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 achieved

To go directly to the page describing the impressive results achieved as an example of Best Practice in Barangay Pinagkaisahan just click here.
(Please note that the page includes many pictures and will take some time to open.)



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 barangays.
(A barangay is the lowest Local Government Unit in the Philippines: Regions -> Provinces -> Cities/Municipalities -> Barangays)

 The focus of the PROJECT MICROPOLIS is on

  1. Solid Waste Management;

  2. Development Planning;

  3. Good Governance;

  4. Fiscal Management; and

  5. Housing/Slum Upgrading.

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 project accomplishment 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 from here.

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Links to the information pages for this project:

Terms of Reference

Accomplishments (Please note that the page includes many pictures and will take some time to open)

Barangay Pinagkaisahan Example (Please note that the page includes many pictures and will take some time to open)

Payatas Dumpsite (Please note that the page includes many pictures and will take some time to open)

Learning Experiences

Recommendations

Formal Reports


Organizations / Partners

Organization / Partner Activity / Person
University of Dalarna, Sweden

Dr. Per EO Berg. A research leader and head of the department of Energy Environment and Construction at Hogskolan Dalarna (Dalarna University).

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

Mr. 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 Development Cooperation.
http://www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/3102/a/86621

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.

Philippines
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.
http://www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/9881/a/94748

For a more comprehensive description of the new strategy, please refer to:
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Focused bilateral development cooperation
The new development policy
http://www.sweden.gov.se/content/1/c6/08/66/21/496f32e6.pdf


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