Anti-plastic drive strengthened in Boracay schools

Anti-plastic drive strengthened in Boracay schools

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan — A group of young environment advocates started their series of anti-plastic campaign in this resort island on Monday.

The anti-plastic campaign in different elementary and secondary schools in Boracay is part of the advocacy campaign dubbed as RedVolution initiated by members of the Red Cross Youth Boracay Malay Chapter.

RedVolution is a 21-day challenge to reduce single-use plastic in Boracay which was started last May.

The school-to-school campaign aimed to spread awareness about the need to minimize the usage of single-use plastic, said Rona Liza Inocencio, chapter administrator of the Philippine Red Cross-Boracay Malay and RCY coordinator.

She said the campaign aimed to encourage the public, especially the youth to start a habit of reducing plastic use.

The advocacy campaign was likewise replicated by RCY Camarines Norte Chapters, and soon in other parts of the country.

To mark the launching of the school-to-school activity, a lecture forum on RedVolution and different ways to minimize plastic was held at Boracay National High School –Extension in Manocmanoc village.

The activity will be a continuous project and will be extended to other schools in Boracay and mainland Malay, Inocencio said.

The school-to-school activity is also in support of the anti-plastic ordinance in this resort island starting July 15, Inocencio said.

She was referring to Municipal Ordinance 320 of Malay prohibiting the use of plastic bags on dry goods, regulates its use on wet goods and bans the use of styrofoam.

The school-to-school activity which will be spearheaded by RCY members also aimed to encourage the youth to turn their own initiative into action. (Karen V. Bermejo/PNA)

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