After he delivered his graduation message during the 62nd VSU Commencement Exercises on April 22, 2015 at the VSU Gymnatorium, Hon. Carlos Jericho “Icot” L. Petilla, Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), proceeded immediately to the VSU Renewable Energy Research Center (RERC) under the direct supervision of Dr. Roberto C. Guarte, VP for Administration and Finance and concurrent Dean of the College of Engineering,   for the inauguration of the said Center.  The occasion was also graced by the Leyte Vice Governor Carlo P. Loreto, Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari, PRC Regional Director German Palabyab, An Waray Partylist Congresswoman Victoria Noel, PIA Regional Director Alicia Nicart, and other dignitaries.

Right after the blessing of the Center by Rev. Fr. Martin Ando M. Bañoc, Holy Spirit Parish Priest, as celebrant, a press conference with the DOE Secretary was held wherein Sec. Petilla wittily responded to the questions raised by some media practitioners as to the programs and activities initiated by the DOE under his administration.  A question was also thrown about his future plans after his term as DOE Secretary.

Sec. Petilla just spent more than an hour at the RERC as he was immediately flown by his helicopter to Baybay City proper for an equally important event.  JFMBaldos

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