Known as the largest solar energy battery manufacturer in the world, Taiwan-based General Energy Solutions Inc. (GES) donated 10 sets of Dual Axises Solar Tracking System (solar kits) to aid Typhoon Yolanda-stricken area, which are still without electricity.
Accompanied by Semiconductor and Electronics Industries Philippines Inc. (Seipi) president Dan Lachica, the solar company’s chief executive officer, David Su, paid a courtesy call to Manila’s Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (Teco) Minister Samson Chang, and informed him of the donation, which was received by Energy Secretary Carlos Petilla.
According to Su, the said donation is only the first batch of units from the GED as they promised to provide more solar kits to powerless areas should the need arise. The solar kits are portable, rechargeable, and can be used for various purposes. Besides electric use, the kit, which approximately costs, P150,000 each, can be utilized as a water pump.
Minister Chang lauded GED’s humanitarian assistance to provide for one of the most pressing needs in areas devastated by Yolanda. He further reiterated that the Taiwan government will continue to provide necessary humanitarian assistance to the Philippines.
Minister Chang noted that Taiwan government had pledged $200,000 on November 10, 2013 and continuously calls on its citizens and NGOs to respond to the call for relief assistance in the Visayas region. Furthermore, since November 12, Taiwan has dispatched 18 C-130s, carrying over 150 tons of relief goods. These relief goods were successfully transferred to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and to Taiwan’s local volunteers for distribution.
In addition, the second wave of relief goods weighting 530 tons were successfully transported by an Taiwan naval vessel to Cebu Port on November 29, further showing Taiwan’s commitment to lending a helping hand in typhoon relief efforts.