Off Grid

OFF GRID. Lack of electricity in the marshy villages of Pikit in North Cotabato and Pagalungan in Maguindanao forces villagers to rely on car batteries to energize their households. Depending on the size of the batteries, villagers have to pay a recharging fee of P15 to P35. The recharging station, which is just beside the port along the Rio Grande de Mindanao, uses a diesel-fired generator. Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco