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MCM partners with Hydroflask and Parkland to reduce plastic waste in the city

December 11, 2019 - Wednesday 6:12 PM by Leebai Sinsuat Ambolodto

Article Banner Image Maria Estrella H. Sanchez (left) and Engr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo (right) signing the Memorandum of Agreement

While plastics have a practical use, it too has been a great source of pollution the world over. In the Philippines alone, the number has tremendously increased — almost 48 million shopping bags are used, adding up to more than 17 billion a year.
Reports even show that the Philippines is the world’s third source of plastic pollution. Definitely not something to be proud of.
Single-use plastics or more commonly known as disposable plastics are a big contributor to pollution. The likes of plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, water bottles, and yes, sachets are just some products we Filipinos use and throw away after one use. Impractical? Very.
In the city, the fight to ban single use plastics is an ongoing struggle that is slowly taking shape. Both public and private sectors are implementing rules and regulations to help save Mother Earth from further destruction. And the Malayan Colleges Mindanao has joined the plight.
On November 13, 2019, Malayan Colleges Mindanao became the first school in the Philippines to sign a memorandum of agreement with two global eco-friendly brands familiar with the cutback on single use plastics advocacy — Hydroflask and Parkland — to further advance their shared advocacy in the reduction of single use plastics.

Representatives from both MCM and Primer Group of Companies watching Hydroflask and Parkland video advertisements and promotional material

Both brands are exclusively distributed by the Primer Group of Companies.
Malayan Colleges Mindanao’s advocacy in reducing plastic trash has been active since it began operations in 2018. Projects like the Plastic Pitch-In Drive have materialized in an effort to recycle plastic trash and convert them into chairs for public schools.
With this brand new partnership, there is a mutual goal to advance this endeavor. Both parties have made an agreement to collaborate on the Reduction of Single Use Plastic Movement through MCM’s involvement in the process of collecting and providing plastic bottles through student and employee donations.
The agreement also serves as a venue partnership that allows the use of the school’s facilities for a future inter-school symposium.
To further the partnership and advocacy, both Hydroflask and Parkland will be conducting events at MCM. “The main goal is to collaborate and to help out the beautiful thing that Mapúa has started which is to encourage the students and hopefully the public to help reduce in the usage of single-use plastics by either donating those instead of throwing it away or buying products that are recycling these single use plastics, and it’s very appropriate because we have products like that,” Primer Group of Companies Cluster Operations Head in Mindanao Maria Estrella H. Sanchez shared during the MOA signing.
Together with Sanchez were Malayan Colleges Mindanao Executive Vice President Engineer Dodjie S. Maestrecampo and Cluster Operations Head in Mindanao and Cluster Sales Head of Primer Group of Companies Roland Jae Patalita. 
In return for the plastics, school Executive Vice President Engineer Maestrecampo said Parkland and Hydroflask items will be donated to students and staff of their donated school, Matina Aplaya Elementary School.

Primer Group of Companies answering interview questions from student volunteers under the Corporate Communications Office

Also present during the signing were Malayan Colleges Mindanao academic staff Senior High School Principal Dr. Flora Mae C. Yparraguirre, Dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture and OIC (Officer-in-Charge) of the College of Arts and Sciences Engineer Rachel C. Villanueva, Dean of the College of Computer and Information Science Ms. Rhodessa J. Cascaro, Head of the Center for Guidance and Counseling and Director of the Office for Student Services Ms. Liezel S. Lopez, and Assistant Vice President for Administration Engineer Rolando V. Bitor, and Head of the Corporate Communications Office Ms. Astrid A. Cuezon. The colleges’ Corporate Communications documentation team and student volunteers and observers were also there to witness.
Aside from internal school activities, there will also be a number of inter-school events aimed at educating the Mindanao youth on how to contribute to the reduction of single use plastics.
Malayan Colleges Mindanao also launched its #FindSolutions campaign which focuses on finding solutions to pressing issues that plague our daily lives — issues like water pollution from single-use plastics and lack of school equipment in some public schools to name a few.
Malayan Colleges Mindanao, through its many offices and partners, is on the move in helping solve and or alleviate these problems — one solution at a time. One of which is creating a space for students to be both academically and socially-aware. 
The Primer Group distributes several consumer and industrial products. Among these consumer brands carried by the Primer Group include DC, Quicksilver, Volcom, Roxy, Fitflop, Kickers, KruZin, Native, Olukai, Sanuk, Sledgers, Tretorn, Ace, Eagle Creek, Delsey, Design Go, Mendoza, Tumi, Victorinox, World Traveller, Boxfresh, Eastpack, Ellesse, Gaiam, Hedgren, High Sierra, Jansport, Kangol, Slenderstone, Timbuk2, Tough Jeansmith, Outdoor Gear, Coghlans, Columbia, Mountain Hardware, Nalgene, Nathan, Salomon, Salvas, Sea to Summit and The North Face. Industrial products include Aircon.Network Philippines, Inc. (A.N.P.I.), Brushstroke Creatives, Primer Printing Services, Inc. (P.P.S.I.), South AmerAsia Chemical Corporation (S.A.C.C.), Stellar Equipment and Machinery, Inc. (S.E.M.I.) and Union Inks and Graphics Philippines, Inc. (U.I.G.P.I.).