Philippines National Workshop
The Philippines’ 1st National Workshop under the ASEAN ESC Model Cities Programme was jointly organised by the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, (DENR-EMB) and IGES in Manila on 16 November 2011, with about 30 participants comprising city representatives from the country’s 16 administrative regions (one ‘lead’ city from each region) and officials from DENR-EMB’s regional offices.
The main objectives of the Workshop were to orientate the leading cities on the concept of the Model Cities programme, promote the good practices of the first two selected Model Cities of Philippines (Puerto Princesa and Palo) and solicit ideas for the programme’s implementation in Year 2.
Ms. Remedios “Matin” Petilla, Mayor of Palo, unveiled her city’s plans to establish core groups for implementing composting using EM Bokashi and Takakura methods in 6 barangays (villages). Ms. Jovenee Sagun, City Planning and Development Coordinator of Puerto Princesa, shared the city’s experience of highly successful waste reduction campaign through extensive community composting and material recovery, as well as further plans for city-wide replication.
Presentations were also made by representatives from Bulacan, Santiago and Tagumon covering low-cost and innovative programmes on urban greening, traffic management, river rehabilitation, water treatment as well as waste minimisation, which could be adapted and transferred to other cities.
The level of interest to participate in Year 2 was high. City representatives were requested to keep in touch with DENR-EMB (National Focal Point) so that they could respond to the next year’s Call for Proposals. IGES will work with the DENR-EMB to further expand the Model Cities Programme with the Philippines in order to build on the achievements to date.