• Posted on September 4, 2021

EMB Caraga, through the Chemical and Hazardous Waste Management Section (CHWMS), conducted a seminar on the transport, disposal, and phase-out of Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on September 3, 2021. The activity served as a venue for PCB owners to know the status of non-combustion POPs facility in Bataan and the subsidy program for the transport and disposal of PCB wastes that the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has offered for Electric Cooperatives.

The said activity was in line with the Bureau’s commitment to the National Government and Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to strengthen the mandate of phasing-out PCBs.

The participants from the electric cooperatives, mining industries, and wood processing plants were also trained on the preparation of strategic plan for the disposal of PCBs covering short and long-term bases.

During his message, Engr. Albert G. Arcamo, EMB Caraga OIC Regional Director, emphasized the importance for PCB owners of complying the mandates of EMB especially on the disposal and transport of PCB wastes to avoid violations and penalties. He added by assuring the participants that the Bureau will assist and guide them in the implementation of the PCB Management Plan.

Moreover, he thanked them for participating in the conduct of the seminar. He also expressed his gratitude to Engr. Leah Texon, National Project Manager of the PCB and Wastes Electronic and Electrical Equipments (WEEE) of UNIDO; Ms. Kris Lasmarias, Project Development Officer of Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC); Engr. Elizabeth Lucas and Tracy Bernadette Vidad of the Hazardous Waste Management and Chemical Management Sections, respectibely of EMB-Central Office for serving as resource speakers. ###