City Coop, ENRO collects recyclable waste from City High Schools for livelihood project
TACLOBAN CITY – The City Government of Tacloban has thought of a way to reduce its garbage and at the same time create livelihood opportunities for jail inmates. A joint undertaking of the City Cooperatives Development and Livelihood Assistance Office (CCDLAO) and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), the two offices decided to do just that and enlisted the help of local high schools in the City.
Ruena Mate, CCDLAO Chief said it has recently distributed empty cartoon boxes to several City High Schools to collect foil packs, junk food wrappers and other recyclable items for use in a livelihood generation project with female inmates of the Tacloban City Jail for Females.
According to Mate, the project dubbed “Basura Mo, Pakabuhi Ko,” will use the collected trash as raw materials in the making of wallets, bags and other novelty items by the female inmates.
The Coop Office has so far enlisted the help of Leyte National High School, Eastern Visayas State University, Sagkahan National High School, San Jose National High School and Cirilo Roy Montejo High School and hopes to enjoin other schools to turn-in its recyclable waste for the livelihood program.
Earlier, the female inmates who availed of the livelihood training on the making of paper beads and had decided to expand its product line to include bags, wallets and novelty items from recyclable materials.
CENRO Chief Jonathan Hijada said the project is a big help in the garbage management of the City which has posed a great challenge lately due to rapid urbanization. Hijada added the project underscores the importance of recycling and waste segregation.
The CENRO reported that the City produces approximately 100 tons of garbage daily. In fact, the City Government has already hired the services of three private service providers to handle its garbage disposal..
Sixty percent of this is biodegradable, while the remaining 40 percent is non-biodegradable. Of the 40 percent; 20 percent is residual waste disposed in the City dump and the remaining 16 percent can be recycled.
The finished products will be marketed in the Pasalubong Center project of Councilor and City Tourism Council Chairperson Cristina G. Romualdez which will be situated at the Balyuan Executive Building lobby.