CTU-Moalboal and Japanese Delegates Join Forces for Plastic Recycling Design Project

CTU-Moalboal, in collaboration with the University of Shiga Prefecture, NPO Japan’s FootRoots, Ho Tong Foundation, Inc. (Philippines), and MITAKA Group (Japan), successfully conducted the Plastic Recycling Design Project (PRDP) Workshop on February 21 and 22, 2024, at CTU-Moalboal covered court.

Led by Dr. Charmaine P. Antecristo, Campus Director, Dr. Alexis P. Ramirez, Director of the Alumni’s Office, and Dr. Ezer G. Monteclar, Chairperson of the CTU-Moalboal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Dr. Antonieta V. Minyamin, alongside the notable contributions of accomplished alumnus Mr. Raffy Gabunilas, the event aimed to raise awareness about the impact of plastic waste and inspire tangible actions for positive change in communities.

In alignment with the workshop’s purpose, various speakers, including Ms. Yukiyo Mitaka, President of MITAKA Group; Mr. Yuki Uriuda and Ms. Wakana Katsura of NPO Japan’s FootRoots; Mr. Earnest Calalang and Mr. Yu Kuzuwa of the University of Shiga Prefecture; and Dr. Ezer Monteclar, Chairperson of DRRMO, shared insights with attendees, including faculty, staff, students, and the Moalboal Women’s Federation. They highlighted the significance of PRDP in the community and how such initiatives address plastic waste concerns, drawing from experiences in Japan and expressing their commitment to fostering environmental awareness and protection in the Philippines, particularly in Moalboal.

During the workshop, the shredder and injection machine, a plastic recycling machine, were introduced and demonstrated. Attendees, including the students and the Moalboal Women’s Federation, had the opportunity to use the machine and witness the production of tangible products from plastic bottle caps.

In essence, the PRDP workshop served as a platform for collaboration, creativity, and collective action. It brought together experts, stakeholders, and enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds to innovate and design solutions, aiming to combat plastic pollution and create a more sustainable future for all. / Donalyn A. Sabanal and Sarah Jane Anoba