Thursday, August 18, 2011

Technology Doesn't Reach Many

I was thinking of writing about how internet providers available in Metro Manila do not offer their services in the provinces, like in Pampanga. (we're not from Pampanga, but my husband's work is there). And then I remembered the GMA7 news documentary we watched in Medical Jurisprudence class wherein in some parts of Quezon City, former capital of the Philippines, there are still areas without electricity, a situation much worse than not having internet providers!

solar powered light
According to a news article, 30,000 sitios across the country (Philippines) still don't have electricity.[1] Another news article states that more than 20 million people in the country live without electricity.[2]

In Pedagan, Mahayag, a province in Zamboanga del Sur, Mindanao, the village which earns livelihood as subsistence farmers, making less than $2 a day received nine solar panels to produce electricity, which changed their lives.[3] However, there are still a lot of villages within the country which do not have electricity.

This sad situation in our country reminds me that I shouldn’t even complain for minor inconveniences. Having electricity by itself is so much blessing.

[1] Lira Dalangin-Fernandez. 30,000 Sitios across RP still without electricity. September 09, 2010, source:

[2] Anna Valmero. Bikers to Distribute Solar Panels in Remote Communities. April 18, 2011. Source:

[3]Energy Shift in the Philippines. February 26, 2009. Source:

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