Workshop Report: National Consultation Workshop on Kitakyushu Initiative Demonstration Project "Solid Waste Management as a Social Enterprise", Bago, Philippines, 10-11 April 2008

Event: Workshop Report
Date: April 2008
Conference Proceeding

Bago City was used to be adjudged as one of the dirtiest in the region, with high incidence of poverty, malnutrition and health problem due to its failure in solid waste management. To address those problems, KABAHIN KA Programme, a comprehensive approach in solid waste management based on community participation was implemented and has successfully resulted to reduce the waste generation (by weight) of the City by 50%. However, there are still remaining challenges as the current composting methodology and recycling system was found to be costly, inefficient and financially unsustainable. In to order to improve the solid management system, the City proposed to implement the “Solid Waste Management as a Social Enterprise: A Community-based 3R Approaches in Bago City”, by applying a market mechanism as well as introducing a better composting methodology together with more active participation and support by the people. This project basically aims to support the development of “mini-enterprises” for waste composting and recycling that will provide business and market opportunities for the stakeholders involved and to explore other activities related to waste reduction and management. The project also seeks to strengthen environmental awareness and cooperation among the members of communities, students, local government, private entities, NGOs and other stakeholders in the City. By doing so, it is expected to demonstrate multiple environmental and socioeconomic benefits by enhancing the successful outcomes of the ongoing KABAHIN KA programme.

This project is fully supported by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) as one of the model cases of an actual replication of good practices facilitated by the Kitakyushu Initiative Network. The City Government of Bago, in collaboration with UNESCAP, APFED and other advanced member cities of Kitakyushu Initiative Network, intends to demonstrate the early stages in the implementation of the project, the significance of a collective action and application of appropriate approaches and technologies that could be transferred to and adopted by local governments in developing countries with minimum support from international organizations and donor agencies. The best practices that will be demonstrated by the Project have gained success and popular acceptance in the City of Surabaya in Indonesia for Takakura Method of Composting, the City of Nonthaburi, Thailand for the Waste Bank, the Miyashiro Board of Education for Environment Education, among others.