Who would have thought that a liter bottle could help shed some light? From what used to be as one of the objects usually found in trash bins everywhere, the 1.5 or 2L plastic bottle is now a basic material in making the revolutionary solar bottle bulb. These solar bottle bulbs are made by mixing filtered water with chlorine and salt, then poured over to 1.5 or 2L plastic bottles and installed on rooftops using scrap GI sheets and rubber sealants. Solar bottle bulbs like these have the capacity to provide up to 55 watts for as long as two years, thus reducing power consumption and helping lessen the incidence of fires instead of using kerosene or candles as light source. This liter of light can actually help Filipinos save more on electricity.
|National Treasurer JCI Senator Christine Garcia, National Chair JCI Member Anna Lim, JCI Duwaling President JCI Member Irelan Abapo and homeowner Marcelo Ely posed under the light from a solar bottle bulb from the Liter of Light Project.|
This revolutionary idea was made possible here in the country through the Liter of Light Project brought about by the initiative and efforts of the Junior Chamber International Philippines (JCIP), in partnership with My Shelter Foundation headed by JCI Member Iliac Diaz. This partnership aims to brighten up one million Filipino homes in the country and this 2013, My Shelter Foundation and JCIP aim to implement the Liter of Light Project in at least 100 cities and 10,000 households in the Philippines.
|National Chair JCI Member Anna Lim demonstrating how to make a solar bottle bulb to the residents of Barangay 21-C.|
|JCI World Vice President Bernard DY installing the Liter of Light on one of the homes in Barangay 21-C.|
Here in Davao City, the Liter of Light project was first launched in Barangay Aquino, Agdao last April 27, 2012. And last December 29, 2012, through the initiative of JCI Duwaling members and in cooperation with Barangay Captain Edmuno O. Altizo, Sr., a second launch of this project was conducted wherein JCI members and volunteers installed several solar bottle bulbs in houses in Barangay 21-C, Piapi, Davao City. Following the successful launch of the project was a press conference and victory luncheon held at Lispher Inn.
The Liter of Light was awarded as the Best National Flagship Project during the 2012 JCI Asia Pacific Conference held in Hong Kong in June 2012. On November of that same year, it was again recognized as the Best National Flagship Project during the JCI World Congress in Taipei, Taiwan, having bested entries from over 100 JCI National Organizations.
Since its initial implementation in 2012, the Liter of Light project had already shed light to many households in the country including in Legazpi, Bulacan, Palawan, Bohol, Iloilo, Aklan, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Surigao City, Zamboanga and Marilog Disctrict in Davao City through various chapters of JCI Philippines. This 2013, JCI Philippines hopes to light up more lives through this Liter of Light Project.
|JCI Members during the Liter of Light Press Conference|
Photos courtesy of: Ria Jose