PANGLAO, Bohol, July 21 (PIA) -- Two Grade VI pupils of Lourdes Elementary School (ES) here taught Department of Energy (DOE) Usec. Felix Fuentebella the rudiments in assembling a one-watt solar lamp as the government, with the Liter or Light Foundation, brings the Liter of Light Workshop for Boholanos on July 20 to 21.
Like kids playing games, Orly Suganob and Heberly Ann Bompat, both 11 years old, excitedly picked resistors and capacitors for the DOE official to insert into slots on a 2x2-inch Printed Circuit Board (PCB).
He was dared to assemble a one-watt Light Emitting Diode (LED) light ingeniously fitted in an ordinary glass kerosene lamp as a workshop output.
Fuentebella, who came to Bohol to oversee the workshop, solded the connections and slotted in the switches to complete the board connection to a battery which would be housed on top of the LED board.
Fifteen minutes later, the undersecretary held the finished LED lantern which he proudly showed off to the kids' delight.
Both Suganob and Bompat are part of the 34 Lourdes ES kids who trained with electronics teachers, explained Bohol Department of Education (DepED) School Governance Division Chief Desiderio Deligero.
Also trained were Bohol senior and junior high electronics teachers who would soon cascade the trainings to the MAPEH and high school students in Bohol, Deligero added.
Lourdes High School, which is located inside the Lourdes DEPED Complex, also offers electronics courses to its senior high school so they have the equipment used during the workshop, Deligero said.
The solar lanterns use one-watt solar panel board and LED and with six hours of solar charging, this can be used for 14 hours, according to Liter of Light Fdn trainer Arnold Lagui while showing the blue run-of-the-mill kerosene gas lantern which now transforms into a solar lantern.
Liter of Light, a non-government organization founded by Filipino Italian advocate Ylac Diaz, has won a Dubai award for alternative sustainable use of renewable energy.
They have been helping poor households get light with their innovative PET bottle lights installed in house roofs.
These use water-filled PET bottles as a form of lens to reflect the sun's illumination for indoor lights.
The solar lanterns would be the Philippines' special token to the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, Fuentebella told the children.
The Asian Cooperation Dialogue, which is set in Panglao on the first week of August, would partly be a gathering of over 34 delegates looking at the energy sourcing, energy security, energy safety, and sustainability including resiliency while sharing existing power alternatives and technologies, said Fuentebella. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)