SK collects open containers, gives rice

TO FIGHT DENGUE

MALASIQUIBarangay residents have started bringing out their containers including plastic bottles, wrappers and bags that could keep stagnant water to members of the town’s  Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation in exchange for rice.

The SK launched the containers-for-rice campaign in a bid to help contain the spread of dengue and to reward particularly the indigent families with rice for their efforts.

SK Federation president Venus Caragan, in an interview Friday, told The PUNCH, that a kilogram (kg) of containers (plastic bottles, wrappers, bags, etc.) is entitled to one kilo of rice.

“Each of the 73 barangays of the town was allotted with 50 kilos of rice for the campaign that started on August 21,” she said.

Caragan said the campaign launched to encourage the residents to clean and clear their surroundings of rubbish, and open containers that could be breeding grounds for mosquitoes (dengue carriers) during the rainy season.

“It is also our way of easing the burden of the indigents in the community during these lean months. Junkshops pay P7 while we offer a kilo of rice,” she said.

The SK plans to partner with the provincial government’s “Kalinisan Karaban” that exchanges plastic wastes for grocery items, school supplies and cellphone load.

The plastic wastes collected by the provincial government are used as raw materials to produce chairs, tables and bricks.

“Some barangays already collected 50 kgs. of plastic wastes and SK turned these over to the provincial government who in return gave grocery items, which the SK can use as exchange as well for plastic wastes,” Caragan said.

She said her organization will raise funds to purchase more rice for the campaign. (Helen Martin)

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