The NEP is a call to strengthen resource conservation, recovery, segregation at source and recycling of waste materials. Its objective is to establish an Ecological Solid Waste recovery system in schools by encouraging students to bring recyclable materials in exchange for school supplies or cash. The one-day Talakayan hopes to reorient the 10 recipients of the NEP, its implementation this Pandemic through the new normal approaches and strategies.

Attending schools were the principals and teachers of the 10 recipient schools from Mil-an National High School, Twin Peaks National High School, Tuba National High School, Lindawan Elementary School, Camp 7 Elementary School, Kabuyao Elementary School, Alejo M. Pacalso National High School, Asin Elementary School and Camp 4 Elementary School.

Ma. Victoria V. Abrera, EMB CAR Regional Director in her opening message acknowledged the participants. She also mentioned that sustaining and protecting the environment is necessary despite the Pandemic we are facing and that the role of the teachers this time is very important.

EMB CAR Information Officer Ms. Mary Claire S. Luminang talked about the Behavioral Change in Solid Waste Management through Changing Perspective and introduces the idea of the Zero Waste Lifestyle and how we can be a part of the solution on the increasing problems in the environment.

Mr. Randy N. Berdal from the ESWM Section discussed about the Solid Waste Management and Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) Operation during the new normal at the same time sharing the best practices of NEP recipients and recommendations for improvements.

The afternoon session tackles other Environmental Laws such as Responsible Mining, Titling, and Biodiversity to be presented by MGB-CAR and DENR-CAR. The presenters were Engr. Ma. Rowena M. Caccam, the Chief of Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division of the DENR-CAR, Ms. Edralyn Balasin of the DENR CAR Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service; and Ms. Shiela V. Sanqui, Information Officer of the MGB CAR. The event was then capped with an open forum facilitated by Ms. Gayle S. Astudillo of the Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) of the DENR CAR.