Greening the Ayala Malls

Happy to note that the Ayala Malls are dealing with waste management immediately, even before bigger environmental problems arise.

Ayala Malls’ response to the call for sustainable development is also exemplified through its Solid Waste Management Program that fully integrates environmental responsibility with a clean and green mall lifestyle. Ayala Center pioneered in waste segregation which led to the establishment of The Solid Waste Management (SWM) program. It also established the Material Recovery Facility, a first in the commercial center, which complies with Republic Act 9003, known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. This environmental impact is through residual waste diversion from the landfill or reduction of waste that goes to the landfill by recovering materials that can be reused, recycled, and processed into compost and bricks. Ayala Center together with Jeram Hauling Services developed the close loop system wherein garden waste is converted into compost or soil conditioner through Vermi composting. This is presently used in the Ayala Center landscaping and cost 50% less than the market price. Shredded and pulverized dried residual wastes are converted into brick after mixed with cement, sand and water. These can be used as paving blocks in the Ayala Center.

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I’m posting Chapter VI of R.A. 9003.


Section 48. Prohibited Acts – The following acts are prohibited:

(1) Littering, throwing, dumping of waste matters in public places, such as roads, sidewalks, canals, esteros or parks, and establishment, or causing or permitting the same;

(2) Undertaking activities or operating, collecting or transporting equipment in violation of sanitation operation and other requirements or permits set forth in established pursuant;

(3) The open burning of solid waste;

(4) Causing or permitting the collection of non-segregated or unsorted wastes;

(5) Squatting in open dumps and landfills;

(6) Open dumping, burying of biodegradable or non-biodegradable materials in flood prone areas;

(7) Unauthorized removal of recyclable material intended for collection by authorized persons;

(8) The mixing of source-separated recyclable material with other solid waste in any vehicle, box, container or receptacle used in solid waste collection or disposal;

(9) Establishment or operation of open dumps as enjoined in this Act, or closure of said dumps in violation of Sec. 37;

(10) The manufacture, distribution or use of non-environmentally acceptable packaging materials;

(11) Importation of consumer products packaged in non-environmentally acceptable materials;

(12) Importation of toxic wastes misrepresented as “recyclable” or “with recyclable content”;

(13) Transport and dumplog in bulk of collected domestic, industrial, commercial, and institutional wastes in areas other than centers or facilities prescribe under this Act;

(14) Site preparation, construction, expansion or operation of waste management facilities without an Environmental Compliance Certificate required pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 1586 and this Act and not conforming with the land use plan of the LGU;

(15) The construction of any establishment within two hundred (200) meters from open dumps or controlled dumps, or sanitary landfill; and

(16) The construction or operation of landfills or any waste disposal facility on any aquifer, groundwater reservoir, or watershed area and or any portions thereof.

Section 49. Fines and Penalties

(a) Any person who violates Sec. 48 paragraph (1) shall, upon conviction, be punished with a fine of not less than Three hundred pesos (P300.00) but not more than One thousand pesos (P1,000.00) or render community service for not less than one (1) day to not more than fifteen (15) days to an LGU where such prohibited acts are committed, or both;

(b) Any person who violates Sec. 48, pars. (2) and (3), shall, upon conviction be punished with a fine of not less than Three hundred pesos (P300.00) but not more than One thousand pesos (P1,000.00) or imprisonment of not less than one (1) day but to not more than fifteen (15) days, or both;

(c) Any person who violates Sec. 48, pars. (4), (5), (6) and (7) shall, upon conviction, be punished with a fine of not less than One thousand pesos (P1,000.00) but not more than Three thousand pesos (P3,000.00) or imprisonment of not less than fifteen (15) day but to not more than six (6) months, or both;

(d) Any person who violates Sec. 48, pars (8), (9), (10) and (11) for the first time shall, upon conviction, pay a fine of Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) plus and amount not less than five percent (5%) but not more than ten percent (10%) of his net annual income during the previous year.

The additional penalty of imprisonment of a minimum period of one (1) year but not to exceed three (3) years at the discretion of the court, shall be imposed for second or subsequent violations of Sec. 48, pars. (9) and (10).

(e) Any person who violates Sec. 48, pars. (12) and (13) shall, upon conviction, be punished with a fine not less than Ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) but not more than Two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00) or imprisonment of not less than thirty (30) days but not more than three (3) years, or both;

(f) Any person who violates Sec. 48, pars. (14), (15) and (16) shall, upon conviction, be punished with a fine not less than One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) but not more than One million pesos (P1,000,000.00), or imprisonment not less than one (1) year but not more than six (6) years, or both.

If the offense is committed by a corporation, partnership, or other juridical identity duly recognized in accordance with the law, the chief executive officer, president, general manager, managing partner or such other officer-in-charge shall be liable for the commission of the offense penalized under this Act.

If the offender is an alien, he shall, after service of the sentence prescribed above, be deported without further administrative proceedings.

The fines herein prescribed shall be increased by at lest ten (10%) percent every three (3) years to compensate for inflation and to maintain the deterrent functions of such fines.

Section 50. Administrative Sanctions – Local government officials and officials of government agencies concerned who fail to comply with and enforce rules and regulations promulgated relative to this Act shall be charged administratively in accordance with R.A. 7160 and other existing laws, rules and regulations

The law is as clear as the summer sky, but no one gets charged.  WHAT A WASTE that we’re spending so much on moronic public officials. SUCH A LOAD OF GARBAGE where “Reuse and Recycle” are NOT APPLICABLE.

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wonder wallet

Testing the Wonder Woman I got for myself. Mighty Wallets are made of Dupont Tyvek. The makers say, “Tyvek resist punctures, tears and moisture.” The nice-looking recyclable wallets are available in Laoag at Red Dot on F.R. Castro Ave..

BTW, it’s not about numbers! Celebrate Earth Hour by making a 24/7 commitment! “What was it that John Lennon said? ‘Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.’ Let it grow already, and quit trying to legislate it!” says Wonder Woman #200.

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Ukay-Ukay: Thrifted Fashionality of A Third World Citizen?

A spur-of-the-moment trip to the newfound cavernous Gablay’s ukay place that now occupies  the old Isabel cinema in the heart of downtown Laoag  is like a treasure hunting expedition in an Amazon jungle with roaring tigers and purring kittens. Pre-owned stuff from the more developed Asian countries are hot commodity for the stylish and  swell, the brand-conscious “dengols” bunch, the ecochic tribe, and the plain stingy and unpretentious Filipinos.

bigger than you think

It was actually Ericke who brought me to the new ukay place. She buys most of her outfits at ukay places. I get adventure gear from Giwanay’s near the Laoag Supermarket. I was kinda overwhelmed by the ginormous collection of Gablay’s. The balcony section had me  real dizzy and sweaty. Anyway, I enjoyed taking photos of pieces I fancied.


Hey, nautical is so in!

Ericke finds this cool belt with gold elephants.

A macrame belt would change the whole look, don’t ya think?

Found this 85-peso beaded skirt, perfect with a classic wife beater tank top and a pair of flat sandals or Havaianas.

A shell sling bag that looks very now.

What about a “discotheque” look? Less than a thousand for the whole outfit.

Oh-so-cool plaid wedges.

She wanted this pair of mocassins…

then again, another cute pair of Jeffrey Campbell-inspired mocs.

Pleather and raffia for the PETA supporters…

and another one in the big trend at the moment — floral.

Gingham and Liberty print never left, a fact for the retro fashion lovers. I’d personally buy the shirt dress, have it altered to a mini, and wear it with a tan belt.

La, la, la, these boots are made for walkin’…

There’s also something for the chic puppy. I wonder how Gwennie would walk in heels? LOL

Ukay-ukay reminder: behave.

She who buys this is also a fake!!!! Don’t be a gauche. Respect the intellectual property rights of others.

Bye for now…

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