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Bulacan gets 45,000 ecobags

A Filipino cigarette manufacturer has turned over 45,000 ecobags or reusable shopping bags, to the First District of Bulacan to help reduce the incidence of flooding in the province. The ecobags, made of durable fabric like canvas or woven synthetic fibers, provide its residents with an environment-friendly substitute to single-use plastic bags, which are known to clog waterways, resulting to floodings. Unlike plastic bags, the ecobags can be used numerous times and do not clog waterways the way plastics do.

Flash floods have become a serious problem in Bulacan, which serves as home to Angat, Bustos and Ipo dams and is usually in the pathway of typhoons during the rainy season.

DONATION - Jonathan Sy-Alvarado (fifth from left), representative of Rep. Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado of Bulacan’s 1st District, receives 45,000 ecobags from officials of Mighty Corporation (MC) and Wongchuking Foundation (WCKF). The ecobags were donated in the name of the late Emmanuel Wongchuking, family patriarch and philanthropist. In photo are MC and WCKF officials.

DONATION – Jonathan Sy-Alvarado (fifth from left), representative of Rep. Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado of Bulacan’s 1st District, receives 45,000 ecobags from officials of Mighty Corporation (MC) and Wongchuking Foundation (WCKF). The ecobags were donated in the name of the late Emmanuel Wongchuking, family patriarch and philanthropist. In photo are MC and WCKF officials.

The donation by Mighty Corporation, the Filipino cigarette manufacturer, was made in line with the launching of Lingkod Kalikasan Ecobag, a joint project of Bulacan’s First District, Lingkod Movement and Wongchuking Foundation. The project aims to reduce flooding by cutting down on the use of plastic bags.

Jonathan Sy-Alvarado, representing Rep Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado of Bulacan’s 1st District, said each household in the district would each receive one ecobag for use in the distribution and storage of relief goods like rice, bottled water and canned food during calamities. In return, recipients should donate their plastic bags for recycling into useful products such as hollow blocks.

“Every time relief operations for calamities are ongoing, people should use their own ecobags ,” said Alvarado. The project is in line with the Corporate Social Responsibility program of the Wongchuking family, which owns and operates Mighty Corporation.

Alvarado praised Mighty Corporation for “continuously providing good livelihood to the province, which has helped a lot of people as well as their respective families.”