THE Department of Science and Technology (DoST) called on industry, technology and policy adaptation to address concerns on non-environmentally acceptable products (NEAPs), such as single-use plastics.

In a virtual presser, officials of DoST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) have presented technologies that could be adapted to manage solid wastes. These technologies could help assist communities in having a material recovery facility as well as proper segregation practices.

"DoST-ITDI ensures the management of the three legs of sustainable development. The study on economic and life cycle analysis of single-use plastics in the Philippines shall address environmental protection and economic growth and social wellbeing of the current and future generations," said Director Annabelle Briones.

With the cultural practice of Filipinos on using single-use plastics such as straws, stirrers, and sachet packaging, science and technology efforts cannot affect this practice, but the adaptation of technologies can help assist in managing them, explained Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Guevara.

She explained local government units can help ensure policies are in place to prevent polluting water systems and causing further damages.

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Secretary Fortunato de la Peña assured the public DoST will be discussing the issues and concerns raised during the virtual presser on addressing NEAPs and that they aim to have up-to-date facilities to further improve innovations.

"In the upcoming months, DoST will inaugurate new facilities for the IDTI that include green technology, such as the Green Packaging Laboratory and the Metrology Laboratory for Chemistry," he said.

Dela Peña added the recently inaugurated Advanced Manufacturing Center is also actively studying ways to promote environmental sustainability.