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Enterprising young girl's ‘small’ gift touches Hagedorn PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, April 25 (PNA)-- Sixteen-year-old Mary Ann Sinoy recently presented to Mayor Edward Hagedorn a a souvenir key chain made of recycled material in her barangay, Sta. Lourdes, after the launching rites of the Materials Recovery Facilities Program.

The item is made of recycled materials, like the other souvenir items displayed at the barangay booth where dozens of products from tin foil used as fruit juice packs, chips bags and other non-biodegradable waste materials are converted as cash-from-trash products.

The community project promotes recycling for zero-waste in seven pilot barangays initiated by the city government, with the cooperation of the Mother Earth Foundation.

Appreciative of the ‘small gift’, Mayor Hagedorn asked the incoming high school senior, to produce more of the souvenir items.

“I’ll provide you the capital,” he told the obviously overwhelmed girl as he fished out of his pocket some bills which he gave to the surprised but happy teener. You produce these items and we will buy them from you to be given as souvenirs to our city visitors," Mayor Hagedorn said.

“I did not expect this,” said, the girl, whose mother is a producer of recycled materials; adding that the mayor’s action has inspired her to pursue more creative and enterprising activities that could also encourage other youngsters.

Hagedorn, interviewed shortly via telephone on local radio, said the gesture to assist Mary Ann is a part of his thrust to make young people of Puerto Princesa become enterprising and productive citizens.(PNA)

 

 
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