Thoughts can be dangerous given the chance and ideas could be too but if you use it at the right moment, it can be a very powerful tool. 


The Waste and the Collector

Waste is a universal and highly visible phenomenon. The perspectives towards solid waste are often contradictory: While by affluent societies it is often considered plainly as garbage or an environmental problem, inDavaoCityand other cities, it is an important and flexible source of income for the large part of urban population and provides raw material to many sectors of economy. Waste collectors form a vital part of the economy in nearly every city of the developing world.

Operating on the streets, curb-sides and dumps, this group of people collect, sort, clean, recycle and sell material thrown away by others, therefore contributing to public health, sanitation and environmental sustainability. According to estimates, “about 1 per cent of the urban population – at least 15 million people – survive by salvaging recyclables from waste.”

Practical Action are working with some of the poorest communities to safely and securely improve their waste management and collection methods. This brings improvements to the health of the slum dwelling families and the creation of safer healthier places to live and work.

credits to Reid Bacongco for the photo

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Environment: Here we stand, Here is where it all began.

Published on April 30, 2012 by in environment

A lot of things can happen and it may be good or it could be bad. In the case of population and development, it all boils down to the environment. You see, people might stop to ask, how can the environment play such a crucial part in a world full of advancement, technology and economy, when it only produces what is natural. Well, after much thought and contemplation, maybe, it is what the people need. We all get too caught up with the technological advancement or something that is new in this world that we somehow forgot what we have and how it all began. All of it started in the environment and all of it ends in the environment. A raising question, how is it that in the past, we managed to enjoy our sources without having to compromise what we have? Fear of over population, scarcity of sources, losing of raw materials, global warming. A lot of problems rise up because our minds began to develop a new way of thinking that what is advance is always good, but maybe, not always.

I, for one, am a student who craves for what technology could offer me. New gadgets and gizmos, stuff that could make my life a lot easier and so, I get too caught up in that thought that I throw away the wrapper of junk without thinking about the repercussions of my action. The wrapper then becomes an environmental waste. People get to caught up on what’s next or what the future beholds that we forget what we have now. This is where the environment comes in. It is the only thing in this world that brings forth what is natural. Something that is not man made, it is what the world has to offer. A life sustenance. And because it offers us what we solely need, in return, we must learn to nurture it. Everything worked out well before, how hard can it be to achieve it again? Sure, it could be a lot of work but still it is attainable. 

The Environment is where we find the source and the solution to our problems. It provides our resources, land mass areas, natural habitats, life sustenance, raw materials needed for industrialism… take those away and what are we? A dead planet. We would cease to exist.

So, maybe there isn’t always the next game plan. There could be a recharging state. Just like a battery, it needs to recharge first so it can be used at its optimum capacity to provide the energy that is needed from it. Let us wait for the time it regains all of it’s power to create a better outcome. Let our environment heal, we could contribute by lessening the garbage or other wastes that are man made. In fact, isn’t that what we, humans, are supposed to do? We take care of the environment, the same way that the environment provides us with our everyday needs.


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Students help implement waste segregation in Matina public market

Published on April 21, 2012 by in environment

Twenty-five Criminal Justice students from theUniversity ofMindanao (UM) recently assisted Matina, one of the adopted sites of the university, in its waste segregation campaign in the public market. The police cadets, based in nearbyDavaoCity, helped in information dissemination on April 13 and 14, distributing flyers on what and how to segregate and urging stall owners to use the right containers for biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste.


Atty. Joseph Dominic S. Felizarta, C.E., City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO), said the students were undergoing an internship program at the San Pedro police station. He thought it would create quite an impact and demonstrate the town’s seriousness in implementing its waste management program if the young cadets were involved in the campaign.

Felizarta broached his idea to the police station commander who responded positively and sent the interns to the public market. After a brief orientation on what to do and say, the students went around to explain waste segregation.

“The students were a big help in getting the stall owners and vendors to appreciate the importance of waste segregation,” said Atty. Felizarta, “Usually, people get a little uneasy when they see men and women in uniform, fearing that they might be apprehended for doing something that’s against the law. But the students were there not to issue citations but to remind the vendors of their duty to help in waste management. The approach was well received by the vendors. We intend to continue this collaboration with our police force.”

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Published on April 2, 2012 by in environment

Here is our coverage of the annual Earth Hour for the year 2012 at Magsaysay Park, Davao City.


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Published on April 2, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Our blog does not only make articles but we also post pictures of our on going campaign in maintaining DAVAO CITY’s beauty. You may check the photos that we took and if you live in Davao, you might be surprised to see your picture there. You can also submit photos that show the beauty of Davao in this email: or just go to our tumblr account and click submit.

It is optional for you to put a watermark but please send the following:

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Published on April 1, 2012 by in environment

Two days ago, Davao City has witnessed and experienced the very exciting EARTH HOUR event. Me and my partner, Kenneth, see to it that we witness the time when the city recognized darkness as a medium of action to help mother earth. The celebration of the event was not only in Magsaysay Park but also in SM City Davao, NCCC Mall Davao and so much more. However, Kenneth and I, we went to Magsaysay park and took part in the lighting and releasing of Sky Lanterns. Booths were set up and lots of people were there to both witness and join an event that would add up to our city’s history.

Unfortunately, the rain poured and like I mentioned in my previous entry, “When it rains in Davao, it rains hard.” For one, I thought me and Kenneth wouldn’t be able to release our lantern and we just thought of releasing it someday in school but the rain stopped and we finally let go of our lantern. One thing that really surprised me was even though it was raining hard at the park, the people waited in the shed until the skies were clear and altogether we let go of our lanterns. It was indeed a sky full of lanterns.

Finishing the half of the program of the Earth Hour at Magsaysay Park, Kenneth and I went on our separate ways and I headed to Matina Town Square. Friends of mine were waiting there and as I was waiting for them, I came across this scene

I thought at first that maybe these kids were taking down the notes that people made but to my surprise, they were actually fixing them because the posts were falling apart. I just couldn’t help but pick up my camera, forgot about how drenched I was from my experience at the park and started taking shots. When they noticed that I was taking a picture, they thought I was only interested in the posts and stepped back to my side so I told them that I wanted them to just continue what they were doing and not mind me. So they just did what they were doing. I was really amazed because I thought kids their age, wouldn’t really give a damn about these stuff but instead I witness three kinds picking up fallen promise post its and putting them back to the wall. It was indeed a heartfelt moment and I ended my Earth Hour with the cozy feel in my heart.

Watch out for our little documentary of the releasing of the Sky Lanterns: To be UPLOADED :)

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Our Mulat Pinoy experience was long lived as it all began when a senior of mine tasked me to join in the We Are Right Here, We Are RH Video Contest. This was our video entry. Our way of presenting our opinion of the RH Bill was presenting the reality of it and how a woman is affected by it. The song is originally entitled: “Bahid ng Pagkakamali.” In English it means, Traces  of My Mistakes. We wanted to show how painful it is to be slapped by the mistakes that we made. Thus, we came up with this video. It’s not necessarily related to our environmental platform but it is still related to Population and Development in the course of the youth’s sexuality.


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DC PRESERVE: A Davao City Natural Resources Preservation Project

Published on April 1, 2012 by in environment


The Population and Development is concerned with a lot of issues in the country but this project’s main focus is the ENVIRONMENT. As Davaoeños, Kenneth and I aim to magnify the resources that our city is rich in. Including the fact that Davao City is one of the biggest cities in the world and also one of the most livable cities in Asia, we hope to bring awareness to the rest of the Davaoeños that it is our duty to keep track and be watchful of our surroundings.

Our main focus is the Solid Waste Segregation System. Our city is one of the cleanest cities in our country. However, despite the perfections, there will always be factors that could rain in Davao’s glory. In Davao when it rains, it rains hard and our number one enemy is the sudden floods or more commonly known as flash floods. It has happened in various places of the cities and sad to say that not only does the water rise but also the damaged houses, missing person reports, and death counts. The drainage system in the city is not that strongly improved and not able to withstand huge amounts of coursing water. Add massive amounts of garbage and we get the waters rising. That issue, we would like to obliterate for the betterment of our society.

One might stop to think that Population and Development is only about the count of the population and how it affects the economy but we would like to cease that train of thought. The environment is a huge factor that the people must take into account when it comes to Population and Development. Without the environment sector, there would be no population and no development. The population relies on the natural resources that is brought about by the environment, also, the country’s development relies on what their environment can offer for trade and raw materials. And so, we have brought the driving force of awareness that would bring our fellow Davaeoños to the mindset of preserving what is ours and nurture it for development.

This blog is a call to awareness to all Davaoeños and we wish to start it with the Umians from the University of Mindanao. We are just college students but we aim to lend a hand in whichever way we can. May it be dissemination of information, or merely documentation of an environmental event. As long as we uphold the rights of Mother Nature in a city as beautiful as hours and to distinctly prove that “Davao: Life is Here,” indeed.

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Waste Management and Recycling at the University of Mindanao

Published on March 30, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Director Diamante recycles about 30% of its total waste stream, diverting over 2,000 tons of material from landfills annually. General Services Office of the University is responsible for the collection of waste and recyclables weekly. The University also collects and recycles computers, printers, batteries, and fluorescent light bulbs. Office of the Student Affairs and Alumni Services organize programs that help the students and offices reduce their waste, reuse products to extend their life cycle, and recycle products at the end of their life cycle.

The University composts all leaves to be re-used on the campus landscape. In addition, the University along with the Council of College Student Government provides composting facilities for the entire University, allowing both garden waste drop-off and free compost.

What can be recycled on campus?


Mixed paper is the term used for all types and grades of paper. Paper and cardboard are collected together from all buildings on campus. Almost all paper, with a few exceptions, can be recycled.


  • Office Paper
  • Junk Mail
  • Bulk Packs
  • Glossy Paper
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Notebooks
  • Catalogs
  • Paperbacks
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Phone Books
  • NO Hardcover Books
  • NO Wax Paper
  • NO Soiled Paper


Empty & Flatten:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Drink and ice cream cartons
  • Fiber board (ex: cereal boxes)
  • NO Wax-Coated Cardboard
  • NO Food Soiled Cardboard

Glass, Plastics #1 – #7, and Metals

Glass, all plastic, and metals are recyclable materials that are collected together, or “commingled,” in the University, academic/administrative buildings, and outdoor locations across campus.


  • All glass food and beverage containers (all colors)
  • NO window glass
  • NO light bulbs


All plastic containers, wrappers, and bags are now recyclable on campus. Examples include:

  • Plastic cups, bottles, and lids
  • Shampoo and detergent bottles
  • Plastic packaging
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Candy and chip wrappers
  • NO Foam Products


  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Steel & ferrous cans (canned goods, coffee cans, etc.)
  • NO batteries or electronics


The following items are not recyclable, and should be placed in the trash.


  • Uneaten Food
  • Kitchen Scraps


  • Used Paper Plates, Cups, and Napkins


  • Foam cups and plates
  • Foam containers
  • Foam Packing Inserts or “peanuts”


Where to recycle


Each office and educational building handles its waste and recycling differently. Designated bins and recycling areas are found in the GET, DPT, and PET building.

What else can you do to increase your recycling and reduce your waste?

You can do a lot!

  • Drink from reusable coffee mugs or water bottles
  • Print only when necessary, using the double sided option
  • Shop with reusable bags
  • Eat and store food with reusable containers, plates, silverware, etc.
  • Purchase items with minimal packaging
  • Check products for percentage of Post-Consumer Waste (PCW) before you purchase, especially paper products (i.e. printer paper)
  • Inquire about programs to donate used printer cartridges (i.e. local schools)
  • Support suppliers with a sustainability program
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Trash to Treasure

Published on March 11, 2012 by in Uncategorized


In Davao City alone, an average of 500 tons of garbage is collected every day. Solid waste management approach of the Davao City government aims to set up a material cycle society with the concept of a life-cycle economy wherein consumption of natural resources is minimized and the environmental load is reduced as much as possible. It calls for an increase in the ratio of recycled materials, promote the reuse of waste as raw material, and overall reduce energy consumtion.


Plastic and styro contributes a large percentage of wastes collected every day. Since plastic was invented, it becomes a part of our daily existence. Improper disposal of it can degradation of the environment. Moreover, production of plastics consumes coal, oil, and natural gas thus producing greenhouse gases and toxic fumes, which can cause climate change.


In this regard, Chelley and I are planning to make a simple action to address this problem. We want to start at our very own school, we are planning a huge campaign and we will start it on March 17, 2012 tegether with the Mutya ng UM 2011 in the implementation of her Environmental Project entitled “Trash to Treasure”. On that day, students will sell recyclable materials such as old newspapers, styro, bottles, plastics, and others to the selected scrap buyers stationed at the gymnasium. Of the total amount earned by the student, 50% of it shall be donated to the chosen beneficiary- the Munting Paaralan in Matina Pangi, one of the adopted schools of UM.


Looking forward to more projects! J

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