The third Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of UNIDO-assisted project, “Demonstration of BAT and BEP in Open Burning Sector in Response to the Stockholm Convention on POPs,” was held, along with Trainer’s Training on Solid Waste Management Toolkit, at New World Hotel Makati on February 27- March 2, 2018.
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of partnership between the Philippines and UNIDO, the meeting being held in the Philippines was hailed as timely and the project relevant to the protection of human health and environment – one of UN's Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the annual meeting provided platform for the five participating countries, namely the Philippines, Laos PDR, Cambodia, Mongolia, and Vietnam to give updates on accomplishments in each component of the project, and to report each respective planned activities for the year.
A Training of Trainers (ToT) on Solid Waste Management (SWM) Toolkit was also conducted to equip participating countries with expertise in SWM and Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) to reduce Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) emissions.
Among the officials who attended the gathering were Ms. Tonilyn Lim, UNIDO Representative; Atty. Noel Felongco, former DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government and Indigenous People's Concerns; Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations-Luzon; and Engr. Vizminda Osorio, EMB Central Office OIC Assistant Director.
A midterm evaluation of the performance of the project in September 2018 has been planned, so too the fourth PSC meeting in Vietnam around the first quarter of 2019. (BAT & BEP/ Diosa Soriano)