As part of the initiatives of this project, PCCI in partnership with the Overseas Human Resource and Industry Development Association (HIDA) conducted a seminar on Mercury-containing Wastes Recycling last 26 August 2014 at the New World Hotel in Makati City.
The seminar aimed to:
1) disseminate the technology for managing and recycling of mercury waste, and
2) encourage more people to pay attention on the collection of used fluorescent lamps in the Philippines.
The seminar program featured the following topics and speakers:
• New rules and regulations of DENR where busted fluorescent lamps are considered hazardous waste and strictly regulated – Dr. Eva Ocfemia, Assistant Director, Environmental Management Bureau, DENR
• Status of Japanese local government activity to collect used fluorescent lamps - Mr. Goro Sasaki, HIDA Expert / Executive Director, Japan Waste Management Association (JWMA) and Mr. Takeshige Yahagi, HIDA Expert / Manager, General Affairs, Japan Waste Management Association (JWMA)
• Minamata convention on mercury, UNEP activities and legal scheme to handle the industrial waste - Mr. Shigeru Matsubara, HIDA Expert / Japan Lighting Manufacturers Association (JLMA) Environmental Countermeasures Committee Member
• Used florescent lamp recycling business of Nomura Kosan Co. and recommendation of feasible used fluorescent lamp collection and recycling program in the Philippines - Mr. Hiroki Iwase, HIDA Expert, Manager, Sales Dept. Nomura Kohsan Co., Ltd.
Mr. Jesus Reyes, Co-Chair of the PCCI Environment Committee and Mr. Yutaka Kadoya, Section Chief, Technical Cooperation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) delivered the opening remarks while Mr. Hajime Yajima, Senior Manager, Trade and Industry Project Group, Trade and Industry Projects Promotion Department of HIDA delivered the closing remarks.
The seminar was attended by eighty (80) participants from industry, business service organizations, professional organizations and non-government organizations. The meeting was also attended by representatives from the Japanese Embassy, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The seminar was a joint activity with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.
B. The Training Program on the Management and Recycling of Used Fluorescent Lamps for Philippines, 12-20 November 2014, Osaka Japan
Also part of the project is a training program which will be held in Japan. The objectives of the program are: 1.) to acquaint participants with the waste management of used fluorescent lamps, and 2.) to take an important role for the implementation of management and recycling of used fluorescent lamps in the Philippines.
The target number of participants for this program is 25.