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‘Solar scholars’ in Visayas promote renewable energy

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — Yes, there are “solar scholars.” RE-Charge, an initiative that brought a fleet of electric jeepneys to Tacloban, held the first Solar Scholars Workshop in Tacloban City on May 26 to 28. The workshop aimed to equip the participants with knowledge on how to use “Tekpak” during disaster response and medical emergencies, especially in the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas where there is no electricity. The RE-Charge …Read More

RE-Charge Tacloban: After Typhoon Ruby

With updates from Teddy Arellano and Lottie Salarda in Tacloban City As a response to the power outtages brought about by Typhoon Ruby, iCSC’s solar-powered RE-Charge facility and electric converted multicabs provided free charging services for communities without power since December 9th.

Clear Skies

By May-i Fabros Sketchy. This was how some of the locals described the neighborhood of the Re-Charge Tacloban facility. Number 58 Burgos Street, Barangay 33, Tacloban City. Located at the side of Burgos near the area where Yolanda parked 8 ships, and washed away the houses in Anibong, the community that occupies the sea wall. Beside the facility is an abandoned car wash, across it a building that survived the …Read More

Pinoy jeepney recast for Yolanda victims in Tacloban

By Aurora Quadra-Balibay for Good News Pilipinas, November 10th, 2014 Pinoy Jeepneys, the colourful World War II-style icons known in the country as the King of Philippine roads, have resurfaced in the Visayan wasteland as electric jeepneys (eJeepneys) a year after Tacloban City was hit hard by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). When the typhoon passed through the Visayan Islands southeast of Manila, the diesel-fed jeepneys were flooded by the storm …Read More

One Year After Typhoon Yolanda, a Philippines City Rebuilds With Sustainble Transport in Mind

This November 8 will mark the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, the devastating storm that claimed at least 6,300 lives and displaced millions more. In Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas southeast of Manila, the destruction is still evident: A cement house lies partially submerged in the ocean. Large ships are grounded right next to the main street. Debris fills abandoned shops that have not yet reopened. Permanent housing and general reconstruction …Read More

An endless faith

By Prune Irolla and Mathieu Bonvoisin Though we read it and heard about it everywhere, we can say from our own experience now: Filipinos are so welcoming. From our first day in Tacloban, we were invited to birthdays, baptisms, parties… even if we knew the people for just about an hour or less. They really want you to feel at home, and it worked pretty well for us. Through their …Read More

Free ride! Free ride!

By Prune Irolla and Mathieu Bonvoisin Only one week after our arrival, and four months after iCSC broke ground for the RE-Charge project in Tacloban, the ejeepney free ride was launched: four  electric jeepneys were available and offered free rides to Tacloban’s commuters for free during one week in the city. The main purpose of this communication action was to make people aware of this new kind of jeepney, showing …Read More

Tamis ng Unang Halik

By: May-i Fabros At the tarmac, Reina points to the newly replaced glass windows and the repainted walls of the terminal. Seemingly, Tacloban was back on its feet, the only traces of Yolanda were the cargo containers and tents that remained. A loud cheer and clapping by a row of men in blue eager to be of service welcomed us, “Porter po ma’am.” Normally I carry my own luggage, living …Read More

Solar Facility Aims to Support Tacloban to Build Back Better and Brighter

Tacloban City, September 30, 2014—A solar community center opened quietly today, rising from the rubble of a once floodswept 750-square meter plot of land in downtown Tacloban. The opening saw the city’s first sun-powered electric jeepneys, or eJeepneys, roll out—four units of what is expected to become a 26-strong fleet by 2015. A solar-powered videoke party is slated to take place in the evening to demonstrate that solar power works …Read More

Solar Facility to Provide Energy, Jobs in Tacloban

TACLOBAN CITY — A solar facility is being built in Tacloban City to provide an alternative source of power and livelihood for the victims of Typhoon ‘Yolanda’. “The RE-Charge facility will be powered by Tacloban sunshine and Filipino grit. Elements from the typhoon Yolanda relief effort were employed in its construction, including storm debris,” said Reina Garcia, program coordinator of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC), the group …Read More