Solon to add solar panels in Pag-asa Island

A LAWMAKER is set to provide solar panels in Pag-asa island to improve the power situation.

Partylist Rep. Teddy Casiño  said “ as China is moving faster, we need to help our country men in Pag-asa Island who are being placed in a very difficult situation.

“We already have initial discussions with Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon and we are working on ways to improve the power situation in the island such as the possibility for them to have 24 hour electricity so that they can be more prepared and vigilant in defending our sovereignty,” shared the lawmaker.

“Initially we are planning to install more solar panels in the island to provide them with clean and additional electricity sources so that the people could live more comfortably in the disputed land,” Casiño said.

Earlier, a two-story, six-classroom building on Pag-asa Island in that municipality in the disputed Spratlys will be constructed with the help of ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, who has set a portion of the second tranche of his 2012 priority development assistance fund for the project.
The local government, through Municipal Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon Jr., proposed the project after learning of Tinio’s vow to send assistance to the newly opened elementary school.

The school will stand on a one-hectare land provided by the local government. Initial estimates by the municipal engineer set the cost of Phase 1 at P4.3 million.In his proposal, Bito-onon said it was high time that the Pag-asa children’s right to education was addressed.

“A school standing at Pag-asa Island is an earnest affirmation of Philippine sovereignty in the Spratly group of islands — the provision for education, a basic social service,” Tinio added.

“This school will guarantee that the hope of Pag-asa’s children for a better future is secured.”

Tinio invited the national government to support similarly disadvantaged schools in other areas of the country.

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