NEDA Region 6 recently passed and garnered a 5-Star Rating of Grade A with a score of 97.4% from the energy audit conducted by the Energy Audit Team of the Department of Energy.  The virtual walk-through energy audit was held last March 29 via Zoom. The audit aims to evaluate the seven-year energy consumption, review the current energy cost, inventory/types and maintenance of equipment reports (air-conditioners, generator set, motor vehicles, ICT equipment and lighting system), and determine appropriate measures and projects through which energy can be judiciously and efficiently used to achieve savings.

NEDA 6 employees adhere to office policies and programs on austerity measures and its Energy Conservation Plan.  They are adopting a lifestyle anchored on the core values of commitment, teamwork and discipline. As a result, the agency is consistently a recipient of productivity incentives of P25,000 for each employee for the last 7 years, an award given to agencies out of savings from energy conservation efforts.

Based on its Energy Conservation Plan, the office aims to procure more energy-saving devices and equipment such as inverter air-conditioning units and LED lights.  It also maintains the integrity of electrical wiring and connections by tapping in-house experts, specifically staff with know-how on electrical system and constant monitoring by the NEDA 6 Engineering Team led by Assistant Regional Director Arecio A. Casing, Jr. The Team, composed of staff with engineering background, was created to oversee building and electrical concerns of the office.

Through a Special Order issued by Regional Director Meylene C. Rosales, NEDA 6 also has a six-member Energy Conservation Team with Supervising Administrative Officer Ingrid D. Magno as chair.  The Team is responsible in complying with the requirements of the energy audit based on the DOE guidelines of the DOE.

NEDA 6 is slated to receive an award after the energy audit. /IDMagno