THE importance of efficient solid waste management system was underscored by waste management experts from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during a two-day training-workshop aimed at providing communities science-based knowledge on proper waste management.
DOST-Ilocos, through its Provincial Science and Technology Office (PSTO) Pangasinan, and in collaboration with the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI), conducted the Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS) Training-Workshop that benefitted six local government units (LGUs) in the Ilocos Region from March 28 to 29, 2023 at the Dagupan City E-Library, Dagupan City.
In accordance to Republic Act (RA) 9003, also known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, the participants were trained on how to use a streamlined method of conducting WACS as an essential input in the development of their municipality's ten-year solid waste management plans.
A total of six LGUs attended the training, namely: Dagupan City, Laoac, Dasol, Mapandan, Urdaneta City, and Rosario, La Union.
The training capacitated the participants on WACS, its functions, and relevance in formulating strategies, programs, projects, and activities that could improve each LGU’s solid waste management programs.
The Industrial Technology Development Institute of the DOST provided the waste management experts composed of Dr. Myra Tansengco, Engr. David Herrera, Ma. Theresa Arthuz, and Engr. Joven Barcelo, who served as the resource speakers during the training.
The participants gained better understanding of RA 9003, the Basic WACS and procedures, health and safety guidelines in conducting WACS, preparation of worksheets for non-households and households, and WACS plan.
The primary function of WACS, according to DOST-ITDI experts, is to provide baseline data for LGU monitoring and performance evaluation of solid waste management plans and activities. Hence, WACS data can be utilized to identify relevant programs and strategies for LGUs' specific needs.
This endeavor is aligned with the country’s aim to expand science, technology, and innovation (STI) assistance to communities and production sectors, particularly micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSMEs), and to provide STI-based solutions for disaster risks and climate change adaptation and mitigation (SDG 6 and 13).
The initiative also supports the strategy of the current DOST administration on sustainability. (PR)
April 12, 2023
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