The Government of Japan, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has successfully completed the installation of solar power equipment at eight health care facilities in the remote Mindanao islands of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa) in October.
Launched in 2020, the Japanese government provided a $2 million grant for this program to facilitate uninterrupted access to medical services in communities in the BaSulTa region. IOM, as the implementing organization, provided long-term reliable and sustainable energy resources to selected health facilities in the region. These efforts will significantly reduce daytime electricity costs and fuel costs associated with the use of diesel-powered generators. Key health personnel have also received training in solar power operation and equipment maintenance.
Japan and IOM have been working together for many years on various development projects to make a difference in the lives of Filipinos. This recent initiative is also part of the Japanese government’s unwavering support for the Mindanao peace process.
Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko shared his confidence in the program. To highlight this remarkable development, Ambassador Koshikawa expressed high hopes that solar technologies will ensure a stable supply of electricity and help personnel solve humanitarian and medical problems. In his video message, he conveyed,
“We are honored to support the development of the electricity sector in the BARMM region in line with the Marcos Administration’s renewable energy priorities.”