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PASIG CITY SIGNS MOU WITH GREEN ANTZ BUILDERS’ COMMUNITY ECOHUB

After many challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Memorandum of Understanding between the City Government of Pasig and Green Antz Builders Inc. was officially signed on August 5, 2021 in a virtual ceremony attended by representatives from the Pasig City Mayor’s Office, Pasig Environment & Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO), and Office of the City Administrator. Also present are Barangay Manggahan Officials and representatives from the funder USAID’s Clean Cities Blue Ocean Program (USAID CCBO).
This event marks the start of the partnership between the two parties on combating plastic pollution and reduction of waste going to landfills.

The Community EcoHub of Green Antz, led by Green Antz Chief Strategy Officer Paul Puthenpurekal, is a project under the Clean Cities, Blue Ocean Program of USAID that seeks to reduce plastic wastes that end up in oceans by targeting wastes directly at the source. Under the project, a recycling facility that will process biodegradable waste to compost, and plastics to eco-bricks and pavers will be set up in Pasig City. Key stakeholders will also undergo virtual trainings on solid waste management.

Barangay Manggahan has been initially identified as the pioneer site of a Community EcoHub in Pasig City. The establishment of the EcoHub will support the solid waste management objectives of the locale and provide livelihood and training programs for its constituents.
The facility will be processing plastic, and biodegradable wastes from Bliss 4, Bliss 7, Somerset Village, and Villa Cruzis communities in the said barangay.

 

Pasig City welcomes the project because it helps manage the plastic waste problems experienced by Pasig and other cities and exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic as plastic usage surged. Barangay Manggahan Captain Ms. Sheila de Asis said that they are happy with the project as they dream of more environment-related projects in the barangay.

 

In closing, Mayor Vico Sotto said that solid waste management is a huge challenge but that we have to do everything to eliminate the use of plastics, improve solid waste management and work together to encourage and induce behavioral change. He hopes for a successful project that can be scaled up and replicated moving forward.