Bokashi Balls/Mabuhay Balls
MUNICIPAL ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES OFFICE
LGU – GUIGUINTO, BULACAN
The Municipality of Guiguinto promotes the continuous preservation of their water bodies through their “Bokashi Balls” / “Mabuhay Balls” Project. These fist-sized balls are made up of coconut husk, garden soil, effective microorganisms or EM1, molasses, biodegradable materials and water. They are thrown to rivers, ponds and canals to help improve its water quality.
Aside from caring for the environment, this project aims to teach their people the value of discipline. Segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes is strictly observed in order to keep their community clean.
RICALYN F. CANIEDO
Building Tomorrows is a project created by Jessica Gallegos Dy, president of the Mengal Women Organization. This project aims to save and rehabilitate five (5) day care centers/preschool facilities from being shut down in the town of Echague, Isabela.
Daycare centers provide early childhood education to the indigent children of mostly farmers residing in poor communities in Echague. Unfortunately, many of the barangays in Echague does not produce enough income to allocate funds for better daycare centers in their community. The lower the income of a barangay, the less funding they can use for their daycare centers. Hence, they built makeshift classrooms using nipa, bamboo rods, galvanized iron sheets, and other indigenous materials available to them that may be unsafe for young children at times. Some classrooms lack cemented flooring, so children walk on bare ground. At times the classrooms leak or flood when it rains, forcing teachers to cancel classes to safeguard the preschoolers. Among the 64 daycare centers in Echague, five failed to pass accreditation due to poor classroom conditions. A good number of classrooms barely passed.
The project’s goals are to raise capital and materials, create cost-efficient daycare Centers, and establish sustainable daycare centers. Building Tomorrows has tied up with five (5) communities and their respective Barangay officials, several organizations, and professionals to achieve its goals. The members of the project conducted several fundraising activities for the cause. Some of its notable programs were the Ugly Kitchen New York Fundraiser (2016), Kiss for a cause Fundraiser (2018), LnB Barangay Night Raffle (2018), etc. These fundraising activities were done simultaneously with the collection of plastic bottles through the partners of Building Tomorrows.
On September 8, 2019, the first Building Tomorrows’ daycare center was constructed, a classroom made out of plastic trash-filled plastic bottles. This was made using recycled stuffed plastic bottles to replace hollow blocks for the walling of classrooms. Through the use of plastic bottles and trash, they are cutting project costs, reducing waste, and more importantly, we are teaching the community and future generations the importance of recycling and sustainable project building. This project was also supported by the Miss Earth International candidates of 2018.
Through the efforts of the Mengal Women Organization, they were able to collect 20,000 plastic stuffed plastic bottles for the construction of this daycare center. The Building Tomorrows project is aspiring to build four (4) more daycare centers in the future. With this, they are continuously encouraging the people in Echague to make plastic stuffed plastic bottles to donate to this cause. At present, they have collected 5,000 pieces of plastic-stuffed plastic bottles and are still accepting more so they can build more daycare centers for Echague, Isabela.
DANNY A. BELLUDO
BARANGAY 11 – MAOYOD, CITY OF LEGAZPI
Barangay Maoyod is one of the lowest portion in the City of Legazpi. The Panal River traversing the barangay is the main channel of rain water from the mountain and neighboring barangays going to the main sea of Legazpi City. People experience frequent flooding during rainy days.
To prepare for this, the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (BDRRMC) has been providing integrated direction and control to the people of Maoyod especially during disasters to the vulnerable areas, conducted trainings, seminar drills and other techniques to benefit the community particularly the children, woman, elderly and persons with disabilities.
FRANCISCO J. ARANES
Hinatuan Mining Corporation (HMC), a responsible mining company, has walked the extra mile inside and outside its fence to contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.
HMC's commitment to environmental protection prompts the company to take a comprehensive approach in managing risk and seizing opportunities. The company has established corporate initiatives for climate change mitigation and adaptation such as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Monitoring, Carbon Sequestration, Waste Reduction, Environmental Protection, Enhancement and Conservation, Community and Stakeholders Involvement, Awareness and Information Dissemination, and formation of Emergency Response Team (ERT).
HMC believes that climate change is not a problem we can set aside and deal with in our most convenient time or resources. Everyone is responsible to address this issue. Together with its people, HMC will continue to advance its plans and strategies to further enhance its programs and initiatives, limit the scale of impacts of climate change and build a safer, healthier and more resilient future for nature and people.
JOSE R. MEDINA
BAIS CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL
Despite the vast agricultural areas of Bais City, Negros Oriental endowed with fertile lands, abundant water, and distinct wet and dry weather, the city could not sufficiently feed its people particularly in the highland barangays of Sab-ahan, Lonoy, and Cambagahan. Aside from the small holder families lacking technical knowledge and skills to harness its natural resources, there is also severe degradation and deforestation of forestland as well as watershed areas.
Through the 29 days of training on Organic Agriculture NC II hosted by the TESDA and LCC Organic Agriculture, highland smallholder families and their children were introduced to organic techniques in implementing their various integrated organic farming systems.
Through their lessons learned, graduates of the TESDA and LCC-Bais Couse were able to implement an Integrated Organic Farming method, further diversifying their crops and livestock and generating more productivity and income for their families. Aside from their financial aspect's improvement, some observed that crops performed better and are highly resilient to climate change effects when applied organic inputs. These and other projects of TESDA are geared towards the training and education of families into resilient communities.