By MARK FRANCISCO, Staff Writer
THE youth in Cagayan de Oro will assist the government in the strict implementation of the Solid Waste Management Act at the barangay level.
But for now, the project initiated by the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO) and a local non-government organization (NGO) will be pilot-tested in two barangays for a year.
This early, around 60 volunteers from barangays Lapasan and Patag are already mapping several projects for their one-year calendar in relation to Solid Waste Management Act implementation in their respective villages, mostly educational drives.
The youth will be assisted by an organization aptly called Empowering Volunteers and Opportunities (EVO).
EVO will babysit the youth groups and monitor their educational drives on a periodic basis to see their progress throughout the year.
During a daylong meeting with the youth volunteers last Saturday, the participants finalized their schedule of activities to be conducted all throughout the duration of the project.
Among the events in the offing are the conduct of a recyclable fashion show, Dagan Para sa Kalikasan, so-called barkadahan talks and even house-to-house campaigns on the necessity of household wastes segregation.
CLENRO has already set aside funds if the youth volunteers need logistical support.
Once the two pilots are successful, the project will be expanded city-wide.
Local government units (LGUs) nationwide are now pushing for waste segregation at the barangay level in adherence to the Solid Waste Management Act which is Republic Act 9003.
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