By Rocaya Sumndad Otical
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte — On September 4, 2020, Pigcarangan Integrated School in Barangay Pigcarangan in Tubod, Lanao del Norte received classroom chairs made from recycled soft plastics through the Villar SIPAG Foundation.
The Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) Foundation since opening its first Waste Plastic Recycling Factory in Metro Manila in 2013, has been recycling plastic discards into plastic furniture such as school chairs, desks, and benches, and other types of furniture, and followed by two other factories in Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro to cover the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
One school chair needs 20 kilos of soft plastics and could last for 20 years with changeable parts and are made to look like wood, a remarkable idea to transform garbage into valuable materials.
Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo in support for the sustainability of the program and for the benefit of public schools, has been actively collecting plastics, such as bags, wrappers, bubble wrap, and other soft plastics, and sending it to Villar SIPAG Foundation.
Governor Angging is thankful to the Villar family for establishing the foundation and as a partner in helping public schools in the Province of Lanao del Norte create an environment that is conducive to learning, as well as providing opportunities to the youth in developing to become responsible, responsive, pro-active, and morally upright members of society. (With PIO-LDN)