BERJAYA Philippines Brings Light to School Children

Story and Photos by Leo Laca

The SOLAR-POWERED CLASSROOM PROJECT was funded by BERJAYA PHILIPPINES to be able to generate electricity for the benefit of the 780 pupils of its eight classrooms. From left to right are Mr. Diosdado Medina, OIC-Asst. Schools Division Superintendent, Ms. Winnie Manansala, Berjaya Philippines Financial Controller, Mr. Tan Eng Hwa, Berjaya Philippines Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Jennifer Placente, School Principal, and Ms. Flordelisa Pereyra, Assistant Schools Division

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PANGARAP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Caloocan City is a public elementary school of about 3,000 pupils that is located 24 kilometers north of Manila.  Due to a land ownership dispute, the power distribution company is barred from installing them with electricity, thus, the school classrooms can only rely on available sunlight that penetrates the jalousie windows of each classroom.  “Our school needs electric power and water supply. We are thankful that Berjaya sponsored in installing the solar panels to light up some of our classrooms,” a very appreciative statement the school Principal, Ms. Jennifer Placente, said to Mr. Tan Eng Hwa when he visited the school to hand over the donation amounting to  P 127,500 (RM10,562)