RE-Charge Pilipinas

The RE-Charge Pilipinas program based in Tacloban continues to demonstrate community resilience through the integration of renewable energy applications in disaster risk reduction and rehabilitation efforts of  communities and local government units in Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities in Eastern Visayas.

The organization published in July 2017 its case study on humanitarian actors’ perceptions of energy during typhoon Haiyan to press its case for the integration of energy in humanitarian response.

It has also produced version 4 of the TekPak, a portable solar-powered device for lighting and powering emergency communications and medical equipment. TekPaks have been deployed in partner communities in Eastern Visayas, more recently in the immediate aftermath of the Leyte earthquake. It has also trained Solar Scholars in Eastern Visayas and Southern Luzon, who are now equipped to operate and maintain the TekPaks in times of disaster.

To facilitate access to clean energy for vulnerable households, ICSC has distributed solar home systems in Barangay Costa Brava, Tacloban City and Suluan Island in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, and has designed a grant-based, affordable, pay-to-own scheme for these.

RE-Charge has likewise facilitated the solar lighting of community bulk water tanks and is working on small-scale prototypes for solar-powered water pumps, solar cookers, and wind turbines.

It has also facilitated discussions with different disaster risk reduction and planning offices in Eastern Visayas on the transition from emergency response and rehabilitation towards climate-resilient and low-carbon development. The team is currently working on a Low-Carbon Development report based on research in Tacloban and Cagayan de Oro.