The BLT pupils of Colambo holding the Solar Lanterns during the solar lantern turn-over and orientation
(from left) Kabankalan City DRRMO Rescue Officer Elbert Javellana , Cara-an Elementary School School Head Anthony Jones Garzon, Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. President Rhoderick Samonte, Panasonic Corporation Marketing Officer Bobile Alagaban, Colambo Principal Elementary School Joel Pacheo, OIC- IND Administrative Assistant Katherine Maguad, and Negros 9 Human Development Foundation Board of Trustee Lydio Mangao.
Eighteen solar lanterns with solar panels from Panasonic Corporation were given to the Institute for Negros Development partner communities during the Solar Lanterns turn-over and orientation last February 27, 2015 in Brgy. Oringao, City of Kabankalan.
The turn-over was spearheaded by the University of St. La Salle – IND in partnership with the Panasonic Corporation and Jollibee Foods Corporation.
Eight lanterns were given to Colambo Elementary School in Brgy. Oringao, six in Cara-an Elementary School in Brgy. Tampalon, both of which are BLT schools.
Two IND partners, Negros 9 Human Development Foundation and Kabankalan Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office also receives 2 Solar Lanterns each.
According to Sharmaine Servano a BLT Field Coordinator of USLS-IND “Solar Lanterns will be a big help in the schools of Cara-an and Colambo, knowing that the schools access to electricity is very limited”.
Aside from lanterns, the BLT schools also received Jollibee toys from Jollibee Lacson and Jollibee SM through their Maaga ang Pasko Christmas drive. The schools also received basketballs, volleyballs, breads and biscuits from Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc.
USLS-IND received a total of 48 lanterns from Panasonic Corporation, other recipient of the solar lanterns were Talisay City, Pontevedra and Gawad Kalinga Lopue Legacy Village in Brgy Dulao, Bago City.