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Philippine Private Sector Initiatives to Curb Marine Plastics through EPR

Updated: May 9, 2023


The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia's Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris (ERIA RKC-MPD), in partnership with the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), recently held the '𝘗𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳 𝘐𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘊𝘶𝘳𝘣 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘌𝘗𝘙' event on April 14, 2023, at the Seda Hotel in BGC. The event aimed to highlight the private sector's crucial role in implementing the Extended Producer Responsibility Act of 2022 and its potential in reducing marine pollution.

The event aimed to highlight the important role played by the private sector towards the implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility Act of 2022 and how it can help combat marine pollution. The lineup of experts included ERIA's Senior Advisor to the President on Environmental Issues, Mr. Michikazu Kojima, who discussed the challenges and opportunities for the private sector in implementing the law. There was also a panel discussion, where representatives from the private sector, government, and civil society organizations shared their insights and experiences in implementing the Extended Producer Responsibility Act.

The hybrid event was attended by over 200 participants from the ASEAN region, including China, South Korea, and Japan. Attendees included business leaders, government officials, and members of civil society organizations.

Following the event, ERIA RKC-MPD had a dialogue with Philippine private sector representatives, particularly the investing partners of PARMS, to explore the point of convergence between ERIA RKC-MPD and Philippine Private Sector Recyclers, Waste Diverters, and other solid waste management actors. The dialogue aimed to disseminate to the private sector to reduce marine plastic litter by the Philippine private sector that can be applied to other ASEAN countries.



The event was successful in raising awareness of the private sector's role in protecting the environment and combatting marine pollution. It provided a platform for stakeholders to share their experiences and insights and build partnerships toward achieving sustainable development in the Philippines.





Watch the full event below:

Video Timestamps:

Atty. Ivy Joyce De Pedro (11:41)

Legal Officer

Pollution Adjudication Board Secretariat

DENR Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB)

Government of the Philippines


Comm. Crispian Lao (29:17)

Founding President

Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability


Vice Chair and Private Sector Representative

National SolId Waste Management Commission (NSWMC)


Engr. Ceidge Razon (44:45)

Corporate Sustainability Manager

Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies, Inc. (BEST)

Topic: Trash to Cashback Program: Shift from Linear to Circular Economy


Mr. Jose Uy III (1:06:03)

Senior Vice President & Head of Corporate Affairs

Nestle Philippines, Inc.

Topic: Building the Foundation for Circularity

Ms. Caitlin Punzalan (1:31:15)

Interim Corporate and Government Affairs Lead

Mondelez Philippines, Inc.

Topic: Sustainable Snacking


Mr. Joel Potian (1:45:57)

Plant General Manager

PETValue Philippines Corporation

Topic: Overview of Bottle to Bottle Recycling Process


Engr. Voltaire Acosta (2:05:30)

Program Manager

Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Mr. Michikazu Kojima (2:29:59)

Senior Advisor to the President on Environmental Issues

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)



Ms. Ellen Putri Edita (3:41:28)

Research Associate

Regional Knowledge Center for Marine Plastic Debris of ERIA

Topic: The Private Sector Platform (PSP) of ERIA RKC-MPD

Pannel Discussion (2:47:23)


Closing Remarks

Mr. Michikazu Kojima (3:50:50)

Senior Advisor to the President on Environmental Issues

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)


Comm. Crispian Lao (3:52:53)

Founding President

Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability


ERIA's Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris (RKC-MPD), in collaboration with the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) and UN Habitat, with the endorsement of the Environmental Management Bureau of Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Republic of the Philippines, held a hybrid seminar on 14 April 2023 to stock-take the progress and discuss the many ways private companies have been contributing to combating plastic waste and marine plastic debris.


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