In September 2011, Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro’s reported that as many as 9,000 public schools all over the country are still deprived of access to electricity. Students are taught in dark classrooms, places that are far from conducive to learning.
Schneider Electric (SE), the global specialist in energy management, believes in the importance of making good solar lighting available to the community. In light of its goal in helping public schools, SE chose the Payatas-C Elementary School (PCES), as the recipient of SE’s In-Diya Lighting Systems. Most of the students come from families who are impoverished squatters at the Payatas landfill.
In-Diya is a specially-designed LED lighting system that relies on sunlight. Solar panels are attached to lamps, lighting them for five to eight hours. This energy efficient and green solution enables rural communities to harness resources that are free and readily available. The PCES, which does not have access to water and electricity, will greatly benefit from using In-Diya.
“Projects such as these do not only cultivate volunteerism and social engagement among our employees, it’s also a great opportunity for the company to be part of community-building. It is always heartening to know that our solutions are able to help empower these people by addressing one of their most basic needs,” shares Philippe Reveilhac, President of Schneider Electric Philippines.
SE has already installed 17 solar panels in 20 classrooms in PCES with plans to install 24 solar panels before the year ends. After setting up the panels on the roofs of the classrooms, SE volunteers also trained the school’s administrators and staff on the proper care and maintenance of the In-Diya system to ensure the sustainability of the support they have given.
PCES Principal Mr. Benjamin Caling expressed his gratitude to Schneider Electric for the solar lighting systems. “The lamps they donated have greatly improved the lighting conditions in our classrooms. Our pupils, who used to read and write in the dark, appreciate having a better learning environment,” Caling says.