Solar lights from the city government provided light to different wards in the city of Kidapawan City, the Philippines.
The formerly dark wards in various barangays in Kidapawan City are now LIGHT and safe to pass through.
This is after the City Government of Kidapawan installed up to 1,200 solar lights in forty barangays this past 2022 and was completed this January 2023 through the Task Force “Kahayag” supervised by the Office of the City Engineer.
Each barangay has been equipped with 15 solar lights in selected wards, especially in the dark parts where accidents or crimes may occur due to the darkness or lack of light except for Barangay Poblacion where except in the dark parts also installed solar lights around the overland terminal and other government facilities.
It can be remembered that City Mayor Atty Jose Paolo Evangelista ordered the installation of a large part of 1,200 solar lights within the first one hundred days or first 100 days of his office and ensured that the installation will be completed before the end of 2022. It
is a big difference that caused by newly installed solar lights for residents. The barangay officials are very happy because they dream that their night will be bright and their area will be peaceful.
Some of the advantages of solar lights in the ward are that the safety of residents who come home at night is maintained, it is economical because it does not use electricity and the light is continuous even if there is a brownout.
Such 1,200 units of solar lights built with the pole and other accessories have a total cost of P 4M and this is from the P23M unexpended or unused funds of the 20% Economic Development Fund or EDF of the City Government of Kidapawan from 2020-2022.
Solar light installation is one of Mayor Evangelista’s priority projects along with road concreting and street lighting, and other programs to continue development and change in the city.