On behalf of Dr. Noralene Uy and Ms. Liza Velle Ramos, Dr. Glenn Fernandez, the project leader, presented on March 17, 2022 at the 8th Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (3R) International Scientific Conference on Material Cycles and Waste Management (3RINCs) organized by the Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management (JSMCWM).
Dr. Fernandez presented the findings of the content analysis of Philippine policies related to disaster waste management. They analyzed 60 relevant laws and policies issued between 1938 and 2020. Based on the study, they found out that policies from four streams guide DWM implementation: disaster risk management, environmental management, local governance, and climate change policies. As a way forward, they recommend that disaster waste management in the Philippines should go beyond road-clearing operations. The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001 should be updated to include disaster waste management in the National Solid Waste Management Framework and in long-term plans. There should be guidelines for increasing the reduction, recycling, and reuse of disaster wastes in order to minimize the residual wastes going to landfills. The government should actively promote resource conservation through education and training of local government officials.