Solar power to light Filipino homes in rural areas

Different organizations funded a total of more than $16 million in order to provide electricity  power to over 40,000 poor households in various rural areas in the Philippines.

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The Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) of the World Bank provided $3 million while the European Union granted $12.8 million. The Department of Energy of the Philippines also pledged to give additional contribution to raise the fund.

According to the World Bank, the project will be focused mainly on providing electricity (to be powered by solar energy) to households located in isolated islands and remote areas all throughout the Philippines. The organization also believes that the lack of electricity is one of the primary reasons for the increase of marginalization.

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Although the project will be implemented across the Philippine archipelago, it will give more priority to the households in Mindanao that are widely affected by the ongoing conflict between the military and the rebel groups. Poverty in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao are reported to be disproportionately high. Nearly one third of the poor people in these areas are still suffering from dark nights because of the absence of electric power.

As said by the World Bank Country Director for the Philippines Mara K. Warwick, “The certified solar packages will ensure not only lighting but will also provide households with energy efficient appliance packages including televisions, radios, phone chargers and fans.”

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