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Lawmakers have filed a bill mandating the installation of solar panels in public schools in
isolated places in the country without electricity to improve the learning capabilities of students in
Reps. Mariano Piamonte and Julieta Cortuna (Partylist! " #$"C%$R& filed %ouse 'ill ()*+
in consonance with the policy of the ,tate to improve the -uality of education in all areas nationwide.
Piamonte said in far flung areas of the countryside where electricity is not available! public
school classrooms are also without electricity.
.#his fact simply demonstrates that public schools in some areas could not be provided with
computers as a learning support tools because of the absence of electricity!/ Piamonte stressed.
Piamonte said it is logical to conclude that students who came from these schools could not
learn much of the basics in today0s information technology age.
.'ecause of the absence of electricity in some areas! the students in public schools suffer from
educational content gap 1 an important content at that!/ Piamonte stressed.
Cortuna said when electricity is not available! support technology for a -uality education
could not be delivered.
Cortuna noted that the installation of 233 watts solar panels in selected classrooms or facilities
will ensure that all schools nationwide will have power to energi4e basic teaching tools such as
computers! printers and other laboratory e-uipment enabling them to deliver the same degree of
-uality teaching as other schools to improve the -uality of education.
5nder the measure! the 6epartment of $ducation (6ep$d& is mandated to ensure that all
public elementary and high school buildings nationwide which cannot be connected to the grid shall
be installed with solar panels with a capacity of at least 233 watts.
#he solar panels that will be installed in school buildings shall include system components
which include but not limited to charge controllers! inverters and batteries for it to generate at least
233 watts of alternating current ("C& at a standard voltage of 223 volts.
Covered in the solar panels installation are public elementary or high school buildings not
smaller than the si4e of three classrooms in barangays where electrical line installation is not
"lso covered is the school laboratory or educational support facility of any si4e located in
barangays where electrical line installation is not available.
#he 6ep$d shall cooperate with the 6epartment of $nergy (67$& and the 6epartment of
,cience and #echnology (67,#& to address the technical re-uirements. (83& lvc
NR # 3563
AUG 19, 2014