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Fresh from their missions to Guiuan, Samar, French NGO Electricians Without Borders (ESF) held a conference on the importance of electricity in humanitarian crises on 12 March 2014 in Paris, France.

After raising over 240,000 Euros, seven teams of 21 persons in total went to Guiuan, Samar to restore electricity in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.

After four months – November 2013 to February 2014 – 96 power generators and 650 street lights were installed and 65 barangays, four evacuation centers, and several bunkhouses were provided with electricity. Over 52,000 residents benefited from the ESF mission.

A documentary entitled “Thank you for the light”, which chronicled ESF’s mission in Samar, was shown during the conference. This was followed by a debate participated in by Third Secretary and Vice Consul Rapunzel Acop.

Ms. Acop thanked ESF as well as its donors and partners for its mission to the Philippines. She took the opportunity to provide updates on the power restoration project of the Department of Energy which targets 100% power restoration in all affected areas by 31 March 2014.

When asked if ESF’s work was still relevant in the Philippines, Ms. Acop replied “France is one of the world leaders in energy production, while energy is one of the Philippines’ major areas for improvement. Our country’s needs can be your opportunities.”

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(From left) Crisis Center Director Didier Le Bret, Third Secretary and Vice Consul Rapunzel Acop, ESF Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Cerdan

 

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ESF Philippine Mission Brochure