Sun Life Financial Philippines Foundation Inc (Sun Life Foundation) has teamed up with Hybrid Social Solutions, Inc (HSSi) to deploy various solar-powered equipment in 90 Quarantine Control Points (QCPs) in seven provinces.
This solarization program benefited up to 1,522 frontline personnel manning QCPs in 25 municipalities in Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, Palawan, Albay, Iloilo, and Antique. Solar-powered equipment like solar radio/lights, solar light/chargers, and solar fans were deployed to bring convenience to frontliners who are manning the checkpoints especially in rural areas, where electric sources could be scarce.
Volunteers from the Dalumbayan Checkpoint 4 and San Rafael Checkpoint said the solar equipment allowed them to conveniently perform their tasks such as inspecting vehicles and preparing reports. The solar-powered tools also gave them access to timely news and updates, protected them from insect-borne diseases, and provided them visibility as well as overall safety especially during their night shifts. Moreover, the equipment also enabled them to charge their mobile phones when needed so they can keep in touch with their loved ones.
“It is our honor to provide the needs of frontline teams striving to keep communities safe,” said Sun Life CEO & Country Head Benedict Sison, who is also the chairman of Sun Life Foundation. “We earnestly hope that our humble contribution becomes instrumental in helping our country win the fight against Covid-19.”
“Sun Life Foundation will continue exploring ways to help in the country’s fight against Covid-19. There is still so much to do, but we are confident that if we continue working together, our nation can overcome this challenge and brighter days will be on the horizon,” Sison added.
Sun Life Foundation President Alex Narciso said the program is part of the pandemic relief efforts of the philanthropy arm of giant insurer Sun Life Philippines. “Sun Life remains committed to being the Filipino people’s partner especially during the most trying times like the pandemic,” he said.
“Thousands of barangay health workers and other frontliners in rural villages nationwide man QCPs with no electricity,” said HSSi Founder and CEO Jim Ayala. “With the help of Sun Life Foundation, HSSi was able to equip over 1,500 frontliners stationed at these checkpoints with solar equipment.”
With the modification of quarantine measures in various locations, the solar equipment are now being retrieved from the checkpoints for possible redeployment in other eras where it may be useful, thus allowing the program to impact other communities in need.
This solarization program is among Sun Life Foundation’s numerous initiatives aimed at providing assistance amid the pandemic. In the past months, it donated personal protective equipment, masks, and other supplies to different hospitals nationwide. It even provided Life Armor insurance coverage for health workers and participated in the Project Ugnayan consortium that aims to feed up to 1.5 million vulnerable families.