The local government unit of San Jose will forge a business partnership with national and international NGOs to put up a project that will use solar power facility at the San Jose Port located in Talisay, Dolo, San Jose, Camarines Sur.

Mayor Antonio B. Chavez said that LGU-San Jose is scheduled to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on May 17, 2015 at the San Jose Port with the Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas Foundation, Inc. (KKP), an NGO affiliated with the global conservation network, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); and the Philips Electronics and Lighting, Inc. (PELI), a leader of innovative lighting solutions. The said NGOs and the electronic lighting company agreed to provide technical assistance and installation of a solar-powered lighting system tagged as “Solar-powered Central Landing Area for Night Fishing in the Lagonoy Gulf.”

The chief objective of the KKP in forging the agreement with the LGU is to provide an ecological and economic sustainability of the fisherfolks’ livelihood through eco-system based management of its coastal and marine resources. On the other hand, Philips is also committed to provide a comprehensive range of products and services on innovative lighting solutions, provision of consumers’ lifestyle and healthcare solutions, while staying committed to the well-being of the communities wherein it operates.

Meanwhile, Mayor Chavez stressed that LGU-San Jose identified the San Jose Port as the project site for the design and construction of a solar-powered lighting system because it would surely help our fisherfolks in Lagonoy Gulf in sustaining their livelihood even during nighttime when they could still fish and bring their catch at the port area. This would also coincide with the plan of support in making the San Jose port as the central fish landing area in Lagonoy Gulf.

Mayor Chavez further said that the lights that the solar lighting facilities in the port will project during nighttime could also stand as one of the reference points for night navigations while at a distance along the shoreline or even possibly at distant high seas during rough weather condition.