DENR launches mobile game, mascot on waste management

By Connie Calipay


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Bicol on Friday, June 24, cited the importance of new technology as it launched its new mascot and mobile game application in promoting awareness on solid waste management.


In an interview, Joan Mariscotes, DENR-5 communication development officer, said 70 barangays officials and representatives of 25 participating schools in Legazpi City were invited to the event held at the Pepperland Hotel


She said with the launching of the "Pinas: Basura Buster (PBB) Mascot" and "Basura Buster" mobile game app, they are hoping to increase awareness and encourage the participation of stakeholders.


"In this campaign, we, in DENR, with the help of local government units (LGUs), want to improve the solid waste management at the grassroots by providing awareness, education drives, and additional information on the importance of the support of the public to have a clean environment," Francisco Milla Jr., DENR-5 regional executive director, said in his message during the event.


Milla said “Pinas, the Basura Buster" mascot holds a plastic bottle gun with suction power to symbolize picking up of trash.


"You will appreciate how a mascot can win the hearts of the community and at the same time help us with our advocacy for a cleaner and greener Bicol region," he noted.


Meanwhile, Milla said the Basura Buster App is a drag-and-drop game where players will segregate the garbage.


"Green trash for biodegradable waste, black for residual, blue for recyclable, yellow for household health care waste and red for hazardous waste. This is an exciting and novel way to instill awareness and create a better understanding of solid waste management," he added. (PNA)