DAVAO CITY – An indigenous peoples community in Barangay Salaysay, Marilog District here was the recipient of a solar charging station by a local power producer.
The Davao Light and Power Company has turned over the charging station to the Lumad community of mostly Manobo tribe in Sitio Indawhong last December 22.
The village is 60 kilometers north of Calinan Proper in Davao City. DLPC, in a statement said, the nearest power line to the community is 20 kilometers away.
“Their only source of light at night is the bright sky and the light emitted from their kerosene lamps. Without these, Sitio Indawhong is a mere pitch black at night,” it said.
Davao Light has provided batteries and three LED lamps each to 24 households.
Davao Light has also partnered with the Ateneo de Davao University’s Mindanawon Initiative for Cultural Dialogue program for the capacity-building of the residents.
A group of men and women from the tribe will be organized to train them how to handle the day to day operations like collection, maintenance and other activities necessary for the solar charging station. (davaotoday.com)