More than a hundred families in Norzagaray, Bulacan were given solar-powered house lights recently, thanks to a partnership between Pilipinas Shell and Liter of Light.
Pilipinas Shell’s partnership with Liter of Light is part of the former’s Access to Energy (A2E) campaign, which helps various communities gain access to clean energy. The partnership highlights the value of waste reduction and eco-friendliness.
“We use access to energy, particularly clean energy, to empower the communities around our areas of operations and help them to develop to their full potential,” said Sankie Simbulan, Social Performance and Social Investment manager of Shell Companies in the Philippines.
More light and less waste is the goal of the partnership.
In order to make the feat possible, Shell has constructed PET bottle donation sites in 60 of their retail stations placed around the Metro. Shell employees were then trained by Liter of Light volunteers on how to set up solar-powered house lights using the donated PET bottles.
“From the customer who donated plastic bottles at your Shell station, to the staff and personnel who learned how to build the light, to volunteers who came to Angat today to turn over this gift of light, Shell understands and shares Liter of Light values to bring the people together to solve the huge challenge of energy poverty,” said Silvana Diaz, mother of Liter of Light’s founder Illac Diaz, who graced the turnover ceremony.
Providing innovative energy solutions is part of Shell’s vision of giving access to sustainable energy, advancing inclusive growth and nation-building. The company also focuses on improving sustainable mobility and cleaner-burning natural gas, smarter fuels and lubricants technology.
Photo above shows Salvador Cruz (center), one of the project’s beneficiaries who is also the leader of the Dumagat tribe in Bulacan, while receiving a solar-powered house light from Silvana Diaz of Liter of Light. Joining them in photo are some of the Shell employee volunteers who joined in the distribution of the house lights (from left:) Aldwin Angeles, digital marketing manager; Lorrie Ramirez, payment and loyalty manager; Millicent Ngo, convenience retail manager PH; Sankie Simbulan, Social Investment and Social Performance Manager; and Karla Zarate, Shell External Relations Manager for Brand.
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