• WWF, ICLEI SEAS hold series of workshop for OPCC participating cities

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  • City-university partnerships in three PHL cities strengthened through EPIC N training in Germany

    Photo from EPIC-N website Three Philippine cities benefited from a one-day training on the "Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N)" model held last May 03 in Bonn, Germany. Participating cities were selected on a competitive basis with applications coming from about 140 cities globally. The list of Philippine participants were as follows: Catbalogan City • Mr. Edgardo Malate Guya, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (unable to attend) • Dr. Marilyn Cardoso, University President, Samar State University City of Cagayan de Oro • Ms. Eileen E. San Juan, Local Economic and Investment Promotions Officer • Atty. Dionel O. Albina,  Director, Innovation and Technology Solutions, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (unable to attend) Iloilo City • Mayor Jed Patricke E. Mabilog, City Mayor • Professor Mary Ann T. Gumban, Dean, College of Management, University of the Philippines- Visayas The EPIC-N model connects local universities and city officials to address the pressing needs of communities as they strive to become more sustainable and resilient. Recognizing the huge interest of Southeast Asian cities in the EPIC N model as evidenced by the volume of applications received from the region, Mayor Jed Mabilog of Iloilo City expressed interest to host a regional EPIC-N training in early 2018. EPIC-N is a community service-based model designed to address the broad spectrum of sustainability-related information and knowledge needs of local governments and communities by systematically matching city needs with university capacity in ways that benefit all parties, with lasting and sustainable impacts for all involved. The model has thus far shown itself to be elegantly simple yet powerful and effective in practice, and seems fully customizable to local circumstances elsewhere. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is one of the organizers of this training opportunity; ICLEI Southeast Asia facilitated outreach to the Philippine cities. Other collaborating institutions included the EPIC-N Network, US National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency Office of International and Tribal Affairs, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Adaptation Network (GAN), and the UNEP Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability. The training was conducted as a pre-event of the Resilient Cities 2017. PARTICIPANTS’ FEEDBACK: What are your main learning points during the EPIC N training? “The main learning points that I acquired are the different strategies that may be utilized to ensure that all important stakeholders - university officials, faculty members, students, alumni as well as those from the local government units can collaborate to be able to address pressing issues within the service communities. Indeed, a strong partnership platform between the university and local government unit can surely impact progress in the community and provide a more realistic and relevant avenue for students to learn.” Dr. Marilyn D. Cardoso President, Samar State University What are your immediate plans to apply what you have learned from the training? “Immediate plans after the training is the presentation of the EPIC N model to the city mayor and the city council for full support to the program. In Cagayan de Oro, we have the presence of four universities, and city government endeavors to partner with each university as each one has its own strengths in various fields. The partnership may also work as a consortium depending on the requirements of the project. Initially, we will be working on special projects in the areas of transportation, agribusiness, technology solutions for government processes, and re-development plans of the city.” Ms. Eileen Escobar-San Juan Local Economic and Investment Promotions Officer Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines


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  • ICLEI and GIZ Urban Nexus pushes clustering for solid waste management, eyes Laguna Province as pilot

    The GIZ Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus and ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) strongly support clustering of local governments to address solid waste management (SWM) concerns in the Philippines. This is in line with the guidelines issued by the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) concerning the topic. To this end, ICLEI SEAS and the Nexus project, in partnership with the Provincial Government of Laguna and NSWMC, organized a technical workshop titled “Integrated Solid Waste Management: Innovative Methods of Treating Waste” last April 27 in Santa Cruz, Laguna. A total of 86 participants attended the activity representing 29 local government units (LGUs) and one provincial government. Twenty-seven (27) LGUs were from the province of Laguna. Speakers were from WEHRLE Umwelt and EU-Welle Environmental Technology GmbH, both based in Germany. Topics included mechanical and biological process of treating municipal solid waste, leachate treatment, and utilization of landfill gas. The Maximum Yield Technology (MYT) was also introduced during the workshop. MYT is an existing technology applied in Germany and is able to recycle up to 90% of the waste while requiring little space. The NSWMC also presented its guidelines on SWM clustering. Ms. Juvy Serafin, Senior Environmental Management Specialist at NSWMC, highlighted the important role of the provincial government in terms of applying this approach. She explained that there is a need to conduct a provincial mapping study to determine clustering options based on distances and availability of potential sites. Mr. Ricarte Castillo, Head of Waste Management and Pollution Control Division of the Provincial Government of Laguna – Environment and Natural Resource Office (PG-ENRO) expressed support in the clustering approach. He noted that the Laguna Province’s 10-year SWM plan considers clustering as a potential strategy using the four congressional districts as basis for cluster formation. Further, the province is also keen on exploring the feasibility of putting up a waste-to-energy facility. Moving forward, a more detailed study on SWM clustering for Laguna Province including recommendations of possible technical solutions will be elaborated by the Nexus project. The Urban Nexus is a regional project implemented by GIZ and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It adheres to the principle of holistic or integrated urban planning with focus on water, energy, and food (land use) sectors. The nexus approach intends to promote “circular economy” approach where resources such as water, food, and energy, are used more efficiently and effectively. ICLEI SEAS serves as implementation partner in the Philippines and Indonesia.


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  • San Carlos City, Philippines becomes first city in its region to complete greenhouse gas emissions inventory

    ICLEI SEAS team's courtesy call to Mayor Valmayor of San Carlos City. Located in the Negros sub-region in Central Philippines, San Carlos City is one of 25 cities from the Philippines that committed to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, an international alliance of cities and local governments that promote and support voluntary action to combat climate change and build a more resilient society. As a Global Covenant of Mayors-committed city, San Carlos has carried out its first community-level greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, with technical support from the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS). Through the process, the city found that its GHG emissions in 2015 amounted to 88,330 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) from its energy, transport, agriculture and waste sectors. This is equivalent to the emissions from over 37 million liters of consumed gasoline. Despite its continued economic growth, the city has put a premium on maintaining and conserving its forest. The city has a vast forest cover of 17,868 hectares that has a calculated emissions removal capacity of 173,655.20 tCO2e. “As the city continues to grow rapidly economically, we will continue to engage in initiatives that protect our environment. The completion of the city’s GHG emissions inventory is a milestone for us. This is in line with our goal to become a green city,” explains Mr. Arthur Batomalaque, Assistant Head of the City Environment Management Office (CEMO) in San Carlos City. The data gathering process across city departments and the private sector was facilitated by CEMO, following the Global Protocol for Community-scale GHG Emission Inventories (GPC), which is consistent with international standards. Conducting this community-level GHG inventory is a key step in the city’s efforts to advance climate action and become a renewable energy hub in the Philippines. San Carlos City reports its greenhouse gas targets and actions to the carbonn Climate Registry. This work is supported by grant funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies to ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in support of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.


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