The Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), conducted a Forum on Alternative Fuels and Energy Technology (AFET) in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur to create greater awareness and appreciation of the importance of cleaner alternative energy fuels and technologies and efficient utilization of energy.
The key initiatives under this program are the implementation of Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaign, consultations and promotion of Energy Sector Innovation. This aims to reduce the country’s dependence on imported oil by providing energy consumers with alternative and advance energy technologies and more environment-friendly fuel options aside from conventional fuels, such as, gasoline and diesel.
In his message, Bislig City Mayor Librado Navarro said that the advocacy campaign of DOE is very timely as the city is fast tracking its goal to be the center of organic agriculture in 2020, hence, the use also of alternative fuels as best resource for a cleaner environment.
“In fact, we are also preparing for the hosting of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM), International Organic Forum, First Declaration of Asian Organic Day, and the Asian Local Government for Organic Agriculture (ALGOA) Summit in September 2018. And this AFET Forum is very relevant in particular to our advocacies,” said Navarro.
Navarro also underscored how its local government helped in the mitigation of climate change/global warming through its programs and projects that are focused on the utilization organic resources.
Meanwhile, Virgilio Arzadon, senior science research specialist of the Department of Energy (DOE) Mindanao Field Office reiterated that the department is mandated by Republic Act (RA) no. 7638, otherwise known as Department of Energy Act of 1992, to prepare, integrate, coordinate, supervise and control all plans, programs, projects and activities of the government relative to energy exploration, development, utilization, distribution and conservation.
Sharing the DOE functions, Arzadon stressed that in partnership with the different stakeholders, the department shall improve the quality of life of the Filipino by formulating and implementing policies and programs to ensure sustainable, stable, secure, sufficient, and accessible energy. He added that in pursuit of this mission, they commit to render efficient service with utmost integrity and professionalism.
“We seek to promote judicious conservation, renewal, and efficient utilization of energy, and also to ensure a continuous, adequate and economic supply of energy,” said Arzadon.
In advancing the Alternative Fuels Program, DOE Senior Science research Specialist Roselle Ibuna also enumerated the AutoLPG for Transport program, locally sourced natural gas as fuel, and electric vehicles program.
“One of our objectives is to create a long term benefit to the people and the environment through the use of alternative fuels. That’s why we are mainstreaming and encouraging the public to apply AFET,” emphasized Ibuna.
On the part of PIA, Dr. Emelyn Libunao, Program and Management Division staff director, briefed the participants on the role of the agency in the DOE’s campaign on AFET being the communication arm of the government. She emphasized the importance of advocating alternative fuels, which is contributory to national development.
“When people are aware, informed and have access on the opportunities, programs and services of the government, they become empowered,” underlined Libunao.
Moreover, the AFET roadmap envisions the successful adoption and commercialization of alternative fuels and energy technologies through strong and collaborative partnership with the private sector and full government support in providing enabling mechanism and building-up local capacity for research and development in emerging energy technologies.
The forum was participated by students, representatives from transport/drivers/operators sector, barangay officials, government information officers and local government staff, and personnel from academe.