13-point environmental agenda submitted to Duterte
The Ecological Waste Coalition has proposed a 13-point agenda to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, which includes a Zero Waste agenda and the suspension of the construction of all coal power plants.
MindaNews, quoting the letter of Ecological Waste Coalition president Sonia Mendoza to Duterte, reported that the action agenda is for Duterte’s first 100 days.
Topping the list of recommendations is the appointment of a pro-environment and pro-people secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The environmental group also suggested that Duterte stop incineration and combat waste and pollution through Zero Waste strategies and practices.
They said Duterte should “convene and chair the first meeting of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) and set a comprehensive Zero Waste agenda to reduce the volume and toxicity of the country’s waste.”
They asked Duterte to order a review and analysis of public funds for waste management and recommend priority programs to back the Zero Waste agenda.
Mendoza called for the suspension of the development of coal power plants and waste-to-energy facilities and the prioritization of clean and renewable energy projects.
She also called for new policies on foreign wastes such as the garbage from Canada, which she said mut be returned to its origin.
She also called for laws “banning plastic bags, restricting toxic chemicals in packaging, establishing extended producer responsibility for electrical and electronic equipment and for packaging, and ensuring the public’s right to know through Pollutant Release and Transfer Register.”
The Environmental Waste Coalition also asked for the early ratification of multilateral environmental and chemical agreements as provided for in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Basel Convention Ban Amendment.