Moving Forward: Shedding a Ray of Light on Tacloban City Post-Yolanda
It’s been 2 years after Supertyphoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) struck, yet the massive destruction it has brought upon the City of Tacloban is still fresh in our hearts and minds.
On the grey morning of November 8, 2013, Supertyphoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines with sustained winds of up to 235kph or 147mph and gustiness of up to 275kph or 171mph, leaving in its path not only tremendous damage to property but also loss of lives. Typhoon Yolanda was one of the most powerful typhoons recorded in history to have made landfall. The storm brought with its strong winds a storm surge which deluged Tacloban and swept away villages, tore down buildings, and destroyed farms and plantations leaving thousands of people dead. Debris was scattered everywhere together with corpses of numerous victims.
After Yolanda has wrought havoc on the City of Tacloban, an international response was triggered. Help came pouring in from various parts of the world. However, this assistance was not enough for the full recovery of Tacloban City. Even emergency response officers tasked to help victims of the typhoon became victims themselves. With the colossal damage the typhoon has brought about, the City needed all the help it could get in order to get back on its feet. This calamitous event has paralyzed the City as they did not only lack food, shelter, clothing and other supplies, but they also lacked basic public services such as power, communication, and water since these were also interrupted for a significant period of time.
The City Government of Tacloban spared no time in trying to restore the basic services and facilities that contribute to the quality of life in their communities. One of the most crucial objectives is the restoration of street lighting. Other than providing better security in the streets and in the community, the street lights would restore normalcy in the lives of those greatly affected by Supertyphoon Yolanda.
In view of this, Luminance Inc. has been entrusted by the City Government of Tacloban in the maintenance and operation of the street lights in the City. Luminance Inc. not only took part in the rehabilitation effort of the City by restoring basic public services in terms of street lighting, but also went one step further by eliminating HPS lights and installing energy efficient LED lights which help contribute to the preservation of the environment.
Luminance Inc. made it easy for Tacloban to make the transition through its Energy Savings Performance Contract which allowed the City to embark on this project without up-front capital costs, allowing them to work within their budget.