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Addressing energy challenges in Cebu’s growing economy

Addressing energy challenges in Cebu�s growing economy
With teamwork and smart investments, Cebu can steer towards stable, sustainable energy future.

CEBU, Philippines — A bustling hub in the Visayas, Cebu symbolizes the Philippines’ economic vitality. However, the province is confronting a significant challenge—an impending energy shortage that threatens its stability.

Cebu’s economy thrives, buoyed by tourism and a flourishing IT-BPM industry. In recent years, tourist arrivals have surged, and the IT-BPM sector has seen remarkable growth, contributing to Cebu's economic resilience.

Despite its economic success, Cebu faces an energy crisis due to rising demand and aging infrastructure. The reliance on external power sources poses vulnerabilities, particularly during periods of high consumption, like the approaching El Nino.

While the Department of Energy has approved projects for Central Visayas, addressing Cebu’s projected energy shortfall requires localized solutions. Key economic hubs drive substantial energy demand, underscoring the urgency of ensuring sufficient and stable power sources.

While renewable energy offers promise, a gradual transition is necessary to meet Cebu’s growing energy needs. The Philippine Energy Plan advocates for a balanced approach, aiming for a mix of renewable and non-renewable energy sources by 2040.

Leadership from entities like the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia emphasizes the importance of addressing Cebu’s energy challenges promptly. Investments in reliable power infrastructure and a diversified energy portfolio are essential for sustaining economic growth and protecting residents’ well-being.

As Cebu’s economy continues to expand, addressing energy concerns becomes increasingly crucial. Through collaborative efforts and strategic investments, Cebu can navigate the energy landscape toward a more stable and sustainable future.

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