Solar lamps end estero’s dark, dirty past


SOLAR SOLUTION ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim during Friday’s ceremonial lighting of the new solar lampposts on Estero de Paco. RODEL ROTONI

Residents of a creekside community in Manila received the gift of light for the New Year with the installation of the first solar-powered street lamps in the city.

“We’re bringing the light of the sun to this place which used to be dark,” ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez told the Inquirer on Friday at the ceremonial lighting of the 29 solar lamps along Estero de Paco, mainly on the easement from Osmena Highway to Quirino Avenue.

The 2.9-kilometer estero is the pilot area chosen for greening and beautification by ABS-CBN’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP), the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission and other partner agencies.

“The cleanup of this estero which used to be filled with garbage is Gina’s everyday gift to you,” Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim told the residents. “Now there are streetlights and you can go out for a stroll.”

The lamps automatically light up at night and go off to recharge during the day, according to Rey Reyes of Adtel Inc., a sister company of ABS-CBN, which provided and installed the solar lighting system.

Reyes advised the residents not to congregate directly under the lampposts to conserve energy. The posts have sensors that automatically increase the lamps’ brightness when warm bodies are nearby, he said.

Each streetlight costs P25,000, bringing the total project cost to P725,000. The funds came from the proceeds of the 11.20.2011 Run for the Pasig River held by KBPIP.

The lighting system’s battery packs are expected to last for three to five years, while the solar panels and LED (light-emitting diode) lamps can last for 25 years.

Lim lauded Lopez and the ABS-CBN Foundation for the improvements in Estero de Paco which, according to him, previous Manila mayors, including himself, had failed to accomplish.

“We weren’t able to clean up the estero,” he said. “Good thing Gina found a way. She has made many sacrifices to spearhead laudable projects.”

In return, Lopez thanked Lim for the support and cooperation and lauded the block leaders and so-called “river warriors” of the community for reducing the volume of the garbage that ends up in the waterway.

“No matter how much money we put into this project, it will not be successful if the people do not pledge to help in achieving decent living (conditions),” Lopez said.

“I hope you take care of the lamps. I hope they don’t get stolen,” she added.

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  • themask celestial

    Baka puede ipalinis na ang buong Manila kay Gina Lopez.  Itarnsfer na ang management from worthless mayor Lim

    • jurbinsky77

      Baka ang worthless ay ang mga residents. Maging sibilisado naman sana tayong mga Filipino.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Sa ngayon ay masyadong malawak ang responsibilidad ng MMDA mula sa mga kalsada, plano ng trapik, problema sa mga vendors hanggang sa mga pelikula, pati problema sa mga pulubi at mga holdapers. Bakit hindi na lang magtayo ng bagong departamento para lang sa paglilinis ng Ilog-Pasig, mga estero at mga tributaries at isama na rin ang mga pumping stations at flood control. Sa ngayon kasi ay sakop pa ito ng MMDA. Mas maganda kung si ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez ang italaga ni Pnoy. At sigurado tayo na may kakayahan at higit sa lahat nasa puso ang tunay na layunin maging malinis at maayos ang ating kapaligiran…

  • Hagler

    LED lamps may last for 25 yrs although di pa proven ito since low voltage LEDs used as lighting just recently introduced, i dont think solar panels would last 25 yrs.

    • jurbinsky77

      Baka nga mabagyo at masira. Let us see how Manila will maintain the solat panel units.

      Along the main highways, these solar panels could be installed with proper measure to protect from strong winds and thieves. Each unit should be with serial numbers to identify ownership.

  • Loggnat

    The city should seek voluntary sponsor/s from businesses and rich individuals for every kilometer of the esteros in Manila. Sponsors should be able to mount a small appropriate sign or plaque denoting that they are responsible for the upkeep of the section and the city government should give these sponsors some property tax break as a show of gratitude and incentive for their voluntary work.

  • Cobra

    Gina and her dedicated team deserves a big applause for this project,from the restoration of the Paco market to the clean up of the estero now the lights.But unfortunately lots of people don’t seem to appreciate this cos’ they continue to dump rubbish into it.Marami talaga sa pinoy mga pasaway.The vendors on the bridge must be removed,they use the  estero as a rubbish dump & their toilet.Good work Gina!

  • basilionisisa

    “I hope they don’t get stolen.”

    Typical! sad, insulting but true, clear indication that the project might not extend as far as Tondo.

  • Marcos5

    Gina Lopez for  the next Mayor of Manila City – She can have my vote !
    Pwede po Manang Gina,  next foundation marathon pasig river run – Maglagay po ng Bicycle Lanes parallel po sa Pasig River at sa buong Maynila.

    Salamat Po.

  • Rovingmoron

    Install solar lamps in the dark alleys of the rural areas, too. Most of those places only have to rely on the moon light to brighten up the nights.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HURHTRIVVZLV2NZWFGQHNDGPKY isaac

    Gina,Gina,ang putang-inang gina. Ano na ang nangyari sa Anti-Mining mo sa Palawan? Estero na naman ang Project mo? Trabaho ng manga konsehal iyan at pera ng bayan ang ginastos tapos sasabihin mong project mo?  

    • jurbinsky77

      Si Gina Lopez, edukado at mayaman at may ginagawa. Si Gina ay hindi konsehal sa Palawan. Bait mo siya minumura. Bakit hindi mo puntahan sa opisina niya at murahin mo nang harapan?

    • http://twitter.com/FaizzaTanggol Faizza Tanggol

      Hindi po pera ng bayan ang ginamit diyan. Funded ng Run for the Pasig River na inorganisa ng ABS-CBN Foundation-Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig, gaya ng sinabi sa article. Mura ng mura, mukhang hindi mo naman binasa ang article.

  • boybakal

    Congratulations for a job well done.
    Your resolve and will did it. Next project would be relocate those living along the esteros.
    You can do it…if there’s a will, there’s a way.
    Again, Congratulation.

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