The month of January in the Philippines is known as the National Zero Waste Month as mandated by Presidential Proclamation no. 760 dated May 5, 2014 by then President Benigno S. Aquino, III. Where national and local government units, agencies, and other sectors are encouraged to support the Republic Act no. 9003 otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. This law aims to promote environmental awareness and action among Filipinos as well as “institutionalize public participation in the development of national and local integrated, comprehensive and ecological waste management programs.”
As defined by Zero Waste International Alliance, “Zero Waste” is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills or the ocean.
In support to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, RD Guillermo A. Molina, Jr. IV
has issued an Office Memorandum on February 26, 2020 addressed to all Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. V (MGB R.O.-V) employees prohibiting the use of single-use plastic in MGB R.O.-V premises and activities and to observe a “Zero Waste” lifestyle. This act is one of the major steps to curb the use of single-use plastic items that will pollute our waterways, kill marine life, and contribute to our country’s increasing solid waste.
Indeed, MGB R.O.-V employees has observed this environmental awareness by bringing a reusable water bottles, food containers, utensils and refusing to use any kind of single-use plastic during lunch breaks and even during their grocery run. These simple, cost-efficient and ecologically friendly practices are beneficial in maintaining good health, protecting the environment, and saving money – making our planet a better place for the community and generations to come.