Promoting solid waste management in public schools

Education is key. Children need to be properly trained and educated to learn how to live differently than what they see in their current surroundings. Well guided children learn better and can step up to create a change in their environment.

Nestlé PH believes in the power of education for change – this belief drives the company in accelerating its efforts to teach proper solid waste management (SWM) for use by parents to help educate their children and local government units to teach their constituents. 

These efforts are a component of Nestlé Wellness Campus (NWC), the company’s flagship advocacy program in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd). It aims to uplift the lives of Filipino families through nutrition, health and wellness, as well as environmental education. Under NWC, Nestlé PH is helping students to learn and apply seven healthy habits including: choosing nutritious and varied options; managing food portions; choosing to drink water and milk; enjoying meals together as a family; playing actively; keeping good hygiene; and caring for the planet. 

According to Christine Ponce-Garcia, Assistant Vice President and Sustainability Lead at Nestlé PH, modules on SWM, developed in collaboration with the National Solid Waste Management Commission, were designed to teach Grade 1 to 10 students to practice the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. 

“We reaffirm our commitment to raise happy, healthy and environmentally responsible children. They are the future stewards of our planet. We need to educate them as early as possible to be more mindful of the waste we generate and to become more aware of ways to properly segregate and manage waste in school, at home and in their communities,” shared Ponce-Garcia.

Nationwide reach, overall impact

Kevin Carpio, NWC Program Lead, shared that all of the program’s modules have been given to public school teachers for implementation in their classes. 

“The Solid Waste Management modules were rolled out as part of the NWC for the first time this school year 2021-2022. We are grateful to the DepEd for providing us a platform that can reach millions of students, helping to shape their understanding of health and wellness while instilling the importance of caring for our environment,” said Carpio.

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