REN Update

Two National Training Workshops held in the Philippines
28 August 2015

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.

Thirty-seven enforcement 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.