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DOE launches switch to CFL campaign in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 29 –The Department of Energy (DOE) with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched Thursday its switch to Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) campaign in this southern port city.

The campaign, dubbed as the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP), aims to place the consumers in a better position to control their electricity demand.

The start of the campaign was highlighted with the signing of memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the use and distribution of two million compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in Mindanao in lieu of the power-consuming incandescent bulbs.

The signatories of the MOA include representatives from the DOE and managers of the electric cooperatives from Zamboanga Peninsula and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The switch to CFL from incandescent bulbs (IBs) is also aimed at addressing the problem on climate change.

Artemio Habitan, DOE chief on energy efficiency and conservation division, said that on the average, ordinary IBs burn for only about 1,000 hours while the CFL can last up to 10,000 burning hours.

“All they (electric consumers) have to do is to exchange their IBs with the more energy-efficient CFLs,” Habitan said.

Habitan said that a CFL consumes up to 80 percent less electricity than IB for the same amount of illumination.

Habitan said that a total of 32 kilowatt-hour savings per year could be realized for every 40-watt IB replaced with a 15-watt CFL that if used for an average of 3.5 hours a day, which translates to about P300 annual savings per bulb.

He said that the two million CFLs to be distributed in Mindanao will result in about 64-gigawatt-hour per year of electricity savings.

“This is equivalent to a reduction of around 28,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year,” he added.

Habitan said the reduction of carbon dioxide is important for the Philippines to help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change due to deforestation, dumping of waste, and increasing use of fossil fuels.

Aside from these benefits, the Philippine government stands to gain carbon credits in the form of certificates under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) which can be sold as part of emission trading, Habitan said. (PNA)

LAP/Teofilo P. Garcia/utb

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