Philippines Recognizes National Government Agencies for Efficient Lighting

Untitled(MANILA, Philippines) – The Philippine Government, in partnership with Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) recently recognized government and industry leaders from all over the country who had participated in the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project-Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP-EBI). The PEEP-EBI Awarding Ceremony was held as part of the PHILGBC’s Building Green 2013 Conference at New World Hotel last June 26, 2013.

The Republic of the Philippines, through the DOE, initiated the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) to demonstrate the societal benefits of implementing energy efficiency programs in the residential, commercial and public sectors. The project is implemented with financial support from the Asia Development Bank (ADB).

The PHILGBC’s implementation of the BERDE Program contributed to three (3) major components of PEEP, which includes the promotion of efficient lighting, expansion of appliance testing capability of the DOE, IEC support, and the execution of the Efficient Building Initiative (EBI).

During the Awarding Ceremonies of the PEEP-EBI, DOE Undersecretary Loreta G. Ayson expressed the government’s achievement of energy efficiency goals through the PEEP.“. . . [T]he implementation of the various programs under PEEP has resulted, we’re
proud to say, has resulted to a reduction of electricity consumption of 243 Megawatts. That’s one (1) power plant, which is equivalent to carbon emissions avoidance of 172,000 tons and of course that is translated to monetary savings of three billion pesos annually. .”

As one of the activities under PEEP, thirty-one (31) government agencies participated in the Efficient Lighting Initiative (ELI) of PEEP.

As part of the implementation of ELI, a DOE-PHILGBC technical working group piloted a certification program for efficient lighting, which includes assessment and verification activities, which verified the potential savings of 31 government buildings that have undergone retrofitting of their lighting fixtures. The joint working group certified that the total potential energy savings per year is approximated at 1,276,219.64 kW-h equivalent to PhP 6, 990, 847.66 in annual savings.
About the PHILGBC

The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) is a national non-stock, non-profit organization that promotes the sharing of knowledge on green building practices to industry to ensure a sustainable environment. As an alliance of national leaders from both the public and private sectors, the Philippine Green Building Council shall take the lead in ensuring that the property industry designs, builds and operates buildings in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner that will pave the way for the Filipinos to live, work and play in safe, healthy and productive environments.

For more information about the PHILGBC, visit

About the BERDE Program
The Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) Program was created by the PHILGBC as an appropriate response to the Philippine building industry’s need to measure environmental performance of buildings and to proactively address the negative impacts of climate change in the property sector.

The BERDE Green Building Rating System is developed under the BERDE Program. BERDE measures, evaluates, verifies and monitors environmental performance of buildings. BERDE publicly recognizes buildings performing above and beyond existing laws, regulations and mandatory industry standards. The green building rating system is consensus driven and is achieved through a multi-stakeholder consultation and collaboration process. The BERDE Assessment and Certification is credible, unbiased, balanced and impartial and is achieved through a third party certification process in line with international standards.

For more information about the BERDE Program, you may visit

Deputy Team Leader, Philippine Energy Efficiency
Project: Efficient Building Initiative (PEEP-EBI)
Executive Director, PHILGBC National Secretariat
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 815 9301, (GMT+08:00)

Coordinator, BERDE Program, PEEP-EBI
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 815 9301, (GMT+08:00)

Communications and Business Development
Philippine Green Building Council
(+632) 858 8082, (GMT+08:00)

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