In line with its mission of building a better future and in partnership with Lipa City Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Aboitiz Construction spearheaded the “Scrap to Crop and Waste Management” program for the local government unit (LGU) officials of Brgy. Simlong and Pinamucan Ibaba, Batangas City.
Under this program, Aboitiz Construction sells scrap materials from its project sites to raise funds for its waste management initiatives, including planting seedlings that will eventually be a food resource for the communities.
To support its current waste management efforts, Aboitiz Construction has donated material recovery facilities that include large waste segregation bins to the barangay beneficiaries this month. With CENRO’s aid, the company also provided non-fruit bearing seedlings like Narra in order to aid against flooding.
“We want to support the communities in towns and barangays where Aboitiz Construction projects are located. Team members are able to participate in this community partnership. The waste management program fulfills our promise of advancing business and communities in the Philippines.” said Nina Ylagan-Pedro, Division Chief for Enterprise Risk, Corporate Affairs and Services of Aboitiz Construction.
Observing safety and health protocols, 16 participants composed of barangay officials and health workers attended the capacity building activity on waste management that was facilitated by the Lipa City CENRO last July.
Hanna Mari Flores, CENRO Assistant Planning Officer, discussed the provisions of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and the methods on how to effectively manage the wastes in the communities. Additionally, Bea Liza Ladito, CENRO Forest Technician I, led the discussion on tree planting, composting, and vertical gardening
“The program helped us to refresh our memory about the things that we need to understand about waste management. Through this, we will be able to create sustainable programs for the welfare of our community members,” said Simlong Barangay Captain Wenilda Macaraig.
Aboitiz Construction recently co-sponsored “Plastics 3R Hacks,” a hackathon aimed at harnessing solutions for the worsening plastic waste problem in the Philippines. In the third quarter of 2021, the company will kick off its waste management program and support the establishment of community gardens in select barangays in Cebu. These gardens are in line with the “gulayan sa barangay” program that aims to grow sustainable food for the communities.
About Aboitiz Construction, Inc.
Aboitiz Construction is the construction arm of the Aboitiz Group of Companies, one of the prominent conglomerates in the Philippines. Aboitiz Construction is a privately-held company, with a 45-year track record in value construction and engineering that advances businesses and communities by building a better future.