Echo Session: Developing a National Framework for Energy Management, 27 July 2010, DAP Pasig

Group Photo

Lito Legaspi and Edna Tupas of APOLU (3rd and 4th from right) together with Resource Speakers and Guests (L-R): Engr. Eric Raymundo, Independent Environmental Consultant, Mr. Marlon Pareja, Directcor, La Salle Institute for the Environment, Ms. Sugar Gonzales, Technical Staff, DAP Center for Sustainable Human Development, Ms. Evelyn Reyes and Mr. Artemio Habitan of Department of Energy, and Mr. Eric Abogado, Manager, DAP Human Resource Management Office

Countries around the world must implement the most efficient energy management system as an answer to climate change and the rising costs of energy. A pool of energy managers and energy auditors must be developed as catalysts to promote and implement energy management in industries. These are some of the important topics discussed during the echo session last July 27, 2010, held at the Executive Lounge, DAP Pasig City. A total of 17 participants were present in the activity, composed of DAP technical and support staff, and guests from the Department of Energy.

Eric Raymundo, Independent Environmental Consultant

Eric Raymundo, Independent Environmental Consultant

With the theme “Developing a National Framework for Energy Management”, three grantees were invited to share the knowledge and learning they gained from their attendance to the APO courses on Energy Efficiency that was held in India and Cambodia.

Marlon Pareja, Technical Director, La Salle Institute for the Environment

Marlon Pareja, Technical Director, La Salle Institute for the Environment

The two APO grantees, Mr. Marlon C. Pareja, Technical Director, La Salle Institute for the Environment (LIFE), and Mr. Eric A. Raymundo of Raymundo Environmental Management, made a joint presentation on Energy Management and Energy Audit Methodologies, and highlights of the site visits in India.

On the other hand, Ms. Sugar Gonzales, Associate Project Officer, DAP Center for Sustainable Human Development (CSHD), shared the national framework that she and 3 other Filipino co-participants from DOST and NEDA formulated during their participation in an APO-sponsored workshop held in Cambodia.

According to Mr. Artemio Habitan, Director, DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division,  the proposed national framework presented by the APO grantees is well done and can be adopted in the country. He also said that the Department of Energy, in its part, is already taking necessary actions towards the development of the status of the Evaluation and Accreditation, as well as in the formulation of energy management plan and energy audit standards.

Artemio Habitan, Director, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division, Department of Energy

Artemio Habitan, Director, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division, Department of Energy

A significant outcome of the session is the planned collaboration between the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) through its Center for Sustainable Human Development, the APO grantee resource speakers, and the Department of Energy on the development of a national framework for Energy Management, as well as implementation of capability building programs for Energy Auditors and Energy Managers. The group agreed meet together to discuss the details of the project proposal before the end of 2010.

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