DAVAO CITY: The Davao Light and Power Company collaborated with the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) on capacity building program for the lumad community in remote barangay of Gumitan in Marilog District, this city. The partnership is part of Davao Light and AdDU’s Mindanawon Initiative for Cultural Dialogue (AdDU-MICD) that is aimed at empowering the Indigenous Peoples within the power firm’s franchise area. Fermin Edillon, Community Relations manager of Davao Light, said the partnership emanated after Davao Light installed a solar charging station last December 27, 2014 in Gumitan, which is an off-grid area. Edillon said Davao Light has seen the potential of the tribe, thus he wanted to create a sustaining project that will provide livelihood and at the same time improve skills. This made the electric utility to partner with a lumad-focused organization, the AdDU-MICD, which has been Davao Light’s long-time partner in empowering the Lumads. AdDU-MICD, which has long been a long-time partner of Davao Light, helped in organizing Gumitan’s Women Farmer Development Association, which is the recipient of this capacity building project.