DOE pushes renewable energy use in remote barangays

July 16, 2009 9:23 am 

ILOILO CITY, July 16 –- The Department of Energy (DOE)is pushing for the use of non-destructive and environment friendly technology in its implementation of electrification program in the country’s remote barangays.

DOE director for Visayas Antonio Labios said they are promoting the utilization of renewable energy sources such as river systems in coming up with micro-hydro and solar home systems in an attempt to cover all barangays in their electrification program.

In Panay, Labios said, the DOE has forged a partnership with the Non-Conventional Energy Center of the Central Philippine University(CPU)to promote the use of renewable energy and identify barangays that are to be covered by the program.

“This is in relation to poverty alleviation program of the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. We believe that providing electricity in the remote barangays will spur socio-economic development,” Labios said.

In Negros Island, the DOE also teamed up with the Silliman University and the San Carlos University in Cebu for the Central Visayas area.

He said the DOE provides budget for these universities depending on their project proposals.

He said the barangay electrification program has already covered almost 100 percent of the more than 40,000 barangays in the country.

He also said the DOE is looking forward to start with the household level and sitio electrification program by 2015.(PNA)

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