Ms. Agnes Magdalera, principal of the Tene jero Elementary School in Balanga, said 24 children and 24 parents joined the search with the theme “Kalikasan Pangalagaan para sa Kinabukasan.”
The children dressed in various attires made from garbage, like pros made the ramp at the stage of the school to the cheering and rooting of classmates. “Gawa sa sako, buko, bao ng niyog at ibang recyclable materials ang suot ng anak ko,” said proud mother Ana Marie Belleza. Her 10-year old daughter Shane Marie, wearing a Maria Clara attire is in Grade 5.
Some children wore costumes adorned with CDs, newspapers, bags, feathers, among many others. “Tinuturuan namin ang mga bata kung paano magpahalaga sa kalikasan sa pamamag-itan ng eco-rampa. Sa halip na itapon ang basura kung saan-saan, iniipon ito at ginagawang kasuotan at palamuti,” the school principal said.
She said that before making the ramp, the children with their parents joined the parade for the community to appreciate what can be done from trash. “Ang mga bata ay nagtulung-tulong para makaipon ng basura para sa kani-kanilang kandidata na ang kinita ay ginawa naming Material Recovery Facility sa paaralan. Ang dating patapon, naging mahalagang bagay,” Magdalera said.
Tenejero barangay chairman Pedro Yuson, Jr. was very happy with the outcome of the project and hoped that other schools will follow suit. “Natutuwa kami, sinusuportahan namin ang programa. Napakaganda ng ganitong gawain ng school na sana palawakin pa para maiwasan ang pagkakalat ng basura,” the village head said.