Friday, July 28, 2017

34 kids to hand solar 
lanterns to ACD reps

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 28, (PIA)--Some 34 kids of Lourdes Elementary School in Panglao await excitedly as they each are to symbolically hand a solar lantern to each of the 34 delegates to a pioneering international convention on power here. 

The kids earlier joined a workshop by the Liter of Light, which allowed them to learn how to assemble a working one-watt solar lamp from a printed circuit board, a few capacitors and hooking it to a solar panel and a battery. 

This too as the DOE assures Boholanos that the earthquake affected power vacuum in Bohol would be filled so as not to disrupt the international gathering of experts in the tourism island. 

As the country struggles to adopt measures to secure, sustain and build resilient power, the Department of Energy (DOE) brings to the Philippines and to Bohol the first hosting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) set August 7-10, at the Be Grand Hotel in Panglao Island, Bohol.

In a press material, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said, “The hosting of ACD gives greater emphasis on the evolving global developments concerning energy and the environment and the energy-water-food nexus.”

“These topics are the key areas of cooperation where Asian nations can consolidate and expand efforts to ensure a secure, affordable, sustainable and resilient energy supplies in the region,” Cusi emphasized as quoted.

Established in June 2002, the ACD is a gathering of Asian countries to promote interdependence among Asian members in all areas of cooperation, one of which is on energy.

This year’s ACD Conference will focus on energy security, sustainability and resiliency as well as energy's relation to water and food.

The conference aims to gather energy policy makers in the region to discuss latest developments in their respective countries, and encourage consultations in identifying new cooperation initiatives that may be implemented in the ACD region, according to the DOE. 

Specifically, the Conference aims to promote information exchange and the sharing of best practices on energy policies, plans and programs among ACD Member States.

Along this line, the Philippine's would be leading the symbolic exchange of solar lamp technology as a way of engaging Asian countries to take on the technology. 

DOE also said the ACD will be an avenue to drive investments in the following priority areas: (1) Renewable Energy and Clean Energy; (2) Natural Gas as Transition Fuel; (3) Low Carbon Future Thru Clean Energy Technologies; (4) Emerging Role of Nuclear Energy; (5) Energy Connectivity and Market Integration; and (6) The Role of the Younger Generation on the Future of Energy Development.

Participating countries are expected to share information and experiences on building a resilient energy sector, especially among high-risk countries on the adverse effects of changing weather patterns and disasters.

The other objectives of the ACD, Cusi said, are to expand trade and financial markets within Asia, and ultimately transform the Asian continent into One Asian Community. 

DOE officials led by Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella have been here in Bohol since last week to lay the ground works for the international event even as power outages caused by unstable power supply in Bohol continue to threaten the gab. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
DOE Usec Wimpy Fuentebella talks with the pupils of Lourdes Elementary School who have been trained to teach the Asian delegates to the ACD the process in assembling the solar lamp which the Philippines shares to other countries. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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