TAYTAY, Palawan — Independent non-profit organization Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) turned over Tuesday its micro-grid power facility to a local energy association in Barangay Maytegued here for the maintenance and management of its operation.
The facility was handed to the Maytegued Energy Association (MEA) by PSFI officials led by executive director Sebastian Quinones Jr. following the inauguration of the facility’s powerhouse.
Quinones said the micro-grid power facility is the result of Shell foundation’s partnership with the Maytegued community that has been longing for electricity which can help in their daily activities.
“You can be sure of Shell. We will be here to partner with you in the long term, nandito po kami upang tulungan kayo, maasahan niyo kami,” he said, assuring the local community and its officials that life can get better using alternative sources of energy.
Quinones also distributed around 30 solar energy kits in addition to the provision of basic electrical installation and maintenance training to some 30 participants.
“Yong expertise na mabibigay namin ay para ‘yon sa next phases at nasa inyo ‘yon. Tingnan natin kung paano natin magagawa ito sa susunod na kakayanan ng komunidad. We want to ensure that you will know how to handle the proper operation at maintenance, we will help you through training ng mga tao, tutulungan din kayo kung papaano mapalago ang inyong pera at tutulungan din namin kayo sa ibang organization na tumutulong din gaya ng sa schools,” Quinones said.
Maytegued barangay chairman Felix Talamayan said the hybrid power facility from PSFI will help in the development of their barangay.
He called on the members of the MEA to take care of the facility and to the residents to help ensure its security.
“Isang malaking biyaya at tulong po ito upang mas maging magaan ang ating pamumuhay bagama’t tayo ay nasa liblib na lugar. Ang pakiusap ko lang, alagaan natin ito, gawin natin na maayos ang pagpapadaloy ng kuryente galing dito ng sa gayon ay lumawak, lumago, at makakatulong tayo sa pagpapaunlad ng ating kumunidad,” Talamayan said.
“Sana makabigay tayo ng inspirasyon sa lahat dahil sa ating sama-sama at pagtutulungan at lalo’t higit maipakilala natin ang kahalagaan ng kalikasan at mabubuting maidudulot nito sa ating lahat,” he added.
It is the 11th funded by Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. through the PSFI, said research, information, and communications officer Jeri Abenoja.
Abenoja said some 90 households in Maytegued are now connected to the power facility, enjoying 24/7 electricity service from the windmill and the 25 kVA generator provided as back-up during nighttime.
Taytay ABC president and municipal councilor Norbert Lim, who represented mayor Romy Salvame, also thanked the PSFI for the Maytegued microgrid power project.
“Isang malaking biyaya ang mapagkalooban tayo ng ganitong proyekto ng SPEX at PSFI, sa panibagong yugto ng pagkakataon ng pailaw at kuryente sa inyong lugar. Sana ay lalo kayong magtulungan na maingatan ang inyong kulturang nakagisnan, pagtutulungan at pagkakaisa para sa isang maunlad at masiglang barangay,” Lim said.
The event also saw the presence of PSFI deputy executive director Marvi Trudeau, other PSFI, barangay, and municipal government officials.