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Bacolod City will be the venue of a three-day training-workshop on solid waste management, that will be participated in by local and foreign delegates from Asia, starting today.

Titled “First Regional Training-Workshop on Measuring and Mitigating Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) from the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Sector,” it will be held at the O Hotel in Bacolod, a press release from the city government said.

Undersecretary for Environment and Field Operations Juan Miguel Cuna of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Commissioner Crispin Lao of the National Solid Waste Management Commission will keynote the workshop.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia was designated by the DENR to welcome the delegates.

The DENR has also requested the Bacolod City government to make a presentation on the role of local government units (LGUs) in implementing the national policies on solid waste management.

Leonardia and the Bacolod City delegates were invited by Eligio Ildefonso, OIC-executive director of the National Solid Waste Management Commission, and chief of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Division of the DENR.

“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.

Maria Delia Cristina Valdez, Senior Environmental Management Specialist of the SWM Division of the Environmental Management Bureau said that of 35 participants are expected to attend the workshop.

They will include delegates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Vietnam, and Japan.

There will also be representatives of local government units in the Philippines, including five from Bacolod.

The workshop is a project of DENR-EMB in collaboration with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (OCAC) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

These agencies are currently developing a national strategy for the reduction of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in the Philippines.

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

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

It aims to create awareness on MSW Management and its interlinkages, with achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commitments at both local and national government levels, Ildefonso added.*

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