors of Downstream Oil and Natural Gas, Upstream Oil Industry, Renewable Energy, Power Energy, Alternative Fuels and Energy Efficiency, and Consumers.
The plenary session featured presentations on various energy topics with breakout sessions on sectoral concerns.
The three-day event, themed "Empowering Filipinos through Informed Energy Plans and Policies", also included the Energy 101 for Media and seminar on energy efficiency and conservation in government offices.
Fuentebella 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. (PIA6)