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Plastic Barter Store Opens in Cebu, Gives People Food and Other Supplies for Plastic

The problem with plastics is so great that it has affected marine life in the deepest parts of the ocean, places where people had never been to! A lot of marine creatures have become deformed or had even lost their lives due to plastics and other trash that managed to reach the seas.

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While this problem was due to humans, it is great to see that many humans are also doing their best to help solve this problem. One of this is through recycling.

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A plastic barter store opened in Cebu – and it has gained approval online, with many netizens hoping that other places would also open a similar facility. Not only will cleaning the trash save the environment, it will also give food and other supplies to those who are helping out. It’s really a win-win situation.

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Alan Domingo shared photos taken from Balay Samaritano, the place where you can find the Plastic Barter Store.

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At the store, people can exchange various plastic materials such as plastic bottles as well as shampoo and junk food wrappers which should be cleaned first.

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Depending on how heavy the plastic collection is, you could get a pack of rice or some cans of sardines. In the Plastic Barter Store, you can also get slippers, toys, school supplies like notebooks and pencils, and even clothes! Impressive, right?

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Many netizens praised the idea, saying that this would encourage people to stop throwing their trash and simply have them exchanged at get store instead. Moreover, a lot of poor folks who previously had nothing to do but beg in the streets are finding a new way to get food by clearing the streets and waterways of trash in exchange for items they needed.

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The Plastic Barter Store is located on Mabini St., Cebu City, near the University of Southern Philippines (USP).

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The World Garbage Problem

It is estimated that the entire world is producing about 2.12 billion tons of waste each year, with 99% of the things we buy being discarded for trash in just 6 months, according to a report on The World Counts.

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But the World Bank estimates that global waste could increase by a whopping 70% by 2050 as populations and urbanization continue to rise exponentially across the world.

If we don’t take any action it could have quite significant implications for health, productivity, environment, livelihoods,” said World Bank urban development specialist Silpa Kaza.

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Giant Bamboo to Be Planted Along Marikina River, Fundraising Goes Viral

Giant bamboo will be planted along the banks of the Marikina River. What’s so amazing is that the fundraising project has gone viral, with so many people offering to help donate money for the cause and also in planting the bamboo as part of a natural flood-control barrier! Wow.

Giant Bamboo to Be Planted Along Marikina River

So many floods ruined Metro Manila and other areas due to deforestation and other activities that ruined nature. It is sad reality that humans have cut down most of the world’s forests and removed many plants to convert these areas into roads, subdivisions for houses, factories, and other structures.

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With many of the watersheds destroyed through mining and other forms of deforestation, more severe floods are experienced in many areas. In 2017, then DENR Secretary Gina Lopez warned about the destruction that could happen from floods due to the denuded watersheds, but no one listened.

After Typhoon Ulysses brought Ondoy-like floods to Metro Manila recently, the people are finally listening!

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Fr. Benigno P. Beltran is among those leading the fundraising so that they can plant Philippine Giant Bamboo along the banks of the Marikina River. While the project won’t have an immediate effect on the area, this will truly have long-term benefits as the plants will save so many people from floods in the future.

Dendrocalamus Asper – we will plant the Philippine Giant Bamboo along the river banks of the Marikina River and its tributaries along the Marikina Watershed. We already ordered seedlings from Bukidnon. Take a look at the shoot I am holding! In ideal conditions, it’s poles can reach up to 14 inches at the base. Help us purchase more cuttings of the giant bamboo, pretty please?” the priest shared in a post on Facebook.

The post has since gone viral, gaining nearly 20k shares and more than 16k reactions. Thousands of people promised to help plant the bamboo, once the project is launched. Wow.

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What’s a Watershed?

A watershed is a land area, often several hectares in size, that collects and drains off water into a body of water, such as a river, lake, or bay.

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Task Force Illegally Confiscates GrabFood Rider’s Key for Traffic Violation

The GrabFood rider admits that disobeyed the traffic rules but this does not give the task force any right to confiscate his motorcycle key! Tsk. Tsk. His fines also amounted to Php5,150!

Task Force Illegally Confiscates Rider’s Key

It is true that there are a lot of hard-headed motorists out there who disregard traffic signs, especially if they don’t see any traffic police or barangay task force along the way.

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Though they have to be fined for the violation, of course, getting their driver’s license is actually against the law. Moreover, confiscating the vehicle key is also illegal!

Recently, GrabFood rider Ramil Romaraog figured in altercation with a Task Force of Brgy. San Antonio, Makati. The GrabFood rider admits that he made a mistake in entering the one-way road from the opposite direction, but things got complicated when he asked the Task Force to give him a ticket then and there so he could get his license back.

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According to Romaraog, he followed another delivery rider who entered the one-way road. Both of them got caught by the Barangay Task Force.

The other delivery rider readily left his driver’s license but Romaraog wants to get his back because he still has to work that day. It would be easier for him to just pay the fine. But the group didn’t have a ticket stub. They insisted on confiscating his license.

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When he insisted on getting a ticket, one of the Task Force guys illegally confiscated his motorcycle key! The Task Force was identified to be someone named John May, as confirmed by Ronald Ferrera, the Barangay Admin of Brgy. San Antonio.

According to Ferrera, John May is part of the Bantay Bayan augmentation team.

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After his story went viral, the rider was informed that the barangay captain will pay for his ticket to help him out. But everyone was shocked that he received fines amounting to Php5,150!

Aside from getting a fine for disregarding the “No Entry Sign” that amounted to Php2,000, he was also fined for DTS (Php500), obstructing roads (Php500), reckless driving (Php2,000), and being arrogant (Php150)! Netizens think this is too much – the fines are redundant.

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What is DTS?

DTS is a traffic violation that means “Disregarding Traffic Signs”. This is one of the most common violations in the Philippines and carries a fine of Php500.

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Other OFWs Break Up Hair-Pulling Match Between Two Pinays in Hong Kong

A group of OFWs in Hong Kong had to break up a hair-pulling match between two Pinays who could be seen wrestling each other on the ground for yet unknown reasons.

OFWs Break Up Match Between Two Pinays

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Even with the COVID-19 crisis going on across the world, there are still a lot of places where people congregate to simply hang out and have fun with friends. This is particularly true in Hong Kong where overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) often go to certain areas to meet up with friends during their day off.

For these Filipino workers, their day off is also quite important for their sanity – and many continue to avail of this privilege by spending the day with friends at popular hangouts like Tamar Park in Admiralty, Hong Kong.

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Recently, however, the OFWs hanging out at the park witnessed the hair-pulling match between two Pinays. For still unknown reasons, the two had a catfight and were seen pulling each other’s hair even though they were being held by their respective friends.

The women were so angry with each other that no amount of advice from their friends made them stop – and they had to be physically pulled apart from each other, with some force, before they finally quit pulling each other’s hair!

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There were so many people watching the two, yet they did not seem to think about the consequences of their actions at all.

Though the reason behind the hair-pulling match is still unknown, many netizens are speculating that this has something to do with some guy. A lot pointed out that no respectable woman would go all out on another woman in a catfight like this, if a guy was not involved in the story.

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Other netizens said that they don’t care what the two were fighting about but wish that they had stayed decent. No guy is worth losing your face amid such a big crowd!

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What’s a Catfight?

A catfight is a fight between two women. Though this might involve just a verbal match, there could be some physical altercation involved.

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