DAGUPAN City’s Waste-to-Worth project was cited during a press briefing conducted for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) week Friday.
Trade Undersecretary Laura Del Rosario, chair of the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) for APEC, gave the city’s project as an example in her opening statement at the International Media Center when she discussed the country’s development agenda, which, she described as an activity “that will affect the well-being of person.”
“We have projects on converting waste to worth, like plastic waste, how we can convert them into something more useful. We call it ‘Waste to Worth Project’. We’re doing this in relation with cities we have chosen, for instance, the cities of Dagupan and Angeles and they’re working with the plastics industry so that they will have the technology and the know-how to convert this what we call useless stuff into becoming useful stuff, you convert it into something that can be sold, or something that could create livelihood,” Del Rosario said.
The SOM Chair said because of the development agenda, the Philippines has gone into what is called APEC Quality Growth Strategy, which will focus on three key accountability areas which include institution building through governance, social equality and environmental impact of economic activities.
It will be recalled that in September, Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez addressed the APEC 2015 ‘Building Better Cities’ forum where she shared with the international community the biggest challenge being faced by Dagupan as a growing urban city.
In that forum, Fernandez said that the biggest challenge facing her administration is putting a permanent solution to the garbage problem of the city and closing the more than 50-year old dumpsite through the waste to worth project of Procter and Gamble and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) of which Dagupan is a possible recipient.
The $ 8 million Waste-to-Worth project seeks to convert waste into biogas fuel which in turn can be used by the 5,000 public utility vehicles and motor boats in the city. (VHS/PIA-1Pangasinan)