April 17, 2017
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) lauded the effort of Tacloban City in pioneering among the Local Government Units (LGU) the adoption of energy efficient lighting infrastructure.
This initiative was financed by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) under its Green Financing Program (GFP) thru a two-step loan scheme with JICA called the Environmental Development Project (EDP).
Said assistance is a component of the P11-billion loan extended by JICA to DBP for financing EDP initiatives. Since 2008, JICA has financed around 74 projects under the EDP.
"Tacloban City's LED street lighting project realizes DBP's goal of steering LGU actions and resources towards growth that is inclusive yet conscientious. We want more opportunities like this to pursue activities that reduce carbon footprint in support of the Philippines' Nationally Determined Contributions, as well as those that enhance our capacity to cope with climate related risk," said EVP Benel D. Lagua, Chief Development Officer of DBP.
JICA said the local government's initiative to install 3,600 LED lights in partnership with the DBP and local energy solutions firm Luminance Inc. following the damage inflicted by Typhoon Yolanda to the city is worth emulating by other LGUs to help promote environment sustainability in the country.
Tacloban is one of the first LGUs in the Philippines to have LED-retrofitted streetlights, Luminance said. With the project, the Tacloban LGU is able to save about P1.8 million in electricity every month.
According to Luminance Inc., LED lights consume only 30-120 watts greater lumen output versus ordinary sodium lamps normally used in Philippine streets that consume about 400-500 watts. Also, LEDs do not contain toxic materials like hazardous mercury and halogen gases nor emit ultraviolet rays, infrared radiation, or any electromagnetic interference that could be harmful to the community.
"We are happy to be working with DBP and JICA on this project as we believe it provides benefits for both the LGU and the environment. We are looking forward to replicating this in other LGUs and forward thinking corporations," said Mr. Arniel Go, President of Luminance.
Tacloban City is one of the first LGUs in the Philippines to have LED-retrofitted streetlights, reducing its energy consumption by as much as 70% (Image from Luminance, Inc.)