TESDA, My Shelter Foundation to light 400 houses with plastic 'solar bulb' bottles

Volunteers are being taught to assemble solar bottle bulbs using plastic bottles filled with water.

Composed mostly of women and persons with disabilities (PWDs) through a joint project of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and My Shelter Foundation, these volunteers are undergoing training in electronics, specifically for the assembly of solar bottle bulbs, and the installation of these bulbs in houses at identified project areas.

These "solar bulbs" are filled with water, a pinch of bleach, and pieces of materials that reflect light. Once complete, a bulb bottle is capable of emitting up to 55 watts of illumination.

The project aims to provide light to about 400 low-income households by November 30 this year.

The Green Pavilion, formerly housed at the Rizal Park, was transferred to the TESDA Complex in Taguig City and was officially launched last Thursday. It will serve as production and exhibition facility inside the TESDA complex until December this year.

The facility is made from recycled materials and features revolutionary green technologies as well as a space to design and build products out of recycled materials. It will be a working classroom for the TESDA trainees and also be the venue for the assembly of the solar upgrade units using the recycled bottles,

"I was informed that the US embassy has made an initial grant of US$10,000 for the Liter of Light program to support this project," said TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva.

During its stay in TESDA, the Green Pavilion will also be a production center where trained volunteers will assemble solar mobile chargers and LED lights for use in Habitat for Humanity communities.

Ilac Diaz, the Executive Director of My Shelter Foundation said that the lighting of the homes will be timed with the country's commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, according to a TESDA press release.

My Shelter Foundation started the Liter for Light movement that began in the Philippines in 2010. The foundation claims that 28,000 homes were lit through this project in Metro Manila alone. The project has since spread to sites in India, Indonesia, and Switzerland. – KDM, GMA News

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