CEBU CITY, Philippines – The one hour switch off during the observance of Earth Hour 2017 in Cebu City on March 25 Saturday has saved 3.1025 megawatts (MW).
In an interview with Quennie Sanchez-Bronce, Reputation Enhancement Manager of the Visayan Electric Company (VECO) she shared that as of 8:30pm, the total electricity demand in the VECO franchise area was 349.030 megawatts but for the duration of Earth Hour, the total demand drop was 3.1025 MW.
Bronce further shared that in 2016, the total demand drop during Earth Hour was 2.839 megawatts; 4.631 megawatts in 2015; and 3.025 megawatts in 2014. She added that VECO which is the second largest electric utility in the Philippines, serves the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay and Naga and the municipalities of Liloan, Consolacion, Minglanillla and San Fernando.
Meanwhile, thousands of Nature Lovers and Environmental advocates joined in the observance of Earth Hour at the city’s historical Plaza Independencia.
City Councilor’s Margarita Osmeña, Mary Ann de los Santos, David Tumulak, Jerry Guardo, and Eugenio Gabuya Jr. also partook in the annual event.
Former City Councilor Ma. Nida Cabrera who is the overall chairman of the Earth Hour celebration in Cebu City emphasized the need to reduce carbon emission and urged everyone to do their share in conserving energy consumption every day.
Around Four thousand Bike enthusiasts also joined in the Earth Hour Bicycle Night Ride which was headed by the Habagat Outdoor Equipment around the streets of the city. The group traversed the 6-kilometer route from Plaza Independencia to MJ Cuenco Avenue, to Imus Road, to General Maxilom Avenue, turn to Fuente Osmeña Circle, then back to the Plaza Independencia passing along the Osmeña Boulevard.
During the switch off proper, a candle lighting activity forming the original logo of Earth Hour which is 60+ emphasizing the 60 minutes switch off was conducted. Earth Hour videos, fire dance and various Environmental related performances also wowed the participants.
The Earth Hour celebration in Cebu City was also made possible by various partners of the Cebu City Government. These include Habagat Outdoor Equipment, Smart Communications Incorporated, PayMaya, Voyager, Jollibee Foods Corporation, Concerned Cebuanos for the Environment, Pagtambayayong Foundation Incorporated, Pusyon Kinaiyahan, Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, Nature Lovers and Environmental Advocates, among others. (By: Greggy P. Senados/ City of Cebu, Public Information Office)