(Legazpi City, December 21, 2021) – The Province of Albay under the able leadership of Governor Al Francis C. Bichara was declared the sole winner of the Energy Efficiency Excellence Award under the Local Government Unit (LGU) category in the Philippines this year.

This was announced through the responsible offices that undertook in complying with the program. They were the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) under PGDH Engr. Macario Pavia and the Provincial General Services Office (PGSO) under PGDH Oliver Cogasa.

In an interview, the representatives of PPDO and PGSO, Planning Officer IV Arnold Onrubia and Asst. PGSO Elmer de Ala, respectively, told Albay PIO that the Energy Efficiency Excellence Award was made known to the Provincial Government of Albay in an online awarding ceremony last December 17, 2021.The DOE program on Energy Efficiency and Conservation is being implemented to both government and private sectors in line with Republic Act No. 11285, otherwise known as Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, which “promotes and encourages energy efficiency and conservation in its daily operations, including developing and utilizing efficient renewable technologies and systems to ensure optimal use and sustainability” in the use of fuel and electricity.

According to Planning Officer IV Arnold Onrubia, the Provincial Government of Albay under Governor Al Francis C. Bichara has bested two other LGUs in the wise implementation of energy on fuel and electricity.  In complying with R.A. No. 11285, the Provincial Government of Albay under Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara through the two said offices, submitted on October 21, 2021, the complete required official documents, ascertaining in the said document the actual procedures used by the Provincial Government of Albay in the implementation of the program, which was addressed to the Energy Utilization Management Bureau of the Department of Energy (DOE) headed by Director Patrick T. Aquino, CESO III.

In the said letter, Governor Bichara wrote that the submission of the requirement looked forward to “champion the causes of energy efficiency and conservation in the country.”

It will be recalled that an Energy Audit Team had virtually evaluated the Provincial Government of Albay through the Office of the Provincial Development Office and the Provincial General Services Offices last month, the first-ever virtual energy audit held.

The Energy Audit Team evaluated the judicious utilization of energy and conservation of the four (4) buildings; namely, Albay Provincial Capitol, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office, Albay Astrodome, and Capitol Annex I.

Jose M. Briones, Albay PIO