April 14, 2024

The city government in partnership with private organizations held a fair aimed at promoting sustainable living among city residents.

The Eco-Waste and Sustainability Fair was spearheaded by the City Environment and Parks Management Office and General Services Office in partnership with Zero Waste Baguio, Eco-Waste Coalition, Kalipi women’s groups and Cordillera Executive Lady Eagles Club.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said caring for the environment is a shared responsibility.

“The responsibility of caring for our environment does not rest on government and environmental non-government organizations alone. Each one of us has an obligation too, in our own little way, to lessen trash, lessen pollution, and lessen the impact of human activities on Mother Earth,” he said in a message read by City Mayor’s Office staff member Vic Jimenez during the launching on Dec. 14 at the Igorot Park.

“This fair is not just an event but a living testament to the power of community, collaboration, and the unwavering spirit of those dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment. Sana po we can institutionalize this kind of activity as part of our mission to nurture and protect the delicate balance of our environment. Sana po we can pick up a thing or two from this fair which we can apply sa ating mga households,” the mayor said.

Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, chair of the city council’s committee on health and sanitation, ecology, and environmental protection, said the fair aims to remind residents and visitors the importance of making Baguio an economically-friendly and sustainable city.

She said this is the second eco-waste fair to be conducted with the first being held on Sept. 1 as part of the Baguio Day celebration.

Tabanda said she will push for the event to be conducted every quarter.

This was echoed by Zero Waste Baguio president Becky Tenefrancia and officer Beng Garcia who pushed for a Summer Capital that is “cleaner, greener, stronger, and knows how to manage its resources and dispose of its wastes properly”. – Gaby B. Keith