Benguet. AboitizPower’s wholly owned subsidiary Hedcor, Inc. held a two-day Recyclable Art Workshop to its host community of Banengbeng last August 26 and 31 at the Ebbes Elementary School in Sablan.
Led by Hedcor’s Environmental Team, the Recyclable Art Workshop taught members of the community to manage their solid waste in the household level through creative recycling methods.
Ms. Pauline Fontanilla of the Pacdal Womens Group shared her knowledge of crocheting handbags and purses from used plastic bags while recyclable art enthusiasts Margie Sameon and Janice Reyes-Po shared techniques of using organic materials such as garlic leaves and corn cobs to create a number of decorative ornaments.
Through the art workshop, the community was offered some flexibility in managing the barangay’s solid waste as stated by Republic Act 9003 of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act,
According to RA 9003, biodegradable, compostable and reusable wastes “should be segregated and collected at the barangay level” leaving only non-recyclable and special wastes to be disposed of by the city.
Once the group has perfected their recyclable art, Hedcor agreed to help find a market for the crafted items to help expand livelihood opportunities within the community.
“Solid Waste Management should start at the household level.” says environmental initiatives officer Cranep Udan. “The Recyclable Art Workshop shows the community that waste management does not always have to be a messy activity.” Udan added.
Recyclable art is a growing income opportunity that also promotes sustainability. Crocheted handbags from plastic bags can be sold between P50 – P1,500 in national and international markets.
Hedcor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower, owning and operating 18 hydropower plants in Benguet and Davao. Its 8 MW Ampohaw hydropower plant in Banengbeng, Sablan generates 34 million kWhrs of clean and renewable energy annually.
RECYCLING WITH A TWIST. Members of the Banengbeng Women’s Group learn the art of crocheting purses with used sando bags from Hedcor’s Recyclable Art Workshop. The workshop aims to offer effective solutions to solid waste management while imparting and developing new skills within the community.