NEW US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg visited the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) central office in Taguig City to check on the volunteers and trainers who assembled the solar lights for the typhoon victims.
The kits used in making the solar lights were provided by the US government through My Shelter Foundation.
The American envoy’s visit coincided with the International Exchange Alumni Volunteers’ Day organized by the US Embassy to recognize its alumni-volunteers who devoted their time and effort to produce solar night lights for the Yolanda
victims with the help of Tesda trainers.
The state skills training agency has distributed hundreds of units of the solar lights in provinces hit hard by typhoon Yolanda, including Leyte, Samar and Negros. A number of households are still without electricity since the November 8 calamity.
Teodoro Pascua, Deputy Director General for Field Operations, thanked Goldberg for his visit, saying this boosted the morale of the volunteers and trainers.
“With the international community behind us, who would not say that the typhoon affected areas will bounce back,” Pascua said.
Yolanda left over 6,000 people dead and more than four million homeless.
For the solar night light project, the US Embassy gave an initial funding $10,000 which was augmented by funds from Tesda.