Brief: Reducing Ocean Plastic Pollution in Paranaque City, Philippines

Ocean plastic pollution has reached crisis level, directly threatening marine ecosystems and their related industries, and exacerbating global challenges such as food security, health, and climate change. This issue is especially apparent in the Philippines, where about 1.9 million metric tons of mismanaged plastics enter the ocean every year —… Read More

Municipal Waste Recycling Program Philippines PRRCFI Fact Sheet

The Philippines ranks as the third largest contributor globally of ocean plastic pollution. Much of its solid waste ends up in open dumping sites, allowing leakage into waterways connected to the marine environment. Ineffective solid waste management (SWM) systems do not include segregation at source, contributing to the mismanagement of… Read More

MWRP Philippines: Encouraging Plastic Waste Reduction in Marine Protected Areas

Marine protected areas (MPAs) in the coastal zones surrounding Puerto Princesa City, Philippines, are home to rich marine biodiversity that sustains robust tourism and fishing industries on Palawan Island. Increasingly, MPAs suffer from the growing contamination of plastic waste, largely coming from Puerto Princesa City due to inadequate management of solid waste. High volumes of plastic waste harm the marine ecosystems, posing a threat to fishing and tourism livelihoods. Read More

USAID Launches Activity to Empower Women in Metro Manila’s Waste Sector

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new project that will help women working in Metro Manila’s solid waste and recycling sectors gain access to business and livelihood opportunities. USAID’s Women in Waste’s Economic Empowerment (WWEE) is a four-year, approximately Php75-million project that will… Read More

USAID Municipal Waste Recycling Program Zero Waste Roundtable

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), a USAID grantee and leader in the approach, defines “zero waste” as “significantly reducing — and eventually completely eliminating—the amount of resources that we send to disposal.” Mike Alino with GAIA says zero waste is a goal, “something we should aspire to.” This… Read More