Folks barter plastic for rice in SK Dicklum’s project

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MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon (07 December 2020) Residents here traded plastic bottles in exchange for rice through the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Brgy. Dicklum’s plastic-for-rice barter project, an official said.
Ethel Jean Emata, council chairperson, said they launched “Barter Tayo! Plastic Mo, Bigas Ko!” on August 26 in line with the kick-off event of the Linggo ng Kabataan and  were able to barter a sack of rice almost three weeks into their campaign.

“Happy kayo mi kay nahurot jud siya. Nag-participate man sad jud sila kay lisod daw kuno makakita ug isa ka kilo nga bugas nga kanang murag ayahay bitaw nga pamaagi (We are happy they participated. They said there is no easier way to find a kilo of rice),” said Emata.

The project, initially called ‘Shoot that Kalat (trash)’, offered a kilo of rice for every kilo of plastic bottles turned over. Emata said they were able to barter 78 kilos of rice, so far.

Rosalinda Equacion, 54, a Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS), received four kilos of rice after turning over four kilos of plastic bottles.

“Nakaabag jud sa among kawad-on. Usahay mahutdan mi ug bugas nya walay trabaho akong bana, (It has helped us in difficult times. Sometimes we ran out of rice and my husband is jobless), she added.
She heard about the project from the SK chair. She informed her neighbors about it and they started collecting empty plastic bottles, as well.

Equacion said this also helped keep plastic bottles intact for a clean environment. 

Organizers intended to help save the environment and provide assistance to residents who, at some point, cannot afford to buy rice.

Jess Lomoljo, SK secretary, said they hoped the youth will be empowered and see the benefits in terms of environmental protection and domestic support. The SK, he added, should take the lead in supporting similar projects.

The council funded the project’s initial implementation to support their materials recovery facility collection. They sold the collected plastic bottles to the nearby junkshop and used the money to buy additional kilos of rice.

Emata, however, admitted they need to improve their information drive.

Aside from online means, the youth council is planning to go onsite – to do a house-to-house on-the-spot barter to reach more residents in all puroks (zones).

Emata also proposed the project to the town’s SK Federation and they welcomed it.

In Agusan Canyon, the SK has initiated a ‘Shoot (that Bricks)’ project, which urged residents to shoot their plastic bottles with cut cellophane to produce recycled bricks. In Brgy. Alae, the SK also started collecting plastic materials from residents to barter with rice and raffle tickets.

Emata thanked Dicklum residents for their active participation.
“Hinumdumon nila permi nga every plastic bottle nga ilang ilabay, daghan jud magamitan ana,” she added.  (BukidnonNews.Net)

The contributor, based in Manolo Fortich, is a communication and media studies student of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas.

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