Davao beauty queens wage war vs. plastic consumption

Jan. 31, 2019

FILE PHOTO.Davao beauty queens are joining the city’s campaign against single-use plastics with the launch of A.T.S.U.P or campaign AgainsT Single-Use Plastic Davao.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — To further strengthen to continuing advocacy of the city government of Davao against the single use of plastic, the Mutya ng Davao 2018 and her court has launched its own campaign called A.T.S.U.P or campaign AgainsT Single-Use Plastic Davao.

The move is aimed to address the alarming increase in plastic consumption in the city.

The ATSUP Davao advocacy is a month-long campaign of four activities of the Mutya ng Davao 2018 headed by Mutya ng Dabaw Shiela Faye Juntilla, Diwa ng Dabaw Cindy Pauline Benedicto, Patnubay ng Dabaw Mary rose Vicente and Pag-asa ng Dabaw Claudine Alyssandra Verga.

“As our campaign, we are determined to shed light on this matter and hopefully engage the community into an insightful discussion that will lead us to substantial action,” said Mutya ng Dabaw Shiela Faye Juntilla.

Part of the campaign activities is the launching of a campus tour in the selected big universities and schools in Davao which will serve as the venues to discuss the effects of single-use of plastic on the environment.

Identified universities include the Malayan Colleges of Mindanao, University of Mindanao, University of Southeastern Philippines, and the Davao City National High School.

“Two speakers are expected to take part in the campaign. They are knowledgeable when it comes to taking care of the environment and what the young generation can do about it,” said Diwa ng Dabaw Cindy Pauline Benedicto.

Aside from the campus tour, the Mutya ng Dabaw 2018 will also launch the hashtag campaign on social media for its info-dissemination to capture a more diverse audience “by sharing information and interaction”.

Other activities include Filmathon for a cause which is an “amazing-race type of filmmaking competition” that aims to educate the public through films.

“We wanted to include film making to our campaign to expose stories on our plastic wastes and send a much-needed message to be heard by our communities,” said Pag-asa ng Dabaw Claudine Alyssandra Verga.

A scheduled Expo of Eco-friendly products will also be part of the campaign this coming March 25 in partnership with the City Agriculture Office.

“The expo will be a venue to introduce alternatives to single-use plastic such as metal straw and bamboo products,” Patnubay ng Dabaw Mary Rose Vicente said.

The city government has already practiced the ban on the single-use of plastics under which the Solid Waste Management is one of the 10 priority agenda of Mayor Sara Duterte. (davaaotoday.com)

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