By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. (File photo)

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Tuesday called on Filipinos to be conscious and responsible in using energy supply.

In observance of the 2023 National Energy Consciousness Month (NECM), Marcos emphasized the need for the public to reflect on their habits on electricity use and foster a culture of responsible energy use.

“As we pursue the path of sustainable development, it is important that we develop a keen awareness of our energy consumption,” Marcos said in his message for the month-long observance.

“With everyone’s help, we can build a more sustainable and resilient future for us and for the generations that will follow,” he added.

Marcos said the country must also recognize this year’s Energy Efficiency Award aimed at recognizing individuals and organizations exemplifying strong dedication to achieving energy conservation and taking the lead in promoting energy efficiency.

He said this year’s awardees have set a standard and sustainable practices that could be emulated by others.

“I hope that with their example, we can inspire the rest of the country to become more conscious in utilizing our energy supply more responsibly,” Marcos said.

He assured the public that the government would continue to explore alternative energy sources and implement policies that encourage energy-efficient practices in the country.

The Department of Energy (DOE) celebrates this month its 51st anniversary and simultaneously leads the observance of the 2023 NECM.

The DOE has conducted activities that are geared toward finding sound energy solutions, creating sustainable practices, and embracing emerging energy technologies and applications.

This year’s NECM carries the theme, “Sustainable and Responsible Energy Future: Fueling Hope, Lighting the Way,” which seeks to trigger conversations on the efficient energy use and rally multi-sectoral support on the government’s energy action plan, as well as strongly advocate for energy conservation. (PNA)