As the organization’s flagship project, our solar PV electrification project was the first initiative that formed what is now Project Liwanag. It started with the community – a request that our founding members could not ignore. With the ideas of the community and the Project Liwanag team working closely with them, Sitio Yangka became the first partner community that was given light.
In the subsequent years, this community-centered approach has always been a vital cog in our operations. Meetings with the leaders and the whole community take place in the planning phase. It is also decided, based on our visits and the consultations with the elders, whether a communal PV system or individual solar kits works best for the particular area. Members of the community – whether young or old, male or female – then help us in the implementation, with some trained to be electricians so that they can operate and maintain the solar PV systems.
As of 2021, with the help of sponsors such as Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, PAGCOR, ICTSI Foundation, AboitizLand and Aboitiz Foundation, One Meralco Foundation, Rotary Club Makati, Unioil Philippines, and many other supporters, we have energized all 22 mountain Aeta communities in Capas, Tarlac.
We now plan to extend this intiative and give light next to the mountain Aetas of Zambales, as we envision a nation where every indigenous community in the nation is empowered.