By Bonita Ermac
Tarlac Heritage Foundation led by its co-founder Dra. Isabel C. Suntay has given 105 Solar Power Kits to 100 households from barangay Ticala Island in San Pablo town, during the project launched, Wednesday.
The solar project was made possible through a partnership with the 53rd Infantry (Matapat) Battalion, 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army and the LGU of San Pablo, Zamboanga del Sur.
A solar power kit is composed of a solar panel, inverter, storage battery, LED lamps and phone chargers. The system can provide power to three to six LED bulbs which is roughly enough to light a household and charge their cellular phones which, especially to island dwellers, is important to maintaining contact with the mainland.
The island village of Ticala is a coastal barangay of the municipality of San Pablo, ZDS. It has a total land area of about 1,150 hectares currently inhabited by a population of 512 people. The island is separated from the rest of the municipality by several square kilometers of thick mangrove forest.
Because of the absence of a road network to connect it to the rest of the municipality, it is also out of coverage by electric grid system from the local electric cooperative.
“We are here as partner of our government and help you have electricity in your dwellings through our solar panel set-up. This can help our children study their school lessons during the evening. It can also power your cellular phones for you to be able to continuously communicate with the rest of the world,” said Dra. Suntay.
Tarlac Heritage Foundation is a non-stock and non-profit corporation focused primarily in preservation, promotion and enrichment of the province of Tarlac.
The foundation expanded its private-public partnership through giving and assisting communities more wanting of their projects.
Notable of these projects are the Bahay Pag-asa in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur and the electrification through Solar Panel at Barangay Pisaan.
Prior to this in March 19, 2018, Lt Col Marlowe E Patria, Commanding Officer 53IB, 1ID together with Hon Belman Mantos, Board Member of 2nd District, ZDS conducted site inspection for the possible recipient of the project and had a dialogue with the residents.
“Soldiers today are far different from those in the past. We could see how they get themselves involved in community works to help improve the plights of our people especially those in far-flung and isolated barangays,” Board Member Bellman Mantos emphasized in his speech.
“We came here today together with Dra Isabel Suntay to help you have electricity which can be used lighting your houses and for charging your cellular phones. We will continue to be a potent partner of our LGU so that peace and order will continue to reign in your island,” Lt Col Patria, added, as he addressed the residents.
“We should be very thankful that of all those who are in need of these solar panel set-ups, we are among the first to be given. We should take care of these gadgets as our expression of gratitude to the THS, the military and the government for their care to us,” Hon Danilo Taucan, the Municipal Mayor of San Pablo, ZDS also stressed during his speech.
Also present during the activity were; Hon Yassel Samal, Brgy Captain of Brgy Ticala, Hon Erlinda Castillo, SB Member, Dra Isabel C Suntay, Co-Founder, Tarlac Heritage Foundation, Maj Geomar L Pepit and the residents of Barangay Ticala, San Pablo, ZDS.