Major Jesuit houses in the Philippines have begun setting up waste management activities aiming to make the houses environmental friendly. At the Loyola House of Studies (LHS), steel cages have been installed at the back of the kitchen to facilitate proper segregation of waste.
With the help and support of kitchen employees and scholastics, plastic and glass bottles, tin cans and cardboard boxes are now collected for recycling, and kitchen waste is now properly dumped into a compost pit. The waste management activities at LHS started at the end of December with the support of the Father Superior and other priests in the community, the scholastics and staff.
The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) is developing a protocol that outlines steps for Jesuits in responding to disasters in the region aiming to increase collaboration in management and reduce risk.
The protocol seeks to integrate Jesuits’ area disaster engagement on the ground while networking with national and international organisations in support of the communities affected.
The 2014 JCAP Education Colloquium titled ‘The Planet is Our Home’, held at St Ignatius’ College Riverview in Sydney from July 8 to 12, discussed the role Jesuit schools can play in promoting reconciliation with creation.
Nearly 100 delegates from nine countries across the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific – Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, Timor Leste, and Australia – participated in the Colloquium.