JC delos Reyes, president of the Intramuros Tourism Council, urges the participants of Intramuros Administration’s first forum on ecological solid waste management to act now and save Intramuros from degradation.
Mapúa Institute of Technology recently hosted Intramuros Administration’s first forum on ecological solid waste management. It is part of the agency’s clean and green campaign that aims to spruce up and restore the centuries-old Walled City.
The packed forum, attended by different stakeholders in Intramuros, was held at the Institute’s Seminar Room on July 10.
Engr. Joyrence Mervin Q. Agas, head of Mapúa’s Office for Social Orientation and Community Involvement Programs (SOCIP), said the school is always ready and committed to help and assist the Intramuros community.
“As part of the Intramuros community, Mapúa is just doing its share. With the perennial problems on waste disposal that resulted in different problems like flooding and health risks, this endeavor would be a venue for Mapúans to help solve community problems using Mapua’s technical expertise in line with its vision and mission,” Engr. Agas said.
Intramuros Administration was created in pursuant to Presidential Decree 1616 in 1979, with a mandate to preserve the cultural heritage of Intramuros. In 1986, the agency was placed under the Department of Tourism, taking on an additional mandate of promoting Intramuros as a prime tourist destination in Metro Manila.
Recently, the agency is also setting its eyes on making this historical heritage a commercially viable area and one way to do it is through its clean and green campaign, said Intramuros Administrator Jose A. Capistrano Jr.
Capistrano said property owners, business associations, schools consortium, officials of Intramuros Tourism Council, village officials, among others, gathered during the forum to discuss the campaign. He said one plan is to launch a cleanest barangay contest. Intramuros is divided into five barangays.
“Mapúa is a member of our Intramuros’ schools consortium. Member din ito ng Intramuros Volunteer Movement (It is also a member of the Intramuros Volunteer Movement). And when the Intramuros Tourism Council asked Mapúa if we could use their Seminar Room, Mapúa volunteered right away,” he said.
During the forum, three officials of Zero Waste Philippines, shared their expertise with the stakeholders. They were co-founders Dr. Metodio Palaypay and Luz Sabas and president Susana Pascual Guerrero.
JC delos Reyes, president of the Intramuros Tourism Council, also emphasized the need to act now and save Intramuros from degradation as he described it as “the heart and soul of our nation.” Delos Reyes was among the presidential aspirants during the 2010 presidential election.
“This is just the start. There will be a movement in the future, a process. We will build an eco-center here in Intramuros,” Capistrano said.
Capistrano also said major schools located inside Intramuros play an important role in maintaining the cleanliness of the Walled City. He said Intramuros Administration needs to harness the contribution of the students through volunteer works.
Last year, Gawad Kalinga, in cooperation with the Intramuros Administration launched a clean-up drive called 5Kalinga Intramuros as part of its eight anniversary celebrations. Around 5,000 volunteers from Manila schools and barangays, the Philippine Air Force, and Citibank participated in the event.
At least 340 Mapúa students and employees joined in the clean-up drive.
Intramuros Administrator Jose A. Capistrano Jr. says major schools located inside Intramuros play an important role in maintaining the cleanliness of the Walled City. Intramuros Administration held its first forum on ecological solid waste management on July 10 at Mapúa Institute of Technology.