The Municipal government of Goa Camarines Sur with the help of the Department of Energy, the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Programme installed and completed a solar-powered deep well potable water system in the upland barangays of Cagaycay, Catagbacan, Halawig-gogon, Matacla, Maymatan, Napawon, Salog and Tabgon when 192 tap stand of running water becomes serviceable.
The funds from the Development for Renewable Energy Application Mainstreaming and Market Sustainability (DREAMS) Project coordinated with the Support Facility for Renewal energy(SF4RE) which the project was able to enhance local renewal energy investment when it accelerated the deployment of renewable energy edging the local capability to innovate, create, operate and maintain such facilities and the program capability to expand renewable energy shares nationally as it uses non-power applications of renewable energy.
With the latest innovation local government units are given an avenue to invest and integrate into their development programs and strategies. The integration is covered by the Joint Circular JV 2020-01 between the DOE and DILG for inclusion and acceleration of their RE plans, policies and mechanism at the barangay, municipal, city, and provincial levels that will improve health standards in unserviceable areas by water concessionaires.
Jose Pena, barangay chair of Catagbacan considered the lack of water as the number one problem in their barangay for most before sunrise fetching water is a priority.
The town mayor Marcel Pan the community will have an opportunity to earn as households will not be preoccupied with fetching water. A morning bath is now easy for school-age children.
A hog raiser and housewife Juliet Carino of barangay Catagbacan said that they have now ample time to earn and indulge in other activities with the installation of the 192 taps in the strategic location of our far-flung barangay.
The program for the residents once deprive of potable and clean water cascades to schools as they are now in compliance with the DepEd WASH in School Project(WinS) said Gil Vivo, principal of Cagaycay Elementary School.
The National Renewal Energy Plan(NREP) 2020-2040 aims to increase the country’s RE share to at least 35% of the power generation mix by 2030 and to 50% by 2040 has seen the potential of RE as a sustainable energy system that redounds to enhancing income and welfare of beneficiary communities