Recognizing the growing waste management problem within the Notre Dame University community and surrounding areas characterised by unscrupulous dumping of waste, overflowing dumpsites, profileration of waste-borne diseases, and uncollected waste mainly due to lack of awareness in waste segregation and turning them into productive uses, 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 Ms. Ma. Adela A. Fiesta, the project’s first phase commenced in November 2011 with an orientation and hands-on training on vermi composting, followed by the actual planting or culture of worms and production of organic fertilizer during the second phase of the program.
Now on its third phase of implementation, the program’s participants are currently monitoring the production of organic fertilizer, afterwhich the program will be turned over to the NDU, and hopefully 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.