Left photo: Forester Jesselit Candelaria, UBRDEC’s Science Research Specialist I discusses ecological solid waste management while UBRDEC Head Gregorio E. Santos Jr. (right photo) shows the rapid assessment of solid waste in Brgy. Talipan on July 20, 2021.

The Urban and Biodiversity Research Development and Extension Center (UBRDEC) held the Capacity Building on Ecological Solid Waste Management in Brgy. Talipan, Pagbilao, Quezon on July 20, 2021.

The said event was part of the celebration of Women’s Month in March and rescheduled in July due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the month of March to June in the province.

The activity marked the beginning of a continuing partnership with the Center’s host community in biodiversity conservation.

There were 27 participants in the said event composed of women’s association, barangay officials, Sitio leaders, and People’s Organizations’ presidents in Brgy. Talipan.

Forester Jesselit Candelaria explained the ecological solid waste management to the participants and discussed the negative outcomes if solid wastes are neglected.

UBRDEC Head Santos, on the other hand, showed the rapid assessment on solid waste management of Brgy. Talipan and explained some observations on the said issue.

He also shared strategies that participants can practice at home and can contribute to solve the solid waste management issue of the barangay as a whole.

The barangay LGU participated in the event by discussing the barangay ordinances on solid waste management. Brgy. Councilor Florentino Melendrez explained that although there are existing ordinances in the barangay, the community members tend to neglect their implementation.

Mr. Ernesto Alano, a volunteer from the barangay shared the possible source of solid wastes in the barangay.

Aside from the lack of discipline of the community members, he also stated the establishments that produce loads of solid waste, lack of proper planning, additional dump sites, among others.

Brgy. Councilor Melendrez facilitated the action planning of the participants. Some of these were stricter implementation of the existing ordinances, establishing additional MRF site in each Sitio, and IEC campaign on solid waste management.

The UBRDEC assured the barangay that the Center will continuously monitor their action plan and the office is always reday to provide technical assistance.

Since the activity was part of the celebration of women’s month, Ms. Ann Valerie V. Gillado, Information Officer II explained the Gender and Development (GAD) seeks to equalize the status and condition of women and men.

She emphasized women empowerment as one of the missions of Republic Act 9710: Magna Carta of Women.

To introduce the UBRDEC, Ms. Arlene B. Ranara, Supervising Science Research Specialist discussed the Centers mission, vision and its research and extension activities.

Left photo: Ms. Arlene B. Ranara, Supervising Science Research Specialist promotes the UBRDEC as center of excellence that focuses on sustainable urbanization and biodiversity conservation while Ms. Ann Valerie V. Gillado, Information Officer II (right photo) talks about equality and women empowerment as she explains the Gender and Development (GAD).

The activity was concluded with a message from UBRDEC Head Gregorio E. Santos. He reiterated the importance of ecological solid waste management to maintain the healthy biodiversity in the community.

Since the office is located in the Brgy. Talipan, UBRDEC is very much concerned and willing to provide assistance to solve their environmental issues and achieve biodiversity conservation. Ann Valerie V. Gillado, UBRDEC