DENR leads Earth Day activities

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


THE Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR) is taking the lead in waste reduction efforts by slowly shifting paperless through electronic communications and transactions.

DENR OIC-Regional Director Paquito Moreno said while the department slowly shifts to electronic transactions it becomes difficult for the agency to fully crossover due to the nature of their services which involves issuances of permits certification and land titles.

But Moreno said the agency is progressing and as a result decreased procurement of paper after shifting most of their official communications through e-mail and cloud based applications.

The agency has also focused on waste reduction efforts through programs like recycling initiatives.

By partnering with N4th Enterprises, a waste recycling and waste solution provider, DENR is calling on government offices to join their drive to reduce waste.

Among the first national line agencies which expressed readiness in recycling is the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

As part of the International Earth Day last Tuesday, both agencies kicked off their recyclable collection drive at their respective offices.

Moreno said they are starting this regular activity as part of International Earth Day celebration and will include various government offices in the region starting with the DSWD.

Common recyclable office wastes including white papers, plastic bottles, metals and newspapers were among those collected by N4th.

Also common among the waste generated by various government offices according to Moreno are electronic items such as old computer monitors, batteries, wirings and peripherals which are not normally accepted in recycling junk shops.

Instead of being stored in stock rooms of government offices, he said the agency is encouraging offices to look into these items which may be sold for additional profit and funds for offices as well as help in waste reduction efforts of government.

Aside from being a recyclable collection drive, he said the activity is also a non-traditional information, education and communication strategy to advocate segregation at source and proper waste disposal especially in government agencies. It also aims to introduce the recycling event as an entrepreneurship option.

The activity also hopes to strengthen the partnership between and among the stakeholders on solid waste management and to inculcate to public the economic and environmental benefits of recycling.

The event also served as a venue to document the volume of wastes generated most especially in various government offices in a given period and validate specific data on record.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 24, 2014.

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