Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, targets to help 600 to 800 families living in Baseco Compound Manila in line with their project, Community–Based Solid Waste Management.
According to Veritas News, Bonna Bello, a representative of Caritas Manila in Baseco Compound and Sto. Niño de Baseco Parish, said that the project’s purpose is to give livelihood to families living in the said area by collecting waste and transporting it to Caritas Manila’s Material Recovery Facility. Along with this, they are contributing to environmental advocacies.
“Nasa pangalawang linggo pa lang po kami ito po yun sa Solid Waste Management meron mga Nanay na sa bawat block sa Baseco na nangongolekta ng mga basura sa bahay-bahay. Ito po ay mga Nanay din na kasama ang anak nila sa feeding program [Caritas Manila] sila po ang nagkokolekta araw-araw tapos yun mga basura na kailangan itapon, tinatapon na po nila sa truck, yun pwede pa pakinabangan tinatabi nirere-cycle yun iba naman pwede ibenta ay nakakatulong sa kanila para meron silang pera makatulong sa pamilya nila at makabili ng pangangailangan sa bahay.” a statement of Bello during the interview in the radio program Caritas in Action.
She assured that the participants are strictly following the implemented health protocols particularly considering that the virus can also be transmitted through disposed objects.
According to the 2016 data from the Philippine Solid Waste Management, 13,612 out of 42,000 Barangays in the Philippines have Material Recovery Facility or MRF.
Meanwhile, the programs of Caritas Manila in Baseco are continuously operating such as urban gardening and feeding program to children.
Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila is one of the communities that are being assisted by Caritas Manila. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)