RAISING INCOMES IN FARMING COMMUNITIES THROUGH RENEWABLE ENERGY
With the objective of raising viable income of small farmers in remote areas in Mindanao, a Sustainable Inspection Mission was led by European-Union Supported Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (EU-ASEP) through its Team Leader, Douglas Liner on 10-12 February 2020.
Part of the mission includes presentation of progress report of the Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (DASURECO) Solar business unit for the ASEP Photovoltaic Mainstreaming (PVM) and Productive Uses of Renewable Energy (PURE) projects, site visit with community and cooperative members meeting and interview, and coordination meeting with Mindanao Development Authority Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro.
During pilot site visit in Sitio Mabuhay, Little Baguio, Malita, Davao Occidental, residents of the community expressed how their lives has changed with the PVM and PURE projects through improved income, better quality of study time for school children, and more income opportunities for women.
In addition, the installation of the solar-powered abaca spindle machine, which replaces the time-consuming and tedious manual process, results in higher quality products and increases the income of more than 150 abaca farmers of the Sitio New Mabuhay Abaca, Cacao, Coffee, Corn, and Vegetables Integrated Small Farmers Association (SMACCC VISFA).
The mission team is composed of Ms. Ileana Miritescu, Programme Manager-Energy of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines; Marc Louie Olap of the Department of Energy; Atty. Monalisa Dimalanta, Chairman of the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB); the Mindanao Development Authority’s Mindanao Power Development Program and representatives of DASURECO.
Source: Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)