Once the Pililla wind farm became operational, tourism increased in the surrounding area. Alternergy helped residents of the nearby Halayhayin village gain a new stream of income by teaching them to construct bamboo windmills to be sold in local shops. In the months that followed, we scaled the program by promoting and developing new lines of goods.
The vibrant rice terraces and rushing rivers in the Ifugao province are perfect terrain for hydro power development, and they also serve as a draw for tourists. To help increase economic activity in the area and increase appreciation for the region’s natural beauty, Alternergy sponsored the prizes for the Gotad Trek-a-thon, a marathon event held along a culture-rich and scenic trail. The event was held to celebrate the 52nd founding anniversary of the Province of Ifugao.
At the request of the Municipal Agriculture Office of Pililla, The Pililla Rizal Visitor Center hosted a seminar on black bug infestation. Members of farmers’ cooperatives attended to learn how to combat the pests.
Alternergy partnered with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Pililla to provide parenting education to local community members. Together, the organizations hosted a two-hour session in which kids created crafts to be sold at the Pililla Visitors Centre while parents learned about children’s rights and developmental stages.