There will be light

Thanks to Panasonic, health centers in the towns of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi will have light even during times when electricity is not available.

In the run-up to its 100th anniversary in 2018, Panasonic launched the “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project” to help solve the challenges faced by emerging and developing countries facing unstable electrical supply. Last February, it donated 2,376 solar lanterns to the Philippines, bringing its total donations to over 32,300 units since it started in 2012.

On behalf of its partner local government units, the Zuellig Family Foundation submitted a proposal to Panasonic, which then agreed to donate 48 solar lamps that will be used in the health facilities of selected off-grid municipalities in the provinces.

In these municipalities, power outages are regular occurrences; hence, the solar lamps can go a long way, especially for a woman in labor at night.