Nestlé Wellness Campus promotes solid waste management in public schools
The project aims to raise environmentally friendly children
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Education is the key. This belief drives Nestlé PH to accelerate its efforts to teach good solid waste management (SWM) to young students in public schools across the country.
These efforts are part of the Nestlé Wellness Campus (NWC), the company’s flagship advocacy program in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), which aims to improve the lives of Filipino families through nutrition, health and well-being, as well as environmental education. . As part of NWC, Nestlé PH helps students learn and practice seven healthy habits: choosing nutritious and varied options; manage food portions; choose to drink water and milk; eating meals together as a family; actively playing; maintain good hygiene; and take care of the planet.
Christine Ponce-Garcia, Assistant Vice President and Head of Sustainability at Nestlé PH, said the modules on SWM, developed in conjunction with the National Solid Waste Management Commission, were designed to teach students from 1st in Grade 10 to practice the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. “We reaffirm our commitment to raising happy, healthy and environmentally responsible children. They are the future stewards of our planet. We need to educate them as soon as possible so that they are more aware of the waste we generate and that they become more aware of how to properly sort and manage waste at school, at home and in their communities.
National reach, global impact
Kevin Carpio, NWC Program Manager, shares that all of the program modules were given to public school teachers to implement in their classrooms “The solid waste management modules were rolled out as part of the NWC for the first time this 2021-2022 school year. We are grateful to DepEd for providing us with a platform that can reach millions of students, helping to shape their understanding of health and wellness while instilling in them the importance of taking care of our environment.
Teacher Sheena Lyn Briones of Naga Central School II said the SWM modules have inspired their students to make eco-bricks from sorted waste. “It’s one thing to be able to teach our students the value of proper waste disposal. But what brings me more pride and joy is the fact that they were eager to create something useful from the plastic waste and other trash collected in our school. Nakakaproud na makita ‘yung final products that there are and that there are not many students.”
At home, mum Maricel Marimat’s bond with her daughter Crishel now includes learning and practicing the 3Rs. “Dahil sa ng modules Nestle Wellness Campusnatutunan namin as a pamilya ang reduce, reuse and recycle practices. At the same time, more malinis and nabawasan ang mga insekto in my kapaligiran.
As this school year’s NWC Champion, Pinagbuhatan Elementary School shared best practices in promoting the Seven Healthy Habits. The school’s principal, Dr. Wilma P. Soriano, described how their initiatives have spread outside the classroom. “The true measure of the success of our program is seeing our students lead change in their own homes and barangays. We have seen this in our Gulayan to Paaralan Hanggang to Tahanan as well as in their active participation in finding the cleanest streets in their own neighborhoods,” she said.
According to Ms Ponce-Garcia, Nestlé PH’s commitment to being a Kasambuhay to Kalikasan goes beyond the walls of the classroom as it strives to create real impact in the lives of Filipinos. The company has expanded the development of SWM modules for use by parents to educate their children and local governments to educate their constituents. “At Nestlé Philippines, we recognize the importance of coming together and working closely together to achieve a waste-free future for our children, our families and our communities,” she said, calling for a collective approach to the benefit the environment and the planet.