2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition: Our Shared Responsibility in Caring for the Environment

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Government agencies, local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, and the business sector participated in the 2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition which was held from June 21 to 24, 2016, at Megatrade Halls 1 and 2 of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. 

2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition

With the theme “Fostering Shared Responsibility in Integrated Waste Management,” the four-day exhibition showcased initiatives, best practices, and emerging technologies, as well as lectures and presentations by experts on waste management. Part of the 2016 Environmental Summit, the event encouraged active participation in protecting our environment.

Senator Loren Legarda and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act

Sen. Loren Legarda

Environment advocate Senator Loren Legarda was the keynote speaker during the opening ceremonies on June 21st. Senator Legarda stressed the urgency for the wider implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (RA 9003).  She noted that there’s currently only about 25% compliance of the said law in the whole country. She then emphasized the shared responsibility of each and every Filipino to implement the law. This is not only to prevent environmental disasters but also for a cleaner, better environment for all.

“We don’t own this earth. We are mere stewards of the earth. We are mere dwellers in this home we call Mother Earth. Let it be said that during our time, while we are granted with intellect and talent and influence, and power and resources, in our own respective ways, let it be said that we did our share in making our environment, our communities safer, better, healthier place to live in,” said Senator Legarda.

Eco Fashion Show

2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition #EnvironmentSummitPH

2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition #EnvironmentSummitPH

A fashion show by the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP) featured interesting designs using indigenous materials and recycled materials.

Waste Management Exhibit

2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition #EnvironmentSummitPH

Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) staff  handed out reading materials on proper waste disposal and waste management to exhibit attendees.

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It was good to see that there were comic books and pamphlets for young students.

Ral Arrogante 2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition #EnvironmentSummitPH

Artist Ral Arrogante displays his intricate wind-driven sculptures made from scrap metal.  

Green Antz Builders 2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition #EnvironmentSummitPH

Green Antz Builders 2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition #EnvironmentSummitPH

What caught my attention on the first day of the exhibit was the booth of Green Antz Builders. The booth displayed eco-bricks made from cement and shredded plastic laminates or sachets. There were also school desks and chairs made partly from these recycled materials.

Green Antz partners with businesses to establish eco-brick hubs in selected communities. Here, we can see how collaboration between public and private sectors can result to improved waste segregation and creation of livelihood opportunities for the community.

A statement from the EMB mentions EMB-NCR Director Minda Osorio saying “We need to build and strengthen mechanisms of partnership and collaboration” among all sectors of the society, and raise public awareness on the need to protect our environment, reduce emissions and manage waste at source, and adopt 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) towards mitigating global warming and climate change.”

The National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition is an event worth participating in because of its long-term and wide-reaching impact.