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A team of engineers and technicians from Philips recently installed the solar-powered LED lighting facility at the Dolo Port in San Jose, the first of its kind among the ports in Camarines Sur. This project was proposed by the WWF-Philippines purposely to help and sustain the supplies of Tuna fish caught from the Lagonoy Gulf as an offshoot of the series of studies conducted in the area, WWF Project Site Coordinator Leah V. Benosa said.

In a document provided to the LGU about the proposed project, WWF-Philippines, Philips and the Municipality of San Jose will be partnering to provide solar power with a battery array and light-emitting diode (LED) technology complement to ensure that supply chain activities such as landing operations are able to continue even at night, the study says.

The technical viability part of the study also revealed that the power generation potential of San Jose was marked at 4.5 to 5.0 kilowatt hour per cubic meter per day which is considered to be sufficient for charging batteries for lighting of landing activities at night time. This will make Dolo Port as the central landing area for the fisherfolks from the four towns fronting Lagonoy Gulf, namely: Sagñay, San Jose, Lagonoy and Presentacion, which aside from yellow fin also haul in albacore and skipjack tuna, sailfish, marlin, squid, mackerel and other demersal species.

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The study further emphasized that this will ensure the freshness and quality of all landed tuna, ensuring their stable prices, and therefore steady income streams for small-scale fisherfolks. This would further explore the use of the excess energy in value-adding activities such as post-harvest processing of tuna products.

In the process, a survey will be conducted among tuna buying stations and fisherfolks to determine the social acceptability levels of varying amounts for use of a night landing station, with improved tuna grade as the resulting trade-off, the document said. Presently, high-grade tuna can fetch 50% more in profits to fisherfolks compared to low-grade tuna. Thus, it is envisioned that the higher prices fetched by improve tuna handling shall be economically translated into the upkeep of this solar lighting facilities to ensure such higher prices, the documents further stated.

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The team from Philips arrived last January 18, 2016 for the 3-day installation of Solar LED lighting facility at Dolo Port. It was led by its Project Manager, Isidro Mathew Santos together with Engrs. Gabriel Chen (Singaporean), Qian Tin and Zhang Jianfei (Chinese Engineers) and Project Site Coordinator Leah V. Benosa of the WWF-Philippines.

The lighting trial run was started in the evening of January 22, 2016 utilizing only 2 of the 8 solar lamps provided by Philips. The formal opening of the said solar lighting facilities will just be announced later after a few adjustments will be made by the team of LGU engineers on the pools where it will be installed.