October 23, 2017, 3:43 pm
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Solar energy readied for poor families

More than 40,000 poor families without electricity in remote areas of the country will soon have access to solar energy under the Access to Sustainable Energy Project grant agreement signed by the LGU Guarantee Corp.  (LGUGC) and the World Bank.  

The access of households to solar energy is supported by $3 million from the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), $12.8 million from the European Union, and an additional contribution from the Department of Energy of the Philippines.

“This project supports affordable, clean energy in the Philippines for those who have no access to the grid,” Catherine Commander O’Farrell, Head of GPOBA, said.

GPOBA is a global partnership program founded in 2003 and administered by the World Bank.

It is a multi-donor trust fund used to develop output and results-based aid approaches to provide basic services in infrastructure, health, and, education.

“GPOBA has had a long engagement in the Philippines, working to mainstream results-based financing in the World Bank’s operations to ensure that basic services are extended to poor households,” O’Farrell said.

”We are very pleased that this deep engagement in the country is also reflected in this innovative results-focused energy project,” she added.

 The project targets remote areas and isolated islands whose marginalization is increased by a lack of electricity. - Angela Celis
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