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IP barangays get solar water system

ROXAS CITY, Capiz (PIA) -- Three Indigenous People (IP) barangays in Tapaz town are beneficiaries of the Support Facility for Renewable Energy (SF4RE) under the Department of Energy (DOE) and United Nation’s Development of a Renewable Energy Applications Mainstreaming and Market Sustainability (DREAMS) program.

Barangay Daan Sur, Lahug and Tabon, respectively received a Solar Powered Potable Water Systems through the said project.

DREAMS is a five-year program of the DOE under its Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB) in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

This initiative aims to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions through the promotion and facilitation of the commercialization of renewable energy (RE) markets with the removal of barriers to increase investments in RE-based power generation projects. 

The DREAMS’ culminating event held at Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel in Metro Manila on July 18, 2023 highlighted its noble purpose that “by the end of 2040, 50% of the energy in the country will be from RE for the sustainability of the future.”

DOE Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara commended the local government units (LGUs) of Region 6 for their efforts in institutionalizing RE in their Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs). 

Participants during the culminating event of DREAMS check out the Support Facility for Renewable Energy (SF4RE) locations in the country.

“The DOE and UNDP will continue rendering technical assistance to the LGUs in Western Visayas,” added Guevara.

Meanwhile, Punong Barangay of Daan Sur Alex Gicalao said that he was grateful to the Tapaz LGU and DOE because out of the 22 upland barangays in their municipality, they were very lucky to be chosen as a beneficiary of the project.  

Several local stakeholders hold an onsite visit of the Solar Water System in Brgy. Daan Sur, Tapaz, Capiz.

He also reminisced about the times when they needed to walk miles away just to fetch water from their community “bubon” or well.

“Gapasalamat ako nga wala kami ginpabay-an sang gobyerno kag sila mismo ang gapalapit sa amon komunidad (I am thankful that the government did not take us for granted and it has reached out to our community),” Gicalao added. 

Tapaz Information Officer Stephen Faeldin said that the beneficiary barangays are all located at the far-flung areas of Tapaz town, which are all one to two hours away from the town proper.

Faeldin also cited that access to potable water is one of the community’s primary problems ever since.

To note, the potable water systems are set to benefit at least 405 families of the three barangays. (AGP/PLF/PIA Capiz)

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Pia Lorraine Francisco

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