Charcoal briquette making gets funding


The Eco-Uling project that produces charcoal briquette from water lilies, coconut husk and shells gives livelihood to persons with disability and protects the environment.

The project marks the 10th year of the Pondo ng Pinoy movement that was began by Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales in the Archdiocese of Manila.

The movement’s anniversary on June 12, 2014 will be celebrated in the host community of the Eco-Uling project in Taguig City. About 1,000 delegates from 21 Pondo ng Pinoy member dioceses are expected to attend the celebration.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will lead visitors to the project site.

There will be a demonstration of how the unique charcoal briquettes are produced, followed by a program at the Ed Carlos Property, C6 Road, Barangay Calsada, Taguig City.
Tagle will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m.

Some 20 persons with disability and their young Muslim friends run the project that has helped the disabled persons to earn a living by utilizing water lily that clog the waterways and lead to flooding especially during the rainy season.

Pondo ng Pinoy initially granted the project P300,000 and gave an additional P280,000 for its expansion.

Pondo ng Pinoy has spent P200 million on more than 300 health, livelihood and development, alternative learning and housing projects as well as the Hapag-Asa feeding program.

The movement operates through the Pondo ng Pinoy Community Foundation whose members are the Archdiocese of Manila, 18 dioceses, two apostolic vicariates and the Military Ordinariate.


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