Like parts of a machine working together, Meralco and its social arm One Meralco Foundation, together with the local government of Mandaluyong, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the whole Welfareville Compound community in Bgy. Addition Hills, synchronized its efforts to give the compoundís residents what they have been praying for the most: the gift of light. Meralco not only provided electricity to the one hundred twenty households in Welfareville, but also lighted up their streets and basketball court.
ìNoon, napakadilim sa lugar na ito. Sa gabi, may pangamba. Iniintay namin palagi ang umaga para may liwanag (Before, it was so dark in this place. At night, there is danger. We always wait for morning to come so that there will be light),î recounted Bgy. Addition Hills Chairman Rodolfo Posadas during the community launch held last March 1.
ìNapakahirap ng walang ilaw. Noong dalaga pa ako, kandila lang ang gamit ko kapag nag-aaral sa gabi. Napakahirap talaga (It is really hard to have no light. When I was still a teenager, I use candles to be able to study at night. It was really difficult),î reminisced Snowill Coroza, a Welfareville resident for 37 years.
Fortunately, due to the strong relationship that was built between the community and Meralco, the one hundred twenty households in the area now have their own service connections giving them access to safe and reliable electricity. Families from Welfareville also feel more secure with the street lights installed contributing to the peace and orderliness of the whole community.
ìNatutuwa ako dahil mas nakakatipid na kami ngayon na may sarili kaming linya ng kuryente. Ngayon nasa 200 pesos na lang ang bill namin. Noong naka-sub meter kami, umaabot kami ng 1,000 pesos. Mas guminhawa rin ang buhay naming mag-anak. Pati mga anak ko kapag gusto nila mag-aral sa gabi ay hindi sila nahihirapan dahil may ilaw na. Natutuwa rin ako sa mga streetlights dahil nawala na ang mga tambay dyan sa sulok sulok (I feel really happy that we spend less on electricity now that we have our own service connection. At present, we only pay around 200 pesos for electricity. Before when we were sub-metered, our electricity bill used to reach around 1,000 pesos. Our life was made easier. My kids can also study at night because there is light. I also feel happy now that we have streetlights because the bystanders donít hang out in the alleys anymore),î narrated Coroza.
The local government of Mandaluyong and the DSWD which supervises the families in the national government-owned grounds, only have commendations for the cooperation that was pretty evident in the community. ìAll of this was made possible because of the partnership that we have. Thank you very much for uplifting the lives of the Welfarville residents,î said Mandaluyong City Public Information Officer Jimmy Isidro who represented Mandaluyong Mayor Benjamin Abalos, Jr. DSWD-NCR Regional Director Alicia Bonoan also mentioned during the launch, ìItís true that we can achieve a lot if we work together. Now that Welfareville has light, we can be assured that we will have a safer community.î
ìIt is very heartening and inspiring that anything can be achieved if a community converges to reach a common goal such as Welfarevilleís aspiration of having their own light, îdeclared One Meralco Foundation President and Meralco Chief CSR Officer Jeffrey Tarayao. ìOur Community Electrification Program aims to bring light to a community to give its members the opportunity to develop and have a better quality of life as well as make them all one,î Tarayao continued.
One Meralco Foundationís Community Electrification Program has benefited over 6,000 households situated in Metro Manila, Batangas, Quezon, Rizal Cavite, Laguna, and Bulacan. One Meralco Foundation has also lighted up streets in Bgy. Little Baguio in San Juan and Bgy. Poblacion in Mandaluyong benefiting a total of 895 families. For the rest of 2012, more homes, streets, schools and other establishments will be energized under said program.
This community electrification launch in Welfareville Compound follows the recent energization of homes located along Chrysanthemum Street, in Camarin, Caloocan City where 60 families benefited from the program.