The “Seminar on Integrated Solid Waste Management” took place on the 11th December 2017 at the SunCity Suites in Barangay Lagao, General Santos City. The seminar is part of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called “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)”.
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 involving the solid waste management legislations of the Philippines, the status of solid waste management in the country as well as General Santos, the practices of LGUs with outstanding solid waste management practices, 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.
The seminar emphasized the importance of the ban on open burning, the detrimental health effects of open burning, 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.