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A Decade of Clean Energy Talks

How far have we gone and where are we leading to after a decade of efforts to put together into one room the minds of the government, market stakeholders, technology players, academe, media, development partners and both local and international organizations? Monday, June 14, kicked off the 10th Asia Clean Energy Forum at the ADB grounds in Ortigas, Pasig City. The parade of different nationalities getting themselves registered at ADB …Read More

Raised to the Nth Power

“How much do you spend every month on a 9.5 watts CFL bulb that works for 12 hours a day, every day?” was one of the few questions I asked of our solar scholars. Being both a renewable energy and energy efficiency advocate and also coming from the electronics field, being conscious about our personal power consumption is one of the traits I’d want for every consumer to develop. I’ve …Read More

The Beach That Haiyan Built

After three hours worth of asphalt, dirt road and finally a path cut through a hill, we finally reached the coastal communities of Salcedo.  The communities on this side of Samar are one of the most badly hit by the super typhoon and are also among the least accessible.  The community of Jagnaya was silent.  There were no people on the road, and very few houses stood on the main …Read More

Sewing to Success: How This Community on the Pacific Coast Bounced Back from Yolanda

“Kapag mananahi ka, dapat may tiyaga ka”, Tatay Felix said as he talked about the tailoring business.  First establishing his own tailoring shop in 1970, he has hopped from the business world to being employed in various industries and even into being an OFW.  Coming home to Brgy. Asgad, Salcedo, Eastern Samar after the supertyphoon, Tatay Felix is now leading a livelihood group known as ASA or Asgad Sewer’s Association.  …Read More

On Losing and Gaining

At a minimum, I cycle every day from my dormitory to the RE-Charge Facility and back.  Before I left Lapu-lapu City more than a month ago, I was at a hundred and twenty pounds and have been working doubly on losing weight by running, hiking and bike commuting.  When I moved to Tacloban, I got caught up in learning my new post at the RE-Charge Facility and settling myself into …Read More

Bayanihan at the RE-Charge Facility

It’s always motivating to look through a big picture and see people doing their own individual roles wholeheartedly.  This was the kind of motivation that greeted me as I drifted through the facility driveway in my mountain bike, Amidala, this morning.  It wasn’t even midday when everyone had tangible outputs, so visibly that I even thought there must be something in our water. Our very own hardworking facility supervisor, Tatay …Read More

RE-embracing Advocacy

At quarterlife, I’ve been to quite a number of first days at work.  It usually ranges from a whole day orientation on company history, policies, financial details and benefits, to endless signing of documents and forms. My first week at the RE-Charge facility has however proved to be a unique one.   But then again, this is not your typical workplace. On my first week I replenished the fluid level of …Read More