The Barangay San Jose Sangguniang Kabataan, under the leadership of SK Chairman Monte Tolentino, gave segregated trash bins to public schools in Barangay San Jose.

The trash bins, which were made of durable color-coded plastic and steel, included those for biodegradable, for non-biodegradable or those which can be recycled and for harmful waste.  

SK Chairman Tolentino said he wanted a clean and safe environment for the children returning to school. Being aware of Governor Nina Ynares’ campaign to keep Rizal Province green, the trash bins were ready for segregated trash.

Some of the schools visited include Cabading Elementary School, Maximo Gatlabayan Memorial National High School, Old Boso-Boso Elementary School, Old Boso-Boso National High School, Kaysakat Elementary School, Kaysakat National High School and Rizza Elementary School.

Millions of students wearing face masks returned to primary and secondary schools across the Philippines for their first in-person classes after two years of coronavirus lockdowns.

With officials grappling with daunting problems, including classroom shortages, lingering COVID-19 fears, SK Chairman Tolentino sought to help with the distribution of the trash bins.  

In many schools, teachers checked the temperatures of students and sprayed alcohol on their hands before letting them into classrooms.

However, only about 24,000 of the nation’s public schools, or 46 percent, were able to begin in-person classes five times a week. The rest will resort to a mix of in-person and online classes until November 2, when all public and private schools are required to bring all students back to classrooms.

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