Left photo: Ms. Beverly Joy Baldivino, Head, Skills and Livelihood Training Center (SLTC), San Juan City, welcomes the representatives to the meeting. Right photo: Ms. Marleane Ferrer, Sr. Science Research Specialist presents her ongoing study entitled “Agricultural Wastes: Potential Adsorbents for the Treatment of Tannery Wastewater”.

With the continuing efforts of the ERDB-THWRDEC (Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes Research, Development and Extension Center) in the promotion of the ENR Technologies and accelerating strong partnership with the LGU, the THWARDEC staff attended the 3rd ELTAG Quarterly Meeting for CY 2019 and Educational/Appreciation Tour on ENR Related Projects on August 8, 2019 in  Brgy. Corazon de Jesus, San Juan City.

A total of 31 LGU representatives attended the said meeting. Ms. Beverly Joy Baldivino, Head of the Skills and Livelihood Training Center (SLTC), San Juan City gave her welcome remarks. In her message, she expressed her excitement vis-à-vis expectations on the outputs from the presentations and discussions in the said meeting. Moreover, she commended all the member LGUs present and the THWRDEC as a whole.

In her message, Ms. Nery A. Alba, THWRDEC Center Head encouraged the LGU members to maximize their attendance in the meeting by sharing concepts/ideas on ENR technologies specifically related to toxic and hazardous wastes being practiced/implemented within their area of jurisdiction. Furthermore, she requested assistance from LGUs for possible partnership with some environment-oriented industries in their areas for the implementation and strengthening of ENR related technologies.

Ms. Marleane Ferrer, Sr. Science Research Specialist presented her ongoing study titled “Agricultural Wastes: Potential Adsorbents for the Treatment of Tannery Wastewater”. The objective of the study is to develop adsorbents from agricultural wastes for the removal of hexavalent chromium in wastewater from tannery industries. It also aims to identify raw materials from locally generated agricultural wastes for the development of low-cost adsorbents for the removal of heavy metals in wastewater.

The LGU representatives shared updates on ENR activities of their respective offices which include clean-up activities in support to the ongoing Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project, IEC Campaign, best practices on collected municipal wastes and health care waste management scheme and other environmental advocacies and initiatives. Lastly, Ms. Evangeline R. Marcelino discussed the technical assistance that could be provided to LGUs. She also mentioned various activities being conducted in line with the ENR related technologies being promoted by the center and the establishment of floating garden (phytoremediation scheme) in Las Piñas City.

The LGU representatives also visited the facilities of the San Juan Skills and Livelihood Training Center and the City’s Materials Recovery and Waste Management facilities. L. Soriano, THWRDEC