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Windmill Farm: A Big Opportunity for Sagada and Besao Locals

In some countries across Europe and America, wind energy remains to be a miracle fueling homes and livelihood centers. Scientists and environmentalists recommend wind energy because it is free, safe, environmental-friendly and literally renewable.

Among the Department of Energy-identified places that have good wind output is the Pilao-Langsayan Ridge on the boundary of Sagada and Besao, Mountain Province. Even when Besao native Engr. Rufino Bomas-ang was a high school student at Saint Mary’s School in Sagada, he was aware of this fact.

During the meeting with folks in Sagada on March 2, 2013, Bomas-ang narrated how he walked along the windy ridge as a teenager traveling on foot just to get an education from the Anglican school.

People in Sagada are familiar with the rags-to-riches story of the former DOE undersecretary. In fact, his story has been inspiring hundreds of students from remote areas coming to the Sagada to study.

Before going to Sagada, Bomas-ang attended the Ubaya Festival in his hometown. He was the guest speaker. He also spearheaded a raffle draw for winners of his self-initiated fund raising event for the construction of a St. James High School building.

Bomas-ang then proceeded to the Besao Cooperative Multi-purpose Hall for the public consultation. In his Kankanaey vernacular, he explained to the locals the concept of the windmill project. Locals asked questions- and he answered them all.

Then came my turn.

I was excited to meet him- he knew that. I told him he was a “star” but did not understand my language. So I found a synonym which he recognized immediately- CELEBRITY.

I also told him about the wind energy issue that rose when I was in grade school. I do not know if he was surprised with my testimony. He further explained that it was not just PhilCarbon that is interested in investing in Sagada. He gave me his autobiography to read. That’s my prize!

To know more about this big opportunity, here are links that may deliver us updates regarding the issue. As long as we keep our minds open and screen information being circulated in town, we will better understand the proposed windmill farm.

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner living and working in Quezon City. He is an Igorot by blood, from the peace-loving Kankanaey tribe of Mountain Province in Sagada. To get in touch, please shoot an email to [email protected]

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