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Friday, February 20, 2015

Tabak division to turn-over plastics to ‘Eat Bulaga’

By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – A five feet tall of eight customized “maong” bags containing empty bottles and containers will be turned-over by the1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army to GMA7’s noontime show “Eat Bulaga” on March 3 at Broadway Centrum, Quezon City.

Lt. Col. Aude Monggao, commander of the 1st Civil Military Operations (1CMO) battalion told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) that Tabak commander BGen. Gerardo Barrientos Jr. would lead the turnover of said items to the general manager of “Eat Bulaga.”

Monggao said the bags,which were transported by the 1CMO personnel on Sunday via Philippine Air Force’s C-130 plane at Pagadian City airport,were collected by the 1st Infantry Division from 104th Infantry Brigade in Basilan province and Task Force Zamboanga in Zamboanga City respectively.

This project dubbed “Plastic ng Tabak Para Kay Juan” was initiated by the 1
1CMO in support of the AFP’s environmental protection program.

“The Tabak division is helping environment by collecting empty plastic bottles and containers which are considered non-biogradable and therefore hazardous to the environment if not recycled,” Monggao explained.

“We instill in the heart and mind of every military and civilian personnel the importance of waste segregation and recycling as a way of showing our love and care for the environment in the light of climate change and global warmingproblems,” he added.

Monggao said the bags containing 80 kilos of empty plastic bottleswerearesult of the 60-day collection effort by the troopers since Dec. 17, 2014.

“This is the first batch of plastic bottles to be shipped out and more bags of plastics will be collected from other three brigades,” he added.

“Slowly, we involve other units like the 102nd Brigade in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay , 103rd Brigade in Campo Ranaw, Marawi City, and the Mechanized Infantry (Kalasag)Battalion in Iligan City to make this project successful,” stressed Monggao.

He further revealed that the “Eat Bulaga” management hadallocated 25 seats for the delegation during the show as gesture of gratitude for the support extended by the Tabak division to Eat Bulaga’s project: “Plastic Para Kay Juan.”