by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, August 2 (PIA) — The city government here is set to implement strategic measures to lessen the effects of climate change and address the issue on power reduction and consumption.
Mayor Leovic R. Dioneda said in an interview recently said the move starts within the City Hall premises, solar energy powered lights replaced the old mercury bulbs with electric supply from the Sorsogon Electric Cooperative, installed 2 weeks ago, these solar powered bulbs now provides lighting to the national highway fronting the Sorsogon City Hall.
Dioneda this month issued a memorandum to city administrator, Ret. Gen. Ireneo Manaois, instructions to distribute the Light Emitting Diode (LED) to all barangays, a city government initiative to lessen power consumption , reduce power cost. and primarily as a strengthening mitigation and adaptation strategy to lessen the effects of Climate Change.
According to Dioneda, the research findings which was suggested by several students from the Sorsogon State College (SSC) using the LED as source for lighting proved to be one of the measures where power consumption can be reduced into half of the current power cost the city is paying.
“By replacing the existing florescent bulbs found out hazardous to human health because of its mercury content, Solar powered light will be now seen in major thorough fares of our city lamp posts”.” Installing the LED.will eventually reduce power cost “, he said.
“As a staunch advocate of CCAM, together with the city council , we have identified certain programs and measures to be implemented that will reduce power consumption in the city hall and at the same time in the barangays through the use and installation of solar powered energy lighting facilities and now the installation of LED units.” Dioneda expressed.
Four barangays here have already started with clearing and preparation in replacing and installing this power reducing lighting facility according to Manaois.
“In fact, the people from barangay Talisay through Barangay Captain Dennis Valladolid have expressed satisfaction and positive reactions in the initiatives being implemented by the city government”, Manaois explained.
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation are now being strengthened by the city government by also scheduling power shut off in the offices on scheduled times according to Manaois..
“Eventually , Sorsogon City will be using these new technologies that are environmentally friendly and safe. This will also provide additional funds for the city government as power cost will be reduced”, mayor Dioneda finally expressed. (MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)