Demonstrating the Government’s commitment to combating marine litter pollution and
protecting the country, particularly its coastal areas and to strengthening Local Government
Unit (LGU) capacities and local level implementation of NPOA-ML, the Environmental
Management Bureau IX through the Solid Waste Management Section in collaboration with
the Environmental Education and Information Unit decisively launched the National Plan of
Action for the Prevention, reduction, and, Management of Marine Litters (NPOA) in Region
IX on September 14-15, 2022 during the IEC Summit 2022 at Manuel’s Resort, Zamboanga
del Norte.

The IEC Summit 2022 highlights the Regional Launching of the NPOA ML and the Capacity
Building of LGUs in the Region. Also gathered to show support and commitment are the active
members of the Regional Ecology Center (REC) namely the Department of Education,
Department of Interior and Local Government Unit, Department of Agriculture, Department
of Public Works and Highways, Department of Science and Technology, Department of
Education and the National Economic Development Authority of Region IX. Representatives
from the mentioned NGA’s stated their message of support and pledge of commitment to the
development of NPOA ML.

Further, seventy (70) Municipal ENRO’s attended and represented their LGUs and likewise
pledged their support.

The DENR Region IX’s highest ranking Official, Regional Executive Director, Ronald D.
Gadot, strongly opened the program with the statement, “As the ecosystem cannot function
properly and effectively in the absence of some microorganisms, we, in the DENR cannot
implement this plan effectively without our partner agencies and especially you, the LGUs”.

Following RED’s Opening statement is the inspirational message from the EMB IX’s Regional
Director, Engr. Alex D. Jimenez. RD Alex inspired the participants that Zamboanga Peninsula
leads in producing export quality marine products, thus, it is vital to work together as a team
in protecting the only marine resource we have from the destruction that marine litter can bring.

The EMB Director, Engr. William P. Cuñado, though He was not present physically, showed
full support and left an encouraging message to all participants through a video message.

Thereafter, Engr. Alwin Jay Robel of the EMB Central Office SWM Division presented an
AVP on the Rationale of NPOA ML and officially launched the said action plan in the Region.

Concluding the Launching is the messages of support from the partner agencies who pledged
to fully commit and align their programs to form a unified approach to the development of
NPOA ML in the Region and sealed the messages with the signing of commitment thereafter.

Afternoon’s program highlighted the acknowledging of best practices and Outstanding LGUs
in the Region whose efforts are worthy of emulation and thus need to be recognized and
highlighted.

The 2nd day is intended for the capacity building of the LGUs where Engr. Carlo Xavier Ysip
from Macafferi Phils. shared his expertise in Sanitary Landfill Design and Speakers from the
EMB Central Office also talked about the enhancement/updating of the Local Government
Unit – Solid Waste Management Self-Compliance Monitoring and Auditing Report and
concluded by Engr. Jerby Reales, SWM Staff with the Online reporting format in compliance
with Section 24.

Closing the 2-day event is a message from the Chief, Clearance and Permitting Division, Engr.
Winnie S. Ramos, encourages the participants to re-echo what they’ve learned and start to take
baby steps in combatting marine pollution in their own homes and barangays.