Garbage is a problem that hounds many places in the world, more so in poorer countries where garbage collection is challenged by unavailability of enough garbage trucks to take the trash as well as the bad habit of people in throwing stuff everywhere.
Sadly, the trash not only makes the place unsightly but also causes a chain reaction in that the garbage eventually clogs the canals to cause floods as well as make it to the rivers and seas to pollute these water bodies.
But how do you get the people to cooperate? Well, Cebu City in central Philippines has found a way to encourage the people to clean up their surroundings by launching a program called “Basura Mo, Sardinas Ko” (Your Garbage, My Sardines).
Under this program, the residents get to exchange the trash they collected for cans of sardines. One plastic bag of trash earns one can of sardines while a sack gives them two cans.
While some netizens slammed the program for paying people to do something that they should actually be doing without any incentive, it is a sad reality that you can’t make people do anything if it doesn’t give them any benefit at all.
Indeed, the program is quite effective at the first barangays these was implemented.
“So far, the response has been good. People would tell me that the sitios have become cleaner ever since we started the program. Before, the residents would just throw their garbage anywhere. Now, residents are competing against each other to gather more garbage in exchange for more cans of sardines,” said Jerome Mañego, the program’s staff in charge from the Cebu City Hall’s Department of Public Services (DPS).
Even young kids help out and gather trash, not just from their own homes and surroundings but even in the creeks and rivers in the locality.
Why are Canned Sardines Popular in the Philippines?
Aside from its affordable price, canned sardines in popular in the Philippines because it is delicious and does not have to be cooked. This makes the food easy to prepare, especially in families who don’t have a lot of money to spare for firewood, spices, and other cooking needs.
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Heartbroken Man Slams Kitten On The Floor Repeatedly When He Was Denied A Full Refund
Animals and hot-headed people with problems in anger management do not go together – ever!
We’ve heard of stories where animals are taken for granted by heartless people, our hearts go to these poor animals who didn’t do anything wrong to deserve such fate.
It started as a sweet gesture
Just take this man from Nanjing, China, surnamed Zhang for example. On March 16, he decided to buy a cute kitten to give to his girlfriend as he asks for her hand for marriage.
Well, as sweet as it was, the girl turned him down but she accepted the kitten.
The poor kitten
After a few days, though, she gave the kitten back to Zhang because she said she didn’t know how to take care of the poor kitten. The condition of the kitten is pitiful as she has not eaten for days.
Zhang took the kitten back to the pet shop he bought it from and asked the owner if they could take the kitten back temporarily, seeing how the kitten looked like, the owner agreed.
But after a few more days, Zhang went back again and this time acted like a douche. He asked the pet shop to take care of the kitten permanently because he didn’t have time anymore.
However, aside from that, he also wanted his payment back.
After starving the kitten and confusing it big time?
What a prick.
Of course, the store will not agree with that, but when Zhang heard their answer, he just said,
“Give me the cat, I will settle it myself.”
The kitten was given to him in a pink plastic bag and he continued to walk out the store. But when he reached the outside, he suddenly slammed the plastic on the ground repeatedly!
The poor kitten was twitching in pain but he kept on slamming it on the ground a couple more times. So cruel!
By the time the store staff reached them, the cat was already dying on the floor. When they called the police, Zhang already fled the premises.
The staff lifted the kitten and couldn’t help but cry. How can somebody be that cruel? The kitten didn’t deserve that.
China’s Social Credit System Affects Chinese People’s Ability to Travel, Eat and Date
China is taking their rules to the next level: this time, it is working to limit people from using transportation like airplanes and travel in different places if they have bad social credit. According to Reuters, people will be put on the restricted list if they are found to commit acts such as spreading false information regarding terrorism or causing troubles on flights. Those who are using expired tickets or smoking on trains will also be reprimanded.
President Xi JinPing’s Social Credit System is the leader’s start to rule the country for life, after the two-term limit has been abolished. This system will be rolled out by 2020, making the country’s 1.3 billion people be subjected to a score based on their trustworthiness.
Different Credit System
However, unlike the western credit rating’s purely financial rating, China’s Social Credit System will be different.
According to the government, its mission is to build a harmonious socialist society by rewarding the citizens with good behavior and punish a person or a company that falls short. With this system, the authorities will consider every aspect of the life of the citizens. This includes data from the country’s social insurance database as well as their criminal records system.
Scope of the System
A person’s online shopping habit will also be traced. If you are spending too much on items that deemed lazy like video games, your social score will decrease. The government will also look at your bills, your student records, whether you visit your parents enough, and if you were caught jaywalking.
Government officials will also follow your social media accounts to look out for any forms of dissent.
In Shanghai alone, honking is banned to reduce noise pollution in the city. Those who will be caught beeping will have their license plate number appear on an electronic billboard. They will also be forced to pay a fine. This will also go on their record, even if they honked just to avoid an accident.
Perks for Chinese People
If it looks too much for people from other countries, people from China accept the monitoring and welcome the new rating. For many Chinese, the social order and safety that could come from the rating system outweigh their privacy which could be taken away. Plus, those with high social scores will get additional perks from the government.
Trustworthy people could get gym memberships, special discounts in stores, and shorter wait times in the hospitals. Citizens can also increase their scores by doing good deeds like recycling and giving blood to the blood bank.
However, if you have low scores, you won’t be able to take out a loan, travel to another country, send your kids to good school, eat in good restaurants, and get matches on different dating websites.
Which do you think is better: a credit system or a social credit system? Let us know in the comments section below!
‘Project Malasakit’ by Kara David Donates Chairs to Students Who Were Sitting on Floors
Education is valuable. This is the reason why most parents choose to send their kids to school.
But poverty is a huge factor in making this a huge challenge, especially in the Philippines where there are more poor than rich people. Thankfully, many children still continue going to school in hopes of a better future, despite the difficult challenges they have to face.
Take for example the Mangyan children of Brgy Malo, Bansud in Mindoro Oriental who are forced to sit on the floors of their classrooms because the school doesn’t offer chairs. They do have classrooms with blackboards and other facilities, like a ceiling fan but chairs are just too expensive for them.
The children’s sad plight was discovered by journalist Kara David who was in Mindoro on a trip with her husband. The couple learned that the locals were able to build a school at the foot of the mountains, thanks to bayanihan, but were unable to buy chairs. This did not stop the kids from going to school, even if that meant sitting on the floor.
A lot of people sent donations after hearing these diligent kids’ story. Donations came from as far the US, Italy, and Canada through ‘Project Malasakit’.
Thanks to these donations, the discount they received from Uratex, and the free shipping they got from Starlite Ferries, Kara David’s Project Malasakit was able to deliver the donations to the school. It is heartwarming to see the kids now sitting on arm chairs instead of studying on the floor.
But the project didn’t just stop with the chairs. Because there was still a lot of money left over from the donations, Kara David promised to have the water system fixed so that the Mangyan community will have clean drinking water. Wow!
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