The Office of the University President, in collaboration with the Physical Plant Management and Development Office (PPMDO) and the Community Engagement and CICM Advocacies Office (CECAO), implemented last June of this year the “One Bottle, One Litter Free Project.”
PPMDO director, Mrs. Rachelyn Rizza D. Antonio, stressed that the plastic bottle drive supports USL’s “Kaibigan ng Kalikasan Program” (KKP) and the “Litter-Free Campus” campaign.
The “One Bottle, One Litter Free Project” adheres to RA 9003 and the Tuguegarao City Ordinance on adopting a systematic waste management through proper segregation and collection of solid wastes and disposable garbage.
Also, this project is in line with the “No Plastic Policy” and “Bring your own Liquid Containers” campaign of the University. It further promotes clean and green environment as well as creates awareness in the mitigation of land pollution.
Mrs. Antonio noted that, through this project, USL will be able to help in deterring such problems as littering and clogging of drainage canals which cause frequent flashfloods within the city during rainy seasons.
According to the PPMD director, Rev. Fr. Renillo H. Sta. Ana, CICM, University president, designed the bins for the project.
Mr. Nestor M. Cabrido, CECA director, said that the “One Bottle, One Litter Free Project” is one of the fundraising initiatives of the University to back the “Matthew 14:16 Project.”
The PPMD and the CECA director underscored that the proceeds of this project will be used in the provision of food assistance in behalf of the financially challenged students of the University.
When asked about who are the identified recipients of the said plastic bottle drive, Mr. Cabrido answered that selected CICM scholars, student assistants and other needful students are already in their list.
The CECA director’s initial plan is to provide food stubs to the recipients which they can use and present in the canteen when getting their snacks and meals.
Jesus’ teaching in helping the needy ones by giving loaves and fishes to five thousand men to full their empty stomachs is the inspiration of the “Matthew 14:16 Project.”