Two National Training
Workshops on Combating Illegal Trade in Chemicals and Waste were organized by
UNEP in cooperation with the Philippines’
Bureau of Customs and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The
first workshop was held on 24-25 August 2015 in Manila.
officers from Philippines Customs, the Coast Guard, the Philippine National
Police-Maritime and the National Bureau of Investigation attended the workshop.
The resource persons included the representatives from the Netherlands Human
Environment and Transport Inspectorate, the World Customs Organization Regional
Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and
Pacific (WCO RILO A/P), Ban Toxics, the Philippines Department of Environment
and Natural Resources, the Philippines Bureau of Customs and UNEP. The objective
of the workshop was to improve the capacity of enforcement officers in the Philippines to control
illegal trade in chemicals and waste. The second workshop, held in Cebu, on
27-28 August 2015, replicated the Manila
workshop. The two workshops together enhanced 74 enforcement officers in the
Philippines to better understand the Basel/Rotterdam/Stockholm Conventions and the
latest trends in illegal traffick in ODS, other chemicals and waste. They
learned about best practices in Europe,
including identification, risk-profiling and handling of chemicals and waste.
They also identified and analysed and problems of a recent unsuccessful case in
the Philippines involving
the repatriation of household waste to Canada. Many participants indicated
that they would use the knowledge gained in the workshop in their future work for
more effective control chemicals
and waste shipments. Most participants requested the regular organization of similar
training sessions of longer duration.