MANILA, Philippines — Local government units of Pasig City and Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City promote environmental protection and proper waste management at the 3rd Integrated Waste Management Expo and Environmental Summit in Taguig City on Thursday.
Exhibitors highlighted products made from trash such as recycled bags and decorative items.
Also paraded at the event was a collection of wardrobe made from garbage, specifically sack of onions, electric fan cover and some old newspaper.
Garbage recycling has been bread and butter to some of the exhibitors.
“Yung iba ho kumikita ng P200, yung iba kumikita ng P300 per day, yung iba naman depende sa production na nagagawa nila,” Pasig City Solid Waste Management Office chief Allendri Angeles said. (Some earn P200, others P300 per day; depends on the volume of their production.)
Quezon City Livelihood Department, Brgy. Holy Spirit trainor Sienna Hera Frejas explained, “Ang mga gumawa po niyan hindi lang po mga trainers, kundi mga solo parents, mga natokhang. ” ( These [recycled products] were not only made by trainers but by solo parents and drug surrenderers).
Pasig City has been saving around Php12-million a year through its waste recycling facility.
According to the Department of Environment and Resources (DENR), the volume of garbage produced nationwide has hit to around 40,000 tons.
The Department targets to reduce the load of dumpsites by 80% within the next three years.
“If all the local government units will comply with the establishment of materials recovery facility, establishing of composting, malaking bagay yun,” Environmental Management Bureau – Solid Waste Management Division chief, Eli Ildefonso said.
The summit aims to discuss RA 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act. According to DENR, they have charged around 500 individuals in 50 local government units for operating illegal dumpsites. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue
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