TARPAULINS, sando bags and other materials made from recycled plastic materials could become a source of livelihood, city official said.

With only a few groups or individuals embracing the idea of creating another product out of materials that many consider as trash, Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas said there should be a livelihood program highlighting the use of recyclables.

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"While government is in search for feasible and advanced technological solutions to the pressing problem on garbage, the same could be addressed through the most primitive yet most effective solution known to man - recycling," Fariñas said.

In a proposed ordinance, the vice mayor said the city government could link with a non-government organization and introduce a program called Bigay Dangal sa Kabuhayan or Bida Ka Program.

Fariñas said the Bida Ka program would underscore the creation of products made out of tarpaulins, and sando bags into a useful but with quality product.

Among the suggested products, which could be made out of plastic are bags, kits and purses.

He encouraged the out-of-school youth (OSY) and barangays to be at the forefront of the proposed project. "The same would result to reduction of generated waste," Fariñas said.

A separate proposed resolution penned by Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, meanwhile, called for the conduct of a regular recycling fair, exhibiting products made out of reusable materials.

The recent fair was held last December 19 to 31 by a women's organization.

Tabanda called for a bigger fair because several organizations showed interest in also showcasing their own products. (Rimaliza Opiña)