By ERCEL Q. MAANDIG, Correspondent
At least 300 city landfill scavengers who are displaced from the closure of the old dumpsite has received a donation from Nestle Philippines for their livelihood project.
Nestle donated a Bricks making equipment to help augment the daily survival of the city's scavengers who were formed into a cooperative when the City Government of Cagayan de Oro closed the Old Dumpsite situated at Upper Dagong in Barangay Carmen.
The City government has already constructed a new sanitary landfill in 2015 in Barangay Pagalungan, some 25 kilometers away from the city proper. As a result of this displacement of scavengers, City Mayor Oscar Moreno has promised to help their newly-formed coop in terms of more livelihood projects that will help them continually earned income for the family.
Initially, the city government has already given scholarships to the scavengers, health coverage and other benefits. "The waste-pickers were organized into a cooperative with enough financial support provided by the city government on top of the scholarships for their children, health coverage and other benefits," says Teddy Sabugaa, the city administrator and currently the head of the city's city social welfare and development.
At the present times, the MRF coop has already put up its own coop store just inside the old dumpsite which is now being developed into a people's park. The city government has initially funded the project at P100 Million, it was learned. Soon, it will become one of the city's local attractions aside from other locations in the city that are also cited for tourism attractions.
"They strongly resisted its closure in 2015 because it brought them uncertainty and fear of the unknown" said City Administrator Teddy Sabugaa.
On Tuesday (March 19), he added, marks another milestone as the waste-pickers have level up using a new technology called an eco brick machine which produces eco bricks from recycled plastics, sand and cement."
In his Speech, Mayor Oscar Moreno also commended Nestle Philippines, Green Antz and local government unit of the village of Carmen for all the support given to the 300-strong displaced scavengers in the city.###