SIBAT Inc was awarded by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) as BEST PERFORMING NON-IFAD-FUNDED PROJECT: COMMUNITY-LED GREEN ENERGY IN THE PHILIPPINES during the 6th Global Indigenous Forum held in Rome Italy.
SIBAT Executive Director Estrella Catarata and SIBAT technician Glendo Gayed from the indigenous people of Banao Tribe went to Rome Italy to receive the award from IFAD. SIBAT was recognized internationally for its successful promotion and practice of the Community Based Renewable Energy Systems (CBRES) and adhering to Appropriate Technology ensuring its pro-people and pro-environment concept to combat global warming and fight for climate justice.
In the past 3 years, SIBAT managed to accomplished the building, rehabilitation and upgrading of 20 Micro-Hydro Power systems in the off-grid communities of the indigenous people in 3 provinces in the Cordilleras. These projects not only provided electricity to every household but also provided energy to public schools, health centers and other facilities of the local government.
Ms. Catarata said, “We are very thankful to IFAD for this recognition will serve to further inspire us in continuing to serve the indigenous peoples off-grid communities and other off-grid areas in the country and to commit ourselves in contributing to the overall efforts of mitigating the impact of the global climate crisis that we are all facing”