One Million Lights Philippines (OML PH) will be lighting up homes in the Kalayaan group of islands, about 300 nautical miles away from the closest town in mainland Palawan. It’s one of the most remote off-grid communities in the Philippines.
Kalayaan is a fifth class municipality in Palawan, Philippines. It consists of a single barangay located in Pag-asa Island, which also serves as the seat of the municipal government. The municipality consists of more or less 400-500 inhabitants. Being remotely located from the main island of Palawan, these inhabitants do not have sufficient supply of and access to potable water, power supply, and other basic needs.
OML PH plans to provide 200 portable solar lanterns for homes and 18 larger solar lighting systems for key structures including a local school in time for Christmas.
OML PH believes that renewable sources of energy such as solar lights can really address the lighting needs of Pag-asa, and at the same time, ensure that the island remains safe from dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps.
Pag-asa means Hope. Light at the end of the tunnel, for most people, signifies hope – for a better tomorrow and for a brighter future.