Regional Seminar on Community-Based Solid Waste Management in Cebu, Philippines 3 - 4 Dec 2012

On the 3rd and 4th December 2012, Regional Seminar on Community-Based Solid Waste Management was held in Cebu City Hall, organised by the Cebu City Government, Japan Fund for the Global Environment, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the Kitakyushu International Techno-Cooperative Association (KITA). 

This regional seminar was organised to share the best practices in community-based solid waste management, particularly in promoting decentralised and community-based composting as one of the most effective approaches for waste minimisation in Cebu city, discuss and document the learning from city initiatives and citizen/private sector partnership and identify future collaborations to further improve solid waste management practices in Cebu and make findings available to emphasise the importance of Republic Act 9003.  This was done within the framework of the Community-Based Solid Waste Management (CBSWM) System Development Project has been implemented by Cebu City with the technical assistance of the Kitakyushu International Techno-Cooperative Association (KITA), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the JPOWER Group/Jpec in Kitakyushu City, Japan during 2010-2012. It was funded by the Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE) and aims to improve the solid waste management system in Cebu City, with an emphasis on applying waste separation at source, promotion of recycling and organic waste composting to reduce the amount of waste placed in landfills by building partnerships among the community, private sector and others.

Over 100 participants representing national/local governments, barangays, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), citizen groups, private sector, academic and research institutions attended. The seminar included presentations, interactive discussions and field visits. The participants identified the following key points for the successful implementation of community-based SWM and composting programmes city-wide.

  • Building partnerships among all stakeholders— national, state, and local governments, communities, the local private sector, and development partners, with the local government positioned at the center to manage implementation.
  • A strong supportive enabling environment needs to be developed and maintained at national and local government levels.
  • Establishing a shared vision and strategy among stakeholders and securing the political will to implement them are essential.
  • Progress needs to be measured using simple and easy-to-measure indicators.
  • Cost-effective implementation is key in promoting community-based activities city-wide.
  • Capacity-building is necessary and efforts may include working with local government, the local private sector, and resource agencies.
  • The programme should mobilise both private investments by households and the private sector as well as public investments by government for the majority of funds required for project implementation, capacity building and program management.

The presentations from the seminar can be found on our documents page.