ILOILO – Gone are the days where fishermen in this agricultural province have to use pressurized paraffin lamp in their fishing expeditions.
This change will happen today (September 23) when Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. starts the distribution of solar-powered lamps to 1,130 fishermen in nine coastal towns here.
Taken from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the solar lamps worth P5.8-million will benefit fishermen who survived the Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
First to get the solar lamps are the 35 fishermen from Ajuy. Bulk of the solar lamps will be given to 635 fishermen from Concepcion through the One Meal Program of Teresa Nene Chan.
The beneficiaries in Concepcion are from Tambaliza (150), Taloto-an (150), Macatunao (155), Dungon (50), Botlog (50), Baliguian (50) and Salvacion (30).
The supplier of the solar lamps will hold demonstrations on how to install the solar lamps in their fishing boats, according to Provincial Administrator Raul Banias.
“These solar lamps will be very useful to our fishermen. It is cost-efficient compared to petromax and eco-friendly,” Defensor said during his press conference on Thursday.
The other beneficiaries of the solar lamps are from Anilao (15), Banate (35), Barotac Viejo (30), Batad (40), Carles (100), Estancia (220) and San Dionisio (20).
Their solar lamps will be released and distributed by next week and those who are not included in the first batch may avail of the same on the second.
Defensor said he will purchase more solar lamp sets in the coming months using the remaining P12-million fund from PCSO.
The solar lamp set includes the following: two pieces of LED bulbs (6W, 12V), up to 30,000 long life time hours, one unit solar panel (30W, 12V) with 25 years guaranteed performance, one unit battery enclosure including controller (18” steel textured), five meters electrical wiring #16, and three meters electrical wiring #12.