The fourth Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the project “Implementation of PCB Management Program for Electric Cooperatives and Safe E-Wastes Management” was held in the headquarters of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria on June 18-20, 2019. DENR Undersecretary Jonas R. Leones presided the meeting. He was assisted by Dr. Carmela Centeno, UNIDO Project Manager. Joining them were other PSC members including Demetrio Ignacio, Jr., Executive Vice President of the Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC); Ferdinand Villareal, Director of the National Electrification Administration (NEA); and Paul Lazaro, First Vice President of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).
Among the items in the agenda discussed were the following:
- Approval of the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the training of the informal sector and upgrading of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) of Barangay Bagong Silang in Caloocan City to a Treatment, Storage and Disposal (TSD) Facility for e-waste. The PSC requested EMB to endorse the TOR for single source, non-competitive procurement, with Integrate Recycling, Inc. (IRI) as the contractor. The project would continue the tests of the different samples to acquire the 50,000 units of CRTs as committed by the project.
- Approval of the TOR for the disposal of 600 tons of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) oil and PCB-containing equipment endorsed by Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC). The PSC instructed the Technical Working Group (TWG) to review the financial subsidy of 24 electric cooperatives. The comparative study on the analytical instruments for PCB would be continued by EMB.
The committee members visited Austria’s MVA Pfaffenau – a waste-to-energy treatment facility focused on incineration of residual wastes coming from households and businesses around Vienna – to observe the facility’s incineration process (from collection of wastes to dumping in the landfill site located about 10 km north of the city center). The incineration process generates clean electricity, district heating and cooling. (PCB-WEEE PMU)