As the Asian Development Bank (ADB) convenes for its 54th Annual Meeting with the theme "Collaboration for Resilient and Green Recovery," environment and climate activists and informal waste pickers in Cebu, Philippines affiliated under Sanlakas, No Burn Pilipinas, and EcoWaste Coalition staged a symbolic wreath laying protest action in the controversial and foreclosed Barangay Inayawan Sanitary Landfill to demand the withdrawal of ADB on all WtE incinerator projects in the city. "The Asian Development Bank is engaged in doublespeak calling for resilience and green recovery amidst the pandemic while actively promoting WtE incineration particularly in Cebu by granting a Technical Assistance (TA) project to the Cebu City Government that paves the way for the establishment of incineration projects in the city despite a clear prohibition in the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 (Republic Act 8749) banning incineration to treat municipal, biomedical, and hazardous wastes," according to Auxilium Olayer, a member of the EcoWaste National Executive Committee. Barangay Inayawan Sanitary Landfill, was the original site for the ADB-funded WTE project but was forestalled due to legal and technical issues. Through a Writ of Kalikasan, the Court of Appeals ordered a complete landfill rehabilitation pursuant to EMB standards. There were also… Read full this story
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