During President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s state visit in Japan in June, the “Action Plan for Strengthening of the Strategic Partnership” was formed as part of the Joint Declaration for Strengthened Strategic Partnership, which he signed together with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
In the action plan, both leaders agreed to promote sharing of each country’s knowledge and experiences in the field of environment such as waste management.
As a response to it, the 1st Japan-Philippines Environmental Dialogue was held on October 27 in Pasay City. Present were State Minister of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan Shinji Inoue, Environment Assistant Secretary Juan Miguel Cuna and National Solid Waste Management Commission Executive Director Eligio Ildefonso.
During the dialogue, policies and issues on waste management in the Philippines was explained by the Philippine side, as well as the policies and experiences on waste management in Japan by the Japanese side. After presentations, both representatives discussed the issues in the Philippines and agreed to continue the discussion by holding a workshop to discuss detailed solutions for the issues in the Philippines.
During the afternoon session, the workshop on Waste to Energy Guideline was held. In this workshop, experts and officials from both governments including local governments exchanged ideas regarding the guideline.