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By: Vanessa L. Almeda | Published Wednesday, January 08, 2020
To cut the cost of electricity bills and prevent the possible outbreak of a mysterious virus from China that reportedly thrives in air conditioning systems, Gov. Gwen Garcia wants to open Capitol’s windows and switch off its aircon units at certain times of the day. (Junjie Mendoza)

The Provincial Government of Cebu will turn off its air conditioning systems in some Capitol offices to cut down on power consumption and avoid the possible outbreak of the viral pneumonia from China that reportedly thrives in air conditioning systems

In her first meeting with the department heads and other Capitol officials this year, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia asked her consultants to come up with a scheme on the non-use of air conditioning systems in some offices at certain times of the day.

“First of all, I am tasking the IPHO (Integrated Provincial Health Office) to come up with a recommended program which would ensure that we are given adequate protection. We’re more of preventive as the cure for the disease is still uncertain. Just like the African Swine Fever (ASF), kinahanglan preventive ta,” the governor said during a media conference on Monday, January 6.

“As an offshoot of that, apparently ang maka spread ang airconditioning. We have tasked Architect Tessie Javier and Ian Fresnido to recommend asa ni nga offices di na ta magpaandar og aircon. Let the fresh breeze in,” Garcia said.

A study will be conducted starting this week until next week as to what office and what part of the offices within the Capitol compound will turn off their aircon, such as those that are not directly facing the sun.

With the planned measure, the Capitol is expected to save a considerable amount from its current electricity bill amounting to millions of pesos. The executive building alone spends over P1 million in monthly electricity bills, aside from the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) operations, and the legislative building.

Dako tag savings ani, and besides it will probably turn out to be a healthier alternative. We will plant more trees like Ilang-ilang, Kamuning, Calachuchi, and other trees all around the compound. This Capitol was always intended to be open. Gwapo kaayo ang view,” the governor said.

Garcia’s administration has been working to reduce the Provincial Government's expenditures. An example of its major cost-cutting measure was to lessen the hiring of job order employees and instead, outsource them from a manpower agency.

The governor is also looking into installing solar panels in the executive and legislative department and the CSBT.


Provincial Health Officer Dr. Christina Giango, on the other hand, advised the public to avoid public places such as malls, wear protective masks and keep a healthy diet like eating fruits and vegetables to build up their immune system.

Giango added they will also coordinate with the Department of Health Central Visayas for the quarantine centers in case of an outbreak. (Vanessa L. Almeda)