In light of the ecological solid waste management advocacy campaign, and in conjunction with this year’s celebration of the Month of the Ocean, EMB Region XI launched the Basura Buster Game application which features proper waste segregation on May 18, 2022 at the Waterfront Hotel. The game application which can be downloaded thru Google Play Store, teaches the user on how to segregate wastes properly while making scores. It can be played by all ages and it educates especially the youngsters on proper waste segregation.

For. Alnulfo Alvarez, Clearance and Permitting Division Chief said in his message that poor waste management is increasingly an enormous challenge among the local government units.

The Basura Game Buster Game application raised awareness in the management of solid wastes. For. Alvarez added that raising awareness has a pivotal role in the management of solid wastes. A starting point that aids the public to participate and initiate steps to succeed in waste management.

The event captured the core of EMB-XI’s advocacy campaign against poor waste management. “It is in this campaign that we have crafted smart ideas combined with creativity and technology in order to reach out to all communities to participate in our massive campaign on solid waste management”, For. Alvarez said as he led the launching of ecological solid waste management advocacy campaign.

The Pinas – the Basura Buster mascot was introduced through a dance number led by EMB XI personnel.

Meanwhile, the Month of the Ocean which kicked off with a coastal clean-up along Coaco beach in Lanang was participated in by government agencies, non-government organizations and other stakeholders. A recognition ceremony was also held to recognize stakeholders’ valuable contribution in helping combat waste pollution. SM Supermalls, NCCC Supermarket, Dr, Heed, Central 911, Armed Forces of the Philippines Eastern Command, Philippine National Police XI, Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard – Southeastern Mindanao district, Waterfront Hotel, Barangays Angliongto, Buhangin Proper, Hizon, Pampanga and Sasa were among those recognized during the event.

Moreover, DENR and stakeholders inked a commitment supporting the initiatives of protecting the environment. As stated in the commitment, their signatures demonstrated their sincere and collaborative interest and willingness to work together, think together, and bring effective solutions that will improve the nation’s solid waste management toward a zero waste and toxic-free society.

The commitment states that they are to uphold environmentalism among themselves and with others to ensure a sustainable and well-managed ecosystem for present and future generation.