One hundred fourteen families from two coastal communities in Brgy. Tigbao, Milagros, Masbate each received solar lanterns at the launching of “Kusog Masbate” All-Lights Village, the first in Masbate and Bicol Region. “Kusog” is ‘strong’ in Masbateno dialect.
The program is made possible with the efforts of the Provincial Government of Masbate headed by Governor Atty. Vince Revil and Vice Governor Atty. Kaye Revil to help alleviate the lives of hundreds of families in a province tagged as “one of the poorest” in the Philippines.
“It is our vision to have Masbate as the best place to raise a family. Moreover, in line with the sustainable development goals of the country, we wish to see the province within this direction,” Governor Revil explained when asked why he supported the launching of All-Lights Village Program in his province.
“We welcome this collaboration with Global Peace Foundation and grateful with the partnership,” he added.
During the turn-over ceremony, Vice Governor Kaye Revil also recalled how her experiences during the Global Peace Youth Exchange and APPDSA Global Forum in Korea in October last year gave her the added inspiration to get Masbate and her constituents out of poverty through community development. The distribution of solar lanterns to the families will help the school children in the communities in their evening studies and assist their parents in their livelihoods and household chores.
Also present at the launching of Kusog Masbate All-Lights Village is the mayor of Milagros, Masbate, Hon. Natividad Magbalon who expressed her high hopes for the success of the program and its goals.
The next phase of the program will include installation of solar-powered streetlights in the communities on the second quarter of 2016.