8-year-old John Paul Liray braved a dirty creek to collect as much garbage as he can to his three plastic bags. He will take the trash to the staff of Department of Public Service assigned to their barangay in exchanged of two cans of sardines. This will be his family’s dinner.
At a young age and small body, John Paul worked hard to get sardines for his three other siblings. His mom worked as a promodizer in a supermarket and her earnings is not enough to feed her kids. John Paul’s dad is reportedly unemployed and was never sober.
John Pauls and the other residents are thankful of the DPS program “Basura Mo, Sardinas Ko,” which gives the residents two cans of sardines for every sack of collected garbage, and a can for a smaller trash bag.
“So far, the response has been good. People would tell me that the sitios have become cleaner ever since we started the program. Before, they would just throw garbage anywhere. Now, they are competing against each other to gather more garbage in exchange for more cans of sardines,” the DPS official told Inquirer.
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