In today’s Wednesday club meetings and activities, student-members of the Science Club made “bokashi” mud balls to be thrown into the Bicol River and other waterways in their initial effort to answer the call to protect the environment.
Learning from the demonstration conducted by the resource speakers from the Province of Camarines Sur’s environmental protection arm ENDERO, students manually rolled balls from microorganism-infused formula, rice bran, ground coconut husk, and clay.
“’Bokashi’ means ‘fermented matter’ in Japanese,” Ms. Laine Jen Huang, a Junior High Science teacher, said. “Bokashi ball making developed in Japan, and was used to clean up waterways in the Land of the Rising Calm towards the end of the industrial boom,” Ms. Huang added.
The success of the bokashi technique in revitalization of rivers in Japan reached other Asian countries and has been tried in various polluted waterways in the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila. The technology has also reached the Bicol Region, and has been tried at our very own Bicol River.
“Bokashi balls contain good bacteria that breakdown toxins and fight harmful bacteria present in seemingly biologically dead waterways,” Mr. Jomari Sto. Domingo said. Mr. Sto. Domingo is a Grade 8 Science teacher and the moderator of the JHS Science Club.
Mr. Sto. Domingo was instrumental in bringing resource speakers from the provincial office who taught the students the principle behind the ball making and step-by-step process of making them.
Present in the activity was Mr. Rey Cecilia, former Science Department Chairperson and currently the Chairperson of the Clean and Green Ateneo (CAGA), who said, “As we celebrate the Science Week by November, we will ceremoniously throw these processed and dried balls to the Bicol River. This bokashi ball making is a small start that will lead to great things in the future among these students.” (M. Tatel)