Malabon City first beneficiary in NCR of solar-powered lights for streets, home
(by Arlie Calalo of The Daily Tribune)
(pictures from FB page of A liter of Light Org.)
The city of Malabon has become the first beneficiary of the so-called Liter of Light project as the local government partnered with a My Shelter Foundation which has advocacy on environment-friendly projects that benefit mostly the poor sector of society.
Mayor Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta III and My Shelter Foundation founder and former actor Illac Diaz have in two depressed barangays–Catmon and Dampalit–in the city the project which intends to provide solar-powered lights to streets and homes in the two villages.
Called “Isang Litrong Liwanag,” which brings eco-friendly bottle light, especially to communities without electricity, the project turned out to be the first to take place in Metro Manila with Malabon as its first pilot area, said Oreta who accompanied late last week some members of the media to a depressed area in Barangay Catmon where a huge Christmas tree was lit and powered by solar panel.
Amazed by what they saw, several barangay officials as well as homeowners’ associations officers were all praises for Oreta for introducing the project in the city with the help of Illac’s foundation as they intend to adopt it to help brighten up dark alleys and streets in their respective villages.
Oreta, for his part, lauded specifically Rikki Macolor, a 5th-year engineering student at the University of Santo Tomas, for sharing his invention to the poor people when he should have it patented and make huge profits out of it.
“This liter of light will surely be a big help, especially in depressed communities in the city that is why the local government is grateful that we have kind people like Mr. Illac Diaz and Mr. Rikki Macolor who think of other people’s interest over theirs,” Oreta said.
Macolor told The Tribune that it has been already in his mindset before he made the solar-powered bottle that he would share it to the people as he never thought of making profits out of his invention.
“Besides, I and my team had support from many organizations, including Mr. Diaz’s foundation when we made the solar-powered lights so it is only proper that the poor people must be first to benefit from it,” Macolor said.
Macolor and Diaz also sought the help of nearly 40 students from the City of Malabon Polytechnic Institute (CMPI) who shared their skills in making over 50 light bottles which were put up in long dark alley in Barangay Dampalit where over 30 shanties were also brightened up with the solar-powered bottles.
Oreta said the students were trained by Macolor and his team to make the light bottles which can cost P750 per bottle as its parts, including the solar panel and bulbs, are readily made available in electronics stores.
“This project will help lighten up dark streets and alleys and even homes without paying for electric bill as the lights will come directly from the sun. Moreover, this will be another source of livelihood of many because they can make and sell this light bottles to others,” Oreta said.
Oreta added those set up at the two barangays were funded by the city government as his intention was to show to residents, particularly barangay officials and homeowners’ groups, that they can avail themselves of these solar-powered light bottles.