Sorsogon PENRO pushes for power service interruption on Earth Hour

SORSOGON—The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office here is seeking to effect a one-hour power service interruption to coincide with this year's observance of Earth Hour.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO-LGU) Department Head Engr. Maribeth L. Fruto
Photo: Provincial Administrator, Province of Sorsogon
A worldwide program organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for the planet, the Earth Hour promotes increased awareness of the the public's massive energy consumption. This year, Earth Hour is scheduled on Saturday, March 29 at 8:30 to 9:30 PM local time.

Annually, activities in observance of Earth Hour are organized by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO-LGU) Department Head Engr. Maribeth L. Fruto.

“We are trying to [coordinate] with the Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative (SORECO II),” Engineer Fruto said. "But, a compulsory brown-out would necessitate a go-ahead from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippine (NGCP), who maintains and operates the country’s power transmission network," she explained.

“Besides, it was recommended during the recent meeting of Earth Hour organized partners that an enforced power service interruption on March 29, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Earth Hour) [may be carried out in place of] another upcoming power service stoppage in Sorsogon City,” Fruto further said.

On the other hand, according to the PENRO-LGU chief, if this plan does not materialize, Sorsoganons can still turn off the lights voluntarily during Earth Hour.

Earth Hour encourages individuals, communities’ households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. The yearly event engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then, it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.

In accordance to this year’s Earth Hour theme, "Use your power to make change a reality," Fruto emphasized that change for better or for worse, is still an option for everyone. “Saying yes or opposing the Earth Hour’s endeavor to lessen energy consumption and the effects of greenhouse gas that causes global warming still lies within our hands,” she enthused.

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