Plastic to rice exchange resumes in Dagupan

January 18, 2012 10:02 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 18 — The environmental program, “Plastic Mo, Bigas Ko, Palit Tayo”, which was started last year, is set to resume on January 28 at the Don Leon Maramba Elementary School in Sitio Longos, Barangay Bonuan Gueset here.

City Councilor Jeslito Seen said this was the same venue when the project was launched by the late part of 2011 from where one truckload of plastic products from among the residents was collected.

Seen explained that the plastic products that can be exchanged for rice are those that are not being bought by junkshops which just lay in waste and could be washed down by the rains and clog drainage canals.

He said the flooding in some parts of Dagupan is often blamed to clogged drainage canals, on account of plastic products being washed down the gutters by the rains.

The program is a joint project of the Pandaragupan sa Kaunlaran, Department of Education, Parent-Teacher Association of Don Leon Maramba Elementary School and the Bonuan Boquig Barangay Council with Seen providing the rice that would be exchanged for plastic.

Seen said under the program, residents are asked to save their plastic which they would later exchange for rice if they cannot recycle some of this for novelty items, like trinkets, for sale at fantastic prices in the malls.

He earlier tapped technical men of a big shop manufacturing novelty items from old newspapers and plastic for novelty items to conduct seminar and demonstration to idle Dagupan housewives.

Like in the past, plastic products that would be collected out of the program will be sold to a shop in Manila which will convert these into plastic chairs and tables that can be brought back to different schools in Dagupan. (PNA)

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