Videos and Photos
Travelling halfway across the globe from the west coast of the United States to Central Mindanao in the southern Philippines, over a hundred pairs of shoes donated by employees of California-based SunPower Foundation definitely came a long way. One hundred forty students from Salangsang Elementary School in the municipality of Lebak, and Salumping Elementary School in the municipality of Esperanza, both in this province will start going to school sporting their new pairs of shoes that were distributed, on behalf of the SunPower Foundation, by personnel of the Alliance for Mindanao and Multi-Regional Renewable/Rural Energy Development III (AMORE 3) Program on August 04.
Aiming to introduce various RE lighting products, particularly PV, not only to residents of Bongao but also to the businessmen and community members from more than 60 barangays in various municipalities in the province, the AMORE 3 Program organized the Tawi-Tawi Renewable Energy Business Exposition. The two-day activity is the second gathering of this kind in three months. In March, a similar business exposition was held in Koronadal City, and introduced RE products to residents of Central Mindanao.
In the bid to energize 90 percent of all households by 2017, the Department of Energy in partnership with the Alliance for Mindanao and Multi-Regional Renewable/Rural Energy Development (AMORE Phase 3) Program, will turn over individual solar home systems to 100 households in Barangays Bantol and Magsaysay in Marilog District, Davao City.
In partnership with PhilCarbon, an organization that engages in the development of renewable energy resources for power generation, the AMORE 3 Program assisted Talon Talon Elementary School refurbish its school library, complete with books and reading materials and equipped with DVD-based educational programs that can now be viewed on a television powered by solar photovoltaic technology. complete with a solar-powered educational media infrastructure that includes a colored television and DVD player.
Part of the AMORE 3 Program's commitment to link remote, off-grid communities to suppliers of solar products is the Koronadal RE Business Exposition. Participated by suppliers of solar products, residents of the city and nearby provinces of Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao were able to have a better appreciation of the various solar lighting products available to suit their needs.
In partnership with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, the AMORE Program recently turned over the management of school-based WASH facilities in the Barangay Buug, Del Monte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Barangay Gubaan, Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur.
AMORE-RCDD WASH Project Turnover/ Davao City, 14 February 2011
In partnership with the Rotary Club of Downtown Davao, the AMORE Program turned over the management of its WASH Projects in Barangays Bantol and Magsaysay, Marilog District, Davao City. The project is under the broader Water Alliance--piloted in Ghana, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines--between USAID and Rotary International.
The AMORE Program, ICASEA and TESDA ARMM forged partnerships and started work in expanding rural electification services and in strenghtening capacities in rural renewable energy service delivery.
AMORE-Coca Cola Foundation WASH Project Turnover/ Zamboanga City, 27 January 2011
In partnership with the Coca Cola Foundation, the AMORE Program turned over the maintenance and operations of the rain catchment water facilities that will benefit the residents Barangay Pangapuyan, a predominantly Sama-Banguingui community off the coast of Zamboanga City
With the theme "Towards Peace and Sustainable Development in Southern Philippines," AMORE participated in the 1st ARMM Peace Summit. The two-day summit's main objective is to engage the different sectors of society to share their visions, ideas, perspectives, experiences and practices that can enhance the on-going peace process. One of the highlights of the Peace Summit is the Peace Photo Exhibit. On display in the exhibit were pictures and publications of various peace building initiatives in the region
Committed to intensify its rural household electrification efforts, the Alliance for Mindanao Off-grid Renewable Energy Program participated in the 19th Mindanao Business Conference. The conference, held in a different city each year, is being organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), with support from the host local government unit, USAIDâ€™s Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program, the Mindanao Development Authority, and other partners. This yearâ€™s theme is: â€œOne. Global. Mindanao. Maximizing Potentials.
Nearly 70 barangay leaders and businessmen from Jolo and surrounding islands and towns in Sulu province attended the meeting between solar photovoltaic (PV) suppliers and barangay associations (Barangay Renewable Energy and Community Development Association) organized by the Alliance for Mindanao Off-grid Renewable Energy (AMORE) Program from August 07-08 at the Sulu Area Coordinating Center. A follow-up activity to the first Solar PV Business Exposition held in Zamboanga City last month, the meeting aimed to introduce to residents and businessmen of this province various solar lighting technologies and products on offer by a total of seven companies that participated in the meeting.
The Solar Photovoltaic Business Exposition is an initiative that the AMORE 3 Program is taking to intensify the renewable energy electrification by providing a venue for the different stakeholders to interact amongst each other to start linkages that will lead to sustainable and long-term partnerships. During the two-day expo that was attended by residents of the city and the nearby island provinces at the scenic Paseo del Mar in Zamboanga City,10 companies showcased solar technologies and established business linkages with various entrepreneurs.
Committed to improving the administrative and teaching capability of the teachers through the use of computer-aided technology. and enhancing students' learning experience by providing access to online information, AMORE in partnership with Intel Philippines inaugurated the solar-powered Information and Communications Technology of the Marilog Central Elementary School on JUly 16. On the same day, AMORE turned over the management of the improved water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) facility, which will provide the students access to safe water and toilet facilities.
Members of the Alliance â€“ United States Agency for International Development, Department of Energy, Sunpower Foundation and Winrock International â€“ have agreed to support a third phase of the Alliance for Mindanao Off-grid Renewable Energy Program based on the positive results of the programâ€™s previous two phases, and the continued need for progress in rural electrification, and the shared desire to advance renewable energy development in the Philippines.