The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office IV-A (CALABARZON) recently added another feather in its cap after successfully hurdling the energy audit spot check by the Department of Energy (DOE) on March 29. Garnering a score of 97.9% or Grade A, NEDA IV-A was bestowed with a 5-STAR Rating by DOE, which is the second highest rating nationwide for the year.

With the achievement, NEDA CALABARZON has been accorded with the honor and privilege of presenting its notable programs and best practices on energy conservation in the recently concluded Government Energy Management Program (GEMP) Virtual Energy Audit Orientation on June 15, to an audience of more than 200 representing different agencies across the country. On June 22, the office will again share its best practices to another group of government agencies/instrumentalities.

NEDA CALABARZON scored high on its adherence to energy-saving office policies, and the designation of an Energy Conservation Officer. Its consistent adoption of austerity measures and initiatives, and the implementation of best practices for electricity and fuel conservation also played a big role in the conferment of the distinction.

Energy conservation is a way of life in that humble office with Regional Director Luis Banua at its helm, and the accolade will definitely serve as an inspiration to do better.

The energy audit is being conducted annually by the DOE to identify opportunities for energy efficiency and conservation in line with RA No. 11285’ otherwise known as the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act. With this Act, the GEMP was enhanced and expanded to cover agencies/offices under the Executive Branch, and the Local Government Units.

Marlo E. Chavez, NEDA Region IV-A | June 21, 2021