WASTE-FREE. Ida Vecino, social enterprise officer of Wala Usik Tiangge+Kapehan, receives the certificate of recognition from Community Environment and Natural Resources-Bago City chief Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya, acknowledging their zero-waste advocacy during the DENR personnel’s visit to the store on Tuesday (Jan. 29, 2019). (Photo courtesy of CENRO Bago City)
BACOLOD CITY -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has recognized a recently-opened store-cum-coffee shop in this city for advocating zero waste.
The certificate of recognition was given by the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) -Bago City, headed by Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya, to Wala Usik Tiangge+Kapehan, a social enterprise being run by the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PRRCFI).
“Wala usik” means zero waste or no wastage in Hiligaynon.
Considered as Negros Island’s first zero-waste store, Wala Usik, which opened on January 21, is located at Door 6, Teresa Building on Lacson St. in Barangay Mandalagan.
PRRCFI executive director Dave Albao said on Thursday the response to Wala Usik is positively overwhelming. “I think there is a momentum of awareness on why we need to reduce waste at source,” he said.
Ida Vecino, social enterprise officer of Wala Usik Tiangge+Kapehan, said the concept of zero-waste is new to many Negrenses and there are those who are “amazed” by the idea.
“But there are also those who are willing to learn and embrace the lifestyle,” she added.