CAPAS, TARLAC. Some 125 students from the Manabayukan Elementary School will now be able to study better and longer at night after having each received a solar lamp from the state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).
The Aeta Manabayukan Village where the children live has no electricity—it is an off-grid community. The children use kerosene lamps to read at night making it difficult to study.
“The solar lamps will not only allow students to read and study better at night but will also reduce exposure to harmful fumes from kerosene lamps,” BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said.
He noted that the children are the future. “It is always a wise decision to invest in our students to be better and brighter. You can never go wrong,” Casanova said.
The donation by the BCDA of solar lamps is in line with the “LightEd PH” program of the Department of Education that aims to provide a conducive learning environment to schools and strudents where there is no electrification. The sub-campaign of “LightEd PH” is the “One Child, One Lamp” that aims to provide solar lamps to students in off-grid public schools.
The BCDA adopted the project as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program to empower its stakeholders in Tarlac.
The BCDA is building the country’s first green, smart and disaster-resilient metropolis called Clark Green City located in Tarlac.
The 9,450-hecatare Clark Green City will showcase the country’s capability to build a sustainable and modern city. The city will adopt smart and green features like compact walkable communities with generous open spaces, bike lanes, mass transportation, smart utilities, high-bandwidth connectivity, protected biodiversity, energy efficiency and urban farming, among others, making it one of the country’s most livable cities of the future.