Cebu, Philippines recognises IGES for contributing to its waste management system
12 January 2017
IGES was recognised by the Mayor of Cebu City, Tomas Osmena, in an award to acknowledge the institute’s long-standing contribution to develop a city waste management strategy through city-to-city cooperation between Cebu, Philippines and Kitakyushu, Japan.
Through public, private and community partnership, and city-to-city cooperation between the City of Kitakyushu and the City of Cebu, IGES supported the development of an Integrated Solid Waste Management System and the expansion towards establishing a Sound Material Cycle Society in Cebu, Philippines. The award was received by IGES Senior Researcher, Dr. Dickella Gamaralalage Jagath Premakumara, during a courtesy meeting between the two Mayors, Kenji Kitahashi of Kitakyushu City and Osmena of Cebu City at Cebu City Hall on 16 November 2016, which saw the participation of senior officials, city councillors, and several barangay heads in the Philippines.
IGES has been actively involved in providing research and technical assistance to many cities in Asia, including for planning and establishing waste management strategies to achieve resource efficient, low-carbon and sustainable societies. In Cebu City, IGES, together with Kitakyushu City and other partners, helped scale up the barangay-based solid waste management model by adopting a multi-pronged approach of establishing environmental officers in each barangay and enforcing a "No Segregation, No Collection" policy, among other initiatives.
Kitakyushu City and Cebu City have agreed to continue their city-to-city cooperation to implement Cebu City’s 10-Year Solid Waste Management Plan and promote partnerships between businesses in the two cities. In addition to Kitakyushu City, Cebu City has also been working with other mentor cities including Yokohama, Japan and Fort Collins, United States to find further support for its activities.