Sunday, August 9, 2009

Opinion: All Roads in Rural Mindanao Start with Solar Energy

The solar panels installed in Palimbang and other rural towns in Mindanao may have produced more watts to light up optimism among those who have read the news.

Availability of electricity in such economically underprivileged and conflict-ridden areas will enable improved access to information and livelihood. Residents can listen to their AM radios or watch television news programs that will keep them updated with the latest events in the country. The same news cited sari-sari stores extending their business hours and even offering cellphone battery charging services at minimal fees.

Aside from these, children can already study more comfortably with sufficient lighting in their classrooms and in their homes at night. Soon, these children will have access to the Internet and other educational media such as the Knowledge Network.

Further, we can expect more roads that will allow SMEs and large enterprises to flourish in the off-grid towns in Mindanao. At the same time, won't it be too much wishful thinking to expect that insurgencies may be lessened when children, who are supposedly brainwashed into joining rebel groups such as the Abu Sayyaf, have means to better education?

The fact that solar energy is basically free entails hope for the Filipinos in Mindanao. However, will there be any efforts to make solar panels affordable?

Solar energy ends darkness in town, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 09 Aug 2009

Celebrate Greenology at Ayala Malls

Long before green was in fashion, Ayala Malls was in on it, says the half-page ad in today's Inquirer.

This does not come as a surprise as Ayala companies are known to operate both sustainably and responsibly.

Ayala Malls invites its goers to celebrate Greenology, their earth-friendly philosophy, with them in a series of activities that will run from August to September 2009.

Eco Tote (Aug)

Be eco-fab in a wide selection of reusable bags designed by well-known Filipino designers such as Louis Claparols, Michi Calica-Sotto, Vic Barba, Patrice Ramos-Diaz, Jun Escario and Randy Ortiz from the Filipino Zone in Greenbelt 5.

The bags are to be sold at each mall's concierge stations for Php 400. For each sale, Php 100 goes to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Eco Art (Aug 28 - Sep 11)

Art installations aiming "to educate the shoppers of how much garbage is consumed by using plastics or paper cups" is to be exhibited simultaneously at various Ayala Malls during the period. Eco Art is made by renowned artists Alma Quinto, Pete Jimenez, Mac Valdezco and Ral Arrogante together with students from various universities.

Eco Dash (Sep 13)

A fun run will be held at Bonifacio High Street for the benefit of Bantay Kalikasan.

Green Line (Sep 16 -30)

Be even more eco-fab by purchasing clothes and accessories from the Green Line at the Filipino Zone in Greenbelt 5. Designers who are said to participate are Aranaz, Arnel Papa, Barba, Bonne Bouche, Gaupo, Jun Escario, Myth, Paradi, Religioso and Ana Rocha, as well as huge Filipino clothing chains Bayo and Folded and Hung.

For more information, visit the Ayala Malls Greenology page or text AYALA MALLS to 2948 (for Filipino SMS subscribers only).

Sources and For Further Reference:
1. Ayala Malls
2. Circuit Magazine
3. PH Best Deals

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Why Pinoys Should Be More Conscious of Packaging

Apparently, traditional snack and candy wrappers in the Philippines all have to go and therefore contribute to the over 7 tons of garbage that Metro Manila dumps everyday.

During a phone inquiry, the National Solid Waste Management Commission said that wrappers are treated as residual waste.

This is problematic, considering that most local food products have non-biodegradable packaging. Aside from this, other products for mass consumption such as shampoo sachets prove that segregation and recycling efforts are futile if they all have nowhere to go but in the landfill heap.

So what must be done now?

It does seem too much to ask for food manufacturers to use green packaging for their products. One of the reasons may have something to do with costs.

However, individuals shouldn't consider their voice too little to be heard. In fact, consumers as a whole can do so much by creating the demand for green packaging.

So support products with biodegradable wrappers. It wouldn't take long for manufacturers to know why their products are selling less than their competitors.

Let's be on a quest for local green products.

Even Landmark Goes Green!

Green bags are not just a craze. They're a must!

Landmark just joined in the green revolution that will help lessen the use of plastic in Metro Manila. Starting on August 1, grocery shoppers can get the chance to win a nice green bag from Landmark for every Php 500 single receipt purchase of Nestle products. The promo is said to run for three months.

The Landmark Green Bag comes in two designs and can most likely carry larger and heavier groceries than the SM Green Bag since it is made with sturdy canvass.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Join the M.O.B. on Wednesdays

In the Manila party scene, Wednesdays are known for Ladies' Nights where club entrance and drinks are usually free of charge.

These days, however, SM Supermarket gives a new gleam to Wednesdays with its My Own Bag gimmick.

Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags. Otherwise, they can either opt for their groceries to be placed in paper bags or they pay Php 3 per plastic bag, as recounted by The Bachelor Girl.

Sounds like a bore?

Now, here's the fun part. Read on.

If you're an SM Advantage, SM Prestige or BDO Rewards Cardholder, then you get 2 additional points if you shop with your own Green Bag. Click here to view the promo ad.

But if you do not have your SM Green Bag yet, you can purchase it on a Buy 1 Take 1 Basis for only Php 35!

So hurry! Shop at SM Supermarkets and join the M.O.B. on Wednesdays!

Note: The program is being implemented at some SM Supermarkets only, as per SM Supermarket North EDSA representative.