Isko Moreno wants solar panels, rain catchers for Manila public schools

Sofia Tomacruz
Isko Moreno wants solar panels, rain catchers for Manila public schools
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says he wants environmental-friendly practices to to teach children to care for their surroundings

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has asked the Division of City Schools to look into environmental practices and programs that can be implemented in public schools across the city.

On Tuesday, July 9 Moreno said he suggested schools install solar panels on roofs and look into engineering that would allow schools to catch rain water for use in comfort rooms and watering of plants, among others.

“What we are trying to do is create a direction kasi one way or another nakabubuti na ‘to sa kapaligaran at nakatitipid na doon sa kaban in the long term (because one way or another, this is well help the environment and save funds in the long term),” Moreno told reporters in a press conference.

Moreno also wanted these practices to be observed in schools to teach children to care for the environment.

“Subconsciously, we are teaching our children inside educational institutions to care for the environment without saying it because if they are seeing these types of facilities – that it can be done and it’s not even rocket science – maybe later on if they are given an opportunity, they will do the same in their undertakings pag malaki na sila (when they are older.)”

Moreno said schools may tap the city’s special education fund as it looks for other sources of money.

Nutrition also priority: Aside from this, Moreno requested the school division to also look for funds to implement a nutrition program for students in kindergarten and grade 1.

The nutrition program is among Moreno’s campaign promises and is part of his “social amelioration program” that aims to give allowances and food to students and jobs to senior citizens.

Moreno said he eyed starting the nutrition program within 2019 or early 2020.

Moreno earlier promised Manileños they could expect nothing less than an active government during his term during the city hall’s first flag-raising ceremony. (READ: ‘Wala nang mayor na natutulog sa Maynila’ – Isko Moreno) – Rappler.com

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Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter via @sofiatomacruz. Email her at sofia.tomacruz@rappler.com.