National Emergency Memorandum Order No. 17





WHEREAS, to assure continuous power supply in the coming months, there is a need to adopt energy conservation measures to complement the supply side actions undertaken by the Joint Government and Private Sector Initiatives Task Force under the Four-Day Work Week Program;


WHEREAS, until such time that the power supply situation has normalized and as continuing efforts to generate more effectively energy conservation awareness among energy users, these energy conservation measures have to be adopted for long range benefit to the country’s economy and people;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, CORAZON C. AQUINO, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution and Republic Act No. 6826, do hereby order:


SECTION 1.  A Daylight Saving Time (DST) shall, effective May 21, 1990, be adopted by advancing the official clock by one hour in both the public and private sectors.


SEC. 2.  Batas Pambansa Bilang 73, as amended by Batas Pambansa Bilang 872, limiting the use of neon and electric lights for advertisements from 6:00 pm. to 9:00 p.m. shall be enforced strictly.


The Office of Energy Affairs, in coordination with the Department of Justice, shall institute the necessary criminal action against any person who willfully violates the pertinent provision of Batas Pambansa Blg. 73, as amended by Batas Pambansa Blg. 872, on the use of neon and electric lights for advertisements.


SEC. 3.  An energy conservation campaign shall be conducted among the commercial, industrial and residential sectors to enhance greater public awareness on energy conservation and provide the public with a greater sense of being directly involved in addressing the power crisis through the adoption of immediately implementable energy conservation measures such as but not limited to:


(a)      Regulation of use of air-conditioning units particularly during lunch breaks;


(b)      Regulation of use of lights;


(c)      Limiting the opening for business of supermarkets, department stores and movie houses;


(d)      Extending the energy conservation campaign to the residential sector.


SEC. 4.  The Office of Energy Affairs, in coordination with the Joint Government and Private Sector Initiatives Task Force, National Power Corporation and the Manila Electric Corporation, shall promulgate immediately the implementing guidelines for the accomplishment of the objectives of this Memorandum Order.


SEC. 5.  The Office of Energy Affairs is hereby authorized to mobilize and deputize all government agencies and instrumentalities, including the local government units, Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police, and other law enforcement agencies to strictly implement this Memorandum Order.


SEC. 6.  This urgent Memorandum Order shall take effect two (2) days after publication in two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.


Done in the City of Manila this 2nd day of May, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and ninety.


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