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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



21 June 2022 03:29:35 PM

The House of Representatives led by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco has gone solar in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint as well as its electricity consumption, resulting in lower electricity bills. In an interview on Tuesday, Engineering and Physical Facilities Department (EPFD) Deputy Secretary General Engr. Floro Banaybanay said that they have already installed solar panels in the South Wing Annex (SWA) building inside the Batasan Pambansa Complex. He said a 200-kilowatt capacity of rooftop solar panels were installed to support the building's lighting system. He also said that they intend to install additional solar panels on other buildings within the complex. "Kahit iyong ating steel parking, that's the best na lagyan (ng solar) iyong third floor," he said. Banaybanay explained that the newly installed solar panels would allow the House to save 30 to 35 percent on electric consumption. He went on to say that the House also plans to procure electronic jeeps and that charging stations would be installed during Phase 2 of the solar panel installation project. "Ang intention natin for this (Batasan) complex is to be compliant to the government mandates. Kailangan natin magtipid sa kuryente at krudo," he said. The installation of solar panels at the SWA building was one of Speaker Velasco’s priority projects geared at advancing the physical facilities at the Batasan Complex. Also present during the interview was EPFD Executive Director Engr. Renato Dela Torre.