The proponents of the Project LEGO together with the Aboitiz Foundation Education Team. (First Row L-R) Aboitiz Foundation Education Program Manager Jowelle Ann Cruz, Subangdaku School Principal, Rene M. Petancio, and Division School Office Administrative Officer IV of Mandaue City Dr. Edgar Espina.
The proponents of the Project LEGO together with the Aboitiz Foundation Education Team. (First Row L-R) Aboitiz Foundation Education Program Manager Jowelle Ann Cruz, Subangdaku School Principal, Rene M. Petancio, and Division School Office Administrative Officer IV of Mandaue City Dr. Edgar Espina.

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Aboitiz scholars turn wastes into bricks

The value of sustainability is instilled in the minds of every Aboitiz Foundation scholar. The support of the Foundation to this pool of young achievers goes beyond the financial assistance to the creation of future leaders and changemakers. This is highlighted in the recently conducted debut of the Project Let Environment Generate Opportunities (LEGO), an initiative conceptualized by a group of Aboitiz Foundation scholars.

As part of the project, bricks out of repurposed plastic wastes were turned over to the Subangdaku Technical-Vocational School. These bricks will be used by the school for its footpath and plant boxes. The scholars have seen the plastic wastes as opportunities to solve Subangdaku Tech-Voc students’ difficulty during heavy rains as the area is frequently flooded and the school grounds are hardly passable.

The school’s machine technician demonstrates how to use the plastic shredder.
The school’s machine technician demonstrates how to use the plastic shredder.
Finished bricks were used by the Subangdaku TechVoc school as plant bricks.
Finished bricks were used by the Subangdaku TechVoc school as plant bricks.

The shredded plastic is used as a component in making the bricks for footpath and plant bricks.

In his speech, Subangdaku Technical-Vocational School Principal Rene Petancio acknowledged the role of the Aboitiz Foundation in improving their school by constructing their school buildings, refurbishing laboratories, and donating assets, among others.

Further, Petancio expressed gratitude to the Foundation for choosing them as beneficiaries of Project LEGO, which has not only addressed their problem during flooding but has introduced a potential source of income for the school.

“Sa ngalan ng paaralan, ako ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa Aboitiz Foundation sa patuloy na pagsuporta  (sa amin) mula noon lalo na sa Project LEGO na makatutulong sa pag recycle, sa pag-reuse ng plastik at papel sa paaralan. (In behalf of the school, I am very grateful to Aboitiz Foundation for continuously supporting us ever since especially this Project LEGO that helps us in recycling or reusing plastics and papers), Petancio said in his message.

To date, the school has already converted at least 100 sacks of plastic wastes into bricks to make footpath and plant boxes, and has vouched to innovate other by-products of the shredded plastic, as part of their commitment in advancing their community.

The event was attended by Aboitiz Foundation Education Program Manager Jowelle Ann Cruz, DepEd Mandaue City School Division Administrative Officer IV Dr. Edgar Espina, who reminded the students of their responsibility as stakeholders in continuing Project LEGO in their school.