IN a regular monthly session held November 21, 2015, at the Session Hall, Barangay Mapatag Council officials, headed by Punong Barangay Leonisee Ordenacion Mierla, adopted, as one of its flagship projects, the love and care for the environment. It is not just the cleanliness and ensuring that the place will be a ZERO WASTE Barangay in the end, it is also the creation of a seed bank for fruit trees, aimed at keeping the barrio green.
Attending the meeting, as guest, was National Program Director Arturo Alvarez of the environmentalist group, Let’s Do It Philippines (LDIP), likewise, representing its designated partner and convenor for the Province of Antique, the Overseas Filipino Council International, Antique Subchapter (OFCI Antique). Last September 20, 2015, LDIP initiated a one day nationwide cleaning up of the surroundings all over the Philippines, and the Province of Antique went on board through a partnership forged with OFCI Antique.
No less than Antique Governor Rhodora “Dodod” Cadiao recognized the initiative and sent letters to all Municipalities and concerned government bodies in the province, requesting participation in the simultaneous clean-up activity, dubbed as #iam5million, which stands for LDIP’s aim to gather 5 million people during the cleanliness campaign.
Reporting to OFCI Antique, sent to me as the lead convenor and sponsor of LDIP for the Province of Antique, Mr. Alvarez noted the following:
“The meeting with the barangay council ended up with a collaboration to organize LDI barangay youth volunteers in partnership with OFCI. they will coordinate with you when the orientation will be. They extend also their warmest gratitude and appreciation for your plan to donate another four receptacle waste bins in the barangay plaza… they brought the big issue of waste along the coastal area also and the volunteers will address the issue once they are installed. The project seed bank for fruit trees is a welcoming initiative for them also… I thank them for their support and cooperation on behalf of you and OFCI and looking forward to a close coordination with our environment initiative in the barangay. I was given a ten minutes talk before their session started.”
A day prior to the meeting, Mr. Alvarez gave a lecture on Solid Waste Management to the parents and students, as well as teachers, of Mapatag Elementary School, signaling the OFCI Antique’s initiative to follow through with the cleanliness drive. Four improvised receptacle bins, making use of “tamburongs”, were donated to the school and handed officially to Principal Alfredo Montalban. Mr. Motalban, readily taking up the challenge, pledged his support and willingness to initiate the project in the District of Hamtic, under the Department of Education and Culture. This will also be in partnership with LDIP and OFCI Antique.
With the Barangay Council officials’ lead, in partnership with LDIP and OFCI Antique, Mapatag, one of the 47 Barangays of the Municipality of Hamtic, will now be a pioneering initiator, along with the Mapatag Elementary School, of saving and protecting our Mother Earth from further damage and degradation.