Residents of ‘hidden gem’ Cebu islet receive solar panels

SOLAR PANELS. The Mayor of Lapu-Lapu, Junard Chan, distributed solar panels to 80 households in Barangay Caohagan on the island of Olango on Sunday (March 22, 2021). He said the island’s power supply problem will help make tourism more attractive. (Courtesy photo of Mayor Junard Chan)

LAPU LAPU CITY, Cebu – The Lapu-Lapu Local Government Unit (LGU) has provided solar panels to 80 households in Caohagan, an island barangay of the Olango Island Group in that city.

Mayor Junard Chan said on Sunday via social media that solving the electricity supply problem in the region will help make tourism more attractive. He described the island as a hidden tourist gem.

He said the island was endowed with white sand, crystal clear water and a sandbar that could provide visitors with a way out of the hustle and bustle of city life.

While the residents previously relied on generators for their electricity supply, candles and gas lamps for their light, they now have their own energy supply to illuminate their houses with the solar panels.

Each solar panel set has four LED lights (Light Emitting Diode) and a smartphone connection that residents can use to charge their mobile phones.

“Aside from the solar panels, the city has installed 25 solar-powered street lights across the island,” said the mayor of Cebuano.

Last week, Chan also distributed 560 solar panels to households and installed 80 solar-powered street lights in Barangay Pangan-an, another Barangay island in Olango.

After Barangay Caohagan, solar panel sets would also be distributed to Barangay Caubian, another island Barangay in Olango.

Chan said the city government also plans to provide free pump boats and fishing nets to Caohagan’s fishermen.

In addition to solving the power source problem, Chan said he also wanted to promote Caohagan as a hidden tourist destination in Lapu-Lapu City.

“Why go elsewhere when we have our own? Bisita na sa (Come and visit) Caohagan on Olango Island! ” he said. (PNA)

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