- UTSHWRC shall plan, formulate and implement RDE programs/projects/activities in coordination w/ EMB including generation and transfer of technologies related to management of urban ecosystem, management of toxic substances and Hazardous Wastes and generation of best practices for the abatement of pollution in accordance with the National RDE agenda and framework;
- It shall provide technical assistance, disseminate information and conduct educational awareness of the effects of toxic chemical substances, mixtures hazardous wastes on health and environment and other ENR technologies and perform other functions that maybe assigned by higher authority.
Nery A. Alba, Head ERDS-NCR – The designated RC head is not regularly reporting hence, a caretaker will be responsible to oversee the implementation of various activities and submission of accomplishment reports and other pertinent documents center
Elizabeth Amor/ Quinchita Quinares – Secretaries in-charge of the recording of in-coming and out-going of documents
- Irene Legaspi – In-charge of planning concerns
- Cristina de Mesa – In-charge of Administrative concerns
- Elisa Malihan – Special Disbursing Officer of the center
Project 1. R & D for the management and improvement of pollution level in highly urbanized areas
- Study 1. Ecosystems perspective in zoning and land-use planning in highly urbanized areas (2 years) (Study Leader: Jenny Valle)
- Study 2. Phytoremediation schemes for polluted waterways/rivers and waste reservoir at industrial and commercial areas in Las Piñas and Parañaque(3 years) (Study Leader: Engr. Teresa Salanguit)
- Study 3.Settlement processes and determination of solid waste practices of urban communities (2 years) (Study Leader: Cynthia Carpio)
- Study 4. Application of green technologies to brace communities against impacts of urbanization (2 years) (Study Leader: Irene Legaspi)
- Study 5 .Assessment of existing green parks and recreational areas in highly urbanized areas (3 years) (Study Leader: For . Giselle Garcia)
Project 2. R & D on integrated management of toxic substances and hazardous wastes
- Study 1. Assessment of workers’ exposure and other solid waste facility in NCR and nearby areas (1 year) (Study Leader: Nery A. Alba)
- Project 1. Packaging of ENR Technologies for Extension and Production of IEC Materials (In-charge: Esmeralda Andres)
- Project 2. Promotion and Dissemination of Technologies for Sustainable ENR Management (In-charge: Evangeline Marcelino)
- Project 3. Post Monitoring and Evaluation of Transferred ENR Technologies (In-charge: Salvacion Samson)
For. Giselle Garcia – Over-all In-charge of the production of NGP-PQPM and maintenance of clonal office
Program Title: Client-based Technology Transfer and Extension Services for Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Management. (Technology Transfer, Extension and Promotion Unit)
- Conduct of exhibits, technology forum and the using showcase or a demonstration area particularly of CBT;
- Provision of extension services thru the conduct of hands-on training, techno-demo visits and continuous coaching/mentoring for interested stakeholders. This also includes the capacitation of stakeholders as special extension service providers for the adopted technology;
- Establishment of participatory extension of ENR technologies thru PARTNER-BOND (Pro-Active Response Towards Nurturing Environmental Relation: A Barangay Outreach Project Based on Community Needs and Demands). This involves partnering with LGUs in the implementation of ENR-related projects.
Project 1. Impact of pollutants from controlled dumpsites/transfer stations to selected communities
1.1 Assessment of workers’ exposure to hazardous wastes from junkshops and waste transfer stations in NCR and nearby areas (1 year)
This study will be undertaken to determine the effects of chronic exposure hazardous wastes (HWs) on selected group of populace in Metro Manila and nearby areas. It has a duration of year and has started this CY 2015. The respondents will include waste pickers, workers from junkshops, recycling centers, waste transfer stations, and those who are recovering leftovers from used electrical and electronic equipments. Specifically, these will include waste workers in junkshop, transfer stations near and landfill sites in Payatas, Quezon City, Port Area in Manila, and Rodriquez, Rizal.
2.1. Ecosystems Perspective in Zoning & Land Use Planning in Highly Urbanized Areas in NCR
2.2 Bioremediation Schemes for Polluted Waterways and Waste Reservoir at Industrial and Commercial Areas
Project 3 : Improving and Enhancing Healthy Ecosystem for Communities and Settlement Areas
3.1 Settlement Processes and Determination of Solid Waste Practices of Communities and Settlers in Selected Resettlement Areas in NCR.
This two (2) year study aims to assess various resettlement programs being implemented in NCR and will identify ESWM practices being observed in these relocation sites.
3.2 Application/Adoption of Green Technologies to Brace Communities Against Impacts of Urbanization in the National Capital Region
Several innovations have been introduced like technologies on housing, infrastructures and the like in NCR to reduce further degradation in the environment. Green technology helps reduce emissions, conserves water, reduces waste and consumes less energy than conventional technology.
This study is to be implemented in selected areas in the Metro Mania (Valenzuela City, Quezon City and Mandaluyong City) from 2015 to 2016. It aims to identify green technologies being applied/adopted in selected communities and to determine the level of awareness of the residents on green technology.
Part of the Green technology study activity is an open discussion with the involvement of concerened stakeholders, gathering of data and documentation. A Focused Group Discussion (FGD) was conducted at Valenzuela City hall on April 10, 2015. The FGD was participated/attended by different Chief/Head of the City of Valenzuela. The different 3S centers ((Sentro ng Sama-Samang Serbisyo) adopting green building technology in different barangays in Valenzuela City was documented. Active adoption of Quezon City on solar power/LED lights also form part of study team documentation.
4.1 Assessment of Existing Green Parks and Recreational Areas in National Capital Region (NCR)
This study which will be implemented for three (3) years beginning this CY 2015 to 2017, aims to identify and assess existing green parks and recreational areas in the National Capital Region (NCR). Likewise, establishment and management strategies being applied by the concerned managers/operators/owners of these recreational areas will be established. The outputs from this study will serve as basis or reference to boost up/advance the development and/or enhancement of various open spaces, green belts, parks, plazas, and recreational areas of different types into “green ones” or “environment friendly” in Metro Manila.
Pre-selection of the existing parks and recreational areas per Local Government Units (LGUs) included: (1) locally maintained and managed, and (2) has adopted/used any form of green technology.
As of date, there are already ten (10) existing parks within the Cities of Manila, Valenzuela and Marikina that have been covered by the initial validation activities conducted for the period. These were assessed relative to their existing structures, amenities, and facilities, vegetation cover, existing green technology used/adopted in the area, management strategies and some issues and concerns.
The Plaza Raja Sulayman park in Malate, Manila has been installed and used several units of solar powered LED streetlights in partnership with a South Korean investor/company. Four (4) out of these parks (3 in Manila and 1 in Valenzuela City) used interconnected, inter-locking and multi-coloured concrete bricks for ground cover instead of full concrete. On the other hand, six (6) parks assessed in Marikina City have maintained their natural conditions/characteristics such as using grasses and other similar plant species as ground cover and for landscaping purposes. Both strategies intend to allow natural seepage or percolation of rain water for greater moisture retention and groundwater replenishment.