Forum on Medical Wastes in Cebu

In an effort to finally address various concerns on the handling and disposal of medical wastes in Cebu, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 through the Environmental Management Bureau convened a multistakeholders forum yesterday attended by the Department of Health (DOH) 7, Cebu City, Lapulapu City and Mandaue City Government, pollution control officers and representatives of healthcare facilities and Treatment, Storage and Disposal (TSD) facility operators in Metro Cebu.

"The forum was to make a venue for all the concerned stakeholders to meet, converse and develop a functional, safe and secure management system on the handling and disposal of hazardous and infectious wastes generated in hospitals and other healthcare facilties in Metro Cebu," said EMB 7 William P Cuñado.

During the meeting, DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales asked all stakeholders to harmonize efforts and work together to ensure proper management of healthcare wastes. He emphasized the huge responsibility of waste generators, in this case the hospitals and healthcare facilties, on the responsible handling of their wastes from generation to disposal.

"What waste generators must understand is that generator responsibility goes further than contracting a TSD facility to transport, treat, store and dispose their garbage on their behalf. As a generator, the responsibility for your waste is from cradle to grave," explained Gonzales. He also warned TSD operators to stricly comply with the environmental regulations or face appropriate consequence or penalties.

On the other hand, DENR, DOH and LGUs as regulatory bodies have agreed to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation processes based on their respective mandates to ensure strict compliance from among waste generators and TSD facilties for the safety and security of the public.

"Rest assured that DENR EMB-7 will strictly implement according to the law. Generators, transporters, TSD facility operators who are not compliant with the standards will not be granted a permit," said Cuñado.

EMB-7 will also establish a Help Assistance Desk that would cater to all concerns related to healthcare wastes and conduct immediate processing of all necessary permits to avoid delay in the operation.

A Hazardous Waste Manifest Tracking System will also be operationalized to provide real-time update on the conduct of hazardous waste processes and collect real-time data of waste generated and the volume of waste treated for monitoring and documentation purposes.


DENR 7 Ceremonial Groundbreaking

DENR 7 Assistant Secretary for Visayas Marcial Amaro Jr, Asec for Field Operations for Southern Luzon and former DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales, former Usec for Field Operations For. Isabelo Montejo, newly designated DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Paquito Melicor Jr together with DENR 7 key officials pose at the future site of the DENR 7 two-storey building with basement parking and roofdeck.

DENR 7 held today a ceremonial groundbreaking event and laying of capsule to mark the start of the construction of the DENR 7 Technical Building with a project cost of P21, 976,642.07 and set to be completed in 365 calendar days. The construction of the office building aims to provide more office space for DENR 7 Technical Services personnel.


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Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. OIWS is the country’s first wetland of international importance for waterfowl declared under RAMSAR. This wetland area is now a critical stopover for tens of thousands of migratory birds travelling the East Asian Migratory Flyway, one of the most important shorebird and water bird migratory flyways in the world.


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As of today, UFTPAI native coffee is now marketed in Ubay and all other neighboring municipalities in Bohol.

Bugnay Wine. Made and produced by partner people’s organization, the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI) in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol

Man-made Molave Forest. One of Siquijor’s pride, the reforestation site is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1937. This 202.15-hectare molave plantation is found in Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor.

Man-made Molave Forest (Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor)

Nature’s Mystic Beauty. Lamanoc Island, Anda, Bohol. A newly discovered ecotourism destination in Bohol and is part of the Candijay-Anda-Mabini Mangrove Swamp Forest Reserve and Wilderness Area, a protected area managed by the DENR.

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