Sound environmental decisions go a long way in helping to achieve a cleaner, greener community. Brgy. 153 has a mission to safeguard the interest of the community by protecting the environment.
We conduct a clean-up drive every Saturday with the help of barangay officials and personnel. We’ve established a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for the proper segregation of waste. We always remind Brgy. 153 constituents the importance of the three Rs—Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
We also regularly conduct the cleaning and maintenance of drainage and canals around the barangay. Brgy. 153, Zone 13, District 1, Caloocan City PUNONG BRGY. ERVIN LAMBOJO
Brgy. 153 has a mission to safeguard the interest of the community by protecting the environment. We conduct a clean-up drive every Saturday with the help of barangay officials and personnel. We’ve established a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for the proper segregation of waste. We always remind Brgy. 153 constituents the importance of the three Rs—Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. We also regularly conduct the cleaning and maintenance of drainage and canals around the barangay.
Brgy. Ampid Uno, San Mateo, Rizal PUNONG BRGY. HECTOR P. REYES
Brgy. Ampid Uno has been focused on waste management and environmental solutions. One of our initiatives is ensuring waste reduction by reusing and recycling waste products.
Through this, we are able to lower the amount of garbage in our barangay. We also have established our Material Recovery Facility (MRF) to recover recyclable materials from solid waste.
The Sangguniang Barangay of Ampid Uno also launched a waste segregation program that aims to spread awareness among our constituents [by emphasizing the] importance of waste segregation.
Brgy. San Isidro, Sucat, Parañaque City PUNONG BRGY. NOEL A. JAPLOS
In response to the government’s campaign on comprehensive environmental solid waste management, Brgy. San Isidro has made efforts to create and maintain existing projects such as the Material Recovery Facility (MRF), composting, Faith Gardens, “Trash to Treasure” programs (wherein trash is converted into eco-bricks), solar-powered hydroponic and aquaponic gardening, clean-up drive, and clearing of waterways. Collected wastes from the community are segregated. Kitchen waste is also turned into rich compost that’s used for growing fruits and vegetables at the five FAITH (Food Always in the Home) Gardens. In addition, PET bottles and soft plastics are used in the making of eco-bricks, which are, in turn, used in building garden fences. Households are also encouraged to make ecobricks and trade them for rice in the “Trash for Treasure” project.
As one of our green initiatives, solar-powered hydroponic and aquaponic gardening is being maintained to motivate constituents to grow their own plants and vegetables even without soil.
Brgy. 899, Zone 100, District 6, Manila City PUNONG BRGY. ANGELO JOSEPH A. ABANES
Brgy. 899 of Zone 100, District 6, Manila has its ongoing projects and efforts to manage waste and protect the environment.
We have our weekly clean-up drive led by our barangay officials and volunteer residents. In addition to this, we have our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), which allows us to collect recyclables. Aside from the aforementioned activities, we conduct planting of vegetation next to the Pasig River. We have also strengthened our coordination with the City of Manila with regards to the collection of wastes in our barangay.
This helps us achieve a waste-free and environment-friendly community.
WWF CONTINUES THE FIGHT AGAINST PLASTIC POLLUTION
Based on a 2015 modelling study, the Philippines is considered one of the top 10 countries contributing to plastic pollution. Building on its No Plastics in Nature initiative, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines recently released a report titled, “Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Scheme Assessment for Plastic Packaging Waste in the Philippines.” Undertaken with cyclos GmbH and AMH Philippines, Inc., the report highlights EPR as a critical and effective policy tool in reducing plastic pollution. EPR holds manufacturers accountable for the end-of-life impacts of their plastic products and packaging.
Through this scheme, manufacturers are encouraged to adopt a holistic eco friendly design. “Addressing plastic pollution requires both upstream (production/pre-consumption) and downstream (consumption and post-consumption) measures.
Working on the entirety of the plastic life cycle, stakeholder collaboration is important in both reducing the production and the consumption of unnecessary plastic, and also in managing plastic products and packaging, ensuring that materials are used as long as possible in our society,” WWF Philippines Executive Director Joel Palma explained. The study is part of the No Plastic in Nature Initiative, WWF’s global initiative to stop the flow of plastics entering nature by 2030 through the elimination of unnecessary plastics; doubling reuse, recycling, and recovery; and ensuring remaining plastic is sourced responsibly.
TALLEST VERTICAL FARM PROJECT LAUNCHED IN NAVOTAS Good Greens & Co. (GGC),
In partnership with the Navotas City Council–Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) and the City Government of Navotas, unveiled the country’s tallest fullyfunctioning aeroponic vertical farm.
The 300-sqm vertical farm, located in Navotas City’s resettlement community, began operating in 2020. “The aim is to produce highvolume harvests that are centrally located in the community,” Good Greens & Co. president Simon Villalon shared. “This makes healthy produce more accessible and affordable to Filipinos.” Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, vegetable yield in the Navotas vertical farm is increased by a factor of 100.
Target harvest per year is eight tons of leafy vegetables. “We are pleased to be a part of this meaningful project with Good Greens & Co. We look forward to the harvest for our local communities’ consumption,” said Navotas City Rep. John Reynald Tiangco. Founded in 2018, GGC launched its first vertical farm in Taguig and has more farms located in San Fernando, Pampanga; Bacolod; and Parañaque.
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES AMONG THE TOP 500 BEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD
Among 1,527 research-intensive universities assessed worldwide, the University of the Philippines (UP) retains its spot in the 401-500 bracket. According to the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE-WUR), UP ranks fifth among notable universities in Southeast Asia, which include the University of Malaya (Malaysia), University of Brunei Darussalam (Brunei), and two universities located in Singapore—National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University. Performance indicators for the ranking include teaching, research, international outlook, industry income, and global research influence.
The last category is where UP garnered its highest score. It is calculated by defining the average number of times a published work of the university is cited by scholars worldwide.
Bibliometric data supplier Elsevier examined 86 million citations (2015-2020) across 13.6 million journal articles, article reviews, books, book chapters, and conference proceedings published from 2015 to 2019.
According to the Times Higher Education, citations “help to show us how much each university is contributing to the sum of human knowledge.” The University of the Philippines (UP) is the first university in the Philippines to land a spot in the THE-WUR, and is the only Philippine university in the Top 500.