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Bulacan gets 1st solar-powered nat’l shrine

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Msgr. Luciano C. Balagtas, P.C., of the National Shrine and Parish of St. Anne in Hagonoy, Bulacan (right) raises a tarpauline announcing the installation of a solar power panel generator system, the first ever in the diocese. (Photo: Bulacan diocese)

HAGONOY, Bulacan, May 6, 2016 – As part of caring for the environment, the National Shrine and Parish of St. Anne in Hagonoy, Bulacan, in cooperation with SolaRex International and Steel Corporation (SISCORP), installed on April 20 a solar power panel generator system, the first ever in the diocese.

According Msgr. Luciano C. Balagtas, P.C., parish priest and shrine rector, SolaRex had fully operational installations ready by April 20 in preparation for the shrine’s Pistang Pasasalamat ng Bayan last May 1.

According to Balagtas, the reasons for this daring move came with solar generator’s versatility in serving the parish’ various power needs.

‘Green’ example

On normal days, the solar-powered generators can supply the needed electrical consumption for the church, especially with the shrine’s eight Sunday Masses besides daily weekday Masses.

The priest also said it will considerably reduce the shrine’s electrical bill in the long run. Also, since Hagonoy is prone to flooding, the alternative power source can be a way to supply electricity to the shrine whenever disasters like heavy flooding cause black-outs which become common whenever Bulacan’s Hagonoy and Calumpit towns are hit by storms.

Balagtas also mentioned the endeavor was also an attempt by the Church to show a pro-environment example to Hagonoy locals.

More parishes to go solar

He also revealed that some parishes in the diocese are already in the process of installing similar solar-powered systems.

Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Heritage Homes, Marilao, Bulacan and San Isidro Labrador Parish in Liciada, Bustos, Bulacan are just two parishes in the diocese that are following the lead taken by the national shrine.

He also said the Praxis Fides Mutual Benefit Association, Inc., which has been promoting financial stewardship among Church workers and catechists since 1987, could help Church institutions with regard to funding for the procurement of these systems. (Kendrick Ivan Panganiban / CBCP News)


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