MANILA, 20 June 2018 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) visited the Manila plant of Markell Machineries, which was selected to manufacture a centralized materials recovery facility (CMRF) for a pilot demonstration site of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in General Santos City.
“General Santos City is very fortunate to be the recipient of the very first state-of-the-art Markell Machineries,” said Eligio Ildefonso, Chief of the Solid Waste Management Division. “The EMB, which I represent today, fully supports this significant endeavour to stop open burning.”
The site visit was led by Bernabe Archeta, President of Markell Machineries, with numerous high-level officials attending, including Ferdinand Pareja from the Waste Management Office of General Santos City, as well as representatives from EMB’s Policy, Planning and Programme Development Division and from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service.
“The CMRF, to be located in Barangay Sinawal, will be the Philippines’ first large scale mechanized CMRF capable of processing up to 40 TPD of municipal solid waste,” said UNIDO’s Carmela Centeno, who was accompanied by National Project Manager, Haidee Piniero. “This is the first project of this scale in the country. I hope that others will follow soon”.
The project in General Santos City is funded by the GEF and implemented by UNIDO, in collaboration with DENR, under the title “Demonstration of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) in Open Burning Activities in Response to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)”.
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