ILOILO CITY, April 30 The city government is eyeing some 60 percent savings in its electric bill with the installation of solar panels on top of the imposing new city hall building that will drastically cut its power consumption.
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the new building is aptly called the first green government building in the country with the installation of solar photovoltaic panels that initially energized the lighting and air conditioning fixtures of the whole seventh and eight floors.
Various plants and flowers also adorn the roof deck, thereby adding to the cool ambiance of the new building.
The seventh floor houses the city mayors office (CMO) and other offices under the CMO. The eighth floor is the roof deck that houses the function rooms for meetings and other social activities and the Lin-ay sang Iloilo bronze statue.
Mabilog said that when the city mayor and other officials of Huaibei City in northern China visited the city last week, the Chinese visitors were impressed with the new city hall and the environmental-friendly building with solar panels made in China.
The Iloilo River Development Council (IRDC) held its meeting at the new city hall over the weekend for the first time and council members were impressed of the reliable air-conditioning system and lighting features supplied by solar electricity. (PNA) LAP/ajp/LCPendon/vlo