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Friday, February 24, 2012

SM help ‘light up lives’ in Mt. Apo

Stiftung Solarenergie, an international foundation which pioneers sustainable electrification for rural development, conducted Hike for Light from November 2011 to February 2012.

In partnership with Kaya ng Pinoy’s Team Everest, Hike for Light, supplied solar systems to communities living on the 6 peaks in the Philippines- Mt. Apo, Mt. Dulang-Dulang, Mt. Kanlaon, Mt. Madja-as, Mt. Pulag and Mt. Guiting-Guiting. Hike for Light visited Mt. Apo National Park from February 10-13.

For the group’s Mt. Apo climb, SM Prime and SM Supermalls (through their SM Cares Committee on the Environment) served as Protected Area Sponsors by helping in the park conservation. SM also enabled solar ambassadors to distribute solar lanterns to environmentally-oriented partner-organizations and help them in protecting the country’s highest peak.

Philippine Eagle Foundation, one of the partner-organizations, has utilised the solar lanterns as an incentive for reforestation efforts. Families received a 0.25-hectare plot with 250 seedlings each. Twenty families with the most number of successful seedlings planted received a solar lantern.

Hike for Life also distributed 44 lanterns to United Sugarcane Planters Development Cooperative (USPDC) to be used for disaster risk reduction and emergency response operations. Sitio Sabwag, which is located at the jump-off point for Mt. Apo received 2 solar lanterns as well.

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