A total of 40 volunteers from the Development Academy of the Philippines participated in a corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity for the Academy they dalled “Don’t Litter, DAPper Recycle” last December 7 at the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in Carmona, Cavite.

Mayor Dahlia Loyola of Carmona, Cavite expressed gratitude to the Academy for organizing such activity that has helped the livelihood projects of PDAO’s Kilusang Kabalikat ng mga Kapansanan para sa Kinabukasan Program (4K) by assisting in their bag production and paper mache making, hoping that the Academy will continuously provide support to the Municipality of Carmona.

The Academy’s Sustainable Human Development Program spearheaded the activity that aimed to minimize waste within the institution through paper recycling and to give back to the Municipality of Carmona’s persons with disabilities (PWDs) and children with disability by donating shredded papers and clothes as well as providing additional manpower during the actual implementation of their livelihood projects.

The activity also provided “ecobricks” training to the parents of PWDs to further strengthen the advocacy on upcycling plastics that can be used as construction materials.  The participants were given the opportunity to learn and apply the steps on how to produce ecobricks for them to turn plastics into better use.

The head of the PDAO, Rosebelle Mercurio, and the president of the 4K program, Mae Capili, graced the activity and thanked the DAP for supporting them in responding to the needs of PWDs.

The successful implementation of the CSR activity is part of the continuous celebration of the DAP’s 45th anniversary as it advocates the proper segregation and recycling of waste materials to contribute to protecting the environment. – Jeannalla Burns