When modules turn into garbage

Senator Imee Marcos has raised deep concerns over the weekend on the impending environment problem in the use of printed modules by public elementary and high school students as part of the blended learning system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms. Marcos said a waste disposal system that facilitates the recycling of discarded papers must be organized not just in highly urbanized cities but also in areas that have limited access to online classes and where printed modules will become the new learning norm.

The printed self-learning modules will begin to pile up when the Department of Education officially resumes classes on October 5, 2020.

Has the school authorities thought of a recycling plan to mitigate any environmental woes, maybe, by reducing the need to dump discarded papers in sanitary landfills or somewhere else?

It seems Senator Marcos is in the know-how when she spoke of the paper garbage threat on the environment, an issue which should not be ignored.

Any solution? The lady legislator from Ilocos Norte espouses a paperless learning system. The DepEd and Local Government Units should lend or purchase more computer laptops and give them to the less fortunate students so that they will shift to digital learning.

In this northern province, some non-government organizations like the Zonta Club of Ilocos Norte, and many kind-hearted individuals have donated electronic tablets, mobile cellphones, desktop computers and laptops to poor but deserving students.

Recently, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte headed by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc distributed a total 369 desktop computer units to the different schools in the province to help boost the needed equipment of learners.

A paperless world makes Mother Earth in a big smile. Let us all be environmentalists in our own way. Spare trees from the havoc of destruction and ultimately, save our Planet. (IS)