A project that energized an off-grid public school in an islet barangay and improved the technical-vocational track offering of a senior high school in northern Cebu got the first-ever Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award in Education, given by the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) during an expo last July.
Project Liadlaw of Vivant Foundation was chosen from among several projects of other corporate foundations. It was one of six projects given recognition during the 18th LCF Expo’s CSR Guild Awards 2019, which serves as a seal of excellence for corporate foundations that have done meaningful and sustainable work in the community.
Under Project Liadlaw, Vivant Foundation Inc. installed rooftop solar panels to provide ample and renewable energy that finally enabled students at the Hilotongan Integrated School to use the computers given to them by the Department of Education (DepEd).
Vivant Foundation worked with DepEd and the Technical Education and Skills Development (Tesda) to improve the Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) curriculum at the Bantayan Senior High School so that the track will include solar power technology. This aspect of Project Liadlaw ensures the sustainability of the solar installation at Hilotongan Integrated School and provides EIM students hands-on training in EIM-Solar.
Hilotongan is an islet-barangay of Bantayan, Cebu.
The success of Liadlaw’s pilot undertaking led to a partnership between Germany-based social development NGO sequa, Vivant Foundation and PROCESS-Bohol. The partnership proposed Project Renewable Energy for Livelihood and Youth (RELY) and received a grant of Euro 2.2 million (P120 million) from the European Union to implement solar energization of 16 off-grid schools and to improve vocational education in five partner senior high schools in Cebu, Bohol and Palawan.
“At Vivant, we plan all our projects to be detail-oriented, forward-looking and adaptable, and we strongly feel that Liadlaw, and now RELY, allows communities to live according to all three concepts,” said Vivant Foundation Executive Director Shem Jose Garcia.