Eco bags made from campaign waste materials will be available for sale at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol next week.
These are made of tarpaulins and posters collected during the conduct of Limpyo Eleksyon in the province of Iloilo from May 10 to 20, 2022.
These products were upcycled by the women’s group from Ajuy, Dumangas, Janiuay, Miagao, Oton, and Pavia and the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) of the female dormitory in Iloilo City.
Dumangas weavers have produced 120 eco bags while those from Oton made 118 bags. Miagao got 113 bags while Janiuay and Pavia each upcycled 70 bags. Ajuy produced 10 eco bags.
Each bag costs 80 pesos (P80). Its dimension is 12” (length) 13” (height), and 7.5” (width).
Interested buyers may contact the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) at (033) 3351886 or 509 5102.
The provincial government of Iloilo, through PENRO, has been helping the weavers market their produce.
Mitzi Peñaflorida, the senior environmental management specialist, said this endeavor aims to motivate the public to resort to upcycling waste materials and eventually phase out single-use plastics in the market.
Limpyo Eleksyon is a province-wide post-election clean-up drive implemented through Executive Order No. 265 of Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. which aimed to properly manage campaign waste materials.
Defensor enjoined all candidates, political parties, party-list organizations, and other organizations who participated in the election campaign to collect all campaign waste materials they have generated.
These include tarpaulin banners, posters, and similar campaign materials posted in and along national, provincial, municipal, city, and barangay roads, and other public places, facilities, and infrastructures in the province. (LHC/Capitol news)