NGOs to fund water, micro-hydro for Philippine villages

Four non-governmental organizations (NGO) have formed a consortium to raise US$8.7 million to bring electricity, water, and water conservation to at least 100 villages in the Philippines over the next five years. The NGOs say micro-hydropower will be the main source for generating electricity in the communities.

The NGOs — Yamong Renewable Energy Group, SIBAT, and Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc. in the Philippines, and Green Empowerment in the United States — all have experience working with communities to build renewable energy projects. Specialties include micro-hydro electrification, water distribution system development, and integrated natural resources management.

Since forming the consortium, the NGOs have received about US$1.2 million in donations or pledges. For a village to qualify to receive funding, it must meet the following criteria:
o Per person income levels of less than US$1 per day;
o Availability of a renewable energy source such as water, wind, or solar power;
o Need for water and power;
o Absence of a plan to link to an electrical grid;
o Strong local organizations; and
o Supportive local government.

For information, contact Michel Maupoux, Program Manager for Asia, Green Empowerment, 140 S.W. Yamhill St., Portland, OR 97204 U.S.A.; (1) 503-284-5774; E-mail: michelm@greenempowerment.org; Internet: www.greenempowerment.org.

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