Asian leaders to gather for climate workshop in Bacolod

BACOLOD CITY -- About 35 participants from various Asian countries, including the Philippines, will gather at the O Hotel here for a three-day workshop on climate pollutants reduction on April 2-4.

The gathering, dubbed the First Regional Training-Workshop on Measuring and Mitigating Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) from the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Sector, is a project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), in collaboration with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

Other delegates will come from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Vietnam, and Japan.

Five representatives from Bacolod will join the participants from the Philippines.

Engr. Eligio Ildefonso, the executive director (OIC) of the National Solid Waste Management Commission and chief of the DENR Solid Waste Management (SWM) Division, asked Mayor Evelio Leonardia to welcome the delegates and to send participants to the workshop.

This is both an honor and opportunity for us in Bacolod. It is flattering that we were chosen as venue of this international gathering among the many other possible cities, and this is a chance to learn, on a first-hand basis, the latest trends in the care of the environment, the mayor said in a statement Sunday.

Keynote messages will be given by DENR Undersecretary for Environment and Field Operations Juan Miguel Cuna, and Commissioner Crispin Lao of the National Solid Waste Management Commission.

Currently, the DENR-EMB, CCAC and IGES are developing a national strategy for the reduction of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in the Philippines.

During the workshop, participants will discuss how to reduce the SLCPs from MSW with focus on policy, technology, and financial aspects.

Ildefonso said the project hopes to address the emission of methane, black carbon, and other air pollutants across the MSW sector by working with cities and the national government. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency