Puerto Princesa City, March 28, 2022—On March 24, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Clean Cities, Blue Ocean program, donated eight waste collection vehicles to increase the capacity and efficiency of “Eco Warrior” waste collectors from Barangay Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
These vehicles, which include five bicycles, two motorcycles with sidecars, and one four-wheel multicab, were provided through the program’s grant to the Philippine organization Project Zacchaeus, which seeks to address ocean plastic pollution and the critical needs of those working in the informal waste and recycling sectors.
“USAID strongly believes that partnerships, community engagement, and customized solutions are important for the success of our development projects,” said U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Heather Variava. “We are pleased to turn over these vehicles to the Eco Warriors, who have emerged as local leaders in sustainability and waste management, as we work together in curbing ocean plastic pollution and building sustainable circular economies.”
The waste collection vehicles were received by USAID grantee Project Zacchaeus Marketing Cooperative (PZC) Founder John Gastanes and Eco Warriors President Lydia Casiano. The vehicles will expand the Eco Warriors’ previous collection capacity and provide enhanced waste services to an estimated 3,000 households in Puerto Princesa.
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