Last updated: May 31, 2015
May 2015: Solar heated water saves firewood - Inmates at the Davao City Jail have begun to use solar preheated water for cooking. Not directly solar cooking, but none the less, a type of integrated cooking that is saving firewood. By preheating the water, cooking time is reduced 20 - 30 minutes. The system was provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross. A guard said the facility used to have a truckload of firewood delivered three times a week. Now, it needs only a single delivery every two weeks. Read more...
News and recent developments
- December 2014: Joshua Guinto, a specialist with Appropriate Technologies has provided an update on recovery developments in the Philippines in the wake of typhoon Haiyan. Their focus has been providing solar dryers to dry fruits and vegetables, as wells to dry wood for bio-char and briquette production for use in fuel-efficient cookstoves. Read more at: The Approtech Training for Salcedo Eastern Samar - Joshua Guinto, November 2014
- November 2013: The Sun Blaze BBQ is a parabolic solar cooker being introduced to the Philippines in 2013. It is 1.5 meters in diameter, made all of aluminum, and weighs roughly 10 kilos. It is very easy to operate and needs nothing more than the sun, no charcoal, no LPG, no electricity needed, it’s all clean, free, and unlimited energy. Contact the company for demonstration information. Sun Blaze BBQ
The history of solar cooking in the Philippines
The Metro Manilla Council of Women Balikatan spearheaded solar cooking demonstrations in the Philippines for over ten years. No further information on their work is available beyond this fact.
Climate, culture, and special considerations
More than one Filipino has told us that Filipinos believe that if your food is put out in the sun it will cause stomach problems. See What is the difference between radiation and radioactivity?.
Articles in the media
- August 2012: Solar Cooking Challenge in Quirino High School, Philippines - Seed
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Possible funders for solar cooking projects in the Philippines
- Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (ASKI)
- Center for Community Transformation Credit Cooperative (CCT)
- Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc. (NWTF)
- Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC)
- Community Economic Ventures, Inc. (CEVI), a partner of VisionFund International
- Hagdan sa Pag-uswag Foundation, Inc. (HSPFI)
- Gata Daku Multi-purpose Cooperative (GDMPC)
- Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI)