The information and education campaign (IEC) on Solid Waste Management is an important component of the project, “Plastic Recovery and Recycling for Clean Coasts”. In line with this, an online poster-making contest was conducted on January 17-22, 2022 with the theme, “nadalus nga baybay, nasalaun-at nga ili” (clean seas, thriving towns). Participants were young residents from coastal barangays in La Union.
An online orientation was conducted on January 14, 2022, where Program Manager Ms. Corazon Sajonas briefly discussed the project and explained the mechanics of the contest. Field coordinators distributed art materials to the participants on January 17, the entries were judged by a panel on January 21 and the winners were visited in their respective barangays for the delivery of their prizes and awards on January 26. The winning entries will be used for posters on encouraging solid waste management practices that will divert waste from the seas that sustain these communities.
The Plastic Recovery and Recycling for Clean Coasts project is a two-year project funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation, Inc. The project is in partnership with the Provincial LGU of La Union, the DENR Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 1, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 1, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) La Union, municipal LGU of San Fernando, municipal LGU of San Juan Municipal LGU of Bauang, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMSU), Saint Louis College (SLC), Lupon ng mga Indibidwal na Nangangalaga sa Kalikasan (LINK), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), La Union Hotel Resort and Restaurant Association (LUHRRA), San Juan Resorts, Restaurant and Hotel Association, Inc. (SJRRHASS), Bauang Tourism Council (BTC), Dragon Eight Junkshop and Sto. Nino Junkshop. It aims to improve plastic waste management along coastal barangays to ensure sustainable livelihood for residents and local businesses who are dependent on the bounty of the sea.