DENR-NCR Provides Training on Charcoal Briquetting Technology

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) through the Ecosystems Research Development Services-Technology Transfer Division (ERDS-TTD) recently conducted training on Charcoal Briquetting Technology (CBT) at Barangay Tumana in Marikina City, in response to the request of Ms. Teresa Calo of the Mandaluyong City Waste Management Office. It was attended by 10 selected residents from Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. 

The endeavor was made possible through the efforts of ERDS-TTD and Barangay Council of Tumana, Marikina under the Pro-Active Response Towards Nurturing Environment Relations: A Barangay Outreach Project Based on Community Needs and Demand (PARTNER-BOND) project. 

Barangay Tumana was selected to host the training because of its active participation in promoting CBT in NCR. “We envisioned that CBT can provide livelihood opportunities in the community as an alternative source of cooking fuel for the households” stressed Teresa Calo. “At the same time we are able to manage the generation of buko wastes within the barangay and its vicinity”, she further added.

“CBT is one of the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) technologies being offered by the DENR as a livelihood opportunity where it can produce charcoal briquettes from biomass which are normally considered wastes”. “This technology not only saves trees from being cut down, but it also serves as strategy for solid waste management in the metropolis and upland areas”, Esmeralda P. Andres DENR-NCR OIC-TTD said.

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