USTP Oroquieta Faculty Bryan Bocatot demonstrates how the sachets are cut and folded.
USTP Oroquieta, MOPADAC conduct Plastiknology Training for PWUDs
The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) in Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental partnered with the Misamis Occidental Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MOPADAC) Coordinating Office for a 3-day Plastiknology Training for selected Persons Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) in the Municipality of Jimenez. The training was held at the Jimenez Gymnasium last August 5, 6, and 9, 2021. There were 30 participants including the relatives of the PWUDs. Minimum health protocols were observed during the training sessions.
The training was conducted through a combination of face to face actual demonstration and presentation of the step by step process in recorded videos on a wide screen.
Some volunteer faculty from the campus also assisted in making the pots.
The participants display their output for the three-day event.
The participants were taught from sanitation, sorting, cutting, folding to putting together the flower pots. The materials come from recycled common household plastics. The recycling of materials into home crafts has the potential to be a good source of livelihood. The proposed marketing strategy will be online selling of the flower pots. The finished products will sell for 100 to 200 pesos each.
Lead trainer Ma. Liberty B. Doncillo thanked the Local Government of the Municipality of Jimenez, coordinators, speakers and all the participants for their cooperation and dedication in producing flower pots out of plastic wastes.
The participants expressed that aside from “may pera sa basura” they can also share Plastiknology to the youth at the same time help the environment.
USTP Oroquieta’s Extension Department and the Office of the Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental have been collaborating to extend livelihood training to the residents of Misamis Occidental.
By RV Romero, USTP Oroquieta Strategic Communication Focal Person