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RE-Charge Partners with Bukid Outdoor Shop for Nona Response Operations in Northern Samar.

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, Philippines – Last December 20, 2015, the Bukid Outdoor Shop of Tacloban organized a post disaster relief operations for the municipality of Catarman, Northern Samar. Headed by Jason Garrido, the group of five volunteers, took off early morning of Sunday from Tacloban City, joined by survivors of Typhoon Nona, Darry Dugan and daughter Zoey. Dugan is a member of the Northern Samar Emergency Response Team (NSERT). He …Read More

‘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.

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

RE-Charging Tacloban with green transport

Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 2, 2014 There is massive potential in using renewable energy to rebuild areas devastated by weather disasters while promoting the concept of “transformational adaptation and resilience.” It is not enough to just cope with global warming. Transforming society, through the pursuit of more sustainable pathways of development, such as with clean energy and transport, will make communities more resilient. Climate change adaptation “needs to be reconceptualized …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

UN Climate Summit Today:political will from leaders tops expectations

by: Imelda Abano for Interaksyon MANILA – All roads lead to the United Nations headquarters in New York today as more than 120 leaders, including Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, are expected to attend the one-day climate summit and put their political weight behind reaching an ambitious global climate deal in 2015. It could be one of the most important climate change meetings at the UN for years since the failed 2009 …Read More

Discussions over an Avocado Smoothie

I recently had a meal with Rei Panaligan from Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), an NGO that works on protecting communities from the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining.  His current work however, is with a  program that aims to provide livelihood opportunities to the people particularly affected by Yolanda.  The meal was washed down with an avocado smoothie which was absolutely delicious (in case you were wondering).  But what is far …Read More

How mobile phones will help introduce eJeepneys after Yolanda

TACLOBAN — No question about it: mobile phones have helped save lives, especially in this coastal city which was decimated by typhoon Yolanda more than seven months ago. But nowadays, text messaging in Tacloban doesn’t just involve requesting relief goods, posting disaster-related news updates, nor, for that matter, asking generous friends for cellphone credits. Late last May, four volunteers of the Institute of Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) sent text …Read More