Davao, Japanese city ink deal on waste management

Vina Araneta-Pilapil, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 19 2016 06:08 PM | Updated as of Nov 19 2016 08:32 PM

Photo by Vina Araneta-Pilapil

DAVAO CITY - The cities of Davao and Kitakyushu in Japan have agreed to form a strategic partnership that would lessen environmental waste.

Mayor Sara Duterte and Kitakyushu City Mayor Kenji Kitahashi on Tuesday signed a memorandum of agreement meant to improve Davao City's waste management and allow it to become a low-carbon society.

The agreement also aims to intensify the participation of private sector enterprises and universities in both cities while encouraging support from both governments and international agencies.

Kitakyushu, which is considered a model in Japan and in the world for its waste management practices, started its study in Davao last year and ended it in February 2016.

Duterte admitted that Davao City currently does not have good waste management, adding that its sanitary landfill is only good for five years.

"We are partnering with them because we really see the need," she said.

The Kitakyushu government extended its technical expertise to Davao by showing their best practices such as the bag system and proper waste disposal, according to the Davao City government.