Burn calories not trash. That was the spirit of the “Stop Open Burning Awareness Fun Run 2017” held at the Academic Oval of UP Diliman on the beautiful day of July 2nd. The “Stop Open Burning Awareness Fun Run 2017” is an event for raising awareness about the detrimental effects of open burning to human health as well as the environment. This awareness event was a part of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources called “Demonstration of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) in Open Burning Activities in Response to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)”.
Open burning is the combustion of unwanted materials such as waste biomass or garbage which is locally termed “pagsisiga”. Open burning, especially of garbage, releases unintended persistent organic pollutants (UPOPs) into the atmosphere where it can travel far and persist in the environment due to its properties. Exposure to UPOPs may have detrimental effects to the environment and human health.
Around 250 participants joined the run the “Stop Open Burning Awareness Fun Run 2017” last Sunday which covered both 3km and 5km courses around the Academic Oval in UP Diliman and was open to people of all ages. We were honored by the presence and support of Engr. Eligio T. Ildefonso, the OIC-Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC).
Adults, children, seniors, government officials and NGO ran, cheered and encouraged each other all the way to the finish line. The participants each enjoyed a loot bag and a fun and vigorous warm up by Slimmer’s World Pasay. Winners took home 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals in the 3K and 5K male and female categories as well as a winner’s loot for each.