The Social Development Council (SDC), in partnership with the School of Management and Accountancy (SMA), held the soft launching of the “Basura mo, Kabuhayan ko” Project last September 5, 2011 at the backfield, Ateneo Main Campus simultaneous with the opening program of the SMA days. The event began with a short program at the MPCC and then followed by the cutting of ribbon by Albert “Paring Bert” Alejo, S.J., Assistant to the President for Social Development; SMA faculties, students, and members of the SDC were present during the event.
The “Basura mo, Kabuhayan ko” Project was conceptualized by the SDC in support to the Solid Waste Management Project of the University, hoping that by recycling the institution’s used tarpaulins and turn them into quality products which are affordable and serviceable, the tarpaulin trash within and, eventually, outside the campus may be minimized.
The partner communities of ADZU through the Center for Community Extension Services (CCES), one of the offices under the SDC, were the ones mobilized for the production of the different eco-friendly products such as bags, wall organizers, wallets, mobile phone holders and many more; sold at a very affordable price and come in different designs and colors.
With this project, the SDC aims to address two things: firstly, to increase environmental awareness by reducing tarpaulin trash and turn it into usable products; and secondly, is to help the community become economically productive by providing an alternative livelihood.
Aside from the “Basura mo, Kabuhayan ko” Project, the event also featured the different local delicacies produced by the ADZU partner communities which were displayed and sold in different booths supervised by the SMA students.