Vivant Foundation representatives hand to PNS solar equipment.

The Palawan National School (PNS) on Wednesday received technical vocational Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) solar equipment from Vivant Foundation, to promote the use of renewable energy “to improve lives and foster climate change mitigation”.

Through the Renewable Energy Livelihood and Youth (RELY) project funded by the European Union (EU) under its Access to Sustainable Energy Program (ASEP), Vivant representatives turned over Wednesday the equipment to PNS.

Shem Jose Garcia, the executive director of Vivant Foundation told the media during the turn over ceremony that the project is aimed at making the teachers more equipped through partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and donating necessary equipment.

“This one is just the additional equipment for the solar component. That is phase one. Phase two is happening next year when we will be installing actual solar panels to powered schools,” said Garcia.

He said this RELY project will run for 30 months, and will be concluded by 2021.

Together with the Department of Energy (DOE), ASEP targets to help the Philippines expand the “sustainable energy generation” to suffice the growing “economic needs”.

Garcia said the lead proponent of this project is the German non-government organization “sequa gGmbH” that also has its own projects worldwide.

He added Participatory Research, Organization of Communities and Education towards Struggle for Self-Reliance, Inc. (PROCESS-BOHOL, Inc.) is also a partner in RELY project.

Susana Bautista, City Department of Education (DepEd) schools division superintendent in her speech during the turn over ceremony even proposed that the entire MIMAROPA be reached by the project.

“Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyo. Please share to us more blessings not only for Palawan, not only for Puerto Princesa, but with the rest of MIMAROPA region,” said Bautista.