By Dhel Nazario
A school in Taguig City has launched a project where students are tasked to watch over their parents’ compliance with proper garbage segregation at home as part of their elective subjects.
The Bantay-Magulang Waste Management Project was strongly supported by the parents, teachers, and student-leaders during its launch over the weekend at the Gat Andres Bonifacio Elementary School in Barangay The Fort, Taguig City.
The, parents and local officials signed a covenant to show their support for the program.
The project aims to teach the children the importance of segregating biodegradable waste from non-biodegradable waste and achieve the project’s goal of decreasing the collected garbage in the city by 50 percent.
Students are required to report the volume of garbage at home then teach as well as emphasize proper segregation and reduction that their parents must do at home.
Students who report that their parents fail to adhere to the said program will be given a task of encouraging and guarding their parents until they are obliged to follow.
Based on the program, each household will be encouraged to separate the garbage that can be sold at junk shops to avoid adding to the waste volume, as well as those that are still recyclable to be made useful through the assistance of the Solid Waste Management Office (SWAMO) of the city or barangay.
It will be monitored and reported by the children in their classes to ensure their compliance.
Parents who are found to be non-compliant based on their children’s report will be visited by the program administrators to encourage them to be good examples to their children.
“Proper collection of waste and regular disposal at the dumpsite is not the ultimate solution to the problem, instead, reducing the amount of waste and proper recycling of garbage are the long-term solutions,” Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano said.
The project was made possible through the Taguig City Education Office and Department of Education (DepEd) Taguig and Pateros. Pursuant to DepEd Tapat Memorandum No. 13, series 2020, the Waste Management Program was integrated in the school’s Homeroom class