A Project Presentation
Philippine-Swedish Cooperation on Solid Waste
Management in Metro Manila, Philippines
A description of the project and the impressive
results that have been
The project is a part of a larger activity
initiated by the Department
of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - National
Capital Region (NCR). The larger activity is called
PROJECT MICROPOLIS and is aiming at capacity building for urban
(A barangay is the lowest Local Government Unit in the Philippines:
Provinces -> Cities/Municipalities
The focus of the PROJECT MICROPOLIS is on
Solid Waste Management;
Fiscal Management; and
The Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency, Sida, decided to support the first of these activities - Solid Waste Management,
via a so-called Technical Assistance Project (TA). The Project, which is a small
scale Pilot Project, started in March 2003 and the basic parts were accomplished
in early 2005. However, the project continued for another two years and during
this period some remarkable achievements were reached.
is the contractual partner on the Swedish side and is cooperating with a number
of experts in the field of Solid Waste Management.
Initially the project covered conventional areas like seminars,
workshops, training, studies, plans, etc., all according to the
Terms of Reference (ToR). However, the project
management realized that in order to achieve something that would really provide
a tangible Learning Experience and serve as a Best Practice Example for others,
there was a need for a more hands-on approach.
The real success of the project is found in the
additional work carried out in the most active of the barangays, barangay
Pinagkaisahan. The project developed a small scale Eco Center that now
works as the heart of a concrete, hands-on Solid Waste Management System with
an adapted Material Recovery Facility (MRF); all in order to serve as the
desired Best Practice Example.
Owing to very strong and dedicated barangay management, enthusiastic staff, and
- with time - relatively cooperative inhabitants the project has managed to
reduce the number of truck loads collecting residual waste from eight (8) per week in the
beginning of the project down to two (2) per week - and now even in the process of
reducing to one (1) truck per week. This remarkable reduction
of 75% or even more shows that it is possible to achieve significant positive results
with limited budgets.
The general development, experiences, and practical outcome are
described with texts and pictures in the
part. (Please note that the page includes many
pictures and will take some time to open.)
More about the accomplishments, actions, experiences, etc that have
led to the sustainable success and the good Best Practice Example in
barangay Pinagkaisahan are found on a separate
page. (Please note that the page includes many
pictures and will take some time to open.)
There is also a separate page with
information about and pictures from Payatas dumpsite. (Please note that the page includes many
pictures and will take some time to open.) This page should be viewed in
connection to the project accomplishment
part to place the Payatas dumpsite in its correct perspective.
The learning experiences are
summarized in a separate page.
Please find some recommendations for
similar projects here.
The Formal Reports are also possible to download
If you have an interest in starting a similar project and if you are
considering the possibility to get support from Sida,
please read here.
is meant to be a place for spontaneous reactions, more comprehensive comments, and
It will be more interesting for others if
you write something in the
so please do!
If you have a link to another website that you think would be beneficial for people
visiting this website - please send
it to me and I might include it on this
page. Then we can set up links to each other for the benefit of everybody.
Links to the information pages for this project:
Terms of Reference
(Please note that the page includes many
pictures and will take some time to open)
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some time to open)
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Organizations / Partners
|University of Dalarna,
Dr. Per EO Berg. A research leader and head of
the department of Energy Environment and Construction at Hogskolan Dalarna (Dalarna
Dr. Kirsti Kuusela. Senior lecturer at Hogskolan
Dalarna (Dalarna University) with a degree in sociology with a long
experience in the field of empowerment processes and mobilization.
|HB Intec, Sweden
Bertil Paulsson. HB Intec (Intec). A senior Solid Waste Management expert
with more than 30 years of experience within the field of solid and
hazardous waste management as a manager in Swedish waste companies and
authorities, and as a consultant.
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The interest in this project is very high and the number of
visitors to this web page is increasing. If you use Google and search for a
specific word like "payatas" or the more generic word "dumpsite", this web page
gets top ranking among several hundred thousand hits. This is naturally very
encouraging and shows that hard and dedicated work pays off.
Conexor gets a lot of inquires
(please see the
Guestbook for some comments) how a similar project could be started, and if
there is a possibility to get support from Sida.
In August 2007 the Swedish Government presented its Strategy for Bilateral
In connection with the Government's review of development cooperation it was
decided to end Sweden's bilateral development assistance to the Philippines.
Sida has been instructed to draft a phase-out plan.
19 December 2007
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Sweden phases out three embassies
Today the Government decided to phase out three of Sweden's embassies. The three
are the embassies in Angola, Philippines and Laos.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs continuously reviews its organisation abroad
and assesses its status in relation to external changes and changing
requirements for monitoring and service. This means that over time Sweden opens
new or closes existing embassies and consulates. The Ministry for Foreign
Affairs must also adapt its organisation abroad to its budget and live up to the
efficiency objectives that apply to all ministries and government agencies.
Sweden's embassy to the Philippines mainly works on promoting Swedish exports
and helping Swedish companies to compete for contracts in the Asian Development
Bank (ADB). Swedish exports to the Philippines account for about 0.07 per cent
of all Swedish exports and Sweden has a small share of ADB contracts. In
connection with the Government's review of development cooperation in 2007 it
was decided to end Sweden's bilateral development assistance to the Philippines.
Sida has been instructed to draft a phase-out plan. An honorary consulate will
be opened to give service to Swedish citizens. The embassy is expected to close
by 30 June 2008 at the latest.
For a more comprehensive description of the new strategy,
please refer to:
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Focused bilateral development cooperation
The new development policy