Mabuhay Ball technology sharing & dropping for the environment with St. Scholastica’s College Students
Last April 02, 2014 a seminar regarding Bokashi Ball Production was held at Asian Social Institute (ASI) with 146 participants of 2nd year college Lay Apostolate students from St. Scholastica’s College Manila. The seminar started at 8:00 am and lasted until 4:00 in the afternoon. Bokashi balls was a new term for most students but as the seminar went on, they realized how these so called bokashi balls can help the environment.
There were three speakers that day namely, Professor Dennis Y. Batoy, Vice President for Social Development (ASI), Mr. Christopher L. Funes, the CYASF Coordinator and Mr. Joemedes B. Arienda, the Area Animator for Cardona, Rizal. They first discussed what a bokashi ball is and the procedures on how to make one; “bokashi” comes from a Japanese term that means “fermented organic matter” which refers to a system developed in Japan that uses beneficial micro-organisms to break down toxins and food waste. Basically, these balls will help clean our polluted rivers, lakes, etc. Mr. Joemedes even let the students experience making their own bokashi balls as they discussed the procedures that have to be followed. Procedures include combining a mixture of clay, ceramic powder, brown sugar or molasses and rock salt and then infusing the mixture with micro-organisms. The mixture was formed into large balls and left to ferment for several weeks until coated with a fuzzy white fungus.
The speakers also talked about their experiences on making their first bokashi balls, the failures they had encountered and how they got to witness the improvements these made in our filthy waters such as reduction of foul odour and the changing of the water from dark to light color. They emphasized their importance in cleaning our waters that can provide a huge impact on the betterment of not only the environment but also of our economy. We then nailed all the bokashi balls on Estero Santibanez along Paco area.
It’s amazing to witness how innovative people are since they were able to invent the bokashi balls and how willing some of us can be in caring for our environment. The speakers and the bokashi balls themselves were great examples that there is hope in our polluted waters, since water is a basic necessity for all human beings. Also, this proves that there are many ways of protecting and caring for nature, all that we need to do now is to use the knowledge we’ve gained and put it into action. The earth doesn’t need us, it can live without us, but surely, the human beings cannot live without the earth and its natural resources so we better start valuing it and know our responsibilities as human beings.
This seminar was made possible by St. Scholastica’s College Manila’s College Outreach Center – Lay Apostolate Program headed by Sr. Emmanuel Espera, OSB who coordinated with ASI or the Asian Social Institute for this event, “Mabuhay Ball technology sharing and dropping for the environment.”
By: Cariza Asuncion, 202A