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Barangay Earns Praise for Offering its Residents 1kg Rice per 1kg Recycled Plastic Waste

Single-use plastics are among the top pollutants across the Earth, filling landfills, clogging many waterways, and wreaking havoc in the marine ecosystem that led to sea creatures eating these items.

This is the reason why it is a good idea to reuse and recycle plastics as well as other materials that could still be used again. However, this is really easier said than done because most people don’t really care about the environment. Waste segregation, recycling, and reduction are just so difficult for many to do.

Photo credit: Barangay Tartaria / Facebook

One barangay (village) in the Philippines has earned praise from netizens for their effective and innovative way of encouraging its residents to minimize waste and recycle plastic waste.

Barangay Tartaria in Silang, Cavite has a unique way of encouraging its residents to help save the environment by offering them 1kg of rice per 1 kg of recycled plastic waste neatly placed inside a large plastic bottle.

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The plastic bottles should be brought to the barangay hall for the barangay officials to properly receive and document the items, before the residents are given the equivalent kilogram of rice as the plastics they submitted.

To ensure that they are truly making this program as eco-friendly as possible, those who wish to avail of the free rice are encouraged to bring their own eco-bags or other containers.

Barangay Captain Wilfredo “Willie” Maala had announced the project in his ‘State of Barangay Address’ last year.

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Barangay Secretary Karlo Manalo Alvarez also revealed that the project was launched back in October 2018, but the full implementation only began on February 4, 2019.

Ang purpose po nito ay para hindi nagkalat ang basura lalo na po ang plastic. Alam naman po natin na ito ay bumabara sa daanan ng tubig,” Alvarez explained.

Over 60 kg of plastic waste have been accepted so far – and the barangay had released an equivalent amount of rice to those who submitted the recyclable waste.

Photo credit: Barangay Tartaria / Facebook

While the barangay did not announce yet what they would do with the plastic wastes they collected, some people have already shown willingness to buy these materials, possibly to make eco-bricks.

Kudos to Barangay Tartaria officials for coming up with this project! We hope this will also be done in other barangays across the country.

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FoodPanda Rider Brings Baby While Making Deliveries, Makes Netizens Worry

Some people are calling him a responsible father for taking care of his baby while he works. But because of the nature of his job and the fact that he’s only using a bicycle, a FoodPanda rider from San Pedro, Laguna got a lot of netizens worried about their safety!

FoodPanda Rider Brings Baby to Work

In these modern times, it’s no longer surprising that the dads are helping their partners take care of their children, especially because many women have better-paying jobs these days.

Many employers also offer flexibility to their workers by allowing them to bring their kids to work or have them take care of their babies in a work-from-home setup.

Photo credit: Jeremiel Flores Quinto / Yuzu Katsu & Ramen

But what if your job is delivering food around the city? Wouldn’t it be dangerous to bring your child around, particularly if you’re on a night shift?

That’s what netizens are asking after seeing photos of a young FoodPanda rider bringing his baby in a basket while making deliveries in San Pedro, Laguna.

This young dad was identified as Hershey Manuel by photo uploader Yuzu Katsu & Ramen. The restaurant tags Jeremiel Flores Quinto as the one who took the photo.

Concerned over the situation, particularly because the delivery was at night, Quinto had asked Manuel whether there was no one else he could leave the baby with as this could be dangerous for them both. But the young dad said that his wife also has to go to work and they’re just living with their tito.

Photo credit: Jeremiel Flores Quinto / Yuzu Katsu & Ramen

Netizens are debating whether this is alright, with many saying that though he appears to be responsible and a good dad, he’s putting his child in danger by doing this. It’s just too risky.

Others were sad that this young dad has to do this but admired him for trying to make the best of his situation.

Policies on Bringing Child to Work

Different companies have different policies about bringing your child to work, though most wouldn’t allow it for safety purposes.

Although there are no specific laws against bringing a child to your workplace, the discretion may be up to the parent, especially if their job or workplace involves some kind of risk.

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GF Declines Lavish Gifts for 8th Anniversary, So BF Buys Her a 6,000-sqm Lot

When his girlfriend declined his offer to buy her lavish gifts for their 8th anniversary and to have a grand wedding, one guy decided to use the money he saved to buy a 6,000-sqm lot in her name! It’s not surprising that netizens are praising him for the smart choice.

BF Buys 6,000-sqm Lot for GF

Plenty of ladies secretly dream of receiving lavish gifts from their significant other. There’s really something about receiving a lavish gift that makes a girl feel extra special and loved.

Photo credit: Christopher Villanueva – News5

Many also have a dream wedding in mind, complete with all the grand designs and impressive outfits for everyone.

But not all ladies feel the same way.

Christopher Villanueva of Cebu in central Philippines shared that his girlfriend, Danica Anna Misterio, refused to accept his offer to buy her lavish gifts or go out on a lavish dinner date for their 8th anniversary. Instead, they just went out for a simple barbecue meal.

Photo credit: Christopher Villanueva – News5

While they were planning for their wedding, she also expressed her wish not to have a grand wedding. Instead of spending a lot of money on their dream wedding, she just wanted to have an intimate one with family and close friends.

So, what can a guy do in such a situation? Well, Christopher knew exactly what he should do! His girlfriend doesn’t want those lavish gifts or a grand wedding, so he decided to use his savings to buy her a 6,000-sqm lot near the upcoming airport in Camotes Island. As “simple” as that.

Photo credit: Christopher Villanueva – News5

Because it’s his grand gift for his girlfriend, the lot is in her name. Everyone’s pretty impressed, though there are still some sour graping folks who said that he should have put the lot in his name because his girlfriend might change her mind about marrying him and he might end up losing not just his girl but also the money he spent on that lot. Oooops.

Photo credit: Christopher Villanueva – News5

What’s Sour Graping?

Sour graping is a type of human behavior that puts other people down because they can’t attain the other person’s achievement.

It comes from the fable of the fox who muttered that the grapes were sour anyway when he failed several times to get them.

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Student Praised for Studying While Selling Fruits on a Cart

A student drew admiration online after he was spotted studying while selling fruits on a cart. Many netizens praised him for trying to do his best, given the difficult situation that he’s in – and also working hard to sell the fruits, probably to support his studies and his family.

Student Vendor Studies at the Sidewalk

So many people have been complaining about the implementation of online classes and distance learning modules in the Philippines, particularly because gadgets can be expensive and you’ll need to have an internet connection to attend the classes or submit assignments, projects, and performance tasks.

Also, it’s difficult for many parents to explain lessons to their children, particularly if they are working away from home or don’t even understand what these lessons are about.

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But it’s admirable how others learned to adapt and find ways to make the most of the situation, no matter how difficult it might be.

Netizen Benj Gonzales of Marulas, Valenzuela City was out buying fruits for his pregnant wife when he spotted an admirable scene at the sidewalk just outside Marulas Public Market in Valenzuela City.

Unaware that someone was watching, the student vendor was intent on studying whatever it was he was working on the screen of his laptop.

Gonzales learned that this student’s name is Mike and he’s a Grade 9 student in Valenzuela National High School. At the time he first saw the student, the young man was attending an online class that’s why he was so intent on watching the screen.

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Napa-wow talaga ako sa kanya. At data lang sa cellphone ang gamit, naka-hotspot lang ang laptop niya,” Gonzales said.

Sa gitna ng pandemic at mga nangyayaring hindi maganda sa mundo ngayon dahil sa pagtaas ng mga bilihin, kahirapan, eto pa rin si Mike, patuloy na nagpupursige at nagsusumikap at nag-aaral habang nagtitinda sa gitna ng taas ng araw.

He also expressed admiration for Mike’s outlook as a student.

Ang iba, naka-aircon pa, pero nagagawa pang magreklamo sa dami ng module na kanilang sinasagutan. Nakakatuwa itong batang ito. Bukod sa magalang na, masipag pang mag-aral habang nagtitinda,” he said.

Face-to-Face Classes in the Philippines

The Department of Education (DepEd) said that limited face-to-face classes in schools in areas deemed low risk for COVID-19 will start on November 15. This pilot run will be tested on 90 pre-identified and pre-approved schools across the country.

Face-to-face classes, even in these approved schools, will not be mandatory. Allowing children to attend these classes will be at the sole discretion of the parents.

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