Lingkod Kapamilya joint program finds better, safer application for used cooking oil

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 29 2019 06:27 AM

Most types of cooking oil can only be used thrice. Beyond that, the oil breaks down and increases the risk of cancer.

This is a problem, especially in poor communities, where recycled cooking oil is sold to ambulant sellers, filtered, repackaged and resold.

“You can only use it 3 times because it (heat) destroys the quality of the oil,” said Geri Sanez, head of the Environment Management Bureau’s hazardous waste management section.

“It will dissolve to high coco fatty acids and alcohol and triglycerine. It will cause cancer . . . Worst is the high aflatoxin content.

“One liter of oil can contaminate 30,000 liters or more of water . . . Living organism will die,” he added, explaining that oil-contaminated water can cause red tide.

Sanez and other officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were at Resorts World Manila on Tuesday to present a memorandum of agreement regarding the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation’s Bantay Langis program.

The agreement involves Resorts World Manila and its sister hotels donating cooking oil from its restaurants to the program. The oil is hauled and treated by Genetron International Marketing, which turns it into different products.

“We turn the used cooking oil into raw materials for fertilizer chemicals,” said Genetron’s technical sales director, Jocelyn Panen.

“The byproducts we use as additional fuel, for heat. And we use the other products as a component of hollow blocks.”

Genetron said 200 clients have donated oil for the program. Panen said she estimates that P25 million has been remitted to the foundation from the proceeds of the treated oil.

According to Susan Afan, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya managing director, the funds will be used to train people in vulnerable communities.

“Let’s say there are communities that are being threatened to be mined. Of course, they need livelihood. But instead of becoming another mining community, we try to give them alternative livelihood. So we open eco-tourism areas all over the Philippines,” she said.

“We also have eco-warrior trainings all over the Philippines. We train people who live near esteros, rivers so they know how to properly dispose their waste.”

In his speech, Resorts World Manila COO Stephen Reilly talked about how his experience as a diver made him appreciate environmental efforts.

“We all have a responsibility to at least give our children and also the children who are yet unborn to have the opportunity to see the Earth, this place we call home as a true gem,” he said.

“It cannot just be words or a corporate check. It has to be action.”

Resorts World said it is looking forward to the more efficient disposal and recycling program it now has with the foundation, especially since it has 10 restaurants.

The company said it is also excited to adopt a community and fund livelihood projects.

Afan urged other companies to approach the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation and donate their used cooking and industrial oil for the benefit of communities and the environment.

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