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DLL social work students spearhead waste management initiative

By Rowena Cruz Jay Lim, Project Officer of Tanggol Kalikasan and the resource person for this initiative, during the waste management semina...

By Rowena Cruz

DLL social work students spearhead waste management initiative
Jay Lim, Project Officer of Tanggol Kalikasan and the resource person for this initiative, during the waste management seminar for the informal settlers of Purok 1, Barangay Bocohan, Lucena City, on May 15, 2024. (Photo from Jay Lim)

LUCENA CITY, Quezon - On the feast day of Saint Isidro Labrador, patron saint of farmers and laborers, a group of young social work students from Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng Lucena (DLL) organized a waste management seminar for the informal settlers of Purok 1, Barangay Bocohan.

The seminar, held on May 15, 2024, focused on educating attendees about Republic Act 9003, the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. Participants were also enlightened on the critical role proper waste disposal plays in safeguarding community health and the environment.

Led by Jency Rose Alamo, Eugene Aranza, Jun Gil De Torres, and Annie Jessel TiƱa, the seminar featured an open forum that fostered lively discussion and the development of actionable waste management strategies tailored to the specific needs of Purok 1.

Barangay Sangguniang Kabataan Chairperson Rio Lagrosa stressed the importance of collective responsibility in waste management, emphasizing that proper segregation at the household level is the first crucial step. Lagrosa underscored the need for ongoing education and cooperation among residents to ensure the long-term success of sustainable waste management practices within the community.

"Together, we can make a significant impact on our environment by practicing proper waste management techniques and working together towards a cleaner and greener community," said Lagrosa. "Let's all do our part in reducing, reusing, and recycling to create a more sustainable future for the environment."

Alamo, one of the student leaders, highlighted the urgency of preventing plastic waste from polluting the river and Tayabas Bay, essential sources of water, food, and livelihood for the community. She emphasized that proper waste management is not only an environmental imperative but also a key factor in ensuring a prosperous future for generations to come.

According to Jay Lim, Project Officer of Tanggol Kalikasan, a public interest law firm and the resource person for this initiative, the success of this project highlights the power of grassroots movements in creating positive change at the local level. He emphasized the need for continued education and advocacy to sustain these efforts and inspire others to take similar actions in their own communities.

Lim expressed gratitude for the students and volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy to making this initiative a success, and encouraged ongoing collaboration with local government and businesses to further enhance waste management efforts.

This initiative exemplifies the dedication of Lucena City College students to social responsibility and community development. It also serves as a testament to the power of collaboration in addressing environmental challenges. The seminar is a model for other communities seeking to improve waste management practices and create a cleaner, healthier environment.

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