CAMP AGUINALDO, PHILIPPINES, 30 November 2011 — On a day that traditionally commemorates the revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio, a modern-day movement brought light to thousands of homes in 30 communities in 17 cities throughout the National Capital Region.
MyShelter Foundation’s latest venture, Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), is a nation-wide sustainable lighting campaign which aims to bring the solar bottle bulb to underprivileged communities nationwide. The vision is to brighten up a million homes by 2012.
The event rallied a diverse group of volunteers. Over a thousand bikers participated in delivering the validated 11,178 eco-friendly solar bottle bulbs. Certified accountants were present to authenticate this world record attempt as the largest grassroots green-lighting program. Social and environmental advocates, including Miss Earth 2010 Nicole Faria, were present to show their solid support. Rotary Club members to the Armed of Forces of the Philippines helped with the fabrication and installation of the units.
Starting in Camp Aguinaldo, the bikers bearing solar bottle bulbs led the group to the Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan, where a symbolic turnover of the bottle bulbs was made to local communities, as represented by San Juan City Mayor Guia G. Gomez. The event culminated with the actual installation of bottle lights in several San Juan communities. Meanwhile, simultaneous programs were taking place in the 16 other cities around the metro.
Isang Litrong Liwanag has already garnered international attention and support. Illac Diaz, executive director of MyShelter Foundation, has been invited to speak in front of 152 world leaders at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat special event “Momentum” to take place at the COP 17 conference this December 6 in Durban, South Africa.
The Solar Bottle Bulb is a device based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities. This solar light can be created with just a plastic bottle, water, bleach, rubber-based sealant and a metal sheet–a testament to MyShelter Foundation’s capacity-building and employment generating projects.
“We strive for sustainable development and empowerment,” reveals Diaz. “Therefore we use materials easily found in even the poorest communities and manufacturable by simple tools, then spread it through grassroots entrepreneurship.”
This project was made possible by Pepsi, Bosch, and Stream Global Services. Also brought to you by Zonrox Bleach, Super Vulcaseal, Meralco, and Yusen Logistics.