Cebu Province, Climate Change Commission to pursue renewable energy programs

The Province of Cebu is assured of Climate Change Commission’s (CCC) cooperation in the implement of its environmental programs.

Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CCC Commissioner Heherson Alvarez.

The parties sought to develop cooperation in the establishment and implementation of renewable energy models for the Cebu Provincial Government under its Renewable Energy Program.

Provincial Ordinance No. 2014-02 mandated the establishment of a model comprehensive retrofitting program to convert the Capitol Complex in its entirety into “green and disaster-resilient buildings.”

This also coincides with the programs of the Office of the Commissioner Heherson Alvarez of CCC, namely Sustainable Energy Road Mapping, Black Carbon, and Green Building Initiatives.

CCC Consultant Michael E. Nuñez said the cooperation will take the following forms: seminars, symposia, conferences and exhibits; capacity building programs; consultations; and work visits.

The discussions include the development and utilization of renewable energy, especially wind and solar.

Aside from the Cebu Provincial Government, CCC also forged a similar agreement with Talisay City and Municipality of Alcoy. Nuñez stated that the two local government units plan to set up a solar power source to satisfy its energy needs.

He added that it could serve as a prototype for all solar energy sources in the province.

Nuñez said that he is still waiting for Alvarez’s order when to schedule the MOU signing.

Earlier, Gov. Davide was pleased to hear that a consortium wants to establish a wind farm in the highlands of Central Cebu. The governor stated that Cebu not only needs more power but also more alternative power sources.