The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), has signed a Cooperation Agreement with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Integrated Recycling Industries Philippines, Inc. (IRI), and the local government of Barangay Bagong Silang, Caloocan City on October 5, 2019 for the establishment and operations of a Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facility for electronic wastes in the country’s most populated barangay.
The agreement allows the upgrading of the existing materials recovery facility (MRF) in Barangay Bagong Silang to an e-waste facility, and ensures that the local government unit (LGU) has the capability to operate it.
The soon-to-be installed TSD facility is one of the major deliverables of the GEF-funded “Safe Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) and E-Waste Management” project, to protect human health and the environment against PCB and Polybrominated diphelnyl ethers (PBDE) found in electronic wastes.
“Through this project, we put our best effort to ensure sustainable income of the recycling industry in the pilot site, educate them on the risk factors they are prone to, and assist them on how to properly maximize the recovery of materials from e-wastes,” Mr. Geri-Geronimo R. Sañez, Hazardous Waste Management Section Chief of EMB, said in a statement.
Dr. Carmela Centeno, UNIDO Project Manager, lauded the combined efforts of the government, private sector, civil society, and the LGU of Barangay Bagong Silang that made the implementation of the only GEF-funded e-waste project in Asia successful. She appealed for continued support of the project until the end of its implementation.
The project targets to make the TSD Facility in Barangay Bagong Silang operational in 2020. (FASPS/ Nimozenie I. Magleo)