Davao Light turns over solar lamps to off-grid schools

Davao Light on March 9 turned over 86 Panasonic solar lanterns to the Department of Education (DepEd) for the five beneficiary schools located in off-grid areas.

The turnover was made in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and Panasonic. PBSP has been Davao Light’s long-time partner, especially in developing communities. PBSP tapped Davao Light for beneficiary identification and distribution of the solar lanterns, which were donated by Panasonic.

Some of the schools that were in far-flung areas can only be reached by foot, with both students and teachers walking everyday for hours just to get there. In fact, one of the beneficiaries, Pegalongan Elementary School, has been featured on television, where its principal, Mr. Randy Halasan, was given a Ramon Magsaysay Award. Many of the teachers stay late in their respective schools to prepare their lesson plans with no electricity, and the solar lamps will greatly help them. The lanterns are a much better alternative to the kerosene lamps they use, which pose health and fire hazards.

The solar lamps were formally turned over by Davao Light’s EVP and COO, Engr. Rodger Velasco and PBSP’s Sr. Project Officer, Rommel Gonzales. The donation was received by no less than DepEd Regional Director Atty. Alberto Escobarte, together the Division Superintendent, Dr. Maria Ines Asuncion and the school principals.