CEPMO accepts pre-loved, useable donations but no plastics, for gift-giving


A Christmas-themed ecological waste and sustainability fair is scheduled on December 14 and 15, at
Malcolm Square; with booths for book donations, Christmas decors, goods and gifts; arts and crafts; and Education and Information Campaign (IEC) with demonstrations on services, livelihood and nutrition, urban gardening, composting, recycling, upcycling and circular economy.

This was discussed in a meeting attended by General Services Office (GSO) head Eugene Buyucan, Assistant GSO assistant head Margie Della, Committee Chair on Health and Sanitation, Ecology
and Environmental Concerns Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, Councilor Peter Fianza, recyclers and representatives from other groups and offices.

Twenty booths will be set up for the different offices: City Environment and Parks Management (CEPMO), Health Services (HSO), General Services (GSO), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Environment Management
Bureau (EMB), Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI), City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO), the Tingi station, and others.

Recyclers shall display and sell Christmas decoration, arts and crafts and home-made goods, while the book donations go on, as with display and sale of nutritious and organic food items from the
nutrition division of the HSO. The BJMP shall also sell Christmas parol, done by Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs). Paper carton container bulk sellers could also look for the Tetrapak booth in the area.

Said products are now of value as they provide recycled products in a new phase such as stationery, decorative items and garden furniture. The fair also features a giftgiving event for women, teenagers and children where donations, without plastics, may be dropped at the CEPM Office, city hall. The said preloved and reusable items shall then be packed for appropriate recipients.

The event also features the GSO streetsweeper carolers and dancers, and token plants for winners in a mini-quiz contest. Committee chair on Health and Sanitation, Environmental and Ecological concerns Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda informed the attendees during the meeting that she has mulled filing an ordinance for the conduct of an eco-fair on a quarterly basis.


Amianan Balita Ngayon