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MAASIN CITY, March 26 (PIA) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in convergence with the Dept. of Energy and the Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative on Monday, March 22, launched the solar home electrification project to conflict vulnerable barangays in Maasin City.

No less than TESDA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña personally presented Project LAMRAG or Liwanag at Malasakit, Randam ang Asenso at Ginhawa aimed to provide electricity to a total of 63 households in three identified barangays in this city.

According to TESDA Provincial Operations Head Jed Paolo Cairo, these identified barangays were assessed by the Philippine Army as End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) focused barangays of Maasin.

Cairo said the distribution of solar light power system are as follows: Barangay Bactul I – 25, Baugo – 18 and Matin-ao – 20.

One of the commitments of TESDA for the project is to capacitate the beneficiaries in the installation of solar power in their respective houses, he added.

TESDA is optimistic that Project LAMRAG will address the need for electricity and lighting which is one of the issues identified by the mentioned barangays, Cairo said.

In his message, Secretary Lapeña said that delivery of government services such as the provision of electricity and lights will address poverty, the number one root cause of communist insurgency. (ldl/esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)