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French Development Agency and Syctom support MMDA in Metro Manila waste management
Marie-Pierre Bourzai, Head of the Territories and Enterprises Division of the French Development Agency (AFD) and Jacques Gautier, President of Syctom, the Paris Region Metropolitan Agency for the Treatment of Household Waste, signed a grant agreement last July 21 for a pilot project aimed at strengthening household waste management in Pasay City. This initiative, undertaken in partnership with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), seeks to contribute to improving the quality of the water of the Pasig River.

Metro Manila produces about 6,700 tons of household waste per day. In the absence of an effective waste collection system for its 17 million inhabitants, around 17 percent of the region’s waste from various neighborhoods ends up in the Pasig River through dumping or by being washed away by floods.

To address this, Syctom, upon the request of the MMDA, will be leading a pilot project proposing waste treatment solutions at the Tripa de Gallina pumping station. This pilot project, which is expected to benefit between 20,000 and 25,000 residents of various barangays in Pasay City, will complement the wastewater phytotreatment system managed by the Greater Paris Interdepartmental Syndicate for Sanitation (SIAAP).  

The objective of this project is to locally implement a multi-channel platform which includes an electromechanical composting unit for organic waste (to treat around 40 percent to 50 percent of household waste deposit), a reinforced Material Recovery Facility (a small scale waste disposal and transfer centre) for the management of recyclables, as well as the recovery of hazardous waste such as electrical and electronic equipment waste.

Syctom also plans to seek the best solutions to improve the Tripa de Gallina pumping station’s treatment of screen waste – waste whose level of contamination does not allow recycling.

After an initial 3-year phase aimed at raising awareness among local residents towards more sustainable practices, improving the Pasig River’s water quality, and reducing health risks, this project aims at being eventually replicated throughout Metro Manila.

This project worth €623,000 (PHP 35.5 million) is financed by a €425,000 (PHP 24.2 million) grant provided to Syctom by the French Development Agency in support of the Metro Manila Development Authority.


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