Wind turbine project to be piloted in a small island in Concepcion, Iloilo

With the primary goal of addressing inequalities by providing access to clean energy and enhancing disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) in small island communities, DOST VI will be partnering with Central Philippine University (CPU), Northern Iloilo State University-Affiliated Renewable Energy Center (NISU-AREC) and the Municipality of Concepcion in the implementation of the project, Driving Advancement, Generating Access, and Transforming Small Island Communities (DAGAT) in Concepcion, Iloilo.

Led by Engr. Sheila L. Oberio, DOST Provincial S&T Director for Iloilo, and Ms. Keithlyn Sarah B. Bernardino, Head of Research, Development, and Innovation Management Section and joined by project team members from CPU and NISU-AREC, DOST VI presented the Project DAGAT to Mayor Millard S. Villanueva. DAGAT is a funded project by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) through its Innovation Grant Fund. With many small islands lacking connection to the main power grid, Concepcion is a fitting beneficiary for the project. Through Project DAGAT, a small-scale wind turbine will be piloted in one small island community in Concepcion, providing lighting and charging systems. This community will also be provided with training on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) to equip them with the basic skills on disaster preparedness and response.

Aligned with AmBisyon Natin 2040 and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Project DAGAT aims to contribute to achieving a secure, prosperous, and peaceful life and the SDGs 7 (Affordable Clean Energy), 10 (Reducing Inequalities), and 13 (Climate Action). (RRTMalaga/RDIMS)