Written by Cyd Francis D. Recidoro
Monday, 08 September 2014

Solar energy is harnessed light and heat from the sun using a wide variety of technologies to generate electric power and other practical uses. The International Energy Agency stated that “the development of affordable, inexhaustible and clean solar energy technologies will have huge longer-term benefits. It will increase countries’ energy security through reliance on an indigenous, inexhaustible and mostly import-independent resource, enhance sustainability, reduce pollution, lower the costs of mitigating climate change, and keep fossil fuel prices lower than otherwise.”

As advocates for the use of renewable energy, the Provincial Science and Technology Center in Marinduque (PSTC-Marinduque) conducted the “Technology Forum on Solar Energy cum Demonstration of Solar Home System” at the PSTC office in Boac, Marinduque on March 12, 2014 with Mr. Bernardo T. Caringal, Provincial S&T Director (PSTD), and Mr. Renato Jogno from the Marinduque State College School of Industrial Technology as resource speakers.

Mr. Caringal talked about the home solar system, and the advantages of using such a system. The discussions also aimed at encouraging the 20 municipal and barangay officials to push for budget allocation for the use of solar energy in their respective offices. Mr. Jogno, for his part, discussed the basics of harnessing solar energy. He then presented an actual prepared set of home solar system, which consisted of a solar panel, battery, wires, switch, socket, CFL bulb, LED bulb, and solar electric fan.

After the “Science for Safer Communities: Iba Na Ang Panahon” IEC campaign held in Odiongan, Romblon, the PSTD of Occidental Mindoro, Ms. Maria Ethelwilda G. Coronacion, endorsed PSTC-Marinduque to the local government unit of Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro to conduct another technology demonstration and forum on solar energy.

The event was held at the barangay hall of Brgy. Araw at Bituin, and was attended by the 15 barangay captains in Lubang Island, as well as representatives from the Municipal Planning and Development Council. Solar panels were installed in the barangay hall and a solar fan was also installed in a kindergarten school.

The results of the technology demonstration and forum were positive that the participants wanted more from the project, and the barangay captain of Brgy. Araw at Bituin himself, Ferdinand T. Tangi, as konsehal ng bayan, would push for and justify the need to include in their annual investment plan a budget of PhP 50,000 for each of the 15 barangays in Lubang Island for the use of solar energy.

(With Bernardo T. Caringal, PSTD, PSTC-Marinduque, and Maria Ethelwilda G. Coronacion, PSTD, PSTC-Occidental Mindoro)