Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. participates in the Tanging Tanglaw: Turning IP Grandmothers into Solar Engineers ("Solar Lolas") project

The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) recently participated in the Diwata-Women in Resource Development, Inc. Tanging Tanglaw: Turning Indigenous Peoples (IP) Grandmothers into Solar Engineers activities: (1) Turn-over of Rural Electrical workshop (REW) to Bamban Aeta Community in Tarlac and (2) Delivery of additional 20 household sets of solar equipment to the community, held last May 20, 2017 at Sitio Caguing, Sto. Niňo, Bamban, Tarlac. In photo are T.I.P. officers led by T.I.P. Manila Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Rosalinda P. Valdepeñas (2nd from R, seated) shown together with Diwata-Women in Resource Development, Inc. officers with H.E. Ambassador Delia Albert (1st from R, seated) during the Signing of Memorandum of Agreement between Diwata and T.I.P.

The project was made possible in partnership with the Land Rover Club of the Philippines (LRCP), using their capable 4x4 SUVs to transport everyone up to the mountains of Bamban.

This multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary community outreach program is a joint Social Orientation and Community Program (SOCIP) project of the Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, and Computer Engineering programs of both T.I.P. Manila and Quezon City campuses. It is undertaken in support to Diwata’s Tanging Tanglaw Project.

IP Grandmothers from aeta communities in the provinces of Tarlac, Zambales, and Abra – Cita Diaz, Magda Salvador, Sharon Flores, and Evelyn Clemente – who can neither read nor write, underwent training for six months on solar electrification in Barefoot College in India. Their mission was to bring light to their village.

T.I.P., along with its many community development efforts, aims to help provide ecologically sustainable and cost-free lighting for simple dwellings among its less-fortunate beneficiaries.

The Tanging Tanglaw: Turning Indigenous Peoples (IP) Grandmothers into Solar Engineers project is also supported by the Australian Aid and the Embassy of India in the Philippines. Ambassador Amanda Gorely, Australian ambassador to the Philippines, and Mr. N. Ramakrishnan, acting ambassador of India, also took part in participating in the Bamban, Tarlac extension project.