Davao City, Japan ink env’t partnership agreement

Nov. 16, 2016

[L-R] Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and Japan’s Kitakyushu City Mayor Kenji Kitahashi. (CIO)

[L-R] Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and Japan’s Kitakyushu City Mayor Kenji Kitahashi. (CIO)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Both the local executives of Davao City and Japan’s Kitakyushu City signed Tuesday an environmental agreement for the proposed waste-to-energy facility here.

The Strategic Environmental Partnership Agreement was signed at the office of the city mayor after the city government officials from Kitakyushu City presented their proposal during the city council’s regular session.

“I heard that as social and economic development rapidly progressed in Davao, the amount of waste produced has grown each year,” Kenji Kitahashi, mayor of Kitakyushu, Japan said when he paid a courtesy visit Monday.

“On the other hand, existing waste disposal sites are strained, and relieving that strain has become a pressing issue,” Kitahashi added.

The agreement would eventually lead to the development of the city environment focusing on waste management and the creation of a low-carbon society which is instrumental to the development of a green economy.

Meanwhile, Mayor Sara Duterte expressed gratitude to Kitakyushu City Mayor Kenji Kitahashi for partnership deal.

“The issue on solid management and handling, carbon emissions, and global warming are universal ones and are a shared concern among all cities, including our cities,” said Duterte. “A partnership such as this is not only beneficial and timely, but has become necessary and encouraged.”

“Davao City welcomes the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and technology as a city that is booming and developing, we welcome all the assistance we could get from our partners,” she said.

The partnership agreement would allow “Davao City to learn from experts and technical personnel of Kitakyushu City with the objective that the city will be able to come up with its own methods of effective waste management systems.” (davaotoday.com)

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