APEC meet in Cebu ends
LAPU-LAPU CITY— The Energy Ministers Meeting of the 21 member-economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation has concluded last week with the signing of the Cebu Ministerial Declaration.
Department of Energy Acting Secretary Zenaida Monsada said the Cebu Ministerial Declaration contained all the workable recommendations made by the energy ministers. She said at the heart of their discussion was the implementation of energy resilience to better the economy.
The four major thrusts of the declaration, according to Monsada, included climate-proofing of energy infrastructure, adoption of advanced energy efficiency technologies, promotion of the use of clean energy in poverty-stricken areas, and improvement of energy trade and investment.
“One of the specific agreements included the maximum usage of green energy,” Monsada said.
On the improvement of trade and investment, the APEC energy ministers took into consideration the recommendations of the Chief Executive Officers of energy businesses.
Mandaue City was also declared winner among the three local government units in APEC communities to have a feasibility grant that could make the city a low-carbon LGU model. It received a feasibility study grant to help establish integrated green growth areas in the city and a mass transit based on the recommendations of the Mega Cebu roadmap by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.