DENR-NCR partners with PCEX for the establishment of Aling Tindera Waste-to-Cash centers
QUEZON CITY, July 28 (PIA) – The Department of Environment & Natural Resources -National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) entered into an agreement with The Plastic Credit Exchange (PCEx) on Monday, 27 July 2020, with the two parties signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the establishment of Aling Tindera Waste-to-Cash centers.
DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan and PCEx founder Nanette Medved-Po signed the agreement via teleconferencing app, with other DENR-NCR officials and employees led by EMB-NCR Regional Director Atty. Domingo M. Clemente, Jr. and PCEx as witnesses.
Under the MOU, the regional office and PCEx will work together in setting up a network of community-based partners all over Metro Manila for the Aling Tindera Waste-to-Cash program.
Under the program, the Aling Tindera community partners will serve as collection points for post-consumer plastic waste and center for aggregating, storing and efficient transport of the waste to partner processing facilities.
The program is expected to provide community partners with income opportunities for women micro-entrepreneurs and city residents, a more organized informal sector of waste collectors and, more importantly, help in the cleanup, rehabilitation, and preservation of Manila Bay.
Speaking before the signing of the MOU, RED Caancan expressed her gratitude to PCEx for choosing the regional office as its partner in the implementation of the program. She assured PCEx that DENR National Capital Region would do its best to realize the “intent of the MOU”.
For her part, Medved-Po said PCEx was excited when they learned about the multi-stakeholder program of the government to clean Manila Bay, explaining that the program greatly aligns with their organization’s goal of “cleaning up ocean plastic”.
With the partnership, Medved-Po adds, DENR and PCEx “not only do we get to clean up our environment, but we get to help women micro-entrepreneurs in the process as well, and get to teach the next generation of environmentally-conscious Filipinos.”
The Aling Tindera project is based on the concept of “plastic offsetting”, or providing a mechanism that allows businesses to take action in stopping plastic waste from polluting our waterways and ending up in nature.
Under the project, PCEx will provide community partners with purposefully designed 20-foot container, one manual baler, and starting capital. The Aling Tindera container will serve as an aggregation hub where any member of the community may sell post-consumer plastic by the kilogram, giving everyone an incentive not only to depollute their environment, but make extra income.
The manual baler, on the other hand, does the compacting of the collected plastics into blocks for easier storage and transport. Once the container is full, offset partners through PCEx purchase the lot from her and ensure that these are processed using environmentally sound technologies. (DENR-NCR/PIA-NCR)