Written by : Itchie Cabayan
MAYOR Alfredo S. Lim yesterday led the launching of a community-based solar lighting project that would benefit residents from the depressed areas of Manila.
Lim chose the Baseco area in the fifth district of Manila as the pilot area for the project where a total of 120 houses have been initially installed with solar bottle bulbs and which is expected to spell huge savings on electricity on the part of the residents.
Present in the launching were city officials led by Lim and City engineer Armand Andres, Manila Police District deputy commander Col. Alex Gutierrez and city councilors Josie Siscar and Nino dela Cruz, among others.
Lim said that before the launch, a lot of companies have been offering solar sourcing projects but that the costs were prohibitive, until the idea now being used came along, wherein the cost would only be P150 to P200 per home.
The mayor readily agreed to shoulder the expenses for a while and tapped the services of the department of public services under Ret. Col. Carlos Baltazar and the city engineer’s office to help implement the project.
Lim explained that under the project, each home will enjoy solar-generated electricity at no cost to the occupant. The project aims to help the residents save amid the spiralling cost of electricity. With this in place, Lim said the residents can now do away with using candles or kerosene lamps which poses danger and the possibility of causing fire.
The mayor said that once the whole Baseco is covered, the other depressed communities in Tondo such as Parola, Isla Puting Bato and Happyland will be given the same support.