|Quezon City, Japan work to expand inter-agency knowhow on Waste Management innovations|
January 24, 2017 (Tuesday) — Waste can be a resource, instead of a problem. Technologies are now available to make this possible. This was established during the “Local Workshop on Waste Management between the Philippines and Japan,” an initiative of the Quezon City Government, through its Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD), and the Ministry of Environment Japan (MOEJ), through its experts Hitachi Zosen Corporation and EX Research Institute.
The workshop, held at Luxent Hotel in Quezon City, brought together key players in this area of concern -- participants from various National Government agencies such as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), QC Government Departments, and various civil society groups. Councilor Elizabeth Delarmente expressed QC’s gratitude to the MOEJ for their technical assistance in the city’s program to address the challenges of solid waste management in urban communities. She welcomed the possibility of introducing environment-friendly technologies that will turn solid waste into a resource that can be maximized instead of being a burden.
Ms. Hiroko Yokota, Section Chief of the Office of Sound Material-Cycle Society – MOEJ, also expressed her gratitude that QC welcomed the initiative of establishing a partnership program with the City of Osaka to learn from the latter’s practices of proper and effective solid waste management. She said that the Government of Japan will be undertaking two pilot initiatives to develop model cities in municipal solid waste management through city-to-city partnership programs: one with – one with QC and Osaka and the other with Davao City and Kitakyushu as model cities for waste management.Also presented during the workshop was the result of the Hitachi Zosen Corporation’s and EX Research Institute’s Feasibility Study for a Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility in Quezon City. The study pursued the viability of establishing a WTE facility in Quezon City to address the city’s waste challenges.
The workshop provided a venue to discuss appropriate technologies, challenges in existing policies and the need to update these given evolving and more efficient and environment-friendly systems available in the world today, the sources of financing for solid waste management programs, and current initiatives being implemented by the Quezon City Government.
This is part of the City Government’s initiatives to gradually phase out the city’s dependency on landfills and expand its options with regard to waste management.
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