Beneficaries of the AquaPonics solar - powered system in a photo opt with Mayor Benjamin Magalong (backrow second from right) and BFAR - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Lilibeth Signey ( frontrow left). (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda and personnel at the TTMF led by Dr. Nora Ruiz leads simple send-off ceremony for six recovered patients discharged from the Provincial Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.(photos from Benguet Governor’s Office)

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong commends the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for its Urban Aquaponics project with vegetable and fish production as he assures the city government's support to this project that helps ensure food sufficency and availability. (CCD/PIA CAR)

DA-CAR OIC Regional Director Cameron Odsey with ACT-CIS Representative anf Benguet Legislative Caretaker Eric Go Yap and Governor Melchor Diclas turn over assiatnce to farmer beneficiaries in the province of Benguet , and to DSWD-CAR for the implementation of the Gulayan sa Barangay for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and rge Department of Education Benguet for the Gulayan sa Paaralan programon at the Benguet Capitol on August 27, 2020. (RMC-PIA-CAR)

La Union surf town, private partner launch ‘Palit-Basura Project’

SAN JUAN, La Union, Oct. 12 (PIA) – San Juan, La Union’s surf town, in partnership with the Dragon Eight Junkshop launched the “Palit-Basura Project” to help in the solid waste management in the municipality. 


“This aims to encourage the residents of each barangay to segregate their household waste, and barter the recyclable materials to essentials goods that they can consume and benefit from,” said Mayoleen L. Belen, project pioneer and owner of the Dragon Eight Junkshop.

Recyclable wastes which can be traded that include plastic bottles, plastic cups and utensils, cellophanes, cartons, and even crumpled or shredded paper can be in exchange for goods like cooking oil, powdered milk, kilos of rice, and other goods and essential needs.

“Puwede rin silang mag-request ng cash na lang kung gusto nila,” Belen added.

Further, Belen expressed her gratitude to the local government for being the first municipality in the province to accept the project.

“We wanted our business to be for a greater good. It is not business only for "business" sake’, but rather, it has an advocacy which is to help protect the environment,” she said.

For his part, Mayor Arturo Valdriz recognized that solid wastes seem to be their perennial problem.

“Sa mga nakalipas na taon, ang problema ng ating munisipyo ay basura. Kaya pinapasok natin itong proyekto na ito na makatutulong sa ating solid waste management,” Valdriz said.

Based on the Waste Assessment Characterization Study, an individual tends to make some 0.45 kilograms of waste each day.


Out of the accumulated waste in the municipality, some 60.78 percent falls as biodegradable waste, 21.58 are residual, and 17.49 are considered recyclable.

“Ang main target ay bumaba yung recyclable waste natin. With the assistance of our partners such as our waste segregator teams and the Double Eight Junkshop, matutulungan po natin ang ating mga kababayan na ma-manage ang ating mga recyclable waste,” Riza Joy Abat of the municipal environment and natural resources office said.

The ‘Palit-Basura Project’ was launched on Thursday at the Farmer’s Hall of the municipal building and it was participated in by key officials of San Juan and other community stakeholders. (JCR/JPD/CGC, PIA La Union)

By Caren Grace R. Cabanayan



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