QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila – Environmental Management Bureau – National Capital Region, through its Gender and Development Focal Point System (GADFPS) and in partnership with Asian Social Institute (ASI), conducted a Bokashi Balls Production Training on Wednesday, April 27, at Barangay Obrero, Quezon City.
The training was conducted to celebrate the upcoming Philippine Environment Month and support the Gender and Development (GAD) program to empower income-deprived women and promote gender equality and support the ongoing Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program.
The training kicks off the pilot home-based mudballs production livelihood program to twenty-five (25) selected women of Brgy. Obrero Quezon City, in exchange for a sack of rice, dubbed as “Food for Work for Community Women.” The program will initially run from June to November 2022 and was planned to be replicated in other active barangays under the Water Quality Management Areas (WQMA) in Metro Manila.
The Bokashi/ Mabuhay balls made by the participants will be used in future bioremediation activities on different waterbodies under the Water Quality Management Area in Metro Manila. This will lessen, if not eliminate E. Coli and the odor of the river system, including its tributaries that are draining to Manila Bay.
Prior to the activity, EMB-NCR also conducted Bokashi Balls Training to twenty-five selected women of Barangay Central, Quezon City, and used it in the six months continuous bioremediation activities in Lingunan Creek, Mariblo Creek, Diliman Creek, Anaran Creek, and Maytunas Creek in 2021.