|CAPS Trains Environment Management Coordinators of La Union on Urban Environment Management|
A total of twenty-three (23) Environment Management Coordinators (EMCs) representing 17 municipalities, one city and the provincial government of La Union participated in a Training Course on Urban Environment Management organized by CAPS last 14-18 March 2011 at the SEAMEO Innotech in Quezon City. The training activity was sponsored by CAPS in cooperation with the Province of La Union and supported by WASTE of the Netherlands.
The training which was the first of its kind conducted for local staff was designed purposely for the EMCs who are a new breed of professionals created by the Provincial Government of La Union. It is to be noted that there are no EMCs in the rest of the towns and cities of the country.
Since the EMCs, acting on behalf of the local executives, are expected to lead in the management of the local environment and, in so doing, coordinate with relevant agencies, the training modules covered: (1) Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems (Human Settlements Planning and Management for Developing Countries; Sustainable Urban Land Use and Urban Transport); (2) Integrated Water Resources Management; (3) Energy Use Efficiency and Climate Change Adaptation; (4) Air Quality Management for Cities; (5) Traffic Management; (6) Waste Management (Solid Waste and Wastewater); and (7) Environmental Communication and Professional Ethics.
Professionals in the different fields who are known experts locally and internationally served as trainors and lecturers. Architect Nathaniel ‘Dinky’ Von Einsiedel, Ph.D., formerly Commissioner for Planning of the Metro Manila Commission and Manager of the UNDP-World Bank Urban Management Program for many years, handled the topics related to “Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems”. Isidra ‘Edsie’ Penaranda, OIC, Chief Water Resources Development Officer and concurrent Head, Program Evaluation and Coordination Section of the National Water Resources Board, took care of the module on “Integrated Water Resources Management”. Alma Madrazo, Ph.D, made a presentation on “Energy Use Efficiency and Climate Change Adaptation”. She was not expected to come since she had just been hospitalized for a stroke, but she came just the same with a cane and still managed to give a very helpful and interesting presentation. Engr. Jean Rosete of the Environment Management Bureau of DENR made the presentation on “Air Quality Management for Cities”; while Dr. Engr. Noriel Christopher Tiglao of the U.P. National Center for Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) delivered the lecture and presentation on “Traffic Management”. On the module on Waste Management, Celso Jucutan, Manager of the Sanitary Landfill of San Fernando City, made a presentation on Solid Waste Management and Engr. Mark Tom Mulingbayan of Manila Water Company made a presentation on Wastewater Management. The module on “Environmental Communication and Professional Ethics” was handled by Lilia Casanova, former Deputy Director of UNEP-IETC in Japan and currently Senior Adviser of CAPS.
Part of the training was a Study Tour to Marikina City being a model city in Metro Manila that is known for its good urban management practices. The tour was made possible through the cooperation of the City Environment and Management Office (CEMO) of the Marikina City Government. The participants were convened at the Marikina City Hall Center for Excellence (CENTEX) Office for the briefing and presentations of the various environmental programs, projects and policies of the city. After the presentations, the participants were led to the resettlement communities of the city to show them the improved situation of the urban poor in the area. The participants were also shown one of the City’s barangay Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and how the barangay officials managed the facility properly. Last stop of the tour was the Sewage Treatment Plant of the city which was a joint project of the City Government, the Manila Water Company, a private water concessionaire in Metro Manila and the World Bank, which supported the riverside flood-proof sewage treatment plant. During the Study Tour, the participants took notice of the bicycle lanes and were generally impressed with the cleanliness that they observed in the City. On the whole, the Study Tour gave the participants the opportunity to observe how a modern and highly urbanized city like Marikina is able to maintain good environment conditions at par with global standards in spite of the tremendous damages it suffered during the recent tropical storm ‘Ondoy’.
As part of the Course Integration Workshop, the EMCs were asked to prepare a 6-months Work Plan showing activities that they will implement in their work places as follow-through to their training. The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) under the leadership of Dianne Orpilla, who was one of the participants, has been requested to assist CAPS in the monitoring of the Work Plans.
The training was managed by CAPS with Lilia Casanova, Leo De Castro and Dan Lapid acting as facilitators and staff Nancy Pilien, Des Alagna, Julian Doczi and Doris Salvino providing administrative support.
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