A seminar on integrated solid waste management took place at the SunCity Suites in Barangay Lagao, General Santos City on December 11, 2017. The activity was part of the “Demonstration of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) in Open Burning Activities in Response to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)”, a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
More than 80 members of the General Santos City local government unit – mostly barangay captains and officials involved in solid waste management – attended the seminar. The one-day seminar covered several topics comprising solid waste management legislations in the Philippines: the national status of solid waste management as well as in the General Santos City area; the practices of LGUs with outstanding solid waste management practices; the Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) already existing in the country; and the intended intervention of the project, which is the Central Materials Recovery Facility (CMRF) for General Santos City.
The seminar emphasized the importance of banning open burning and its detrimental health effects, the strict regulation of plastic bags and styrofoam through General Santos City Local Ordinance No. 3, Series of 2014; and the new city MRF to be built at Barangay Sinawal where the Sanitary Landfill is located. The seminar’s keynote speaker was the Regional Director of EMB XII, Director Socorro Lanto. Other speakers were experts from UNIDO, LGU, EMB XII, EMB Central and the private sector. (UNIDO BAT and BEP in Open Burning Activities/ Project Management Unit)