Promoting the value of sustainable energy, SINAG benefits small off-grid communities composed of rural households with no immediate prospects of being connected to any electricity grids over the next 5-10 years.
Under the SINAG programme is the Access to Energy (A2E) project, primarily benefitting indigenous people communities, especially since they are located in Shell impact zones. The electricity provided through renewable energy sources helps in the growth of their community enterprise, development of livelihood, improvement of basic health services, and enhancement of education.
On September 23, 2015, in cooperation with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Shell’s A2E pilot project was launched in the home of the Batak ethnic group – Sitio Kalakwasan, Brgy. Tanabag, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. A hybrid power system (using solar and hydro energy) was set up, providing electricity to 42 households, a school building, a community church, as well as a livelihood centre. Following the energy needs assessment, it took two months and over 20 people to finish the project.
The inauguration started with the unveiling of the bronze marker at the entrance of the Kalakwasan village, followed by a short tour to their home-food production area, organic vegetable garden, and livelihood centre, which also serves as an exhibit area of Batak products; these projects are being supported by PSFI.
Sankie Simbulan, SPEX Social Performance Manager, initiated the ceremonial activation of the pico hydro turbine. “To have a stable supply of electricity is a dream come true for this off-grid village. It can now foster development even in the simplest form. This is what Shell wants, to have more communities in the country have better access to energy,” remarked Simbulan.