The Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC), with support from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Region 7 and the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) conducted a capacitation training on solid waste technologies at the BCWERC Training Center in Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu last April 19-20, 2017.

The 2-day event was participated in by thirty seven (37) participants from the local Peoples’ Organization (POs) and the barangay Local Government Unit (LGU) of Manipis, Talisay City, Southwest of Cebu City. Said event was primarily organized to strengthen linkages with concerned LGUs, other government agencies, and the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for the ecotourism development of the Cebu Experimental Forest (CEF) in Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu. Attendees in particular were the Camp 7 Non-Timber Planters Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CNTPMPC), Saint Mary Women’s Organization (SMWO), Camp 7 Environmental Planters Association, Inc., (CEPA), Camp 4 Manipis Minglanilla Toong Talisay Association, Inc. (CAMMITTA, Inc.), and barangay LGU representatives.

Resource person, Engr. Marco Andrew Silveron of EMB Region 7 briefly discussed the salient features of the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Act of 2000 (R.A. 9003) with emphasis on the importance of Solid Waste Management in the CEF Ecotourism Development. The discussion in particular, highlighted the mandate and responsibilities of the LGUs.

Dr. Joanna de Catalina of USJR on the other hand, lectured on the 5Rs of SWM and led in the demonstration of the Japanese technology, ‘Takakura Composting.’ Said waste composting technology which uses live microorganisms, is an alternative to vermicomposting and natural composting. Dr. de Catalina also shared USJR’s solid waste management advocacy and initiatives in terms of reducing solid waste generation. USJR student volunteers served as facilitators during the participants’ hands-on exercise. An action-planning workshop on solid waste management followed immediately after the practical activity.

BCWERC Center Head, Dr. Alicia L. Lustica in her closing message challenged the participants to exceed the initiatives of other communities in solid waste management practices. BCWERC, according to Dr. Lustica will extend full support to communities to fulfill their plans and goals for the effective implementation of SWM in their communities. She expressed high hopes that USJR-RIDEM, DENR-EMB 7, and other institutions or organizations will continuously assist BCWERC in attaining a better CEF for the local communities. BCWERC