story and photos by Maria Christine Sia-Posas.
Advancing a key component of urban disaster risk reduction program, CRS presented and discussed the proposed project framework for Solid Waste Management-based Sustainable Livelihood (SWM-SL) for urban poor as means for reducing solid waste accumulation in barangays in a hope to lower flood risks.
Aiming to improve door-to-door household waste collection system in 22 partner barangays and to establish and operate a waste recovery, recycling and diversion system, CRS organized a solid waste management skills development for Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) training.
Participants from Caritas Kalookan, Diocese of Malolos, Barangay Coordinators, Purok Coordinators and waste collectors per barangay attended the said training. Part of the training is to witness best practices in the door-to-door collection of kitchen wastes and composting using the happy soil composter of model barangay Concepcion Uno of Marikina City.
After the training, participants then proceed to barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City for a briefing on different livelihoods programs and how the barangay won as the champion model in Zero Waste Management.
Furthermore, the participants then proceed to observe the secondary sorting and packaging of different types of recyclables composting in barangay’s Material Recovery Composting Facility. The participants also observed the barangay urban agricultural development gardens project.