March 2, 2024

A Christmas-themed ecological waste and sustainability fair is scheduled on Dec. 14 and 15 at Malcolm Square.

The fair will feature booths for book donations, Christmas decors, goods and gifts; arts and crafts; and information, education, and communication campaign with demonstrations on services, livelihood and nutrition, urban gardening, composting, recycling, upcycling, and circular economy.

This was discussed in a meeting attended by General Services Office (GSO) Head Eugene Buyucan, GSO Assistant Head Margie Della, councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda and Peter Fianza, recyclers, and representatives from other groups and offices.     

Twenty booths will be set up for the City Environment and Parks Management (Cepmo), Health Services (HSO), GSO, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Department of Science and Technology, Environment Management Bureau, Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry, City Veterinary and Agriculture Office, and the tingi station.

Recyclers will display and sell Christmas decoration, arts and crafts, and home-made goods along with the booths on book donation and booths for the display and sale of nutritious and organic food items from the nutrition division of the HSO.

The BJMP will sell Christmas parol done by persons deprived of liberty. 

Paper carton container bulk sellers could also look for the Tetra Pak booth in the area.

The fair also features a gift-giving event for women, teenagers, and children where donations, without plastics, may be dropped at the Cepmo at City Hall.

Pre-loved and reusable items will be packed for appropriate recipients.

The event also features the GSO carolers and dancers and plants as tokens for winners in a mini-quiz contest.

Tabanda said she has mulled filing an ordinance for the conduct of an eco-fair on a quarterly basis. – Julie G. Fianza