EU joins Manila Bay cleanup drive

Published September 24, 2018, 4:13 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Erma Edera

The European Union (EU) delegation to the Philippines joined the recent Manila Bay cleanup along Roxas Boulevard in Manila.


EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said in a statement that the delegation’s participation is “an expression of solidarity of the EU with the Philippines in ensuring that our oceans are rid of plastic wastes and other pollutants.”

The EU delegation worked jointly with Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), volunteers from the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), and staff members from the Danish and French embassies.

“Plastic litter has become a major concern in Asia, including the Philippines, and the EU delegation is currently engaged in close dialogue with the government on the development of a national strategy for improving plastic waste management and reducing leakages of plastic waste in the marine environment,” EU delegation said.

Earlier this year, the European Commission adopted a Circular Economy Action plan to promote a “transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a more sustainable way, Jessen added.

The plan aims to ensure that all plastic packaging in the EU market are recyclable by 2030.

Meanwhile, a regional program is also expected for a period of three years starting 2019 which enhances policy dialogue, exchange of shared knowledge and lessons learned from Europe, capacity enhancement, technology transfer and piloting of solutions for better plastic waste management in the Asian region.