Philippines chosen as recipient of solar-powered lights

This article appeared in the Philippine Information Agency news on April 10, 2012.

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro, April 10, 2012 (PIA) — Energizer and the One Million Lights organization has chosen the Philippines as one of the 4 country-recipients of the energizer solar-powered lights, together with Argentina, Kenya and Ethiopia.

According to Alvin A. Marayan, Media Relation Officer of Publicity Relationship-building and Communication, Inc. (PRC, Inc.), their office will distribute on April 16-18 some 400 solar-powered lights to the people of Oriental Mindoro as part of their advocacy to “light up the lives” of Filipino communities.

Beneficiaries of the said solar-powered lights will come from the towns of Victoria and Naujan, specifically sitios of Pamuwisan, Loyal; Alyanay, Sibayay, Puting Bato, Centro, Catinginan, Malayas, and Paray, all of barangay Villa Cerveza, Victoria together with barangays Leido and Bagong Silang; and Malta Village in the municipality of Naujan.

“More than 1.6 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity and Energizer is helping to raise awareness for this important issue. It’s the first global activity of Energizer’s new platform called ‘That’s Positivenergy™’, which combines performance plus responsibility and demonstrates Energizer’s long-standing commitment to responsible power and serving the community,” Marayan said.

Moreover, Energizer raises awareness for the need for clean and healthy lighting in communities without access to electricity. Working with the global nonprofit organization ‘One Million Lights,’ Energizer donated 11 million hours of solar light in 2011 and has pledged to donate an additional 12 million hours of light in 2012 to help rural families work, study and play a little longer each day.

“Lights for the barangays Leido and Bagong Silang will not be distributed during the April 16-18 activity due to logistical constraints. The Rotary Club of Victoria will handle the distributions and provide documentation,” Marayan added. (TBO/Louie T. Cueto-PIA4B)