China to donate solar lights to Antique province, El Nido town in Palawan

 

China is donating close to 3,000 units of solar-powered LED street light and home solar power system to help communities in the province of Antique and the municipality of El Nido in Palawan province combat climate change.

This, as Secretary Roy A. Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and China’s Zhang Young, vice chair of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the grant of solar energy devices to Antique and El Nido. 

The MOU signing was held at the Reception Hall of Malacañang Palace during the recent visit to the Philippines of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. 

“The agreement was signed to strengthen mutual trust and cooperation between the two parties to effectively mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and improve social wellbeing,” Cimatu said.

According to Cimatu, the donation from the Chinese government will help promote the use of renewable energy in local communities to mitigate climate change impacts.

“We hope that through this agreement, we will be able to promote renewable energy in the far-flung areas in the Philippines and reduce carbon emissions,” Cimatu said.

Under the MOU, the DENR is tasked to oversee the delivery of 2,117 units of solar-powered street light and 769 units of household solar power system to the beneficiaries.

In Antique, a total of 100 barangays or approximately 116,080 individuals will benefit from 1,562 units of solar LED street light, while 151 barangays or approximately 179,848 individuals will gain from 769 units of household solar power system.

A total of 555 units of solar LED street light will be distributed to 6 barangays in El Nido, with 7,025 residents expected to benefit from the donation.

The DENR agreed to assume all the taxes and other arising costs for the goods upon entering Philippine territory, and for clearance, delivery and transportation of goods once they arrive.

The agency will also supervise the installation of the devices and provide trainings for technical staff.

From time to time, the DENR and the NDRC will coordinate and establish task forces and liaison on the progress of the issues related to the implementation of the MOU in order guide both parties and evaluate the results. 

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