Caloocan residents receive light in time for fiesta

The 60 families living along Chrysanthemum Street in Bgy. 174 in Caloocan City were treated to a one of a kind parish fiesta celebration as they received the gift of light from One Meralco Foundation’s Community Electrification Program last February 9. 

Contributing to the corporate mission of 100% electrification in its franchise area, the program is Meralco’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach in lighting up depressed communities by extending assistance to underprivileged communities which are not able to avail the benefits and convenience of legal electricity service.  The program is also Meralco’s concrete expression of nation-building, giving equal opportunities for development and a better quality of life for marginalized communities.

Present during the community electrification launch in Caloocan are Meralco Chief CSR Officer and One Meralco Foundation President Jeffrey Tarayao, Barangay 174 Chairman Gilbert Rivera and City Electrical Engineering Office’s Engr. Rubel Tabuan representing Liga ng Barangay ng Pilipinas President Ricojudge “RJ” Echiverri. 

“Guminhawa ang buhay namin noong nabigyan kami ng sariling kuryente (Our lives were made a lot easier when we were given our own service connections),” says Nida Agustin, one of the beneficiaries of the program. “Nakakapag-aral na sa gabi ang mga apo ko at nakakanood na kami ng pamilya ko ng paborito naming palabas sa telebisyon. Maraming salamat sa One Meralco Foundation dahil napili kami sa programang ito. (My grandchildren are able to study even at night now that we have light. And most especially, my family bond together while we watch our favorite show on television. Thank you very much to One Meralco Foundation for choosing us as one of the recipients of this program),” continues Agustin.

At present, the Community Electrification Program has energized over 6,000 households located in Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Rizal and Bulacan, giving these families access to little comforts in their homes such as lights at night, electric fans, and computer units. Aside from powering homes, One Meralco Foundation has also initiated lighting up streets in the cities of San Juan and Mandaluyong benefiting 895 families. For the rest of 2012, One Meralco Foundation, commits itself to provide electricity to more homes, schools, streets and other establishments, one of which is the energization of public schools in Verde Island in Batangas City. 

“We in One Meralco Foundation would like to see more families enjoying the benefits of safe and reliable electricity. This year, we are aiming to reach more communities in far-flung areas, giving light to those who literally have lived in the dark,” Tarayao says.

(article by One Meralco Foundation)