IDIS representatives submit “Sustainable Davao City Movement’s 8-Point Environmental Agenda” and the EcoWaste Coalition’s “13-Point Agenda on Wastes and Toxics” to Mr. Peter Tiu Laviña, spokesperson and member of the Duterte Transition Committee
The EcoWaste Coalition, an
environmental organization working towards a zero waste and toxic-free Philippines, has propounded the following 13-point action plan to ease the
country’s uphill battle against wastes and toxics under the administration of
presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte. The EcoWaste Coalition through its Davao City-based affiliate Interface for
Development Interventions (IDIS) will submit today its proposed “Action
Agenda on Wastes and Toxics” to Peter Tiu Laviña, spokesperson and member of the Duterte
1. Appoint a genuine pro-environment and pro-people Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary with an exemplary track
record in environmental protection.
pollution through Zero Waste strategies and practices sans incineration at his
first State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Commission (NSWMC) and set a comprehensive Zero Waste agenda to reduce the
volume and toxicity of the country’s waste.
responsibility in ensuring that the Zero Waste agenda is put into operation by
the entire government machinery.
funds for managing wastes go and recommend priority use of taxpayers’ money to
support and advance the Zero Waste agenda.
General Appropriations Act of 2016 for capacity building programs towards the
effective implementation of Republic Act 9003, the Ecological Solid Waste
their responsibilities towards the effective enforcement of R.A. 9003,
including providing quarterly submission of accomplishment reports that should
be publicly available.
R.A. 8749 and R.A. 9003, including the ongoing formulation of “waste-to-energy”
guidelines by the NSWMC.
proposed coal power plants in the pipeline and so-called waste-to-energy
facilities. Instead, prioritize the development and mainstreaming of
clean and renewable energy projects to meet the country’s projected
Framework and Strategy on the Role of the Informal Sector in Waste Management,”
including ensuring the safety of workers handling electronic wastes.
which should, among others, include the passage of laws a) banning
plastic bags, b) restricting toxic chemicals in packaging, c)
establishing extended producer responsibility for electrical and electronic
equipment, and for packaging, and d) ensuring public’s right to know through
the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register.
multilateral environmental and chemical agreements such as the Paris
Agreement on Climate Change, Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Basel
Convention Ban Amendment.
initiate policy reforms to effectively block foreign waste dumping in the
country, including ratifying the Basel Ban Amendment.