PILIP­INAS SHELL’S SINAG BRINGS EN­ERGY, POTABLE WA­TER TO NEW IBAJAY, TAGBANUAS

Palawan Daily News - - Community - By Sevedeo Borda III

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.”

Photo by Sev Borda III / PDN

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