UPDATED August 8 – The Cravings Group (TCG) renewed its commitment to environmental causes with its participation in the first National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition, through its CSR arm – the Culinary Education Foundation (CEF), Inc.
TCG’s Susana P. Guerrero, concurrently also the president of Zero Waste Philippines, Inc. (ZWPI), was in the forefront in this landmark event. It was initiated and organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) headed by director Eli Ildefonso. As a Platinum Partner exhibitor, TCG maximized its participation in the 5-day exhibit through a series of seminars and demos that engaged visitors and audiences, mostly environmentalist groups and students.
What attracted most in the presentation was the Bokashi technology of composting that is low-cost, mess-free, pest-free and odor-free. Easy replicable, it is now being embraced by at least 40 communities all over the country since it was launched by the CEF on Earth Day last year.
The event was also an occasion to award the PHP50,000 prize to the ‘Most Sustainable Bokashi Program’ that was given to Bgy. Magay, Tanauan, Leyte. The barangay was represented by Fr. Rich Gomez MSC and the facsimile check handed to Sr. Zaida Villareal OSB by Guerrero. CEF envisions the Bokashi technology to immensely contribute to the growing demand for organic farming which is crucial to health and food security in the Philippines. In fact, Senator Loren Legarda commended TCG for this endeavor. She mentioned it in her speech at the Green Summit sponsored by World Bank’s IFC, after watching the actual demo in the exhibit.
The event also gave CEF the opportunity to open to the public their one-day seminar on ‘Best Green Practices in Commercial Kitchens’ soon. This aims to promote Green Chefmanship and Going Zero Waste in the hospitality industry. Another highlight of the event was the TCG’s opportunity to show how they were able to steer the company into an ISO 14001 Certification, the global standard in environmental excellence.