City of Dreams Manila takes its sustainability program to greater heights as it collaborates with ABS-CBN Foundation in environmental advocacies that include Bantay Langis, Bantay Baterya, and Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Recovery Program.
City of Dreams Manila’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Benning and ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Susan Afan led the signing of agreement at City of Dreams together with the resort’s Vice President for Hotels, Food and Beverage Operations Michael Ziemer and ABS-CBN Foundation’s Marketing Head Paul Vincent S. Mercado. They were joined by representatives from ABS-CBN Foundation’s partner recyclers: Genetron International Marketing’s Technical Sales Director Engr. Jocelyn Panen; Oriental & Motolite Marketing Corporation’s ULAB Supervisor Rita Regalado; and Envirocare Management Precision Inc.’s owner, Ariel Entico.
“City of Dreams Manila shares the same vision for a better, greener future of ABS-CBN Foundation, which has long been recognized for its strong and consistent commitment to the preservation of the environment, as proven by its numerous landmark achievements. We are honored to continue working with them, so together we can embark on more sustainable projects that create a lasting, positive impact for the environment,” Mr. Benning said.
ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Langis, Bantay Baterya and Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Recovery Project aim to shed light on the dangers of improper handling of used oils, used lead acid batteries and electronic wastes. At the same time, the foundation encourages companies to donate these wastes for proper recovery, recycling, and/or disposal through the help of its accredited recyclers: Genetron International Marketing for used oils, Oriental & Motolite Marketing Corporation for used batteries, and Envirocare Management Precision Inc for electronic wastes.
Proper handling of these end products reduces the hazardous wastes that might end up polluting bodies of water. Apart from its positive impact to the environment, the income generated from the donated wastes are utilized to fund various environmental endeavors of ABS-CBN Foundation such as the protection of the La Mesa Watershed, among others.
These projects further strengthen the green initiatives that City of Dreams Manila has spearheaded. These are: a vermicomposting facility and greenhouse nursery on property; a holistic and sustainable coffee program for which it partners with local coffee farmers and eliminates wastes by using coffee remains at the vermicomposting area; the use of biodegradable and compostable plates, utensils and take-out bags at The Garage VR Zone and food park. The resort’s dynamic employee volunteerism program also covers coastal clean-up drives along Manila Bay, and mangrove and tree planting activities in Laguna and Cavite. It actively supports the award-winning global program of Diversey Inc.,’s Soap for Hope in collaboration with Mesa ni Misis, wherein used soaps from the hotel rooms are repurposed into new soap bars for donation to charities and communities.