Due to lack of awareness in waste segregation, the community and surrounding areas within Notre Dame University are suffering from unscrupulous dumping of waste, overflowing dumpsites, profileration of waste-borne diseases, and uncollected waste. Recognizing this growing waste management problem, the PA3i Cotabato chapter recently introduced a sustainable solid waste management program for the Notre Dame University (NDU) campus.
The program involved conducting hands-on vermi composting and organic fertilizer production training to selected students, teaching and non-teaching personnel in the university, and city government representatives. Led by project leader Ma. Adela A. Fiesta, the project’s first phase commenced on November 2011 with an orientation and hands-on training on vermi composting. The second phase followed with the actual planting or culture of worms and production of organic fertilizer.
Now on its third phase of implementation, the program’s participants are currently monitoring the production of organic fertilizer and then the program will be turned over to the NDU. Hopefully, it will be replicated in other institutions, government agencies, and communities in Cotabato City.
With this project, Cotabato chapter has demonstrated that they can make a difference in their own campus with very practical, timely, and sustainable undertakings such as this.