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The following are the activities spearheaded by ULS this year.
As humanity face severe and spiralling environmental concerns, the role of Higher Education Institutions in environmental sustainability is becoming more dominant than before. State Colleges and Universities are important stakeholders in the protection and preservation of the environment.
Taking part of its commitment for the environment, MMSU conducted an outreach program that collaborates educators, students, local officials and the civil society. The activity was spearheaded by the American Corner of MMSU - University Library System in cooperation with the Embassy of the United States, Manila. It was conducted on September 27-28, 2016 at Quiling Sur, City of Batac, Ilocos Norte.
The two-day program is comprised with a seminar on bamboo propagation and rehabilitation and a tree planting activity. Bamboo was tapped as the planting material for it grows quickly and is effectively used in controlling soil erosion particularly in river banks and coastal areas. It also serves as air purifiers which can absorb tons of carbon dioxide to address the effects of climate change and global warming.
Empowering a Community through Environmental Development Project On Waste Management
The American Corner (AC), in partnership with the Extension Directorate, College of Agriculture, Food and Sustainable Development (CAFSD), College of Engineering (COE), and the Barangay Council of Ngabangab, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, launched the project "Empowering a Community through an Environmental Project on Waste Management" in December 2015. The program aimed to: inculcate into the community the importance and benefits of a clean environment; make the community realize and understand their role in waste management; teach the community how to manage wastes; and create a healthier living environment.
As a result of the concerted efforts between and among the project implementers, awareness campaign and series of trainings were conducted in Brgy. Ngabangab, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte. Community members were trained on the importance and benefits of clean environment, waste management, turning recyclable materials into valuable eco products, establishment of community waste management program, organic fertilizer production, and edible landscaping.
In response to the insights gained from the activity, a Barangay Waste Management Committee was created by the barangay. A barangay ordinance was also drafted, presented to the barangay council, submitted to the Sanggunian Bayan, and approved by the Mayor in February 2016 for implementation. As a result of the approved ordinance, the barangay was kept clean. Six garbage bin were provided to the community. In addition, vegetable gardens were established and maintained by the local council for women.