The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was invited by the Qatar District Cooling Company to the largest integrated district cooling system (DCS) plant in the world – the “Integrated District Cooling Plant (IDCP) – The Pearl Qatar” on February 18-22, 2016 in Doha, Qatar as part of the three-country DCS Learning Missions. The other DCS Learning Missions were conducted in Tokyo, Japan and London, United Kingdom in December 2015.
The Qatar leg of the DCS Learning Mission was conducted in The Pearl Qatar, a prime development center, just north of West Bay City in Doha, Qatar. The IDCP supplies the cooling requirement of hotels and residential villas in the man-made island called, The Pearl Qater.
The DENR delegation for the Qatar leg of the DCS Learning Mission is composed of the following:
· Engr. Emmanuel David of the DENR General Services Division,
· Mr. Israel Helios Inocencio of the DENR FASPS Procurement Unit, and
· Mr. Jo-Rex Camba of the Philippine Chiller Energy Efficiency Project (PCEEP) Project Management Unit.
The DENR delegates were joined by Engr. Gerardo Parco from the World Bank – Manila Office who is also the Task Team Leader of the PCEEP.
The PMU conducted the Year-end assessment of the PCEEP on January 13-15, 2016 at the Azzuro Boutique Hotel, Angeles City, Pampanga. The activity aimed to assess the performance of the project in CY2015. This is also in preparation for the World Bank Project Implementation Review Mission which was held in February 2016 to review progress of the Project.
Insular Life Assurance Company Limited joins the PCEEP
The Insular Life Assurance Company Ltd officially joins the PCEEP with the signing of the Sub-Grant Agreement for the replacement of 2 chiller units at the Insular Life Corporate Center in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Atty. Hector A. Caunan, Vice President and Attorney-in-Fact of Insular Life Assurance Company Ltd, represented the Chiller Owner.
Insular Life will be replacing their old chillers with magnetic bearing centrifugal chillers. The chiller replacement is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2015.
PMU validation team inspecting the old chillers installed at the Insular Life Corporate Center.
PCEEP Conducts CMIS Training
The DENR conducted the training on the PCEEP Chiller Management Information System (CMIS) on August 11, 2015 at the Sulo Riviera Hotel, Diliman, Quezon City. The main objective is to introduce the Project Beneficiaries to the PCEEP CMIS and train them on how to use the online monitoring facility. The PCEEP MIS is an online monitoring platform designed to assist Project Beneficiaries monitor efficiency performance of new chillers, energy savings and emissions reduction resulting from the replacement of old and inefficient chillers.
The participants include technical representatives from The Peninsula Manila, International School Manila, Cofely Philippines representing Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, BPI Buendia Center and Manila Pavilion, Ayala, BA Lepanto Condominium, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Insular Life Assurance Company Limited, Robinsons Land Corporation, New World Makati Hotel, Ayala Property Management Corporation, Makati Stock Exchange, Tower One and Exchange Plaza and Philippine Integrated Energy Solutions Inc. representing Trinoma Malls.
The training was conducted by Engr. Herbert Narisma, MIS Consultant of the PCEEP and Engr. Jose Grajeda, Monitoring and Verification Specialist of the PCEEP.
PCEEP conducts Workshop on the Development of the Satisfaction Survey Instruments
The DENR conducted of a workshop to develop the PCEEP Satisfaction Survey Instruments and Mechanics on the conduct of Focus Group Discussion for PCEEP Stakeholders on May 13-15, 2015 at the Vista Marina Resort and Hotel in Subic, Zambales.
The PCEEP Satisfaction Survey aims to qualify and quantify satisfaction of project stakeholders on the PCEEP implementation.
The activity was attended by the officials and personnel of DENR-Foreign Assisted Projects Services, DENR-Financial Management Services, EMB and Project Management Unit of the PCEEP.
PCEEP Assessment and Strategic Planning
The DENR conducted the PCEEP Assessment and Strategic Planning Workshop on January 22-23, 2015 at Punta de Fabian in Tanay, Rizal.
The focus of the workshop was to assess performance of the Project vis-à-vis the approved 2014 Work and Financial Plan and identify gaps as well as challenges encountered by the Project. Strategies and solutions were identified to address implementation issues and challenges.
The activity was attended by officials and personnel from the DENR-Foreign Assisted Projects Services, DENR-Financial Management Services, EMB and Project Management Unit of the PCEEP.
Radisson Blu Cebu joins PCEEP
The Radisson Blu Cebu joins the Philippine Chiller Energy Efficiency Project with the signing of the Sub-Grant Agreement. The Ceremonial Signing was conducted at the Santiago Board Room, Radisson Blu Cebu, Cebu City on June 26, 2015. The DENR-EMB was represented by Dr. Eva Ocfemia, Assistant Director of EMB, representing Atty. Jonas R. Leones, DENR Undersecretary and concurrent EMB Director, while the Radisson Blu Cebu was represented by Mr. Nishan Silva, General Manager of Radisson Blu Cebu. Also present during the signing were ASec. Rommel Abesamis, Assistant Secretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects and Engr. Gerardo Parco, Senior Operation Officer of The World Bank – Manila Office.
Radisson Blu Cebu would installing 2 units of 500 TR efficient and non-ODS chillers during the third quarter of 2015. Stellar Equipment and Machinery Inc. would be supplying the new 500 TR York units.
Mr. Nishan Silva of Radisson Blu Cebu exchanging signed SGAs with Dr. Eva Ocfemia of EMB. Witnessing the SGA signing are: (L-R) Mr. Simon Ramsay, Hotel Manager Radisson Blu Cebu, Engr. Donald Amad, Director of Engineering, Radisson Blu Cebu; Ms. Aniceta Dinoy of EMB 7, Engr. Gerardo Parco of World Bank, Mr. Gerry Alava, Vice President of SEMI and DENR Asec. Rommel Abesamis (seated right).
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DENR conducts CY2015 PCEEP Midyear Assessment in Cebu City
The DENR conducted the CY2015 midyear assessment of the Philippine Chiller Energy Efficiency Project (PCEEP) at the Quest Hotel, Cebu City on June 24-26, 2015. Major discussions include physical and financial accomplishments of the PCEEP, issues and challenges in project implementation, and planning session for the remaining semester of CY2015. The activity was attended by the officials and personnel of DENR-Foreign Assisted Projects Services, DENR-Financial Management Services, EMB and Project Management Unit of the PCEEP. The event was graced no less than the Dir. William Cunado, OIC-Regional Director of the Environmental Management Bureau Regional Office 7.
Dir. William Cunado, OIC-Regional Director of EMB Regional Office 7 delivering his Opening Remarks to the participants of the assessment workshop.
SM City Fairview, Marco Polo Davao and Philippine National Bank join PCEEP
Three (3) more establishments join the PCEEP with the signing of the Sub-Grant Agreements. SM Prime Holdings Inc. inked the SGA for the chiller replacement at the SM City Fairview involving one (1) unit 1,000 TR chiller unit. Halifax Davao Hotel Inc, on the other hand, would be replacing one (1) unit of 400 TR chiller at the Marco Polo Davao Hotel. The Philippine National Bank also signed the SGA for the replacement of two (2) units CFC-based chillers.
The replacement of old and inefficient chillers is expected to generate huge electricity savings, abate ODP consumption and reduce greenhouse emissions in these establishments.