Sustainable Future In Sight: Mararison Island Launches Hub for Essential Services

One Renewable has successfully launched the Mararison Island Solar-Powered Water Desalination and Communication Hub.

The Hub, housed in a new building within the island’s main area, offers a number of services seen to contribute to the island’s sustainable development.

The services include internet access, MWELL tele-health consulting, on-island sale of Powerload prepaid electricity through the Posible.Net gateway, and the online booking of Mararison homestays. The hub also offers fresh, clean drinking water so the island’s residents will no longer have to commute to the mainland for their daily supply.

Access to renewable power, potable water and the internet can help transform Mararison Island into a climate resilient community with a diversified economy, food security, as well as connected and well informed residents.

The event was graced by the presence of SP Sueki Palacios, SB Peter Rivera, Vice Mayor Wakoy Xavier of Culasi, Antique who expressed support for replication of the project to Batbatan and Maniguin, Culasi.

Over 20,000 residents in island communities to gain access to digital financial services

Island communities across the Philippines are set to receive access to financial services and renewable energy as Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s (RCBC) DiskarTech and One Renewable Energy (OREEi) seal a partnership that is estimated to benefit over 20,000 Filipinos residing in these communities.

One of these communities is Mararison Island, off the municipality of Culasi in Antique which, through OREEi’s initiatives in partnership with the Asian Development Bank and the local government, now enjoys 24/7 access to electricity from their previous 4 hours a day. The partnership is expected to open economic and social development opportunities for Mararison and all other islands.

“This partnership is part of our mission to promote inclusive digital finance to our unbanked and underserved kababayans. Serving the OREEi communities and widening the reach of Diskartech will help us in achieving this objective,” said Lito Villanueva, RCBC’s executive vice president and chief innovation and inclusion officer.