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Plastics are all around us today. Everywhere we look there are plastic. Plastics are very convenient for everyday use but the sad thing is after its use it is just being thrown indiscriminately.


Plastics are made with synthetic materials and will not decompose for thousands of years. Try to imagine you order everyday juice or soda and everyday you use plastic straw (let us just consider the straw) which will be thrown after use times 1 million people doing the same in this city (just this city) for 1year, how many do you think that will amount to? a mountain of straw per year, and without proper discipline on garbage disposal no wonder that we are suffering urban flooding due to congested canals and the worse is that fishes and other aquatic and non-aquatic animals have consumed plastics already, which will eventually come back to us.

L.I.H.U.K. stands for Local Initiative for Holistic Upbringing of Knowledge is a movement of young professionals in Cagayan de Oro City who wants to be proactive in finding solution to the ever-growing problem being caused by garbage.


Last September 15, 2018 the group made a debut event “The Green Weekend” World Clean Up Day Celebration at the Event Center, Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. The event was being partnered by Limketkai Mall, the Climate Reality Project Philippines and My World.

The United Nations Global Survey For A Better World and being supported by Global Chips Technologies Co., Clifford Roa, Hands at Work, Saku Bags, Lindungawan, Indigenous is Hip, Echo Store, the Good Steward and Lunhaw Ph. The main activity on the event was Eco Brick workshop, the group which was being facilitated by Nadine Casiño demonstrated the proper way of making eco bricks and its standard weight.

Mall goers and the audience get to experience hands-on stuffing plastics the right way on PET bottles.


Also last September 26, 2018 L.I.H.U.K. was invited to share eco brick making at the Barangay Canitoan Environment Summit 2018 at the Canitoan Elementary School, Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City.


Kookie Achas demonstrated Eco Brick making to the students and constituents of Brgy. Canitoan which was very timely since the Barangay’s are finding ways on doing activities creatively to further waste management and segregation. L.I.H.U.K. have invitations now from various organizations and LGU’s on Eco brick making. One of its earlier project was an eco brick workshop at Brgy Looc, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental last September 2, 2018.


People rising up collectively to create a movement for a better community is much needed these days, the world are looking for advocates who want to do what is right for the everybody.



About Rhyan Casiño

Rhyan Casiño
The author is a member of the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro and Chairman of Dire Husi Initiatives, Inc. recipient of the national award Ten Accomplished Youth Organization or TAYO. For comments/suggestions please send to

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