PILIPINAS SHELL’S SINAG BRINGS ENERGY, POTABLE WATER TO NEW IBAJAY, TAGBANUAS
EL NIDO, Palawan — Around 30 households with 139 individuals and nearly 2,679 residents at Sitio Logpan in Barangay New Ibajay together with their adjacent communities composed mostly of Indigenous People (IP) of Tagbanua, benefitted from the recently launched energy project of Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. (PSFI) Palawan.
Known as Save, Invest, Nurture Access to Green Energy (SINAG) Kiosk, the project aimed to provide access to energy and potable water using solar energy, and was formally opened last November 15, 2018.
The SINAG Kiosk is the first solar kiosk in the country with a water chlorination system designed to supply clean and potable water to the community.
Program Manager Marvi Trudeau shared that the idea was conceptualized after they witnessed the hurdles of the community members to fetch water every day from a distant place.
“Nung nakita po namin sa Sitio Logpan na wala pong tubig at yung nakikita naming iniigib na tubig ay medyo po malayo at madilim yung tubig. Naiisip po namin na gawin ang proyekto. Ito po iyong na-submit namin sa Shell Global para mapag bigyan po kami na maibigay namin sa inyo ang inyong minimithing malinis at potable water,” Trudeau said.
The kiosk will also offer solar home system units, cleancook stoves, refrigerators, freezers and other services. It also serves as a “community center” where people can watch via kiosk’s TV.
SINAG Project Officer Yoyon Rebueno also thanked the efforts of the community for helping the project for its completion. “Sa mamayan ng Logpan, maraming maraming salamat sa [inyong lahat],” Rebueno said. “Alam ko marami pa kaming maabot na mga mamayan; marami pa po kaming matutulungan.”