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CENRO, DEpEd launch "Oplan Palit-Basura"

by MG Edale Jr

Santiago City, Isabela (November 9) -- This city's education and environment departments and the Young Echo Savers (YES) Club launched Operation palit-basura aimed at helping the city in its efforts to minimize waste products that are produced in the city.

The joint efforts of the two departments in the city has forged partnership by helping each other in the promotion of their respective programs by utilizing factory returnable wastes.

The DepEd will be in-charge in the collection of factory returnable wastes from pupils like bottles, plastics, cartoons and used newspapers and will be collected by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).

Mr. Mario Samonte, program coordinator, said the CENRO will collect the factory returnable wastes from schools and will be priced according to existing running prices of junkshops and the CENRO will be exchanging those wastes into a usable appliances and cleaning materials to benefit school children inside their classrooms like electric fans, floor wax, floor mats, bathroom tissues, soaps, soft and hard brooms and other necessary equipments that are usually used inside the classrooms.

He said the program was patterned to the City of Marikina and the town of Lallo, Cagayan where these two Marikina is exchanging factory returnable wastes into school supplies while in Lallo is exchanging it for a feeding products.

"Marikina City is collecting factory returnable wastes in schools and exchanging it into school supplies while in Lallo is giving feeding products like noodles and other nutritious foods", Samonte said.

The CENRO will be conducting series of information and education campaign in schools to encourage school children to earn factory returnable wastes and their school will be benefitted out from it. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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