28 September 2017 | Manila, Philippines

FILIPINOS EXCEL: Department of Energy Officer-in-Charge, Director for Electric Power Industry Management Bureau, Mario C. Marasigan, and other Filipino awardees were recipients of the ASEAN Excellence in Energy Management by Individual award during the ASEAN Energy Awards held on Wednesday 27 September 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Marasigan was given the award for his contributions in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation sectors. The ASEAN Energy Awards is held annually where the ASEAN Ministers on Energy recognize best practices in the field of energy.

Philippine energy sector participants took center stage during the ASEAN Energy Awards held Wednesday night (27 September) at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City as the Department of Energy (DOE) proudly hosted the 35th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM35).

As host and chair of AMEM35, DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi emphasized during the gala dinner and awards night, “With the theme ‘One ASEAN Community through Resilient and Sustainable Energy,’ energy cooperation is geared towards adapting to abrupt and erratic changes in the environment and anticipating the growing energy demands of the region.”

Cusi pointed out that “As energy resources face scarcity, we in the ASEAN region will exert all efforts to tap the diverse energy options and innovations around us.”

In the said the awards night, the ASEAN gave due recognition to 86 firms and individuals for their contributions in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, and coal resource utilization and development.

Individuals and companies vied in six (6) areas, namely: ASEAN Coal Awards 2017; ASEAN Best Practices Competition for Energy Management in Buildings and Industry; ASEAN Best Practices Competition for Energy Efficient Buildings; ASEAN Best Practices Competition For Green Building; Renewable Energy Competition Project; and ASEAN Excellence in Energy Management by Individual.

Philippine awardees include:

ASEAN Excellence in Energy Management
· DOE Director Mario C. Marasigan as Former Senior Official on Energy Leader

ASEAN Coal Awards 2017
· Best Practices Category (Clean Coal Use and Technology-Power Generation; 2nd Runner-up for Large or greater than 500 megawatts ton/year) –UNIDO BAT/BEP Program and Heat Rate Improvement by AES Philippines-Masinloc Power Partners Co. Ltd.

· Best Practices Category (Clean Coal Use and Technology- Industry; Winner for Small or equal/less than100 MW/year) –Coral Bay Nickel Project by Coral Bay Nickel Corp.

· The 2nd runner-up for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Category – Strategic, Holistic, and Meaningful Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility through the Health, Education, Livelihood, and Environment (HELEN) Framework by AES Philippines-Masinloc Partners Co. Ltd.

ASEAN Best Practices Competition for Energy Management in Building and Industries
· Building Category (Large; Winner) – BPI-PHILAM Life Makati Condominium Corp.

· Industry Category (Small and Medium; Winner) –Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and La Mesa Treatment Plant 2

Renewable Energy Competition Project
· On-Grid: National Grid Category (Winner) – 20 MW Maibarara Geothermal Project.

The energy chief also highlighted the importance of technologies meeting regional standards, mainstreaming of energy efficiency and conservation complemented by innovations and a strong policy framework.

The Secretary said that “the ASEAN is collaborating not only for energy security and accessibility but for sustainability and resiliency as well.”

“Let us continue to have the wisdom in guiding our sector towards achieving our common objectives and work in one community by continuously sharing resources and technologies towards regional economic growth,” Cusi said.

The ASEAN Energy Awards is the recognition body of the 10 member states for best practices in the development of the region-wide energy industry.

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