Students in off-grid Sarangani villages get solar lighting system

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2019 11:00 AM

Trained local technicians install solar panels in a remote village in Sarangani province under global lighting firm Signify's Project Lighteracy. Handout

MANILA - For students going back to school in off-grid villages in Sarangani province, doing homework at night has been made possible by solar light. 

Some 170 underprivileged students from the Green Valley Integrated School recently received an indoor solar lighting system from leading global lighting firm Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) and Stiftung Solarenergie Philippines, the lighting firm said in a statement Tuesday. 

Under an initiative called Project Lighteracy, a play on "light" and "literacy," the firms aim to provide reliable lighting systems to off-grid Sarangani villages Green Valley, Datal Bong and Tulad to "support better learning conditions in communities [with] little or no access to light." 

The solar indoor system provides power that could light three 12-volt light points and has a USB port for charging mobile phones, said Jagan Srinivasan, country leader of Signify Philippines Inc. 

The project seeks to bring light to isolated communities in the Philippines, addressing challenges children face while studying or doing chores at night without proper lighting. 

The use of candles or kerosene lamps "expose children and families to hazardous fumes and... the risk of getting burned," Signify said. 

“The Solar Indoor System used for home lighting will enable the children to read or study and help the communities to continue doing household chores even during nighttime," said Srinivasan. 

Under the project, Signify also trained 16 village-based technicians.