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Don’t use light bulbs for
poll maneuvering

Department of Energy officials said the three solons from Negros Oriental have each been allocated 10,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs under the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project.

DOE Undersecretary Loreta Ayson and directors Evelyn Reyes and Raquel Huliganga, at a press conference in Dumaguete City Tuesday, said the CFL distribution is in line with the energy security strategy.

Huliganga said Representatives George Arnaiz (2nd District) and Jocelyn Limkaichong (1st District) already received their allocation, while Rep. Pryde Henry Teves (Neg. Or., 3rd District) has yet to complete the requirements for the release of the bulbs.

The DOE officials said it is up to the solons to identify the beneficiaries of the light bulbs, and said the project should not be used for political maneuverings.

But they lamented the timing in the distribution of CFLs as the May 13 midterm elections draw near. They said some House members were not able to strictly follow the scheduled distribution on September 22 to 29 last year, supposedly to avoid the poll period.

Reyes said the solons are subjected to strict accounting of CFL recipients. She said no one from the province’s congressional representatives submitted a report yet.

The P2.2 billion DOE-initiated PEEP, funded by the Asian Development Bank, aims to encourage households to shift from using incandescent bulbs to CFLs to reduce power costs. The project will end in June.

A roadshow presentation of the PEEP is ongoing at Silliman University in Dumaguete City.

Meanwhile, Ayson said the DOE will launch the e-Trike project in select areas of the country as soon as the financing scheme is finalized, but she did not say if the province will be one of them.

She said the tricycle units will use lithium ion batteries, which will be more economical, environmentally-friendly and noise free, instead of gasoline.

The project will be launched in coordination with local government units that will issue the franchise to transport groups, or drivers, who avail of the lease-to-own unit scheme.

Each unit costs around P200,000, inclusive of the imported spare parts and lithium batteries.

Solar charging stations will also be built for the e-Trikes, Ayson added.*JFP/JG

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