The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have reportedly inked a rather pivotal agreement with regards to waste management, which incidentally, as per experts, would have a profound impact on waterproofing membranes market. The proposed deal is aimed at strengthening the capabilities of LGUs (local government units) in solid waste management (SWM) by deploying the latest, state-of-the-art technologies such as waste-to-energy (WTE).
The strategic Record of Discussions (R/D) was jointly signed by the chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Mr. Susumu Ito, and the Secretary of The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Roy Cimatu. Tentatively, the plan has been titled ‘The Project for Capacity Development on Improving Solid Waste Management through Advanced Technologies’. According to Mr. Cimatu, DENR’s partnership with JICA has been perpetuated at a relevant time and would successfully address the ongoing concern of solid waste management in the nation. By extension, claim experts, this would mean that the regional waterproofing membranes industry would receive a considerable boost, given that these membranes are liberally deployed in the waste management industry.
Cimatu apparently has also taken the liberty to add that this project would contribute substantially toward the improvement of the nation’s SWM systems, specifically across the verticals along the likes of recycling, waste segregation MRF (material recovery facility) operations, composting, and landfill rehabilitation. The DENR has apparently, also agreed to liaison with other related organizations in order to make sure that the project’s operations would be efficiently maintained post the implementation period as well.
Mr. Susumu Ito from JICA has also been quoted stating that this pilot capacity building project marks the first step toward addressing the issue of waste management spanning the Philippines, by means of advanced technological solutions.
For the record, this pilot project would commence across the Cebu, Davao, and Quezon sites, and is likely to subsequently mark its significance across the regional waterproofing membranes market.