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LIWANAG an AMORE Program Newsletter July 2012


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LIWANAG an AMORE Program Newsletter July 2012

  1. 1. AUGUST 2012 2012 March Volume 1 Issue 2 3 Volume 1 Issue LIWANAG * *Brightness or luminosity *brightness or luminosity An AMOREEProgram Newsletter An AMOR Program Newsletter
  2. 2. The Alliance for Mindanao and Multi-Regional Renewable/Rural Energy Development or AMOREProgram is a collaboration among the Department of Energy, United States Agency for International Development, SunPower Foundation and Winrock International toward electrification of remote,off-grid rural communities using renewable energy sources such as solar and micro-hydro.
  3. 3. FROM THE COP’S DESK“ “ The key to ending extreme poverty is to enable the poorest of the poor to get their foot on the ladder of development. They lack the minimum amount of capital necessary to get a foothold, and therefore need a boost up to the first rung. -Jeffrey Sachs F or the past three months – indeed, This creative energy is what we aim to for the past 10 years – this is what develop in communities that have been the AMORE program has been given the opportunity to extend the benefits trying to do: providing the minimum of light to their entire village or even to the capital necessary that would kick start neighboring villages. It is also what we had impoverished communities’ development. in mind when we constructed the solar- This capital takes two forms – simple powered potable water pump in Cagbalete infrastructure for basic services such as Island in Mauban, Quezon, complete with a electricity, potable water and modern refilling station. If even only 5 percent of the education, and human capital. total households in the island bought water from the water refilling station everyday, During the past three months, we had been the water system is poised to generate a busy building up and strengthening this substantial revenue that will provide the human capital that will ensure sustainable necessary leverage for more development and expanded benefits for the communities. initiatives in the island. New organizations – incidentally, all all- As for our part, much of our creative women – were formed out of villages that energies will be devoted in the will be energized soon, and the already coming months to energizing schools functioning community organizations and connecting students to modern were taught how to run their small solar technology, in the Autonomous Region in photovoltaic business successfully. With Muslim Mindanao. In June, we signed a new credit from a partner microfinance Memorandum of Understanding with the institution, these community associations regional government and Department are well on the way to expanding the of Education for the electrification of 42 benefits of PV technology to the rest of the schools in Maguindanao and Tawi-Tawi. members of their villages. Most of our planned school-based potable water projects will also be implemented in The first and foremost task of development, the next few months, and will benefit the according to Muhammad Yunus – founder students in the region tremendously. of Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank – is to turn on the engine of creativity inside each By investing in ARMM’s children, the person. Any program that merely meets the program hopes to give the region the physical needs of a poor person is not a true slightest toehold on the ladder to future development program unless it leads to the development. unfolding of his or her creative energy. LAURIE B. NAVARRO Chief of Party1
  4. 4. BRINGING MODERN ENERGYSERVICES TO RURALHOUSEHOLDS T his summer season, the sun shone more brightly for the communities of Bantol and Magsaysay in Marilog District, Davao City as more households began to benefit from earlier rural electrification initiatives in the area. The end of the season, meanwhile, has marked the beginning of brighter living for communities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) provinces of Maguindanao and Tawi- Tawi, as the AMORE program lays the groundwork for solar photovoltaic (PV) electrification using the consumer- friendly Business Development Assistance (BDA) scheme. An innovative model for renewable energy service delivery, the BDA scheme – in addition to community capacity building on entrepreneurship, and institutional linkaging – is one of AMORE program’s strategies for sustainable and wide- reaching renewable energy solutions to continue improving the lives of rural off-grid communities.LIWANAG an AMORE Program Newsletter Volume 2 2
  5. 5. Twenty-two barangays in Maguindanao and Tawi-Tawi prepare to get energy source from the sun Residents in twenty-two implemented in early (22) villages, previously 2012, saw rural homes in energized by the AMORE 21 communities in Davao program, look forward to City and the Zamboanga having more households Peninsula energized with energized with solar various solar equipment. home systems or solar The BDA is an innovative PV lanterns. Under the approach that facilitates Business Development commercial sale and Assistance (BDA) scheme, sustainable operations a total of 155 solar home of renewable energy systems and 685 solar systems in underserved, lanterns of various unenergized rural capacities are expected market, through the use to bring light to homes of financing and delivery in the two provinces. mechanisms that are This is the second within the reach and batch of homes to be capacity to pay of the energized under the said target household market. scheme; the first batch,More credit, more lightA notable milestone Foundation, Inc.).in AMORE’s efforts CARD-BDSFI startedto strengthen a solar PV programlocal community with an initial portfolioorganizations’ consisting of 50,000-ability to engage in peso worth of solarrenewable energy (RE) lanterns, 30 units ofbusiness sales and which were sold byservices was reached the two BRECDAs to HIGH-CAPACITYwith a partnership members of theiragreement communities. The twobetween two village associationsBRECDAs (Barangay are required to payRenewable Energy 20 percent of theand Community total worth of theDevelopment loaned PV products,Association) – Bantol and the remainingand Magsaysay – balance over a six-in Davao City and month period. By Junethe micro-finance 2012, the Magsaysay MEDIUM-CAPACITY LOW-CAPACITYinstitution, CARD- BRECDA had placedBDSFI (Center for orders anew for 62Agriculture and Rural Residents choose from among a selection of solar units of solar lanterns home system and various capacities of solarDevelopment-Business ranging from medium lanterns – high, medium, low – depending on theirDevelopment Service capacity to pay for the renewable energy systems. to high capacity.3
  6. 6. ’s CDA BRE ysay Store M agsa PV r Sola Solar PV Business 101 As the chairman of the The training on Licuroan, Panampalay Magsaysay BRECDA, entrepreneurship, put and Bagumbayan in Floremante Labarca together by the AMORE Zamboanga del Norte is happy with the program in May and had the opportunity organization’s near 100 June 2012, were just to listen to business percent collection rate what Floremante needed expertise provided by on monthly payments to finally nudge him resource persons from for the solar PV products into expanding the the Department of Trade put in the care of the solar business. The and Industry and micro- BRECDA less than a year trainings are aimed to finance organization, ago. Financially, they support intensification of CARD. are in good standing household electrification to offer products to by introducing The two-leg training was more members in sustainability mechanisms held with support from the community, but and direction for the the International Copper Floremante had dared not BRECDAs’ businesses. Association-Southeast be bold and expand the Officers of BRECDAs of Asia. business for fear of losing Bantol and Magsaysay money and driving the in Davao City; and business aground. Sagacad, Pedagan,LIWANAG an AMORE Program Newsletter Volume 2 4
  7. 7. KINAIYAHAN SITAWA Chairwoman Christine Rose Abalayan addresses officers and members during the induction ceremony. The women’s organization was revived to P manage the solar home systems to be given by AMORE and SA OG the Aboitiz Foundation. ASK S KAB GLAWA PAN KAKAGTANGANWomen power to harness solar powerin Davao’s rural villagesIn rural villages selected by AMOREand project partner Aboitiz Foundationfor renewable energy electrification,women take the lead in communityassociations organized to handle thesystems’ operation and maintenance and A campaign was launchedthe expansion of the rural electrification that educates residents on how, with properinitiative to include more households used lead-acid batteryin the village and the neighboring disposal and recycling, they could earn whilecommunities. Leaders of two associations protect their health and– the Sibulan Tagabawa Women’sAssociation (SITAWA) of Brgy. Sibulan Villagers take on the the Davao City, and the Kiblan Solar issue of used lead-acidHome Association (KISHA) of Brgy.Coronon in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur batteries KKK-style– took their oath of office in separateceremonies held on July 5th and 6th, Kapaligiran, Kalusugan, Kayamanan (Environment,respectively. An old organization revived Health, Wealth) is the Bantol and Magsaysay villagers’for the purpose of managing the solar battle cry on the subject of toxic used lead-acidhome systems, SITAWA currently has batteries from solar photovoltaic systems. Officials ofwomen Tagabawans – an indigenous the Bantol and Magsaysay Barangay Renewable Energypeople tribe – at the helm, while and Community Development Association signedKISHA – a new association formed by on July 25, 2012 a service agreement with OrientalAMORE – has women IP leaders for the & Motolite Marketing Corporation, and Philippineorganization’s topmost position as well. Recyclers, Inc. (PRI) for the collection and recycling ofElectrification in the third village to be used lead-acid batteries or ULAB. Under the agreement,energized through the AMORE-Aboitiz the village associations are responsible for collectingcollaboration – Brgy. Baganihan in DavaoCity – is led by an existing community ULABs from households in the village, and for contactingassociation, the Kilusan ng Kababaihan Motolite which buys the ULABs from the BRECDAs andsa Barangay Baganihan (Barangay transporting them for recycling to PRI. This collectionBaganihan Women’s Association). Social system will be replicated among strategically clusteredand community preparation have been AMORE-energized villages. Residents of the villagesdone in these communities, and actual have been trained on proper battery handling, andelectrification is expected to happen in are aware of the toxic elements in a battery and itsthe next few months. potential harmful effects to human health and the environment. The battery of the solar home system runs out after two to three years of use.5
  8. 8. PUMPING UP HEALTHIER LIVESTHROUGH ACCESS TO SAFE WATERThe first rain showers of the rainy Villagers organize Labor and Employment, the members of eachseason were welcomed by residents into Water trained on technicalwho are by now aware that that same Associations systems operation and Village residents beginrainwater that falls to the ground is the basic organization and to take leadershipsame safe, potable water that comes in the operation and financial management. Stakeholders in schoolsout of the newly constructed water maintenance of their – including the Parents-systems – spring-fed or solar-powered community’s potable Teachers Association and water supply afterwater pump – in their villages and student organizations having been organizedschools. Together with constructing by AMORE into a – that host five out of 14 school-based potablepotable water systems in poor, rural Barangay Water System water systems werecommunities, the AMORE program Association or BAWASA. similarly given trainings A BAWASA in 10 out oforganizes community members into a on effective operation 13 community-basedwater association and equips them with water systems has been and management of the water systems andknowledge of their natural ecosystem’s organized and registered proper sanitation andprocesses and proper care. with the Department of hygiene.LIWANAG an AMORE Program Newsletter Volume 2 6
  9. 9. 1The potable water system is a source of a new enterprise in the island that has the potential to generate revenues for further development projects for the community. A 420-watt peak solar PV system powers a LORENTZ PS1200 engine to pump up water for storage at the 12-cubic meter ferro- cement reservoir in Cagbalete island.Solar technology powers 2,000 households. AMORE, water refilling station everyday,water enterprise in in cooperation with project the water system is poised to partners Quezon Power and generate a revenue of more thanCagbalete Island Mauban municipal government, 900,000 pesos annually. TheIn the island of Cagbalete – constructed a 12-cubic meter income-generating project willlying 13 kilometers from the concrete water reservoir that is provide the necessary leverageMauban municipality port, filled with water pumped up from for more development initiativesalong the waters of Lamon the ground by power generated in the island.Bay and Pacific Ocean – solar by two units of 210-watt peakphotovoltaic (PV) technology SunPower solar PV panels. Thehas not only powered up lights water project administrator –and educational television at Cagbalete Elementary School –the island’s elementary school, plans to sell safe, potable water tobut has also only recently begun residents in the island for 25 pesosto power up entrepreneurship for a 20-liter container – a big 30with the construction of a water pesos savings from their usualrefilling station that is looking water expenditure. If even only 5to serve the potable water percent of the total households inneeds of the island’s more than the island bought water from the7
  10. 10. FIRING UP STUDENTS’ LEARNING THROUGH MODERN EDUCATION EQUIPMENTT he students’ return to school in June was literally made brighter by lights and educational television running on solarphotovoltaic (PV) technology in the island of IslaVerde in Batangas City, while students in the ARMMprovinces of Maguindanao and Tawi-Tawi go backto schools soon to be installed with the sameeducational equipment. By investing on children’seducation, the AMORE program truly makes accessto electricity through renewable energy a platformfor sustainable community development for poorcommunities.On to a brighter, energized ARMM!Teachers and school City on June 11, 2012 to Tawi will begin to enjoy has been a ma jor site ofheads from as far sign a Memorandum the benefits of electricity community developmentaway as Sibutu of Understanding with and multimedia-based projects initiated by the– the Philippines’ the AMORE program education equipment, AMORE program sincemost southernmost for their schools’ after the forging of a 2002. Nearly half of themunicipality, found electrification through cooperation agreement total AMORE-energizedonly 14 kilometers east solar PV technology. signed by high-level schools in Mindanao areof the coast of Sabah, More than 10,000 representatives of the in ARMM.Malaysia – flocked to students in 42 schools Department of Education-the ARMM Regional in the two provinces of ARMM and ARMM regionalComplex in Cotabato Maguindanao and Tawi- government. The ARMM Heads and teachers of 42 elementary Hundreds of schools in The AMORE program’s education schools in Maguindanao and Tawi- the Autonomous Region initiatives in the ARMM are in Tawi signed a Memorandum of in Muslim Mindanao are cooperation with the regional Understanding with the AMORE still without access to government and Department of program for the schools’ electrification electricity as the mural Education. In photo are (l-r) ARMM using solar PV technology. depicts. Governor’s Chief of Staff Amihilda Sangcopan, AMORE Chief of Party Laurie Navarro, and DepEd-ARMM Asst. Sec. Mohammad Noor Saada.LIWANAG an AMORE Program Newsletter Volume 2 8
  11. 11. All of the six elementary schools at Isla Verde have been energized using a 1-kilowatt solar modules from the SunPower Foundation. The school electrification projects in the island are a collaboration between the AMORE program and One Meralco Foundation. Just as darkness is lifted from the schools in the island, a solar panel is raised during the project inauguration by (l-r) DOE USec. Jose Layug, Jr., a Meralco official, Meralco’s Ambassador of Light Shamcey Supsup, USAID Deputy Mission Director Reed Aeschliman, OMF Exec. Dir. Jeffrey Tarayao and DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro. Teachers learn ways to infuse lessons on renewable energy with energy! Narcisa Darlo, a Grade 6 Science teacher at the Balite Elementary School in Marilog District, Davao City, attributes the school’s notable improvementThe future is bright indeed in science in last year’s National Achievement Test to their regular use of educational television.for Isla Verde students Up by nearly 100 percent, Balite’s score in 2011 increased to 70 percent from 34 percent the year before. While Ms. Darlo’s experience is prettyOn May 26, 2012, six 1-kilowatt peak solar PV much a common occurrence among rural schoolssystems and educational television equipment electrified with solar PV technology and thenwere turned over to school administrators and installed with educational television, the AMOREcommunity members of Isla Verde in Batangas program does not rest on its laurels and keepCity in an event led by AMORE project partner, thinking up ways to optimize the benefits teachersOne Meralco Foundation. Timed right before and students can derive from the educationthe opening of classes, the inauguration event equipment.had in attendance Department of EnergyUndersecretary Jose Layug, Jr., Department of This is why AMORE had prepared a reference manualEducation Secretary Armin Luistro, USAID Acting on how to enrich the existing Department of EducationMission Director Reed Aeschliman, AMORE Chief grade school science curriculum, specifically on the topicof Party Laurie Navarro, One Meralco Foundation of renewable energy – a subject that is increasinglyExecutive Director Jeffrey Tarayao, SunPower becoming relevant alongside climate change.Corporation’s Ana Coscolluela, Meralco corporate Lesson plans based on the reference materials, andofficers, Meralco’s “Ang liwanag ng bukas” (The incorporating fun and engaging activities for students,future is bright) Ambassador Shamcey Supsup, were pilot tested among 16 grades 4 to 6 teachers fromand Batangas City local government unit AMORE-ssisted schools in the Marilog and Kaputianrepresentatives. More than a thousand students Districts, in a training-workshop from June 28 to 29, 2012of the six elementary schools of the island will held in Davao City. Revisions to the draft manual will bebenefit from the renewable energy-ran lights made based on the results of the workshop and feedbackand educational television. from the teacher-participants. The 2-day workshop was held with support from the International Copper Association-Southeast Asia.9
  12. 12. IN THE SPOTLIGHT Partners in Development Shining Through As a tribute to the Mother’s Day celebrations held in May, we are featuring the stories of two mothers in this edition’s In the Spotlight. – editorGEMMA ABAGThe journey from darkness to light,housewife to solar entrepreneurGemma Abag is a night with the reality that The opportunity for from solar photovoltaictypical mother in a rural electricity service is not her family to finally (PV) sources – wasvillage. She manages the something that she could experience the not the only thing thathousehold, is a helpmate rely on to help her in conveniences of light presented itself to her;to her farmer husband, her wifely and motherly arrived in April this year like a beacon, the solarand is a devoted mother duties. She sees her with the coming of the PV technology that wasto her three young children struggling to do Alliance for Mindanao recently introduced tochildren. And as is typical their homework under the and Multi-Regional residents in the villageof every Matigsalog flickering gas lamp whose Renewable/Rural Energy has guided her on to amother who had been smoke catches in their (AMORE) Development path never before takenborn – and decided to throats, and it will be up Program into their by a typical Matigsalogstay on – in the village of to her – as the proverbial village, bringing solar woman – that of a solarMarilog on the mountains Ilaw ng Tahanan – to home systems and solar entrepreneur.of Davao del Sur, she finally bring light to the lanterns. For Gemma,lives every day and every household. though, light – sourced 04 02 03 01 03 Gemma Abag quite enjoys her role as the Members of the association gathered on April secretary of the Marilog Solar Women 26th to receive the solar lanterns under AMORE’s Association. Business Development Assistance scheme. 02 04 The lease tariff is based on the residents’ The proud new owners of solar lanterns with monthly expenditure for kerosene. A member John Smith of the Well of Life Foundation can own a solar lantern by paying Php150 a01 month for up to 25 months.LIWANAG an AMORE Program Newsletter Volume 2 10
  13. 13. Gemma’s journey began earlierthan April. It in fact began inOctober of the previous yearwhen Well of Life, a Davao-based “NGO that had then been assistingresidents in the village throughorganic farming and livelihoodprojects, sought out the AMOREprogram for the possibility of ahousehold electrification project in The solar PV project requires ofBrgy. Marilog. The AMORE program the women two sets of skills – that ofthe year before installed solar a technician’s on the one hand, andhome systems in two neighboringvillages, and at the time was in the of an entrepreneur’s on the other.middle of rolling out a new scheme Whether they could manage to extendthat hoped to facilitate commercialsale to and sustainable operations the benefits of light to many moreof PV systems in underserved households in their village and for howrural market. Called the Business long rest entirely upon their shoulders.Development Assistance orBDA package, the scheme usesfinancing and delivery mechanismsthat are within the reach and The Marilog Solar Women Association,capacity to pay of the target 150-member strong, has proven to have “household market. very capable shoulders.The prospect of the AMOREprogram working in Brgy. Marilogwas bright. An association of were after all to be custodianswomen – of which Gemma was a of 88 units of solar lanterns and The tariff – Php5.00 per nightmember – laid dormant for so long two solar PV battery charging for solar lantern rental – that theafter having been organized many stations, and whether they could MSWA has decided to collect isyears before by a village councilor manage to extend the benefits of largely based on the amount thewas revived by Well of Life and light to many more households in residents spend for kerosene.renamed the Marilog Solar Women their village and for how long rest Households spend some 150 to 300Association (MSWA). entirely upon their shoulders. pesos – excluding transportation costs – monthly for kerosene.The role of women in community The Marilog Solar Women Under the lease-to-own scheme,development has long been Association, 150-member strong, residents can own the lantern afterregarded as invaluable. The has proven to have very capable up to 25 months of paying for asAMORE program itself recognizes shoulders. low as Php150 a month.the woman’s natural nurturingpredisposition, and looks to A few weeks into project Because of its affordability, itthem for the long-term care and implementation, MSWA find is no wonder that many of themaintenance of the renewable themselves with 3,900 pesos households in the village areenergy systems. Early this year, the from participation fees payments interested to lease a solar lanternprogram held weeklong trainings (Php100.00) and fees (Php5.00 for from the MSWA. The women’son PV operation, maintenance each additional night) collected organization has not cracked aand troubleshooting in four cities from the lease-to-own scheme that tenth of the market; more than– Pagadian, Dipolog, Zamboanga they began to implement. Included 2,600 families live in the village,and Cotabato – that had been in the amount is the Php10.00 that and at the moment only 88 units ofparticipated in by a total of 65 the solar lantern lessee solar lanterns are being leased towomen from AMORE project sites paid each time he or she serve the residents’ lighting needs.across Mindanao. recharged the equipment at the solar PV charging station. That is a predicament that theIt is the truth that more than their women’s association hopes tohusbands who are more mobile In the coming weeks, the MSWA solve by partnering with thefrom searching for jobs in the will add solio chargers – small Center for Agriculture and Ruralfields and in the big cities, it is solar chargers with internal Development, a microfinancethe women that stay on in the rechargeable battery ideal for institution that has beguncommunity. As they are the first to charging cellphones and PDAs, speaking to them about expandingbe alarmed when basic necessities and can power up small LED lights the business and possibly gettingin the household are lacking, it for task lighting – to their current more solar PV equipment that theyis they, for certain, who will not portfolio of solar PV products. would manage and lease out onallow a most enjoyed convenience As part of the AMORE program’s either on a short-term or long-termsuch as light to be snatched continuing support to budding basis. This way, the benefits of lightaway from them because of poor solar entrepreneurs, especially may reach the rest of the families,maintenance. those that demonstrate ability and no mother shall have to watch in managing and expanding the her children choke on keroseneIt took the AMORE program three business, the MSWA will be given smoke again.months to prepare the women for 16 units of solio chargers thatthe new undertaking. The solar PV the organization can either offerproject requires of the women two as incentive to clients buying PVsets of skills – that of a technician’s products on a cash basis, or useon the one hand, and of an to operate a cellphone chargingentrepreneur’s on the other. They business.11
  14. 14. NARCISA DARLO On the road less travelled 01 Ma’am Narcisa has acted both as a mother and teacher to all pupils that studied under her before moving on to high school. 02 The nearly 300 students – 20 percent of whom are from the Matigsalog tribe – of the Balite Elementary School displayed the advantages they gained from educational television 02 with their school’s good performance – from 37 percent the year before to 70 percent in S.Y. 2011- 2012 – at the National Achievement Tests. 03 Teacher-participants to the workshop on how to teach the subject of renewable energy demonstrate how potential energy is transformed to kinetic energy. 01 03 N arcisa Darlo had just given birth to her them live in the school where they teach and only firstborn when she was transferred to get to see their families on weekends or school the Balite Elementary School, some 60 holidays. These teachers live under the same kilometers up on the hills and away from the conditions that the community lives in day in and nearest commercial center in Davao City. Over day out – no electricity, no water systems that will the next nineteen years, the now 44-year old make potable water available at a turn of a faucet, educator would have three more children – or no convenience of one’s own cushioned bed. 600 more, if you ask the generations of pupils who all studied under her on their final year in To be a teacher in the country’s rural areas is to grade school before moving on to high school embark – quite literally – on a road less travelled. either in Marilog or Calinan. Having to live away from their families for most of the year was only one sacrifice; the other is Indeed it’s the same motherly love that takes the everyday challenge of making do with scant her away from her children’s bed hours before resources available in the constantly under- dawn and on to the Davao-Bukidnon highway, budgeted education system. But it’s a road that and finally into a classroom filled with young Narcisa does not resent having taken because her faces beaming with anticipation. Getting back gains, while non-monetary, are no less rewarding home from the school is no less easy: the wait – she is an instrument through which her students, for a Davao City center-bound bus could take 20 percent of whom belong to the indigenous hours; jeepneys plying the Bukidnon-Davao people tribes of Matigsalog and Bagobo, are City national highway route are scarce, and propelled to reach greater achievements, to be so are private vehicles willing to give a ride more in life. to teachers signalling to hitchhike. She is still lucky, though, she knows. Other teachers that And she has recently gotten help. In August 2010, are assigned to the more remote, isolated the school began to have energy access using areas of the Marilog District do not have the solar technology, and the students began to watch luxury of going back home everyday; many of educational programs on television. On television!LIWANAG an AMORE Program Newsletter Volume 2 12
  15. 15. “ To be a teacher in the country’s rural areas is to embark – quite literally – on a road less travelled. But it’s a road that Narcisa does not resent having taken because her gains, while non-monetary, are no less rewarding – she is an instrument through which her students, 20 percent of whom belong to the indigenous people tribes of Matigsalog and Bagobo, are propelled to reach greater “ achievements, to be more in life.Many of these students, having lived English lessons. not rest on its laurels and keep thinkingand stayed only in Balite all their life, All this attention has paid off. up ways to optimize the benefitswatched on television for the first time. The elementary school’s overall teachers and students can derive from performance at the latest National the education equipment.Ma’am Darlo – as she is called by Achievement Tests showed astudents and fellow teachers – remarkable improvement to 70 This is why AMORE had prepared asuddenly found teaching so much percent from a failing 37 percent in S.Y. reference manual on how to enricheasier and enjoyable. She recalls her 2009-2010. the existing Department of Educationprevious attempts at illustrating the grade school science curriculum,body’s circulatory system, her poor This stellar performance was what specifically on the topic of renewabledrawings of a human heart and blood Ma’am Darlo reported to teachers from energy – a subject that is increasinglythat looked no more than a first- the Marilog and Kaputian Districts becoming relevant alongside climategrader’s squiggles, and understood her in Davao del Sur during a training- change. Lesson plans based on theyoung students’ quick losing of interest. workshop on renewable energy basic reference materials, and incorporating education curriculum facilitated by fun and engaging activities forBalite’s students have become more the Alliance for Mindanao and Multi- students, were pilot tested among 16engrossed in their learning with the Regional Renewable/Rural Energy grades 4 to 6 teachers.coming of educational television. Like (AMORE) Development or AMOREa sponge, they seem to be taking in Program on June 28-29, 2012. Ma’am Darlo – the long journey back towith enraptured attention just about the school notwithstanding – couldn’teverything that they watch – the While Ma’am Darlo’s school’s wait to go back and try out the newillustrations and diagrams on the experience is pretty much a common teaching techniques among herscience lessons, the stick numbers on occurrence among rural schools beloved students.mathematics lessons, the drama on electrified with solar PV technologythe history and civic education lessons, and then installed with educationaland the beautiful foreign sounds on the television, the AMORE program does13
  16. 16. In the midst of rural electrification stakeholders, AMORE welcomes new partners, Aboitiz Foundation and Quezon Power On March 21, 2012 energy companies, and Quezon provinces. With the AMORE Aboitiz – through its foundation – and program’s signing of memorandum of Quezon Power became the AMORE understanding with the two companies, program’s newest partners in making more than 400 and 60 households in Davao renewable energy sources within the and Quezon provinces, respectively, are reach of poor unenergized households poised to be energized with either a solar in remote, off-grid areas in the Davao home system or a solar lantern.0102 03 0405 07 AMORE Chief of Party06 Laurie Navarro 09 Winrock International USAID Office of Energy Department of Energy Environment Group Vice and Environment Deputy Undersecretary08 10 President William Howley Chief Joseph Foltz Jose Layug, Jr. 01 approximate a typical rural village fruits – more effective and impactful the switch on for light to come through Aboitiz Foundation President and where the AMORE program instruction, fun and interactive to off-grid rural communities – (l-r) CEO Jon Ramon Aboitiz and AMORE implements projects. learning, improved overall school DOE’s Jose Layug, Jr., USAID’s Joseph representative, Winrock International performance, and strengthened Foltz, AMORE program’s Laurie Navarro, Environment Group Vice President 04 community bond – of AMORE’s Winrock International’s William Howley, William Howley sign a memoradum of Various types and models of solar school electrification and education and SunPower’s Jascha Ortmanns. understanding for electrification of some photovoltaic products were on display. projects. 426 households in the Davao region. 09 05 07 A Capella Manila rendered beautiful 02 A prototype of a micro-hydro power Alliance for community development: performances. Mauban municipality Fernando Llamas, plant showed to the guests how power (r-l) USAID’s Joseph Foltz, Aboitiz Winrock International’s William Howley was generated from run-of-river Foundation’s Jon Ramon Aboitiz, 10 and Quezon Power General Manager systems. Winrock International’s William Event guests watch a video Simo Santavirta sign a memorandum Howley and DOE’s Jose Layug, Jr. documentary on the impact of of understanding for electrification of 60 06 AMORE’s rural electrification initiatives households in Cagbalete island. The ‘tree of knowledge’ shows in Mindanao. the seeds – alternative energy 08 03 infrastructure, love and thirst for Representatives of the primary The hotel lobby was made to learning, community bond – and partners of the AMORE program turnLIWANAG an AMORE Program Newsletter Volume 2 14
  17. 17. KLIK! video documentation projects by community membersshown to AMORE program partnersOutputs of the twenty (20) project was participated in by filmmaking facilitated by AMORE These were Ms. Merlyn Reganonparticipants to the Mga Kuha at young students, teachers and communications personnel, from the solar PV-energizedLIkha Mula sa Kanayunan (KLIK!) community members who where they were taught how barangay of Bagumbayanvideo documentation project showed, though footages taken to use the camcorders and in Osmeňa, Zamboanga delwere shown at a gathering of through a camcorder, how light storytelling techniques. Norte; and Mr. Tahir Lucas fromAMORE program partners and and safe water have impacted the micro-hydro power plant-stakeholders at the Shangri- their respective community’s life. Those that most clearly told their energized village of Sapad inla Plaza, Manila on March 21, The participants had previously community’s story were invited Matanog, Maguindanao.2012. The documentation attended a session on basic to the event at Shangri-la Plaza. 01 Twenty students and residents from AMORE project sites in Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao del Sur and the Zamboanga peninsula participated in the KLIK! community video documentation project. A two-leg basic filmmaking training was held in Davao and Dipolog cities in February 2012. 02 A Davao training participant tries her 01 02 04 hand at using the camcorder to record project impact. 03 Three elementary students participated in the documentation project. 04 Ms. Merlyn Reganon, a trained BRECDA solar technician from the solar PV-energized village of Bagumbayan in Osmeňa, Zamboanga del Norte, was one of the winners of the KLIK! video documentation project. In photo are 03 05 (l-r) USAID’s Joseph Foltz, Ms. Merlyn Reganon, AMORE’s Laurie Navarro, and Winrock International’s William Howley. 05 Sharing the win was Mr. Tahir Lucas from the micro-hydro power plant- energized village of Sapad in Matanog, Maguindanao. Lights. Camera. Action! A video documentary on AMORE’s rural electrification work, The business of giving “power” to the people, tells the stories of how access to energy has ignited the community members’ creativity towards their own development. It takes you to Sitio Lam-alis in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat – where a micro-hydro power plant was constructed in 2004 – and how it has fuelled community development; to Brgy. Bantol in Marilog District, Davao City where residents have ably maintained a solar photovoltaic battery charging station put up in 2004; to the mountain village of Pedagan in Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur, where residents have benefited from a collaboration between a renewable energy supplier and a microfinance institution; and, finally, to Cotabato City where an enterprising individual was able to build a business that brings solar technologies to unserved rural markets in Central Mindanao.15
  18. 18. Head Office: Unit 68 6/F Landco Corporate Center J.P. Laurel Avenue, Ba jada, Davao City 8000 T/F: (63 82)2822517 Satellite Office: 2401 Jollibee Plaza Bldg., F. Ortigas, Jr. Road Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1600 T: (63 2)6879283/6321233 F: (63 2)6312809 This publication is made possible by the supportof the American people through the United States Agency for International Development. The contents are the responsibility of Winrock International and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.