Neric Acosta, a former Philippine Congressman and Ruth Briones, Chair of Greenergy Solutions Inc. convened on October 7, 2010 the first in a series of Zero Waste Philippines’ Forum attended by representatives from provinces, towns and cities nationwide, and environmental groups at the Development Academy of the Philippines Center , Pasig City in the Philippines.
Neric Acosta, the author of Philippines’ milestone Environmental laws, the Solid Waste Management Act and Clean Air Act when he was still at the House of Representatives emphasized the need of “paradigm shift” to implement a National Zero Waste Agenda.
Acosta stressed that these environmental laws need to be revisited and urged local government units that the state of the environment should be the focus in solving the burgeoning problems of garbage in the Philippines, without however, sacrificing the economy.
With that direction, Briones, presented a Blue Print of Zero Waste Philippines that aimed towards a “Zero Waste Economy”.
Briones said that the country's environment is fragile and the intent of Zero Waste Philippines’ Project is primarily environmental protection to balance with the Philippines’ economic agenda.
Engr. Eligio Ildefonso, Deputy Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Commission presented the status of the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Act within the last ten years.
Jon Lindborg of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) discussed terms for Private-Public Partnership Initiatives and undertakings. Laurie Navarro of PFAN-USAID had presented the agency’s mentoring activities involving clean technology projects; Anita Celdran of Endesa Carbono had discussed the process of clean development mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol.
Techi Capellan of Swine Raisers Board had noted the requirements for swine waste processing facilities at the same time discussed the Feed-In-Tariff for Renewable Energy sale. Joseph Lufkin, an ADB Consultant was the forum’s moderator.(www.greenergyph.com)