June 20, 2024
AND THERE SHALL BE LIGHT — Remote areas in Paracelis and Sadanga, both in Mountain Province, that are not yet reached by the rural electrification program of the government are now benefiting from the solar lights projects of Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Company (PMFTC) and the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, in cooperation with the Office of Congressman Maximo Y. Dalog, Jr. of Mountain Province. — Noli Gabilo

The Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Company (PMFTC) and the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation (JVOF), in cooperation with the Office of Rep. Maximo Y. Dalog, Jr. of Mountain Province, sponsored the installation and turned over of solar lights project to benefit remote communities in two towns of the province.
Communities in Sitios Bagabag and Palutan in Buringal, Paracelis and Barangays Belwang and Bekigan, in Sadanga are the beneficiaries of the project.
These communities, which can only be reached through a more than an hour drive of arduous access road and uphill foot path, have yet to be reached by the Sitio Energization Program of the government.
In recent simple turnover ceremonies, lawyer Cyphrine Maxcel Dalog, chief of staff, Office of Rep. Max Dalog Jr. explained how the project was conceived by the three entities.
The PMFTC and the JVOF donated the solar, panels while Dalog facilitated the hauling and installation of solar lights.
In his message, the lawmaker thanked PMFTC and the JVOF for considering Mountain Province as among the beneficiaries with the objective of alleviating poverty in poor communities in the country. He hopes that the partnership with these foundations will be sustained.
The community-beneficiaries led by their barangay officials thanked the donors and hope that more development programs will be implemented in the far-flung barangays. – Press release