Left photo: Mr. Julius Bañega, Science Research Specialist II of the THWARDEC presents the highlights of his study on the isolation and screening of bacteria from plastic materials. Right photo: Group photo of the participants during the appreciation and educational tour of the nursery in Parañaque City.
Left photo: Mr. Julius Bañega, Science Research Specialist II of the THWARDEC presents the highlights of his study on the isolation and screening of bacteria from plastic materials. Right photo: Group photo of the participants during the appreciation and educational tour of the nursery in Parañaque City.

As part of the capacity building effort of Toxic and Hazardous Wastes Research Development and Extension Center (THWRDEC) of ERDB,  the  2nd Quarterly ENR livelihood Technologies Group (ELTAG) Meeting was held in Parañaque City on May 23, 2019  Thirty seven (37) representatives from 10 Local Government Units (LGUs) attended the meeting.  The ELTAG was organized to have a smooth and continuous partnership between THWRDEC and LGUs in NCR. During the meeting, LGU representatives presented updates on the different ENR concerns and initiatives on their area of jurisdiction.  Some of the concerns focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation, air pollution, solid waste management and the recent development on Manila Bay Clean up/rehabilitation.

Presentation of updates related to the adoption of ENR technologies on vertical planting and charcoal briquetting technology was undertaken by Ms. Salvacion P. Samson. Moreover, Mr. Julius Bañega discussed the highlights of the study entitled “Ïsolation and Screening of Plastic degrading Bacteria from Payatas landfill, QC and Smokey Mountain, Manila”. The said study is being conducted to identify the potential bacteria that could help easily degrade the polyethylene and polypropylene from plastic materials.

After the meeting, an Appreciation Tour in the nursery at Brgy. San Anrtonio, Parañaque City was conducted. LGU representatives had an actual glimpse of the  ENR project i.e. urban farming with several vegetables and ornamental plants. The  project is being maintained by the assigned barangay workers.  Hence,   the project provided additional income to the barangay. THWRDEC