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Philippine Private Sector Initiatives to Curb Marine Plastic through EPR

ERIA’s Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris in collaboration with the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) will highlight the important role played by the private sector towards the implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility Act of 2022, how it supports the goals of the Philippine National Plan of Action for the Prevention, Reduction, and Management of Marine Litter (NPOA-ML), and share lessons learned from international and regional experience.

As a part of ERIA’s Private Sector Initiatives to Reduce Marine Plastics - Event Series, this forum will be an occasion for various stakeholders in the Philippines to stock-take the progress made and discuss the many ways private companies have been contributing to combating plastic waste and marine plastic debris. This event will also be a venue for private companies in the Philippines to showcase their business initiatives that contribute to the reduction of (marine) plastic waste.


Date: Friday, 14 April 2023
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM (Manila Time / GMT+8)


9 AM - 9:05 AM

Welcome Remark

  • Ayako Mizuno, Programme Manager of Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris of ERIA 

9:05 AM - 9:10 AM

Opening Remark

  • Asec. Gilbert C. Gonzales, OIC Assistant Secretary For Luzon and Visayas and concurrent Director, Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), The Philippines

9:10 AM - 11:10 AM


  • Ivy Joyce de Pedro (Legal Officer, Pollution Adjudication Board Secretariat, Legal Division, DENR-EMB The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB)): Synergies between the 2021 NPOA-ML and EPR Act of 2022
  • Crispian Lao (Vice Chair and Private Sector Representative, National Solid Waste Management Commission; Founding President of Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS)): Zero Waste to Nature Programme
  • Ceidge Razon, Corporate Sustainability Manager, Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies, Inc. (BEST): The Trash to Cash Back program
  • Jose Uy III, SVP & Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Philippines, Inc.: “Building the foundation for Circularity”Nestlé Philippines on steps towards circular economy
  • Caitlin Punzalan, Interim Corporate and Government Affairs Lead, Mondel─ôz Philippines, Inc.: Sustainable Snacking
  • Joel Potian, Plant General Manager, PETValue Philippines: The first bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in the Philippines
  • Voltaire L. Acosta, Program Manager, UN Habitat Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI): The synergies in HOCCI partner cities between local government and the private sector
  • Michikazu Kojima, Senior Advisor to the President on Environmental Issues of ERIA, Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris: Effective policy implementation in the ASEAN region to reduce plastic waste

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM

Panel Discussions

Moderated by Environweave

What are crucial points of collaboration between the government, consumers, and the private sector to address plastic pollution and prevent it from leaking to the marine environment?

11:40 AM - 12 PM

Ways Forward and Closing 

Introduction of the Private Sector Platform (PSP) of ERIA RKC-MPD

Closing Remark

  • Mr Michikazu Kojima, Senior Advisor to the President on Environmental Issues of ERIA


Register Now!

Starting Date

14 April 2023


Virtual Room

Contact Info

Ms Hera Diani

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