IN time for the reopening of Boracay Island, residents of the three barangays participated in the Acting Planning Workshop for the ecological solid waste management (ESWM), conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR’s) Task Force Tayo ang Kalikasan (TAK).
About a hundred folks from schools, business establishments, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), and Barangay Council members of Balabag, Yapak and Manoc-manoc, in Boracay Island gathered at Boracay Tropics Hotel to discuss the need to sustain the efforts of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) especially in implementing the law on ESWM, recently.
The first two days, was spent identifying the existing problems in solid waste management. By groups, the participants brainstormed the immediate but long term remedy, for the ESWM problem. The last day of the workshop was spent on the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with the three barangay councils and residents of Boracay Island to implement their respective Action Plans and present it to the Local Government Unit of Malay for financial support.
“It is important that the people of Boracay Island know the existing problems on solid waste management in their island and they should also be the one to identify the possible solutions to the problem because it is their community. The government is just there to guide and mobilize them”, said Valentin P. Talabero, DENR Aklan’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer.
“To achieve solid waste free island, residents should mobilize themselves to take part in it. This Tayo ang Kalikasan movement will inculcate among individuals to implement the proper solid waste management. Slowly but surely, we hope to attain the level of environmental awareness where residents police themselves and their fellows with Boracay’s preservation in mind,” said Regional Executive Director Jim O Sampulna.
Tayo ang Kalikasan is a task force for the information branding and social mobilization campaign of the DENR under the Program for Environment and Natural Resources Restoration, Rehabilitation, and Development (PRRD). (DENR-6)