Panasonic Corporation grants 48 solar lanterns to IND

By Keith Brandon Cari-an On Friday, February 13, 2015

Panasonic Corporation Bacolod branch sales executives Cyd Charisse Macuja and Bobile James Alagaban flanks Vice Chancellor for Mission and Development and IND-BLT Program Officer Katherine Maguad during the formal turnover of the 48 solar lanterns at Balay Kalinungan

Panasonic Corporation granted 48 solar lanterns to Institute for Negros Development to support its off-grid partner schools and communities, Feb. 11 at Balay Kalinungan.

Vice Chancellor for Mission and Development Geoffrey Bob Bergante and IND Program Officer Katherine Maguad received the lanterns from the company’s main office in Japan through its Bacolod branch sales executives Bobile James Alagaban and Cyd Charisse Macuja.

In celebration of its 100th in 2018, Panasonic Corporation aims to provide light sources to off-grid communities worldwide through the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project.

According to Maguad, this grant was made possible through a call for proposal in 2014 which was shared by IND’s longtime program partner, Jollibee Group Foundation.

Colambo Elementary School and Caraan Elementary School, BLT schools in Kabankalan, will be prioritized by IND, said Maguad.

The lanterns will be utilized by the in-stay teachers during nighttime when making lesson plans, checking of papers and making reports.  It will also help students in their activities which need extended hours in school.  IND will also ensure that these solar lanterns will aid the teachers and community partners during communal activities and special missions for health, security and disaster response.

IND aims to turn over the solar lanterns to the schools and other community partners before the end of February.