LUCE lauded at 1st Climate Reality Project Awards

Dr. Rosein A. Ancheta Jr.(2nd from right) arrives at the Senate of the Philippines to join the awarding ceremony at 9:00 a.m.
Dr. Rosein A. Ancheta Jr.(2nd from right) arrives at the Senate of the Philippines for the awarding ceremony at 9:00 a.m.

The House of Senate, through The Climate Reality Project, welcomed Cebu Technological University(CTU) President Rosein A. Ancheta Jr. yesterday, April 21, to receive the Luntiang Kausaban Award for having initiated Light Up Cebu (LUCE) Project with Junior Chamber International (JCI) Cebu to combat climate change.

No less than Senator Loren Legarda herself, principal author of the Climate Change Act, awarded the recognition to the Light Up Cebu team. Other awardees included Yeb Sano of Greenpeace and Rappler MovePH.

The basic need for light in homes is what the project essentially wants to address.It has already reached other communities in the Philippines where studying at night, among many tasks, makes a very difficult thing for children and even adults. LUCE believes that education can open more opportunities for a better life to these children and their families.

Since 2015, solar installations in Labangon, To-ong, Buhisan, Kinatarcan Island and Bantayan Island have been carried out  by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Technology and the College of Engineering. Recently, a private corporation has pledged P250,000 worth of solar light sets for installation within the year.

Prof. Mydah Kabingue, a faculty member of CTU Main’s College of Arts and Sciences, was pleased to announce yesterday via her facebook account the collective effort of some of the university’s personnel to her extension project that has come to terms with today’s pressing issues.

 On a lighter note:
 Our extension project Light Up Cebu will be recognized today by the Climate Reality Project Philippines… Special thanks to our very supportive extension chairman and to our partners COT and COE. Happy Earth Day!

She has been working with The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization founded by Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, since 2016. Passionate advocates have been produced by Al Gore since 2009.

Her acquaintance with Climate Reality Leaders (CRLs) in 2016 followed the training in Florida where she had been immersed  into different strategies in line with solving the phenomenon that has escalated unhealthy living conditions year by year.

Prof. Mydah F. Kabingue (C) joins Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore (4th from left) and Climate Reality Leaders (CRLs) from around the world during the conference in Manila in March of  2016.

The Climate Reality Project in the Philippines primarily provides a platform for leaders who have been catalysts for change  to  lay down mechanisms sought by many just to survive the environmental crisis.

In an article she wrote last year, Prof. Kabingue shed light on moral obligation: “Since the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to the many effects of climate change – rising sea levels, increasing temperatures, loss of biodiversity, etc. , it is our moral obligation to contribute to its resolution.”

Acknowledging these individuals or groups this year is  a way of also promoting the legacy of Miguel R. Magalang of Marinduque and Allen S. Quimpo of Aklan, who both made impacts on the communities such as getting them organized to act upon problems on climate change. UPO

JCI Cebu Chapter and Data-Phil Technology Educators, Inc. ink MOA with Dr. Rosein A. Ancheta Jr. (3rd from left, front) in 2015, underscoring Light Up Cebu Project undertakings.