Implementation of e-waste mgt projects pushed in BIMP-Eaga

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Friday, February 14, 2014


THE environment cluster of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) will focus on the implementation of the electronic waste (e-waste) management project among members.

"They are already in the process of consolidating specific action plans by member countries in implementing of e-waste management projects," Romeo Montenegro, Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) director for investment promotion and public affairs, said in Friday’s edition of Kapihan sa PIA.

Montenegro said the project is an important undertaking for environment protection and preservation, but it is not being given focus by some member countries. He said there are a lot of electronic or electrical devices that are improperly discarded daily.

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"Let us all remember that electronic waste contains toxic materials that if not properly disposed can cause hazards to the environment and to the people," he said.

E-wastes are discarded electrical or electronic devices like cellular phones, laptops, television sets, and obsolete technologies. According to Wikipedia, electronic scraps may contain lead, cadmium, beryllium, or brominated flame retardants.

"That is why BIMP-Eaga spearheaded the efforts that the four governments will make an action plan in the proper disposal of these electronic or electrical devices," Montenegro said.

He also said there will be a monitoring system among the four countries to ensure that there is proper e-waste management.

He said e-waste management will be led by the Department of Natural and Environment Resources (DENR) and the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

Aside from the e-waste management, the environment cluster is also pushing for climate adaptation and risk reduction among local government units in the sub-region.

These were the major outputs that came out from the 2014 BIMP-Eaga Strategic Planning Meeting last February 11 to 13 at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao that was attended by some 200 technical officials and private sector individuals. The first two days were spent on technical discussions on the priority projects and BIMP-Eaga blueprint, while the last day was reporting the outputs of the technical discussions to the senior officials.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 15, 2014.

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