The city government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency teamed up for a project that will sustain the economic interests while protecting the environment by recycling plastic items or products.
The city government sees the project as noteworthy, not just because of the livelihood opportunities it has given, but with the social responsibility it represents.
The project is part of the city’s commitment to protect our environment and we hope to reduce the volume of waste disposed in the sanitary landfill.
The Plastic Recycling Project was launched recently with KALIPI members led by its president, Berlie Reyes, who are the sole beneficiaries of the technical know-how, where plastic items are converted into sheets for use as raw material for wallets, bags and shoes.
Department of Trade and Industry helps in the marketing of the upcycled products.
The Plastic Recycling Project is aiming for the improvement of the women’s income in Tagbilaran City rolled off its coordinative meeting last year.
The aim of which is to provide alternative sources of income for poor and marginalized women. This project would also reinforce the advocacy of the Tagbilaran Technology and Innovation Center (TAGBITIC) piloted in barangay Cogon.
The center which has been operational for almost a year now has been using used plastic bags as raw materials for its products. With the technical expertise coming from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) represented by ShiroTakaki, Chihiro Matsuura and Chisato Kano and logistics assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) represented by Jerome Gabin, the City Government of Tagbilaran has struck a goldmine with this innovative technology.
The heat press machine which was customized by JICA with the help of BISU FabLab volunteers is the first in the country. “It started here in Tagbilaran, we’re the only one who has a machine which can turn plastics into re-usable sheets and boards.” Gabin said.
With the assistance of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Barangay Affairs Constituency Unit, the technology will be replicated in the remaining 14 barangays.