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    Phl to institutionalize Earth Hour

    PHILIPPINE Rep. Eric Olivarez of Paranaque City has moved to institutionalize Earth Hour movement by filing a bill mandating every city in the country to turn their lights off for one hour every last Saturday of March.
    Olivarez on Monday filed House Bill 4302, to be known as The Earth Hour Act, which seeks to raise public awareness about the prevailing global environmental problems.
    "It saves the planet from too much carbon dioxide emission that causes pollution and contributes to the erratic global warming and climate change we are experiencing now," said Olivarez, vice chair of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development.
    According to Olivarez, Earth Hour is a worldwide campaign organized and held by the World Wide Fund for Nature annually to encourage individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday of March to signify commitment to preserve the planet.
    In the Philippines, which is one of the 96 countries participating in Earth Hour, Olivarez said a significant drop in the power consumption was recorded during the recent observance of the annual campaign.
    Following the participation of the governments of Quezon City, Manila, Pasay, Parañaque, Caloocan and Makati, as well as non-government organizations and private businesses, the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. noted that power consumption dropped by about 78.63 megawatts in Metro Manila and up to 102.2 megawatts in Luzon.
    "The foregoing statistics was impressive enough with only six cities in the National Capital Region participating in the Earth Hour. Imagine the overall drop in power consumption when each and every city in our country does its part to save the planet Earth," Olivarez said.
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