TVC, WWF-Philippines address effects of plastic usage in environment through a webinar

TVC, WWF-Philippines address effects of plastic usage in environment through a webinar

21 December 2022

In relation to the issues faced by the environment, the Transforming Tourism Value Chains (TVC) program, in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature – Philippines (WWF-Philippines), highlighted the essence of proper plastic usage through a webinar on Beating Single-Use Plastics in the Tourism Industry: Results from the Transforming Tourism Project conducted on October 21, 2022, via Zoom Meetings.

“What we really wanted to point out is when we talked about policy guidelines, policy recommendations, we have to be a bit more realistic and a bit more straightforward,” Mr. Jonas M. Dumdum, Senior Consultant, TVC – PCEPSDI, said during his discussion on Policy Recommendations and Guidelines to Address Single-Use Plastics in the Tourism Sector.

“But, of course, having those concepts in mind, we also have to make sure that there is like a smooth flow or a smooth guidance transition to everything,” he added.

Mr. Dumdum has likewise noted the stakeholders’ connection and process in the policy-making, which includes the Tourism Sector, Local Government Units (LGUs), and National Government.

Furthermore, Ms. Andrea Go, Project Officer -Transforming Tourism Value Chains – Philippines, PCEPSDI, highlighted the Background and Overview of IFVC and Transforming Tourism Project, which aims to be able to reduce GHG emissions and improve resource efficiency.

Ms. Go also underscored the National Roadmap for Sustainable Tourism, wherein she stated the Sustainable food value chains, Sustainable events, Zero pollution from tourism and Sustainable energy.

Moreover, she showcased the initiatives and best practices in the Campaign to Phase Out Problematic Single Use Plastics (SUP) from the Hospitality Sector to promote tourism and environmental sustainability further.

Ms. Czarina Constantino-Panopio, National Lead – No Plastics in Nature, World Wide Fund for Nature – Philippines (WWF-Philippines), talked about Key Findings of the Design-Thinking Workshop and Technical Working Group Meetings.

In her presentation, Ms. Constantino-Panopio explained the current solid waste management system wherein she pointed out the practices of the different companies in getting rid of their plastic waste and provided solutions moving forward to address the issue.

The said webinar was attended by Hotels, Homestays, Resorts, MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) Businesses, Tourism Offices and Associations, and Digital Technology Developers representatives.

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