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Von Valdepenas: Serving Los Banos at his Best

by Robert Jolina

Nowadays, we can't say that our environment still has a perfect score. Litters would be scattered everywhere and that's not even surprising to witness anymore. However, we suffer from our own actions as we experience global warming and floods during a heavy downpour.

Calamities have struck our country because of our own actions. Most families have lost a lot of members, from adults to children, because of these calamities. It is always devastating to hear news such as this one. But no matter how many times this happens, we still keep on doing this that would ruin our environment.

Von Valdepenas, a successful entrepreneur and politician, refuses to just accept the fate of our country. The young businessman stands to fight for the good of the environment. When he served his city as a councilor, he focused on both the environment and the youth. He volunteered for Home for the Angels, Gawad Kalinga and Junior Chamber International. Anti-drug campaigns, sports programs, job fairs and trainings and seminars for the youth are included in his flagship programs.

The young businessman, despite being a part owner of various companies, still stays humble as he strived to serve for his country's environment. During his time as a former councilor of Los Banos Laguna, he fought for the plastic ban in order to improve the cleanliness of the environment. He, together with the current Vice Governor Caesar Perez, established an eco-waste processing center and worked for the approval of the plastic ban in the city.

Years after they enforced the plastic ban in Los Banos, the issue reached the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Plastic Regulation Act of 2011 was finally approved by the House of Representatives. With this act, there would be a phase out of non-biodegradable plastic bags within three years and the placement of a plastic bag recovery bin at a cluster of stores.

The celebration of the Banamos festival was also fully institutionalized because of the aid Von Valdepenas and Vice-Governor Caesar Perez gave. The recognition of the foundation day of the municipality was showcased in this festival. The beauty of the town and its products were highlighted with the festivities. Until this day, the people of Laguna still celebrates the Banamos Festival every year.

Not every politician serves for the good of the country like Von Valdepenas did with Los Banos Laguna. It is rare to find someone who will not let the power get into his head and strive for the good of others.

Published October 14th, 2012

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