Makati public schools, gov't offices to shift to solar power

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — All public schools and some government offices in Makati City will install solar panels to cut down energy consumption and costs, promoting a more sustainable city, the information office announced on Thursday.

Mayor Abby Binay said Makati wants to be the pioneer in using renewable energy to power public schools and local government offices.

"I am proud to announce that the city is procuring solar panels to provide a source of renewable energy in our schools and local government offices," she announced.

The mayor pointed out that the city can continue to supply electrical power to schools and offices even during calamities as it will have its own power source.

She said installing solar panels in all 43 public schools – 25 elementary schools, 10 junior high schools, and 8 senior high schools – can be done in batches.

Comembo Elementary School, where the mayor kicked off the Brigada Eskwela program, will be one of the pilot sites.

Binay said switching to solar energy is a “long-term commitment” and requires “careful study” because of its social and economic benefits.

She earlier declared a state of climate emergency in the city, citing rising temperatures and sea levels globally that affect low-lying coastal areas, including the country's financial district. 

The local chief executive vowed that Makati will increase efforts to address climate change as she called on the participation of businesses, communities, and other stakeholders.

In line with her promise, Binay also bared plans to roll out electric buses in 2024 after securing a $13 million grant (over ₱700 million) from the South Korean government.