July 21, 2024

By Sept. 20, all single-use plastics and Styrofoam-made food and drinking packaging and utensils will be strictly prohibited from being used, sold, or even allowed inside Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) in La Trinidad, Benguet.

School President Sherry Junette Malaya-Tagle issued College Memorandum 4, which allows over a month-long transition period to students, employees, concessionaires, and other stakeholders before the strict implementation of the policy.

The prohibition covers school-sanctioned curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities done inside the campus such as parties, sporting events, field trips, and trainings.

Aside from its campus, the policy covers its auxiliary facilities, except the Admirals Farm Park in Puguis, La Trinidad and CCDC Entrepreneurship Center where the plastics are regulated but not totally banned.

“As an educational institution, we have the unique spread and influence to educate our students and households to promote eco-friendly practices and the need to avoid the use of single-use plastics and Styrofoam containers in favor of exploring and using green alternatives,” said Tagle.

Concessionaires within the campus are no longer allowed to sell single-use plastic bottles by Sept. 20 but may offer water by providing washable drinking glasses or through refillable drinking containers.

CCDC’s water refilling station will also provide free tumbler refills to students, employees, and guests.

Tagle said employees, students, parents, concessionaires, and stakeholders are also encouraged to explore and embrace their own personal green alternative practices to counter the current throwaway culture and promote sustainable lifestyle.

“Sharing of eco-friendly practices both at home and in school is an effective mechanism to educate the community on alternative and eco-friendly practices,” she said.

To ensure compliance, the policy allows security officers to check the prohibited materials upon entry at the school. Disciplinary sanctions are also meted to violators from verbal warning on first offense to suspension or expulsion on repetitive violation.

“As an advocate of eco-friendly practices, this policy further deepens CCDC’s commitment to sustainable practices towards climate change mitigation,” said Tagle.

In addition to the policy, Tagle said CCDC will also upgrade its solar power system installed in 2016 to a larger 16-kilowatt photovoltaic system.

Thirty-six additional solar panels are expected to be installed adjacent to the solar panels on the roof of its Tuppay-ya Complex.

The solar power system serves as a cleaner alternate source of electricity, lessening the school’s reliance to the local power distributor.

Rain catchment containers are also installed across campus to reduce reliance to commercial water sources, Tagle added. – Karlston Lapniten