Left photo: Engr. Teresa Salanguit presents the floating garden, a phytoremediation scheme for polluted waterways. Right photo: Chairperson Guadalupe Rosales expresses her gratitude to the THWRDEC team for conducting the seminar.

The Toxic and Hazardous Wastes Research Development and Extension Center (THWRDEC) conducted a seminar on Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes in Barangay Pulanglupa Uno, Las Pinas City on May 28, 2019. The activity was part of the center’s information, education, and communication (IEC) activities for disseminating information on toxic and hazardous wastes. It aimed to enhance the prospective clients’ knowledge on toxic substances and hazardous wastes management. Attendees of the seminar included barangay officials; 31 participants (22 females and 9 males) attended the activity.

Group photo of the participants and the THWRDEC team.

Seven (7) topics covering toxic and hazardous waste and selected ENR Technologies were discussed in the lectures. Such topics included: (1) Republic Act 6969 -Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act (Ms. Jennie Vale), (2) Impacts of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes to Human Health and the Environment (Ms. Alida Ramos), (3) Household Hazardous Wastes (Ms. Marleane Ferrer), (4) Isolation and Screening of Plastic Degrading Bacteria from Payatas, Quezon City and Smokey Mountain, Manila (Mr. Julius Banega), (5) Remediation Options for Polluted Waterways (Engineer Teresa Salanguit), and (6) Recommended Pollutant Absorbent Plant Species (Ms. Ma. Salvacion Samson). In addition, Ms. Samson discussed the (7) procedures for the establishment of a show window for ENR Technologies. Concerns and issues raised during the open forum included the use and/or disposal of solar products, possible alternative to chemical pesticides, alternatives for mosquito repellents, segregation of household wastes, and the absorption of heavy metals by the plants, among others.

Barangay Chairperson Guadalupe Rosales expressed her gratitude to the THWRDEC team for conducting the seminar and imparting interesting ideas. Moreover, she hoped that the learnings of the participants in the seminar would serve as a wake up call to help save and preserve the environment for the future generations. Center Head Nery Alba, on the other hand, thanked the participants for their enthusiasm in the topics discussed in the seminar. In summary, Ms. Alba commended the interest shown by the Barangay Chairperson and the participants in adopting the ENR technologies presented. Jonathan A. Galang, THWRDEC