Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Learning Green from Tokyo

Tokyo is Japan's capital, its metropolitan population the highest in the world with about 13.506 million people. It tops the Global Economic Power Index as well as Best Overall Experience in categories: "helpfulness of locals", "nightlife", "shopping", "local public transportation" and "cleanliness of streets". It has 47 administrative divisions.

As a very populous city, yet with very efficient transport system and cleanliness, Philippines has much to learn from Tokyo.

1. Discipline. In our 8-day stay, we never saw any traffic violation and never heard any honking except the train signals. People, bikes, and cars stop when traffic lights turn orange to red, regardless of whether or not there are cars, bikes, or people crossing on the go-road/street. We never saw anyone throwing any form of waste, big or small. Instead, we saw people picking up rubbish and putting it inside their pockets.
 Cars, bikes, & people will stop at red sign regardless of there are cars, bikes or people crossing on the green road/street, or none.
2. They implement and follow laws. Households (we stayed in 3 homes in our visit) have 3 plastic bags of wastes and the accompanying waste bins:
They have a schedule of garbage pick-up per waste bag, so that not all wastes are thrown at the same day or hour. There are designated waste collection spots and the waste bags are all neatly packed. You will not see waste bags elsewhere. This makes sense as it will provide less work time for waste workers. Combustibles are then incinerated that supply energy and heat in Tokyo and consumers. Japan technology make incinerators emit vapors that are safer than their other incinerator counterparts.
 There is a schedule of pick per waste segregated.
Even the Tsukiji Fish Market with its fish stench, has its floors and amenities free of any form of new or rotting garbage!

3. They love their flowers and plants, and they show it. Not only are Tokyo's gardens well-maintained and even a source of pride, but flowering container gardens are kept along their side streets and homes. All idle spaces are filled with flowering plants.
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Idle spaces are filled with flowering plants.
4. They respect bike riders. Noel of Tokyo Biking Tours emphasized that for a nation that supplies the world with cars, Tokyo do not like cars that much.  But more notable is the reverence that car or motorized vehicle drivers give to their fellow road users. As mentioned earlier, they never honk even in near-accident events. You can hear brakes, but never a honk. Every road, side street, and even pedestrian lanes are paved with bike lanes, providing two choices for bikers. Mothers ride their children to school with bikes, there are bike rentals and paid / free parkings everywhere, and Tokyo households have adopted bikes as vehicle of choice. It has consistently occupied top spots of biking capital in the wold together with Copenhagen (Denmark), Utrech (Germany) and Amsterdam (Netherlands).
Biking in Tokyo is so safe that not only households adopted bikes as vehicle of choice but even toddlers can bike in major thoroughfares.
By Marge Tadeja. 
Photos by Jezreel Cruz 
Visit instagram #tokyogardens for more photos

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2017 Reading Caravan & Sustainability @ Bituen

2017 proved as another progressive year for the Bituen group as we opened the year with Reading Caravan book distribution at San Isidro, Makati City in January 2 with Karinderia ni Mang Urot once again benefiting about a hundred young learners. The feat is followed by another book distribution at at Magsilay, Pasil, Kalinga Apayao, in January 11.
 January 2 Reading Caravan at San Isidro, Makati City.
Reading Caravan at Magsilay, Pasil, Kalinga Apayao, January 11.

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Gulayan sa Paaralan Nationwide Conference in Dumaguete City, August 17;
Waste Gardening at Love to Learn,  Old Balara, Quezon City in October 24;
and Waste Gardening workshop again 
at 3rd National Youth Environmental Summit November 21, at Teachers Camp, Baguio City.

In between, the Bituen volunteers continue distributing books to marginalized children they encounter. Sustainability forums/seminars, workshops are supported by the Department of Education, Forest Management BureauEducation is our Tool, Gising na Pilipinas 5 Loaves & 3 Fishes Project, and PAGCOR. Books distribution efforts are supported by Books for Asia and Darien Books. Kudos to all!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

How to lower Philippine Business Tax

There are 2 ways you can reduce your business taxes in the Philippines substantially.
First, you can do-it-yourself and purchase this DIY kit we prepared for you:
DIY pack includes a Step-by-step process and all necessary documents to submit to several government agencies so you can avail about 50% off your taxable income! Purchase includes nationwide shipping.

But if you are like many Filipinos who are wary of online transaction, you can purchase the kit via the long process: deposit your payment via Bank of Commerce to Bituen current account 035-00-000715-1, then take a photo of your deposit slip and email to bituen.org@gmail.com

Second, you can schedule a meeting with us. Learn more about lowering your taxes for your Philippine business.

Under the Republic Act 8525 or Adopt-a-School Act of 1998 and BIR Revenue Regulations 10-2003, Bituen is now accepting Partners to join us in our two (2) programs as follows which your equivalent support will be duductible from your gross income (plus 50% additional deduction!!!!):
Sustainability & 3Rs - Seminars, workshops, & forums engaging teachers and students to adopt the waste-gardening approach and include tree-planting in their Gulayan sa Paaralan. Teachers, including TLE, Home Economics, and MAPEH educators and coordinators are encouraged to incorporate waste management in their livelihood and agricultural subjects at school so as to realistically meet the available resources to teachers and students alike especially those in urban areas. The environment is a cause that every individual should actively participate in to.
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Reading Caravan - free distribution of quality children's books to marginalized urban and rural children all over the country. The Bituen group believe that inspiring and motivating children to read will empower them to aspire a better life, become learned, and productive members of society that would soon make intelligent choices as consumers.

As Partners, private companies can actually see their support, even join in the workshops (or their employees) for free, and have their support tax-deductible.


Bituen has distributed quality books to more than 10,000 children across the country, helped establish at least 5 mini-libraries, and conducted about 19 workshops/forums/seminars with a total of more than five thousand participants. For updated posts, visit our Facebook page Bituen Boluntario.


For more information, call (632) 9941372, contact us, or email at bituen.org@gmail.com

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Reading Caravan

More than anything, quality children's books are most helpful and inspiring to marginalized children in third world countries like the Philippines due to its rarity and accessibility. Textbooks in the country seldom has more than 2 colors, of durable quality, or appeal due to its successive and years of use by several children.

In Bituen volunteers' outreach experiences, when given food and a pack of toys, children set aside the rest and browse through the pages of the book they received for free because this is a new experience to them: being transported in another world with color and vivid images!



All photos taken during the January 2, 2017 Reading Caravan in San Isidro, Makati CIty.

Bituen continue accepting book donations for marginalized children. While giving to schools and libraries may also be a good intention, these books are rarely used by marginalized children for fear of soiling these books and being reprimanded later on.

Contact us to donate.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Eco Volunteers Needed

On the heels of the success of the initial Cool Green School project, Bituen is inviting volunteers to become trainers for various schools in Philippine cities. Under the Sustainability program, wastes are used in urban gardening and possible livelihood craft projects with the double purpose to clean and green our urban especially in marginalized areas.

The training is for free but volunteers will shoulder their tool kit worth P700 and waste materials:
  • 2 medium to large cans
  • 1 large shampoo or similar plastic bottle
  • waste paper and packaging boards.
The workshop-training is slated to begin February 25, 2017 and every last Saturday of each month thereon which venue shall be near or around Quezon City Memorial Circle area.  Participants are required to complete all activities during the training to be able to receive a certification, and inclusion in the pool of volunteers. The volunteer trainers will then be deployed to various city schools to train students.

Bituen has also been invited to join the rehabilitation efforts of the Duterte Administration and successful participants may also opt to join the extended workshops in treatment centers around the country.
For other inquiries, please contact Bituen, call (02) 9941372, or email bituen.org@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cool Green School (Gulayan sa Paaralan)

Metro Manila teachers and students from DepEd were presented with current sustainability trends and Metro Manila environment problems and opportunities in the Cool Green School (Gulayan sa Paaralan, National Greening Program) forum and workshop.
The forum-workshop focused on current environment issues in Metro Manila: massive daily burning and dumping of wastes in waterways, pollution of land, air and water, threath in health and quality of life, and what is left for the "laylayan" members of the Philippine society: wastes, lacking or limited space, lack of access to resources, and lack of motivation and incentives.

While teachers and students presneted issues and challenges in greening their environment, participants were shown how to make their own compost and organic soil from biodegradable wastes like scrap paper and packaging boards, kitchen refuse, and garden wastes, as well as utilize waste plastic and can containers as pots for planting seeds, seedlings, and cutting that they can harvest from.

The presentation noted report of the Asian Deveopment Bank that there are at least 1.5 tons of garbage dumped daily in Metro Manila alone by the year 2015 as poverty remains unmitigated. The workshop hopes to inspire widespread and integrated teaching and education on greening the learning environment through proper waste management and urban gardening. Public schools where urban poor were educated were taught how to reduce wastes at source but also to help improve air condition and reduce pollutions in their areas. It has been suggested that a learning environment with more plants and trees increases learning quality.




Container gardening in Metro Manila is ideal due to lack of open ground space for learners and individuals yearning to cultivate their own gardens. Private entities willing to support the program for continuous education of the urban poor youths may call (02) 9941372 during office hours. The schools of the first leg of Cool Green School are:

  • Ismael Mathay Sr. High School
  • Fernando Ma. Guererro Elementary School
  • Bangkal (annex) High School
  • Gen. Miguel Malvar Elementary School 
  • Novaliches High School
  • Jose P. Laurel High School

The firts leg of the forum-workshop has been presented by Bituen Organization of volunteers supported by Education is Our Tool, 5 Loaves & 3 Fishes Miracle Project of Gising na Pilipinas!, DepEd, ToyKalapawMi, and the Bureau of Plant Industry.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tokyo Eco Urban Tour

A major cause of corruption is when leaders and planners lack knowledge, exposure, and direct connection with the real business people to deal with when it comes to managing the limited resources of our government.

Bituen, with the help of Regis International Travel & Tours, will bring urban leaders and planners to the Land of the Rising Sun to experience first-hand the Ecological Urban Technologies, Products and Services that are currently produced and marketed worldwide.
Those who are interested, please call 63-2-9941372 for details, or email us.