ABOUT 50 volunteers from Aboitiz Construction, local government units (LGUs) of Iloilo City and other volunteers from the private sector teamed up with the Iloilo City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) for a coastal clean-up drive in Barangay Sto. Niño Norte, Iloilo City recently.

Over 160 kilograms of solid wastes that include plastic and paper rubbish were collected by the volunteers, properly segregated and disposed accordingly.

About 50 environment-friendly posters were also hung around the barangay vicinity to remind the residents of the campaign.

“We are grateful to Aboitiz Construction for their participation in this activity. This proves that both public and private sectors should work hand in hand in promoting environmental sustainability,” said Mary Jean Irisari, Cenro Environmental Management specialist.

“Staying true to our core value of Responsibility, we partner with LGUs in fulfilling our commitment towards environmental sustainability. We encourage our team members to volunteer and embody our mission to build a better future,” said Nina Ylagan-Pedro, Aboitiz Construction’s vice president for Corporate Affairs and Services.

The Aboitiz Group has championed and aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The SDG #12, which refers to Responsible Consumption and Production, is Aboitiz’s anchor in developing a unified waste management framework called “Wealth out of Wastes.”

The Aboitiz Group advocates its initiatives like the Waste Management Program to its host communities. Like Aboitiz Construction, its recent coastal clean-up drive fully supports Cenro’s program to conduct information education campaigns for local residents. This is to reinforce the commitment to proper waste segregation, proper wastes disposal, recycling and reduction of domestic wastes.

Last year, Aboitiz Construction organized capacity building programs that focused on effective solid waste management for government officials of Barangay Pinamucan Ibaba and Simlong in Batangas City and Barangay Buanoy in Balamban, Cebu.

The company also donated materials to support the waste management efforts of the said barangays.

Aboitiz Construction is currently building a 6,000-square-meter storage warehouse for La Filipina Uy Gongco Corporation in Barangay Ingore, Lapaz, Iloilo City.

As LFUGC introduces new agricultural products in the market, this new warehouse will help in their inventory and logistics management. (PR)