In the Philippines, General Santos City was identified as the pilot demonstration site for BATs/BEPs introduction and implementation as part of Component 3. To reduce open burning and overall improve the solid waste management in General Santos City, the project has chosen the automated central materials recovery facility (CMRF). Markell Machineries Manufacturing owned by Engr. Bernabe M. Archeta, was selected to construct a 40 TPD CMRF for General Santos City. The groundbreaking of the CMRF was conducted last 12th of December 2017. The CMRF is scheduled to be commissioned this coming October.
CMRF groundbreaking at Brgy. Sinawal, General Santos City. Breaking ground from left to right are EMB XII Regional Director Socorro Lanto, GSC Waste Management Office Dept. Head Ferdinand J. Pareja and Markell Machineries President Engr. Bernabe M. Archeta.
3D rendering of the General Santos City CMRF.
Several information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns and events were conducted since project inception last October 2015. The first among these was the “Poster Making and Photo Contest” held in June 2016 to September 2016. The next major event was the “Quezon City Stop Open Burning Awareness Fun Run” which was held on the 2nd of July 2017 where 236 runners participated where 56% were female and 44% were male.
In conjunction with the CMRF groundbreaking on December of last year, the “General Santos City Stop Open Burning Awareness Fun Run” was held on the 10th of December. There were 339 runners who participated where 56% were male and 44% were female. After the fun run, 800 solid waste management officers were deputized to police and manage illegal open burning as well as other solid waste and environmental matters. A day after on the 11th of December, the Seminar of Integrated Solid Waste Management was held which focused on highlighting the current situation of solid waste management, the solid waste management laws, notable solid waste management practice of select LGUs and the updated of the Demonstration of the Best Available Techniques (BATs) and Best Environmental Practices (BEPs) in Open Burning Activities in Response to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
On the 25th to 27th of January 2018, UNIDO was present at the 4th Year Zero Waste Month Exhibition showcasing the accomplishments of the Demonstration of the Best Available Techniques (BATs) and Best Environmental Practices (BEPs) in Open Burning Activities in Response to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) project. There were 189 people who stopped by and registered at our booth where 56% were female and 44% were male. Most of the people that stopped by, 44%, were students from various schools and universities.
The next planned event is the National Training on Alternative Biomass Utilization and Health and Environmental Effects of Open Burning Practices scheduled for the last week of August 2018.
Just after the starting buzzer of the 5 km run of the QC Fun Run
Runners gathering at the starting line at the GSC Fun Run
UNIDO Booth at the 4th Year Zero Waste Month Exhibition
Visitors at the UNIDO Booth at the 4th Year Zero Waste Month Exhibition