In a move to expand the university’s assistance to several areas that took a heavy pounding from Pablo, the University President Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ will lend 6 generators to mitigate the need for electric power. In a briefing on 12th December 2012, Fr. Tabora has decided that as part of the university’s operation to assist survivors and places cope with the aftermath of Pablo, it will provide out of the university’s coffers the use not only of solar panels but power generators in key areas in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.
As early as last week, the university’s School of Engineering, through the Center for Renewable Energy & Appropriate Technology (CREATE), have already installed 10 solar panels in key areas in the ComVal region, and another 8 in specific areas in Davao Oriental. The Lapanday Group of Companies have early on donated portable solar chargers for this operation. Late last week, the 6 portable generators have arrived and will be ready for installation in identified locations. The University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC) will be the one to decide where these 6 generators will be deployed. But for sure, 1 generator will be brought to the Assumption Academy of Compostela.
A memorandum of agreement will be signed by the university and the partner agency or institution that will oversee the proper use and care of these solar panels and generators. It was intimated early on that the generators may be installed in schools for proper safe-keeping and maintenance.
The massive wreak havoc caused by Pablo have destroyed a good number of electric posts in Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Agusan del Sur, knocking down power lines. While some electric cooperatives are already starting to tend to this problem, total resumption of electric power, barring another calamity, may take another 3 to 4 months. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)