Universal Robina Corporation’s El Salvador Misamis Oriental plant has heeded the call of regional environment authorities to turn manufacturing waste into something useful.
On June 25, 2021, URC ESMO donated 30 kilograms of shredded plastic laminates in support of “Sachet Mo, Palitan Ko,” a community pantry project of the Environmental Management Bureau Region 10 (EMB X). The project provides basic goods or food in exchange for a kilo of sachets or plastic laminates.
Present during the turnover of plastic laminates are (from left) Pilipinas Shell Northern Mindanao Terminal Operations Manager Leland Llamares, Pilipinas Shell Foundation Senior Program Officer Jasmin Fabe, URC Pollution Control Officer Julius Gabutan, Environment Management Bureau Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo, Macajalar Wharf Porters Association Manager Jose Jeffrey Tymp, Barangay Puntod Kagawad Ramil O. Venatero, and Barangay Puntod Barangay Chairman Rexie Tinampay.
According to Reynaldo S. Digamo, regional director of EMB X, the project also helps to ensure the continued production of eco-bricks made from collected plastics and laminates in Barangay Macabalan.
“This is an alternative way to collect the needed raw materials [and] at the same time communicate the value of waste segregation and recycling,” said Digamo during the turnover event held at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources compound in Barangay Puntod, Cagayan de Oro.
Apart from its participation in the EMB X project, URC ESMO donated a compact plastic garbage crusher and a wrapper storage shed to the City Government of El Salvador in Misamis Oriental. In partnership with EMB X, URC ESMO has also become one of the trusted stewards of Tambaling Creek in El Salvador, under the Adopt-an-Estero or Waterbody Program.
Then, to realize its vision for a zero-waste landfill in the region, URC ESMO has engaged in exploratory talks with Pilipinas Shell Foundation on a possible sustainability-oriented partnership.
“We are one with the local government unit of Cagayan de Oro in protecting the environment,” said Michael S. Estacio, URC VisMin Cluster Head. “We will continue to support recycling and other waste management efforts. We hope that through these little ways, we would be able to help achieve a zero-waste landfill in Cagayan de Oro City.”
“Our company is building its sustainability roadmap alongside the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” said Laurent Levan, URC’s senior vice president for Corporate Development and External Affairs. “This includes responsible sourcing, production, consumption, and developing the capabilities of communities for better livelihood.”