THE cities of Malabon, Navotas, and Manila on Friday were chosen as subjects of a joint comprehensive study of a Philippine-based environmental watchdog and a US-based non-governmental organization (NGO).
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) country representative Joseph Curry said the study conducted in partnership with EcoWaste Coalition, called CRS Project SUCCESS (Strengthening Urban Communities Capacity to Endure Severe Shocks), aims to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities in project sites therefore enabling them to to better withstand the impacts of frequent flooding and other disasters brought by a huge volume of garbage.
Eventually, the project “seeks to cut the volume of trash that ends up in canals and rivers and aggravates the threat of floods,” Curry said in a press statement.
CRS Project SUCCESS is funded by the United States Agency for International Development – Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID – OFDA).
The actual target of the study is to focus on 15 barangays from Malabon, Navotas, Manila, Angono in Rizal and Bulacan.
As a partner, EcoWaste Coalition is tasked to prepare a comprehensive SWM situation of the target barangays, with the aim of assessing and improving the capacities of the benefactor communities toward an effective implementation of ecological solid waste management.
Aileen Lucero, coordinator of EcoWaste, said, “Ecological waste management will help build community resilience against perennial flood and sanitation woes as well as augment household income. We are also thrilled to be part of this CRS initiative that will surely energize the enforcement of Republic Act 9003 at the target barangays.”
Curry added that CRS is strongly hoping “this endeavor, [will lead]to reduce the quantity of waste dumped on streets and waterways and promote sustainable SWM livelihoods in the target communities.”
He also noted that the effort will not only improve current waste management practices in the chosen cities and municipalities of Malabon, Navotas, Manila, Angono and Bulacan, but will also boost the asset base and financial resources of households which they can draw upon in times of crisis.
Lucero said the basis of the project was Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, which calls for the “adoption of the best environmental practice in ecological waste management excluding incineration,” and provides for the establishment of “MRF in every barangay or cluster of barangays.”