Friday, October 28, 2011

Isang Litrong Liwanag



Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light) is a project of MyShelter Foundation of Illac Diaz in cooperation with Elmer Francisco more particularly for Mindanao operations.  The project aims to install 1 million Solar Bottle Bulbs within 2012 which is well within reach.  Solar Bottle Bulbs were developed by the students of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under Appropriate Technology.  

Appropriate Technology has three major factors namely:
1. Materials and Tools are easy to source.
  -Materials
    >1.5L Plastic Bottle
    >9"x11" Corrugated Galvanized Iron
    >Purified Water
    >Bleach
    >Rubber Sealant
    >Rivets
  -Tools
    >Metal Cutter
    >Hammer
    >Nail
    >Riveter
2. Product would easily be replicated at a very low cost.
  -A Solar Bottle Bulb could be made for only US$1.00 or Php50.00.
3. We could make ourselves obsolete.
  -We could teach the technology to people and once they have mastered the process, they could do it on their own.

With this simple piece of technology, we can give light (equivalent to 55-60Watts) to the poorest of the poor which is good for at least 5 years wherein they would not even have to use electricity.  It spells savings of around Php200 to Php500 per month.

This project also helps mitigate climate change as it reduces the use of electricity, it recycles empty plastic bottle of which it prevents these plastic bottles from being burnt in dumpsites or from clogging drainage systems; thus, turning it into something very useful such as a Solar Bottle Bulb.

Another benefit of this project aside from climate change mitigation is that it could also be a livelihood project which could help uplift the lives of marginalized people.

Many thanks to Illac Diaz for being a guest speaker at the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro to talk about the Isang Litrong Liwanag Project.





Many thanks to Barangay Captain Omar Labuntog of Barangay Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro for the assistance.  Thank you also to Mr. Cloyd Winstanley and 95.7 Mellow Touch Radio Station for the support.







Halloween Fun Run for Isang Litrong Liwanag Project at SM City Cagayan de Oro.  Thanks to Juan Fuel and Muni Productions.






Many thanks to Governor Alex Calingasan and Mayor IƱaki Zubiri for helping us launch the project in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.  Thank you also to Mr. Lito & Mrs. Denvi Cabrera of Laguitas Rubber Farm and NMPSA Malaybalay Firing Range for the venue and horses.












Many thanks to Governor JJ Romualdo for helping us launch the project in the Island Province of Camuguin.


Many thanks to Mayors Mario and Julia Okinlay of the Municipality of Impasugong, Bukidnon for helping us launch this project in their area.  Thank you also to Mr. George and Mrs. Mai Gumban for the invaluable assistance.





Many thanks to Sarangani Vice Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, we have successfully launched this project in all of their municipalities.  Thank you also to Mr. Jay Dayupay of ABS-CBN SOCKSARGEN for following and featuring our project.

   

Now, this project has spread throughout the world with partners in Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, Cambodia, Columbia, Malaysia and USA.

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