The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Eastern Visayas in partnership with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) launched the Solid Waste Management Advocacy Campaign to raise public awareness on proper solid waste management.

The campaign featured the ‘Pinas Basura Buster’ (PBB) mascot, audio video presentations, and the new mobile game application for children five to eight years old called ‘Basura Buster’.

EMB 8 Regional Director Engr. Reynaldo B. Barra said the campaign seeks to build strong foundation on proper solid waste management among children and youth who are expected to soon serve as ambassadors of solid waste management.

DENR Undersecretary for Enforcement, Solid Waste Management, Local Government Units Concerns and Attached Agencies Benito Antonio T. De Leon solicited the support of partners from the local government units (LGUs), academe, media, and other stakeholders in molding the mindset of the youth towards proper solid waste management.

“We have always believed in the capacity of the youth to propagate sound environmental practices, however the responsibility to shape young mind lie in our hands, so we ask your assistance in disseminating our advocacy. Please help us get on board the different sectors of our society in our solid waste management advocacy campaign,” he said.

“We hope that this event will provide not just entertainment but most importantly will convey the message that we are altogether in realizing, collaborating, and supporting our solid waste management program,” USec De Leon added.

Director Khalil S. Bayam of the Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service DENR central office encouraged everyone to be part of the advocacy and to work together to protect the environment and conserve our natural resources.

The DENR invites its partners from the LGUs, academe, youth, media and the general public to use the mobile game application ‘Basura Buster’ which can be downloaded through the Goggle Playstore and the PBB materials in spreading SWM concepts in region 8.

The Department hopes that through the SWM advocacy campaign as represented by Pinas the Basura Buster, the different sectors will rally forward the message to pursue sound environmental practices.

The launching of the SWM Advocacy Campaign in Eastern Visayas was graced by Tacloban City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Jonathan R. Hijada, DENR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Dario O. Suarez, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Arturo Salazar, EMB Regional Director Reynaldo Barra, and MGB Division Chief Engr. Reynaldo Babatugon. Undersecretary De Leon and SCIS Director Bayam took part in the launching through virtual messages. The launching was attended by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs), Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs), representatives from the local government units, academe, ENR Ambassadors, youth, government agencies, media and partner industries.