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Vivant Foundation pioneers solar power curriculum in Bantayan, donates equipment

Through photos and imagination. That was how Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) students of Bantayan National High School learned some of their lessons, said Grade 12 student Mc Jemart Martinez….

Through photos and imagination. That was how Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) students of Bantayan National High School learned some of their lessons, said Grade 12 student Mc Jemart Martinez.

Not anymore. The students will soon start working with actual wires, pliers, and other electrical equipment after the Vivant Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Vivant Corporation, donated equipment to the school last Saturday.

The donation includes materials and equipment for EIM and the new solar power component that Vivant Foundation formulated with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Education (DEPED).

Vivant Foundation donation Bantayan Island

EXTRA ADVANTAGE. Vivant Foundation Executive Director Shem Garcia said the pioneering solar power track of the Electrical Installation and Management course in Bantayan National High School will give its students “that extra advantage that’s needed for the future.” Also shown in the photo are the equipment that the foundation donated to the school last Saturday.

Electrical course with solar component

“No school in the Philippines offers EIM with the solar component and we found that it was time that somebody did, especially considering that renewable energies are playing a bigger part of our power distribution and generation,” said Vivant Foundation Executive Director Shem Garcia. “Tomorrow’s electricians need to know how to handle solar power so together with TESDA and DEPED, we created a new curriculum that would be taught for the first time in the entire country here in Bantayan National High School.”

Garcia said that for Bantayan National High School, they are donating equipment listed by TESDA as requirements for teaching the EIM course. Before the donation, the school had to make do with the scant materials that were available, said teacher John Ray Tejero Tapales.

Tapales and Martinez said they were excited to be able to work with the equipment in their EIM classes. The school has 36 Grade 12 EIM students and only 15 Grade 11 EIM pupils. Tapales said sign-ups to the course dropped after students realized there were no equipment.

Training for teacher

During the summer break, Tapales will be going to Cebu City for training on the solar component, said Garcia. Vivant Foundation also donated solar panels, inverters, and batteries so they will learn to set the system up, he said.

“We’re not the first group to do solar panel electrification for off-grid areas like in mountain schools in Luzon and Mindanao and island schools in the Visayas,” Garcia said in an interview. “But what we have that’s unique is incorporating the idea of having a larger high school that offers EIM and updating their course to include solar. In exchange for them getting the equipment and the training, they’re gonna check in on the island school that’s being electrified to make sure that it’s maintained.”

Garcia said maintenance is important when it comes to solar power. Solar panels are designed to last up to 25 years but installations that are not maintained break down after just a few years.

The students who will be trained will be the ones to maintain the solar power rooftop installation that Vivant Foundation is donating to nearby Hilotongan Integrated School. The rooftop installation will power the school’s lighting and the batch of 100 computers that arrived last year but haven’t been turned on for lack of power, said Garcia.

Vivant Foundation Bantayan Island

TRAINING. Raji Roullo (left), planning and design engineer of Vivant, explains how solar panels work to a group of Electrical Installation and Maintenance students of Bantayan National High School.

Cheaper in the long run

The foundation will be spending P3.3 million for the solar power system and more in logistics cost to power the school in Hilotongan.

“It sounds like a lot but it comes out cheaper in the long run than paying fuel for the generator. And also, consider that their generator only did their light bulbs and their electric fans and they had a hundred computers that they couldn’t even turn on,” Garcia said. “The hundred computers arrived towards the end of last year but they haven’t put it on yet because they don’t have electricity.”

The system will be installed in Hilotongan from March to May, in time for the opening of the new school year.

After Tapales is trained, he will then handle the solar power component for the 2nd year of the EIM course.

Garcia said the instructor and the top students can then make quarterly trips to Hilotongan to check on the solar power setup. They will also be the ones to handle repair requests. This partnership will also give the students the needed hours of on-the-job training for their certification.

This training on solar, he said, will give students “that extra advantage that’s needed for the future.”

The students will have a lot of opportunities in a growing industry, said Provincial Board Member Horacio Franco.

Vicant Foundation Bantayan Island

AGREEMENT. Vivant Foundation Executive Director Shem Garcia signs the agreement that covers the donation and program. Seated at right is Provincial Board Member Horacio Franco. The donation was held last Saturday at the Bantayan National High School.

Increasing interest

Garcia said that with solar “getting cheaper” every year, they hope to encourage adoption in areas like Bantayan Island.

With heightened awareness on eco-tourism and environmental issues, “there would be increasing interest in solar and especially if businesses know that there are people who can do the maintenance and repair,” he said.

Garcia said their foundation decided to focus on technology and K to 12 education after going around the different communities in the Philippines to study the needs that they could address.

“At the same time, I also went to a symposium by PhilDev and USAID where they were talking about how we needed to increase our innovation in our country because we actually lag behind our other ASEAN neighbors in science education,” he said.

They started with donating science labs and equipment as well as training teachers in Palawan, where they have a power plants.

The Bantayan Island project, he said, is “a big part of our next step.” He said they intend to make it nationwide and would be assessing its impact, particularly of the solar power curriculum, for the needed improvements.

Self-sustaining program

He said the students in Bantayan who will be trained on solar power can potentially serve the community, including five other islet schools.

“That’s basically the idea – that it would be self-sustaining on the education side. It creates people that are skilled at jobs that are growing in demand. Solar is getting cheaper every year, so the demand has been increasing every year. And we think places like this are ideal to have people educated in solar because it is known for the beautiful beaches, the beautiful water,” Garcia said.

When Hilotongan Integrated School is energized with solar power, Garcia said they could do other side projects like putting up an adult learning program on computers during weekends, when there are no regular classes.

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 2, 2015: Rama tells DPWH to speed up S. Osmeña Blvd. work, it’s a ‘disaster area’; Bantayan, Camotes will have own airports: Governor Davide

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama walked 3 kilometers yesterday along with Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella and other City Hall and traffic officials to inspect S. Osmeña Blvd. yesterday. Rama described…

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama walked 3 kilometers yesterday along with Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella and other City Hall and traffic officials to inspect S. Osmeña Blvd. yesterday. Rama described the road as a “disaster area” and said government response should be similar to that to a crisis.

The City will close part of the road today and motorists have been told to avoid the place.

Meanwhile, Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III said Bantayan and Camotes Islands will soon have their own airports. He said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines have already inspected the 2 towns for possible locations of the facilities.

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Here are the top Cebu news stories for today, February 2, 2015.

Mayor Rama S. Osmena inspection

INSPECTION. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama (seated) after inspecting S. Osmeña Blvd. along with Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella (4th from left) and other Cebu City Officials. (Photo posted taken from Mayor Rama’s Facebook page)

Rama tells DPWH to fast-track S. Osmeña Blvd. work, it’s a ‘disaster area’; road closed to vehicle traffic today

Describing the situation in the area as a “crisis,” Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 to fast-track work on the road concreting of S. Osmeñea Blvd.

Rama described the place as a “disaster area” that is prone to accidents due to the craters on the road caused by the road concreting works.

“There has to be an intervention done in that area. It has to be approached as if it is in crisis.” — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama

Rama, Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella and other officials from the Cebu City Hall as well as the City Traffic Operations Management walked the area yesterday to check on its condition as well as the traffic situation.

Rama and the City officials also decided to close part of the boulevard today to prevent motorists from passing areas with the big crates. Traffic enforcers will close the northbound lanes of part of S. Osmeña St. beside Radisson Blu Hotel and the SM parking lot today. The southbound lane will be open to 2-way traffic.

The road closure is also meant to facilitate covering of the craters with asphalt and paving of the road.

 

Cebu Provincial Sports Commission

SPORTS COMMISSION. Members of the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission take their oath before Governor Hilario P. Davide III (from left) Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Ramil Abing, Provincial Board Member Celestino Martinez III, PB Member Peter John Calderon, Randulph Su, Jessica Honoridez, Nimrod NL Quiñones, Chairman Michel Lhuillier and vice chairman Raul D. Alcoseba. (Photo taken from the Cebu Provincial Government Facebook page)

Bantayan, Camotes to have own airports

The islands of Bantayan and Camotes will soon have their own airports, said Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III.

Davide said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) sent teams to the islands on Thursday to inspect possible locations for the new airports. He said he already talked to Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete about the project.

The governor said he and Villarete will wait for the final report from CAAP to complete the plan of building the 2 new airports.

“There are specific provisions in the concession agreement that do not allow us to operate airports that are competing with Mactan in the next 25 years, but it excludes Bantayan and Camotes. And that’s why we are looking at these with the Department of Tourism and MCIAA and CAAP who are very interested in upgrading the facilities of Bantayan and Camotes. You know the potential of these two islands.” — MCIAA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete

Fire destroys P1 million worth of properties in Prince Hypermart in Daanbantayan, Cebu

Fire broke out at the Prince Hypermart in Daanbantayan, Cebu at 11:45 a.m. last Saturday. Daanbantayan Fire Station officer-in-charge Roger Loro told Sun.Star Cebu the blaze may have been started by a cigarette or spontaneous combustion by a pile of boxes due to the hot temperature.

Loro said they had to call for fire trucks from nearby towns because their own unit broke down since May. The firefighters arrived at 12:30 p.m. and put out the flames at 12:45 p.m. The fire destroyed grocery supplies inside the stockroom.

Cebu newspapers

FRONT PAGE NEWS. Today’s front pages of Cebu’s 3 English daily newspapers.

Cebu mayors say they facilitated release of P2B assistance, not a congressman

Northern Cebu mayors yesterday denied the report by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that a congressman facilitated the release of close to P2 billion for typhoon Yolanda survivors who lost their homes.

Sta. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana denied that the request of a congressman led to the allocation of the funds. He said he did not see any congressman in any of the meetings with the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) headed then by Panfilo Lacson.

Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. said it is unfair for a politician to claim that he facilitated for the release of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) when the mayors were the ones who requested for it.

“We attended three to four seminars with OPARR, we submitted the list of survivors, and we set the amount. That’s why DSWD should also give credit to where credit is due.” — Bogo Mayor Junie Martinez

Sun.Star Cebu: Mayors say they facilitated release of P2B assistance

Other top Cebu news stories

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama creates new Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for infrastructure; Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos out

Sun.Star Cebu: Broadcaster Bobby Nalzaro wants 2 Cebu City prosecutors to inhibit themselves from handling libel complaint filed by former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña against him

The Freeman: City Hall to meet with convenience store owners over violations to City Hall ordinance against selling of liquor within 100 meters from schools and hospitals

Sun.Star Cebu: Msgr. Binghay on killing of 44 SAF policemen: seek justice without bloodshed, no finger-pointing

Cebu Business headlines

Sun.Star Cebu: Aboitiz food unit Pilmico helps Yolanda survivors rebuild livelihood after devastation

The Freeman: Aboitiz unit helps revitalize livelihood in northern Cebu

Sun.Star Cebu: Premium mattress distributor Dunlopillo opens in Ayala Center Cebu, optimistic about Cebu buyers

The Freeman: Apple One planning 3rd project in Cebu in Punta Engaño, Mactan Island

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Smart brings mobile financial services to Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island, known for its crystal-clear waters and long stretch of powdery white sand, is considered one of the tropical attractions of the Philippines. It is accessible via a 2-hour…

Bantayan Island, known for its crystal-clear waters and long stretch of powdery white sand, is considered one of the tropical attractions of the Philippines. It is accessible via a 2-hour land trip from Cebu City, plus a one-hour ferry ride from Hagnaya Port in northern Cebu.

The long trips to and from the island, however, have restricted the exploration of its beauty and other offerings. Island residents too, choose to stay within the confines of the territory, limiting their financial and social activities, and virtually isolating them from the Philippine mainland.

SMART MONEY. Bantayan Island residents can now avail themselves of mobile financial services with the opening of the first Smart Money Center in the island. (PHOTO BY SMART COMMUNICATIONS)

SMART MONEY. Bantayan Island residents can now avail themselves of mobile financial services with the opening of the first Smart Money Center in the island. (PHOTO BY SMART COMMUNICATIONS)

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