To encourage the Filipino youth to learn more about waste segregation and the environment, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) devised a fun strategy to teach them – specifically through a new gaming application.

The app, which is accompanied by a new mascot, was officially launched on March 24. Called ‘Basura Buster,’ the Android-based game aims to bolster awareness and the implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act among children. 

Photo from John Mark Mangapot via PNA

According to Environmental Management Bureau Ilocos regional director Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe, the app is designed for kids aged five to eight, who usually spend their time at home. 

“They would be able to play with the guidance of their parents. It is both instructional and educational for them to imbibe segregation. For them to learn how to segregate properly,” she said.

Meanwhile, Hipe noted that the mascot called “Pinas: The Basura Buster Mascot (PBB)” will serve as a recognizable icon for solid waste management.

“PBB is for the children to see a physical symbol of our advocacy campaign on ecological solid waste management,” she explained. 

To further promote their mobile game, DENR will be collaborating with the Department of Education (DepEd). 

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Image credit: John Mark Mangapot via PNA