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Polopina Island Pays It Forward

Blog about solar home systems project distributed to almost a hundred households in an island community, co-written by Andrea and Glinly of RE-Charge Tacloban As our motorboat docked on the island, I was greeted by the typical Filipino hospitality. The people immediately helped us out with our luggage and equipment. They were so lively and showed obvious excitement to have solar home systems in their houses. I recognized the simplicity of …Read More

A Brighter Mamanwa Community

Believed to be descendants of the original settlers of the Philippines, the Mamanwas are known to be upland dwellers, skilled in ways of life in the mountain, and have a striking physical resemblance to the Negritos. They are most commonly living in Mindanao and parts of Southern Leyte. However, small groups scatter in other areas of Leyte and Samar. Last November 11, we were fortunate to meet them in Kilometer …Read More

A Dream Comes True

Written by Uro Tahup Photos by Veejay Villafranca A dream project finally came true last Sunday morning, Sept. 6, 2015 through the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities’ (iCSC) Solar Scholars Project. A dream project which I’ve been imagining and playing in my mind for almost two years, since I first learned the stories of how Marabutnons took shelter inside big caves from Super Storm Yolanda. A dream project arising …Read More

Standing on Both Feet

She walked from the far end of the buffet table to the folding table nearest to me. I watched her as she placed her coffee mug and the plate of puto and moron on the table and slowly positioned herself comfortably on her seat. I noticed that she can stand straight only with one leg while the other was supported by a cane she held in her right hand. But …Read More

Solar Scholars Training Program Goes to Marabut

It was a lovely sunny day by the beach.  All the drowsiness from the early morning trip from Tacloban to Marabut were wiped off by the beautiful view of the rock formations, islets resembling Coron’s, and the waves that roll in from the Leyte Gulf. The limestone walls were calling out to us “climb me!” since it has been days since I last touched the holds of our local climbing gym, …Read More

Empowering the Women of Samar

Commencing our day with ground coffee from Benguet, chocolate moron from Abuyog, and puto cheese from Tacloban, the ladies of PKKK (Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan) communities in Basey and Marabut Samar arrived at the RE-Charge facility morning of September 4. They were the second batch of our Solar Scholars basic training program.  Sitting in for the first day of training were our RE-Charge Staff and representatives from the …Read More

Here Comes the Sun in Samar Island

by Uro Tahup Solar power technology in the form of portable solar-powered lamps has slowly made inroads into many communities hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda in remote islands and barangays located in Eastern and Western Samar. It all began when UN agencies, international and local humanitarian NGOs, and even private foundations distributed thousands of solar-powered lamps – from the cheap made in China to the sturdy made in Germany – …Read More

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

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

Everything you wanted to know about Tacloban’s ‘No Build Zone’ but are afraid to ask

Tacloban City—Two questions: What exactly is the No Build Zone? And why was it imposed on Tacloban’s coasts? Clearly, the latter isn’t as easy to answer as the former. After all, when environment and public works officials put up their “No Build Zone” signs in February, they cited presidential decree 1067, issued in 1976. Under the decree, also known as the Water Code, the government allotted public space along the …Read More

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