THREE organizations have agreed to collaborate to identify and promote renewable energy solutions for poverty alleviation in Mindanao.
They are the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) through the Ramon Magsaysay Transformative Leadership Institute (RMTLI), SELCO Foundation, and the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF).
To implement their collective goal the triumvirate signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on October 1, 2020 to work together in creating a coordination hub in Mindanao that will help push for the shift towards renewable energy in the region.
According to PEF Executive Director Roberto Calingo, the Mindanao Renewable Energy Advocacy and Coordination Hub (Mindanao REACH) project is a product of almost a decade of partnership among the three organizations when they started the promotion of the use of renewable energy in the country.
“We want to affirm our institutional commitment to share knowledge, technology and innovation in advancing the work of ensuring that renewable energy players on the ground have the means and concrete options to improve themselves by creating an ecosystem and customized solutions for poverty alleviation,” he said.
With a grant of five million pesos from the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the project will also open opportunities to support livelihood development, education, and health programs.
SELCO Foundation was represented by its CEO, Dr. Harish Hande, also a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee. RMAF was represented by Emily Abrera, its current president. (✓)
Featured image of windmills courtesy of Unsplash and thanks to Nicholas Doherty.
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