MANILA CITY, Philippines – Environmental Management Bureau National Capital Region, through the leadership of Regional Director Atty. Michael Drake P. Matias held its 2022 Solid Waste Management Summit with the theme “Strengthening Waste Management for a Healthier Environment” on July 14 and 15, 2022, at Maynila Ballroom, Manila Hotel, Rizal Park, Manila.

EMB Director Engr. William P. Cuñado officially started the event by giving his welcome message and commending everyone who’s been part of the summit. Director Cuñado also highlighted the importance of strengthening waste management and reminded everyone that waste should be managed safely, properly, and hygienic.

“The Solid Waste Management Summit is an excellent venue to bring across concepts and viable solutions to our waste situation,” said DENR OIC, Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo Jr., CESO I, as he conveyed his inspirational message and acknowledged the relevance of the event to the present situation in solid waste management. He also points out that there is no more excellent way to realize our goal than to learn from each other and do our part to manage waste properly and keep our environment healthy.

Engr. Jean C. Borromeo, OIC of Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement Division of EMB NCR, formally introduce Senator Cynthia A. Villar as a guest of honor and keynote speaker by delivering its credentials and achievements through the years of its service.

Honorable Senator Cynthia A. Villar started her message by acknowledging the presence of the DENR, EMB, and EMB-NCR officials, employees, partner agencies, exhibitors, and the Local Government Units. She presented and shared their best practices and emphasized the importance and advantages of composting, which has been part of their program since 2002. During the summit, Senator Villar was given a plaque of Recognition for Villar SIPAG Foundation for its diligence and outstanding contributions toward a cleaner, healthier, and greener environment.

As a part of the program, DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan shared her inspirational message in launching the National Plan of Action on Marine Litters (NPOA-ML). The NPOA-ML is the national litter framework plan with an overarching goal of “Zero Waste to Philippine Waters by 2040.” DMC 2021-01 aims for the NPOA-ML to provide guidance to enhance the country’s current efforts in resource and waste management and to bring an additional perspective to the marine litter issue and the control of further leakage of waste into bodies of water.

A message of support was delivered by the Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology, followed by recorded video messages by other agencies; Mr. Jose B. Patalinjug III, Department of the Trade and Industry, Ms. Marcelina S. Alcantara, CESO IV, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Ms. Maria Lourdes L. Agustin, CESO III, Undersecretary for Administration, and Department of Education, USEC. Alain del B. Pascua.

In the awarding ceremony, a recognition plaque was given to the local government units that make a positive difference and are consistent with their best practices in ecological and solid waste management. Las Piñas and Muntinlupa LGU were recognized in their practices in terms of Composting, the Marikina LGU for their outstanding MRF operation, and Parañaque and Manila LGU for being the best in regards to Upcycling.

While awarding of certificate of Commendation was given to the 17 LGUs of the National Capital Region — Las Piñas City, Makati City, Malabon City, Mandaluyong City, Manila City, Marikina City, Muntinlupa City, Navotas City, Parañaque City, Pasay City, Pasig City, Quezon City, San Juan City, Taguig City, Valenzuela City, Caloocan City, and Municipality of Pateros for their Solid commitment in the implementation of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and for their effort in providing a peaceful and healthy environment to everyone within their areas of jurisdiction.

Undersecretary for Field Operations-Luzon, Visayas and Environment, Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna gave his congratulatory message through a video to the 17 Local Government Units for their environmental performance and best practices.

Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems and Climate Change, Atty. Analiza R. Teh delivered a message and said that the recent special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on climate change (IPCC) warned that climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth are projected to increase with global warming of 1.5 degrees celsius and increase further with two degrees celsius. Usec. Teh added that if we work hard enough, as long as we’re willing to put forth the efforts, anything good can happen.

In the second part of the event, Climate Change Division Director, Ms. Elenida DR. Basug presented the Integrated Solid Waste Management as a Climate Change Mitigation Measure to address one of the pressing environmental concerns of our country.—the problem of Solid Waste Management.

Senior Environmental Specialist of Solid Waste Management Division of EMB Central Office, Ms. Raquel Reyes, presented the Updates on RA 9003 and the central office’s efforts in assisting the regions regarding solid waste management.

Partner companies, including CEMEX, C&G Environmental Management, Integrated Waste Management, Inc. (IWMI), and Solarbio – Asher by Edison Development and Construction Inc., shared their best practices and sustainable solutions fair share of Solid Waste Management.

The commeded Local Government Units also presented their implementation and techniques, including Las Piñas and Muntinlupa for being the best in composting operations, Marikina in MRF operation, and Parañaque and Manila for being the best in Upcycling practices.

The second day of the summit started with another batch of presenters from the Philippine Plastic Industry Association, Inc. (PPIA), Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS), UP-LOS BAÑOS office of Vice Chancellor of Community Affairs, and Schools of Environmental Science and Management, BEST Tech Incorporated and, Bgy. 412, Sampaloc, Manila.

The 2021 ASEAN nominees also presented their best practices in their respective categories. DENR nominated these LGUs for their environmentally sustainable and exemplary efforts and best indigenous practices to keep cities clean, green, and livable in 2021. Marikina City shared its best practices in the Land, Air, and Water category, Paranaque City showcased its operations in the land category, and Quezon City in the Air category.

Before ending the event, the presenters from private and local government units, exhibitors, and sponsors received their plaque of recognition for their valuable support during the 2022 Solid Waste Management Summit.

The program officially ended with the closing message of Engr. Jean C. Borromeo, OIC of Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement, EMB-NCR.

Upper left: Summit’s backdrop / Upper right: Participants from different agencies registering in the event.
Lower left and right: Registration process for the summit
Upper left: DENR OIC Atty. Adobo and RD Honrado posing for the event / Upper right: Maynila Ballroom Manila Hotel, during the event.
Lower left: Hon. Senator Villar with DENR officials / Lower right: RD Matias welcoming a Singaporea participant, Ms. Yee Chuin Lim of PolyMateria Singapore
Upper left: EMB Director Cuñado delivering his welcome remarks. / Upper right: Hon. Senator Villar as the Keynote Speaker of the event.. / Lower left: OIC EMED Engr. Borromeo delivering her introduction for the keynote speaker. / Lower right: DENR-NCR RED Caancan on the launching of NPOA-ML
Upper left: DENR OIC Atty. Adobo on his inspirational message. / Upper right: A congratulatory video message from Usec. Cuna.. / Lower left: Usec. Teh .giving her speech on Climate Change / Lower right: RD Matias, Usec. The and Usec. Leones during the event.

This summit was conducted in line with the enhanced continuous support for the implementation of RA 9003 or the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000” and the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay.