By Restituto A. Cayubit
Tacloban City, Leyte – The residents of the municipality of Tabontabon will soon tap solar energy to power their homes.
Leyte governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla told the Manila Bulletin that he handed over a check for P700,000 to the mayor of Tabontabon, the other day for the solar power project.
Tabontabon Mayor Rustico Balderian, a medical doctor, told the Manila Bulletin that the financial assistance from the provincial government will serve as the seed capital that will be used to purchase the necessary equipment, materials and labor for the solar panels.
Part of the amount will be used for training and other expenses for the project, he added.
Governor Petilla said that his office extended financial assistance considering that this project is at the same time a poverty alleviation initiative in line with the Yolanda recovery program of the province.
Balderian said that each solar panel will produce 300 watts of electivity.
Balderian said that the first 300 solar panels that will deliver 90,000 watts or 90 KVA of electricity will be bought by the municipality to power the town.
The succeeding manufactured solar panels will be used to power the barangays, he added.
The mayor added that after his town will be fully energized with the solar energy, the manufacture of the solar panels will continue as a source of livelihood of the people and the panels will be sold to the neighboring towns and other interested parties.
Tabontabon is a 5th class municipality with 16 barangays and a population of 11,204 based on 2015 census.
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