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Iloilo City's solid waste management program gets boost from Pilipinas Shell

ILOILO CITY, May 28 – One of the country's top firms, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., is doing more than just business in this central Philippines city as it also embarks on helping solid waste management initiatives of villages, schools and daycare centers.

City executive assistant for education Ma. Mathilde Octavio said Pilipinas Shell donated a total of 100 half-sized, painted drums to be used as garbage bins.

The company started giving the donations last year. Incidentally, it was one of the top 20 real property taxpayers of the city in 2009.

The trash receptacles were distributed to recipients, namely, Barangay Buhang in Jaro district; Mandurriao district daycare centers; health centers in Molo and Mandurriao; Library Hub of the Division of Iloilo City; Fort San Pedro National High School; Jalandoni Memorial National High School; Technical Institute of Iloilo City-Molo Campus; the Office of Councilor Jose Espinosa III; and A. Montes Elementary School.

"This is one way of teaching schools and the community about proper waste segregation and disposal," Octavio said.

Through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, the city government has brought solid waste management advocacy down to the level of schools and villages.

Intensive information dissemination by way of forums and publications are regularly conducted to educate the public and ensure compliance to the law, under the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. (PNA)

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