Who would have thought that our defective electronic gadgets at home would be accepted as tickets to a concert?
This was the exact concept of PMPI and UP Circuit as they launched an advocacy concert for electronic scrap recycling last May 29 at UP Diliman Bahay ng Alumni. [READ: Bring your old cellphone and enjoy a concert on May 29!]
“Ikot Metal” was top billed by Tres Marias – the trio of Color It Red vocalist Cooky Chua, Lolita Carbon of the folk rock group Asin, and world music singer Bayang Barrios.
The concert also featured performances from Coffebreak Island, Jeepney Joyride, Republicats, Kampai, Kulay, and several UP-based groups.
Ikot Metal was also brought to the public by Shotlist Productions, G-box Photobooth, UP Music Circle, UP Haring Ibon, and KAISA-UP Diliman. [SEE: Ikot Metal Photo Gallery]
The e-scrap campaign of PMPI
Yoly Esguerra, PMPI national coordinator, explained during the concert the objectives of the e-scrap recycling campaign.
She said that electronic gadgets nowadays have been an integral part of a person’s life.
“While we buy new models of electronic gadgets, we must ask where will the old ones go. Whether we throw it out or store the gadgets in our closets, we are rendering its metal components useless and we let new mines to operate which can be destructive to the environment and communities,” Esguerra, whose birthday coincided with the concert date, said to the crowd.
Leiz Jimenez, wife of the late comedian-activist Tado, shared that one of his husband’s advocacy was promoting metal recycling.
Tado, who passed away last February due to a road accident, was supposedly the organizer of Ikot Metal concert.
Metal recycling or e-scrap campaign is part of the anti-mining campaign of the network. (See the campaign primer below.)PMPI-E-Scrap-Recycling-Campaign-Primer
While PMPI continues to advocate against the negative of large-scale mining, the campaign will provide a platform to broaden the perspective of minerals management and utilization.
Aside from the concert, a research work is currently being undertaken which tackles the social life of a discarded mobile phones and will be released soon to the public.
The framework of the campaign was drafted by the technical working group (TWG) composed of Ian Rivera (Davao), Fr. Juderick Calumpiano (Eastern Visayas), Fr. Joy Pelino (KIDMACO), Arlene Lusterio (NCR-Urban), Francia Clavecillas (NCR-National), Joyce Palacol (CBCP-NASSA), and PMPI project officer Fr. Oliver Castor.
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