MARIKINA CITY – The Marikina City government is continuously promoting its latest environmental campaign in a move to maintain cleanliness and orderliness throughout the city.
Since January this year, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro has been visiting Marikina schools to introduce and discuss the local government’s program dubbed as “Munting Basura, Ibulsa Muna” which seeks to educate residents of the proper way of disposing trash.
“Kung walang makitang basurahan sa paligid, pinapaalala natin sa lahat na ang munting basura ay ibulsa muna. Ang taong may disiplina ay pinupuri at umuunlad. Tinuturo natin ito hindi sa pamamagitan ng pagsasabi lamang kundi sa paraan na maiintindihan nila — ito ay ang kanta at sayaw,” Teodoro said in a recent TV interview.
Whenever Teodoro sets his foot in a school, he teaches them a song and dance to teach them proper garbage disposal. He also distributes biscuits to everyone. They then keep the wrapper and throw it in the right trash bin.
Students from Marikina Science High School composed the lyrics of the jingle that has become viral on social media.
It was former Marikina City Mayor and now 1st District Representative Bayani Fernando who first introduced this initiative in the 90s as he aims for instill the importance of clean and orderly environment to young Marikina people.
During Fernando’s administration, he gave away candies with a cartoon stating “Munting basura, ibulsa muna.” He also encouraged them to recycle items and collect all candy wrappers to craft home decorations out of these materials.
Teodoro is determined to continue what his predecessor has initiated.