Malacañang is encouraging the public to participate in this year’s Earth Hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday (March 28) to conserve energy, hoping that Filipinos would adopt the practice on a daily basis.
“Every year that this is commemorated, we see more and more people participating, but beyond the shutting of your lights from 8:30 to 9:30 tonight, we hope that we continue to do more on a daily basis to be able to conserve energy,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview on Saturday.
Adopting the practice is timely, as power shortage looms in Luzon this summer, Valte told dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
“We appeal to everyone to do his or her own little share in conserving energy, not only because it saves you money on your electricity bill, but it also contributes to the general well-being of everyone when it comes to our environmental situation,” she said.
Valte said she hopes it would become everyone’s habit to turn off lights and appliances that are not in use.
There are many ways Filipinos could participate in energy conservation, she said, noting that this year’s Earth Hour would be a good start.
“Let us not limit our participation to energy conservation to one hour a year,” she emphasized.
Malacañang has been asking Congress to grant it special powers to address the possible power shortage in Luzon this summer.
In the meantime, the government has already begun carrying out measures to ensure enough power supply in Luzon, including making sure that main power plants are working efficiently, and scheduling maintenance shutdowns properly to avoid supply disruptions.
The private sector has also committed to contribute by producing its own electricity to ease the burden on main electricity grids.
The government has also appealed to the public to observe simple energy-saving tips at home.