Their share in the Estero Rehab initiative
DLSU-COSCA’s Partner Communities and Other Stakeholders Pilot test EM Mud Balls Technology to Help Improve Water Quality of Nearby Esteros
De La Salle University’s (DLSU) efforts to participate in rehabilitating its nearby estero is one of its priority contributions to risk reduction and climate change adaptation. This initiative is a relevant cog of the Lasallian Environmental Sustainability and Governance Component (L-ENVisage) of DLSU’s UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Localization Project formally launched on August 19, 2016.
DLSU’s Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) recognizes the important role that esteros ( as contributory streams to larger waterways) play in the area of environment such as in flood protection, pollutant filtering and in ensuring continuous water flow to surface, among others. As a strategy, COSCA has partnered with seven pilot barangays in Leveriza, District V, Manila and with other stakeholders, concerned government agencies (and private institutions for resource and capacity building requirements to rehabilitate and respond to the following identified concerns on both Estero Fort San Antonio De Abad and Estero de Maytubig: a) limited resource for general maintenance and discharge monitoring; b) poor solid waste management implementation; c) enforcement of relevant laws at both City and Barangay levels is wanting; d) observed encroachment by formal and informal settlers; and e) noted general degree of neglect.
Also, DLSU formalized partnership on August 20, 2016 with the Manila Bay S.U.N.S.E.T Partnership Program, Inc. (MBSPPI), a partnership of twenty-one (21) government and private institutions committed to protect and clean-up the coastal area of Manila Bay, including its tributaries and other related activities. Together with DLSU, are the following new members of the to the Partnership: 1) the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)-National Capital Region (NCR) Office, 2) Department of Public Works and Highways –NCR Office, 3) Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and 4) Villar Sipag at Tiyaga Foundation, Inc.
MBSPPI and LBP supported the Effective Microorganisms (EM) Mudballs Technology workshop facilitated by Earth Venture, Inc.on September 17, 2016 aimed at improving the water quality of Estero de San Antonio de Abad. The said EM mudball dropping is a pilot activity on the use of the EM technology on the two waterways. Prior to the mudball workshop, COSCA’s Ms. Terteen Omana, Development Specialist for SDG- L-ENVisage facilitated the orientation of barangay representatives on EM Technology, Estero Rehabilitation initiative and Climate Change.
The EM technology utilizes naturally occurring microorganisms which are able to purify and revive nature. It makes use of effective microorganism activated solution (EMAS) in enhancing and improving water quality thereby restoring aquatic habitats and ecosystems.
The EM Mudball making workshop and dropping activity was conducted to create an awareness among community members of the EM technology as a step to help improve the water quality of the esteros. The said activity was participated by 18 DLSU-COSCA Alternative Learning System (ALS) students, three (3) representatives from Barangays 720, 718 and 717, five (5) service personnel from DLSU, 15 trainer-facilitators from Earth Ventures, Inc., 6 representatives from the LBP, and 6 COSCA personnel .
Advancing Advocacy on Disaster Preparedness through the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program
Further in advancing COSCA’s advocacy on disaster preparedness, DLSU through COSCA partnered with the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University for the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP). The AYVP is a youth community leadership program mobilizing volunteers aged 18 to 30 from across the 10 ASEAN member states and works with communities to develop innovative solutions to the social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges of the region while forging a sense of ASEAN identity. The AYVP tapped local experts on disaster preparedness and management such as the Buklod Tao, Inc. and Simbahan Lingkod ng Bayan. Twenty-five (25) ASEAN youth leaders completed a month-long volunteer program on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). DRR leaders were deployed in local communities implementing DRR programs. Twenty-five (25) of these participants were assigned to Buklod Tao’s Community-Based DRR Management Project along the vulnerable areas of Banaba River (tributary of the Marikina River) San Mateo, Rizal. Also, the student volunteers participated in various activities including community hazard mapping, ASEAN awareness orientation, soil composting, paddle making, development and posting of emergency preparedness materials, among others.
DLSU partners with institutions on Estero Rehab
DLSU ALS students join the EM mud ball workshop
ESPs share in the EM mud ball dropping
2016 ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program Participants