CEBU CITY, Philippines - In line with the implementation of the Philippine Green Building Code, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in partnership with International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group and the Philippine Green Building Initiatives (PGBI) hold a Green Building Forum on June 27 Tuesday at the Golden Prince Hotel and Suites in Cebu City.

Engr. Josefa Ylanan, head of Cebu City's Office of the Building Official (OBO) and Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) shared that, "There is a need to do this kind of activity because after election there will be new people in our office and and they must be acquainted with the new laws and development especially on the Philippine Building Code."

The Cebu City Government thru the OBO and DEPW served as facilitator and lead office for the conduct of the forum.

Former DILG Undersecretary Francisco “Bimbo” Fernandez who is now an Executive Assistant to the Mayor, represented Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña who has a prior commitment during the activity.

In his message, Fernandez underscored the city's thrust and direction in caring for the environment citing that the city is converting the street lights to LED to reduce cost and be environmentally friendly, and promote the Bus Rapid Transit as mass transport system, among other initiatives.

The whole day activity was attended by Engineers, Planning Officers and related technical personnel and representatives from the different Local Government Units throughout Cebu Province and from the Organization of Socialized Housing Developers of the Philippines - Cebu Chapter.

The activity aimed to update the participants on the Green Building processes and improvement measurement and reporting including the use of tools developed by IFC to measure the building sector's impact on the environment such as water savings, green house gasses emission avoidance, energy savings, and utility cost savings, among others. (By: Greggy P. Senados/ City of Cebu, Public Information Office)