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Zero Organic Waste at Surigao

by Angelito Bombarda Jr.
4th April 2019

Participants of the training workshop constructing their ecobricks.

ZOW (so), how passionate can you be towards something? How committed can you be to an advocacy? In response to the call for environmental stewardship, the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) conducted a two-day community training workshop last February 20-21 2019, at Pope John XXIII Pastoral Center, Surigao City. It was participated in by Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) community in Surigao. The training workshop focused on the spirituality of creation and stewardship, cultivating and nurturing our common home using good waste management practices such as bokashi technology (biodegradable waste) and ecobricking (non-biodegradable waste). Twenty one participants from different parishes, MSC District House, and Our lady of the Sacred Heart Shrine attended. These parishes were: Virgen de la Paz y Buen Viaje, San Nicholas de Tolentino Parish, Sts. Peter & Paul Parish – Sison, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish – Tubod, The event was made possible through the support of Missie Procuur – The Netherlands, MSC Community in Surigao del Norte, and CFA. Fr. Richie Gomez, MSC enthusiastically explained the spirituality of creation, starting from the Book of Genesis and ending with a call for environmental stewardship. It was followed by a talk from Engr. Elmer Tecson of City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Surigao City. He emphasized the term “change of culture” because programs and projects would be meaningless without changing our lifestyle, mindset, and values. Do you have ZOW (so) many water bottles at home and you don’t know what to do with them? Fr. Constantino Legaspino, MSC introduced ecobricking to the participants. This is an innovative and practical way of managing plastic bottles and wrappers. It helps lessen the plastics’ toxic in the biosphere, while creating durable building blocks made from plastics. After the lecture, the participants tried making their own ecobricks. They enjoyed the activity because it was fun and engaging. Mr. Antonio Bande and Salvador Turzar of the MSC Center for the Poor in Butuan, and Vincent Magante of CFA, facilitated the demonstration and hands-on activities. They also showed the materials and ingredients needed for bokashi.

The participants with their bokashi pails, about to do their hands-on training.

In the action planning, the participants identified the activities that they can do at home and in their parishes. San Nicholas De Tolentino Parish will construct a mini farm to be used as a model and to replicate if successful.