Solar lights for typhoon victims


OVER 1, 000 units of solar night lights will be distributed to some communities affected by super typhoon Yolanda to brighten up their Christmas, according to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) director general Joel Villanueva.

The project, a joint venture between Tesda and My Shelter Foundation, plans to initially produce 1,300 solar night lights to be given to the provinces of Leyte and Samar, and select communities in the country’s poorest municipalities.

“Light is a basic need. When there is light you can move around, you can be productive,” Villanueva said on Friday.

“The list of what’s lacking in tent cities and makeshift shelters of the typhoon survivors is long, but near the top is light.  Tesda and My Shelter are doing their share of helping,” he said.

Tesda and My Shelter Foundation earlier gave several units of the solar lights to families in Tacloban City, but they said they are aiming for mass distribution soonest.

My Shelter Foundation executive director Illac Diaz said the lighting of the homes will be timed with the country’s commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, who began the revolution for independence.

“With the project, the country is now embarking on a new green revolution,” he added.

My Shelter Foundation earlier started the Liter of Light project that uses bulb and plastic bottles. The design features a solar lamp that uses solar energy to power the lamp that will illuminate the bottle at night.

“Rehabilitation of typhoon-damaged provinces is not an easy task, but a flicker of light, in this case, a single solar-powered light, is a good way to start,” Villanueva said. NEIL A. ALCOBER


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