LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 12(PIA) - - The Provincial Poverty Reduction Livelihood and Employment Cluster under Ending the Local Communist Armed Conflict program of the government launched the "Project SILAW," a community-based training to develop skills for the installation of solar panels in unenergized households of some towns of the province.
"SILAW" meaning light in Ilocano stands for Solar Installation among Locals to Advance their Welfare. The project also aims to encourage the community to utilize solar panels as source of electricity considering the rising cost of electricity.
Fifteen families in each of the four towns of the province namely Tublay, Kabayan, Kibungan, and Kapangan will be the beneficiaries of the project spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Identified recipients are from barangays Ambongdolan in Tublay, Lusod in Kabayan, Badeo in Kibungan, and Pudong, Gadang and Sagubo in Kapangan. They will be trained in solar power installation in their respective residences, according to TESDA Provincial Director Vilma Cabrera. This will also serve as source of livelihood in the community.
Governor Melchor Diclas, who chairs the provincial PRLEC, said the project is timely for areas not yet energized. This project would let the people feel the presence of the government. This is a manifestation that they are being cared for especially those in the far-flug areas, he added.
Tublay Mayor Armando Lauro acknowledged the convergence efforts of the various agencies. He said this would address the longtime clamor of sitio Anjafat in Ambongdolan for its energization and would help in developing the community which is within tourist destinations.
TESDA-CAR Director Manuel Wong urged the PRLEC member-agencies to pool resources for the SILAW project for it to be sustained and expanded. He also hopes that the project will spur activities and livelihood projects in the area especially at the this when people are feeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)