Liter of Light founding chairman Illac Diaz

AirAsia partnered with Liter of Light as the organization’s official airline carrier to help in the transport of affordable solar lighting solutions to areas in the country with limited or no access to electricity. 

AirAsia is set to transport the first batch of solar lighting equipment, as well as a number of Liter of Light volunteers, on November 9 to the Subangon and Sama Bangingi tribe in Simariki Island, Barangay Talon-Talon Zamboanga. Zamboanga is a recently launched destination of the airline.

The remote community is  a 20-minute drive and a 15-minute boat ride from Zamboanga International Airport. 

A non government organization, Liter of Light provides inexpensive and locally sourced solar lighting to local communities and also educates the residents of these communities on sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to illuminate their homes, businesses, and streets by using recyclables like plastic bottles. 

“We are very excited that AirAsia has partnered with Liter of Light. This partnership has given wings to the Light it Forward project where Filipinos are building solar lights from the safety of their homes and now their lamps can reach the different corners of the Philippines. This truly shows the spirit of giving does not stop even during the toughest of times with the lockdown,” said Liter of Light founding chairman Illac Diaz. 

“As we navigate through the challenges brought about by the pandemic, AirAsia  has focused on collaborating with partners like Liter of Light to ensure sustainability and support to recover as one. We are pleased to partner with Liter of Light by transporting solar lighting solutions to our key domestic destinations, beginning with our recently launched destination Zamboanga,” AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla said.

AirAsia spokesperson and manager for public affairs Steve Dailisan and Liter of Light Org founding chairman Illac Diaz

The signing of the memorandum of agreement took place October 22 at RedPoint, the AirAsia headquarters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. 

The ceremony was attended by AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla, CFO Ray Berja, and Spokesperson and Manager for Public Affairs Steve Dailisan. Liter of Light Org was represented by their Founding Chairman Illac Diaz, Board of Trustees Director Ami Jean Valdemoro and Deputy Director Karen Anne Capiz. 

Furthermore, Ricky, Ray, and Steve from AirAsia have shown their  own support  for the #LightItForward Challenge, an ongoing social media campaign, by  building their own recycled bottle light which can light up an area of up to 50 square meters for 14 hours.

AirAsia will also fly solar lighting equipment to communities in General Santos City and Tacloban City in the near future.