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Environmental Resource Management Center (ERMAC)

The Environmental Resource Management Center (ERMAC) is the office responsible for the initiation, implementation, supervision and evaluation of all the university's programs and policies together with its compliance to national government standards related to environmental management and safety, pollution control and disaster risk reduction. The office is also tasked to monitor construction projects in line with the University's campus development plans and manages the DLSUD Botanical Garden-Park.

Specific Functions:

  • Coordinate, supervise and monitor environmental programs of the university and all  its related activities.
  • Initiate and develop environmental projects to be participated in by the different sectors of the university.
  • Conduct information dissemination/campaigns, training and advocacy to all sectors of the university and community in coordination with the Lasallian Community Development Center (LCDC).
  • Establish linkages together with the LCDC with government as well as non- governmental organizations for environmental community projects and activities.
  • Enact institutional laws and policies with regard to all environmental concerns of the university.
  • Create a venue for the establishment of a network for environmental protection and conservation.
  • Create a better appreciation and practice of ecological resource management through promotion of environmental concerns/literacy among the academic sector.
BACKGROUND

In response to the Pastoral Letter released by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines on Stewardship of the Earth’s Resources, the De La Salle University system has included among others stewardship of God’s Creation Ministry Action Plan (MAP) 1999-2001.

De La Salle University-Dasmariñas’ (DLSU-D) commitment to this call was realized through the creation of the Environmental Resource Management Center (ERMAC), an office that is responsible for the university’s environmental programs and advocacy. Being a catholic institution, DLSU-D has a significant and crucial role and a moral responsibility to abide by the call of the church i.e. to be stewards of God’s creation. The different programs of the center seek to make the university an “ecology learning center” to the communities both inside and outside the campus.

SOURCE OF FUNDING

The funds for the projects and initiatives of the center come from various sources. These are:

  1. Budget allocation coming from the university’s general fund.
  2. Income generated from the Material Recovery Facility (MRF).
  3. Sponsorship from the various sectors inside and outside the university

Projects and Initiatives

  1. In-Campus

    1. Waste Segregation Program. This program which is being implemented in the whole campus aims to instill knowledge, appreciation and practical application of ecological waste management to the faculty members, students, and staff of the university. Furthermore, this also aims to establish and operate a self-sustaining and ecologically sound school-based waste management program. (Pls. see attached diagram for the Waste Segregation Scheme).

    Physical Improvement/Structure

    • Improvement, procurement and re-labeling of

    trash bins in the campus for easier sorting          

    • Improvement and expansion of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) including the composting center
    • Improvement, expansion and introduction of additional

    composting methods for the leftovers and biodegradable
    waste.

    Solid Waste Orientation Programs/Campus

    • Dorm Occupants
    • Intro01 students
    • C.L.A.Y. Go (Clean As You Go ) Campaign
    • Housekeepers and Grounds Maintenance staff
    • SWAFO and Security Officers

    Continuing Programs

    • Daily Monitoring of the university’s garbage volume and disposal
    • Monitoring of the canteen concessionaires garbage volume and disposal

    1. Clean-As-You-Go (CLAYGO). This program aims to instill commitment and discipline to every faculty, staff and student with regard to campus cleanliness and orderliness. This is through the application of proper waste segregation like bringing of used plates, cups, wrappers, utensils and the leftover foods to designated depository areas (in the canteens) or trashcans (kubo, classrooms, study areas).
    1. Incorporation of Environmental Module to Intro 01. Intro 01 is a one-unit course being offered to freshmen and transferees introducing them to the school setting. The solid waste management scheme and some environmental guidelines being implemented in the campus is incorporated in this course.

    1. Seminars/Training’s- A number of seminars and trainings aiming to educate the whole academic community with regard to environmental concerns have been and is still being sponsored by the center. Some of these are:
      1. Seminar/Workshop on Solid Waste Management
      2. Seminar on Waste Analysis
      3. Seminar on the Status of the Philippine Environment
      4. Seminar/Training on Waste Recycling and Crafts Development
      5. Seminar/Training on Composting Technologies
      6. Seminar/Workshop on Environmental Laws and Policies
      7. Vehicular Emission Testing in coordination with the Metro Manila Development Authority

    h.   Seminar on Clean-Air in coordination with the Department of Environment and          Natural Resources (DENR) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)

      1. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Seminar
      2. Teacher’s Training on Philippine Terrestrial Biodiversity and Conservation
      3. Environmental Leadership Training for Student Leaders

    Off-Campus

    1. Operation Linis. The Operation Linis is regularly being done by the University every 3rd Saturday of the month. The activity is being participated in by the Grounds Department and other student organizations. The said activity is not only being done inside the campus but also in areas identified by the Municipal Government in coordination with other schools within the municipality.

    1. International Coastal Clean-up. A once a year coastal cleaning activity in coordination with the LasallianCommunityDevelopmentCenter and the International Marinelife Alliance (IMA).

    Linkages with the different government and non-government organizations that are pursuing environmental projects and advocacy. (e.g. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mother Earth Unlimited, Recycling Movement of the Philippines, Philippine Greens, Cavite Green Coalition, Environmental Outreach Network, HARIBON Foundation, Center for Ecozoic Learning and Living, IDEAS, Eco Waste Coalition, Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines,  Environmental Science Institute-Miriam College), Balik Kalikasan, Lasallian Institute for the Environment (LIFE), Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE), Tangol Kalikasan

    Other Programs:

    Green for Life: One Million Trees and Beyond Project – To plant 1 million trees by year 2011 in celebration of the 100 years of Christian Brothers in the Philippines.

    Ecological Solid Waste Management Committee – Some DLSP member schools in Luzon (DLS-D, DLS-CSB, DLS-AU, DLSU-M, DLS-C, PSI, DLS-L, DLS-Z) was inspired by Lasallian values, which aims to be a community of responsible stewards and educators committed to care and protect the environment for the enhancement of the quality of life of the present and future generations.

    National Lasallian Eco-camp– It serves as a venue for the Lasallian community to socialize as well as to educate and make them aware on the importance of their environment.

    With so much waste being generated daily, campus waste management is now acknowledged to be one of the most important concerns of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas (DLSU-D). With the enactment of RA 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act), the DLSU-D Community through the center started to address its solid waste problem in accordance with the act. As a result:

    • Burning of garbage is not done anymore with the incineration area converted into a Material Recovery Facility (MRF).
    • The volume of solid waste has been dramatically reduced through resource recovery, recycling and composting.
    • A monthly income is being generated by the center out of the recyclable materials for use in its other environmental projects.

    However, the solid waste reduction program, which, is still far from perfect, will not become successful without the cooperation of all sectors. 

Personnel

Lasallian Vigilance for Environmental Development (LS Verde)

Lasallian Vigilance for Environmental Development is a student organization of De La Salle University- Dasmariñas in service to promote the beauty and conservation of the environment.

The LS VERDE believes in the moral duties and responsibilities of all its members to support any task or activity that the organization will undertake and to enhance their skills and talents for the progress and success of the organization, in so doing will profit and promulgate good standards for its members. The LS VERDE being a Lasallian in nature will continue to preserve the Lasallian values of Religio, Mores and Cultura and will always seek the intercession of St. John Baptist De La Salle.

Mission

To deepen the environmental awareness of the students. It aims to realize the involvement of the environment in our everyday living. To promote the importance of good community interrelationship in caring for the environment. To grow with the source of enlightenment and serve for the glory of God and country. To instill leadership among students in volunteering or supporting programs and activities responsive to the needs and wants of the students. To initiate and organize seminars and exposure tips concerning environmental aspects and academics related with its members or persons involved. To foster unity, companionship, uphold communication and camaraderie by creating an atmosphere conducive to its development between and among its members.

Impressum

In part of promoting the beauty of the environment in this University, we have formally organized our vigilant natured students through the formation of Lasallian Vigilance for Environmental Development of De La Salle University Dasmarinas. Ingrained with the aim to serve the community by deepening the environmental awareness of our companion students, in which its core project embarks on a field exposure program extending in providing knowledge concerned with related academics. This would help students to grow responsible and knowledgeable in caring for the nature and sufficient information of such. Moreover, we systematically volunteer ourselves in order to develop the sense of unity, enhance, skills and promote service, encourage every student towards their concern for a better community, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.

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Announcements

Starting Nov. 1, 2011, the school will start the ban on the entry and use of plastic bags in campus as part of the DLSP's Project Carbon Neutral. All Fridays starting Sept. 23 will also be "No Plastic Drinking Straw" days.

Memorandum on the Banning of Entry and Use of Plastic Bags in DLSU-D

As part of the Clean-up Month this September and in preparation for the Health Awareness Month, the Environmental Resource Management Center supports the Department of Health's Information Campaign against Dengue H- Fever. With the alarming cases recently, health authorities cautioned that the perils of dengue could last until October; hence, massive campaign is still being done. Currently, the Department of Health uses the 4s approach: "search and destroy breeding sites, self-protection measures, seek early treatment and say "no" to indiscriminate fogging" (Mediavilla, S. , 2006).

Memo, Forms and Guidelines

Contact



Environmental Resource Management Center
Integrated Farm
DLSU - Dasmariñas
Cavite, Philippines 4115

For questions and inquiries:
email us at ERMAC Secretariat

Trunkline:
Cavite +63 (46) 481.1900 local 3187 or 3124
Manila +63 (2) 779.5180