The first batch for the “Training on the Application of Financial Mechanisms and Incentive Systems in support of BAT/BEP Implementation and Workshop about the Legislation Improvement on Solid Waste Management” conducted last 4-6 September 2019 was successfully conducted at the Manansala Ballroom at the Sulo Riviera Hotel located on Matalino St., Quezon City. This training and workshop was part of the Component 1 and 2 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 (SC) on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)”. The purpose of the training and workshop was to provide EMB officers information on the available financial mechanisms and incentive systems for solid waste projects which they can disseminate to their respective LGUs. The recipients of the training in this first batch were the Environmental Education and Information Unit (EEIU) Officers, Solid Waste Management (SWM) Coordinators and Regional Ecology Center (REC) Representatives from Regions 1 to 5, NCR and CAR. In the subsequent week, another training will be conducted for the rest of the regions on 11-13 September 2019.
The participants were welcomed by Ms. Elvira S. Pausing, Program Manager from the Philippine Ozone Desk of the DENR by giving the message and well wishes of Engr. Metodio U. Turbella, Director of EMB. Engr. Vizminda A. Osorio, OIC Assistant Director of EMB, shared a message from Mr. Benny D. Antiporda, Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Concerns of the DENR. Finally, Ms. Tonilyn Lim, the Country Representative for the Philippines for UNIDO, also gave a rousing welcoming message to the first batch of participants.
Ten speakers shared their expertise and know-how during the training. In the first day of the 3-day training, Ms. Haidee C. Peñero, the National Project Manager of the UNIDO BATs/BEPs in Open Burning project, gave an overview on the accomplishments of the UNIDO project followed by Engr. Bernabe Archeta, the owner of Markell Machineries Manufacturing. He shared highlights of the Centralized Material Recovery Facility (CMRF) located in General Santos City, as part of the Component 3 of the UNIDO BATs/BEPs in Open Burning project. Ms. Joan Frances Flores, Environmental Specialist 1 from the Solid Waste Management Division (SWMD) of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), gave a presentation on RECs. Lastly, Engr. Reynaldo Esguerra, Chief SRS, Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), presented the proposed National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) Resolution clarifying open burning activities. The proposed NSWMC resolution identified government agencies which can help strengthen the open burning ban from Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 through the passage of programs and policies from their respective offices.
On the second day of the training, Ms. Jean Paula E. Regulano, Development Management Office, People’s Survival Fund (PSF) from the Climate Chance Commission (CCC), gave a presentation on available funding for SWM projects through the PSF. Ms. Anita C. Salayon, Senior Assistant Vice President of the Program Development and Management Department of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) shared the diffrenrent available financing modalities from the DBP. Atty. Lerma L. Advincula, OIC Director IV of the Public-Private Parntership Center (PPPC) shared the financing options available for SWM from the PPPC. Ms. Thuy Trang Dang, Urban Development Specialist for Southeast Asia for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), laid out various types of lending modalities available for SWM from the ADB. Engr. Rizaldo Vargas, Program Officer of the Environmental Program and Management Department of the Land Bank of the Philippines, introduced the Green Climate Fund and other loan products for SWM projects of the Land Bank of the Philippines. Lastly, Mr. Calixto M. Mangilin, Jr., Chief Economic Development Specialist from the Multilaterals Division of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) capped the day by presenting the Official Development Assistance (ODA) processes for different lenders through NEDA.
On the last day of the training, the details of the Solid Waste Management: Financial Mechanisms and Incentive Systems Manual was presented by Engr. Richard P. Andal, Project Manager for AECOM Philippines, Inc. The manual was developed in order to aid SWM fund seekers in securing financing for their projects and intended to be used with the training handouts in seeking SWM project funding.