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Holy Angel University hosted the "International Joint Forum on Recycling Policy and Technology of E-Waste" from May 25-28, 2016 at the PGN Center for Professional Development, drawing more than 70local and international delegates comprised of academics, students, engineers, researchers, industry experts, private sector practitioners, and government officials.

In welcoming the forum delegates, HAU President Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo expressed confidence that the event will "improve the public’s understanding of the importance for E-waste management and how we, individually and collectively, could become better stewards of our planet."

The forum aims to promote academic exchange in recycling technology and the formulation of environmentally-sound policies on E-waste, a term for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) which refers to "outdated electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, cellphones and other items that are obsolete or unwanted."

Organized by Dr. Arturo Mariano Figueroa of HAU Graduate School of Engineering, in coordination with the Office of International Affairs, and Dr. Seung-Whee Rhee, Korea Basel Forum president and Kyonggi University professor, the conference involved academic presentations and discussions as well as a technical tour of E-waste facilities in Central Luzon.

During the conference sessions, Dr. Florencio Ballesteros of the University of the Philippines National Engineering Centerreviewed the current status of E-waste management and recycling in the country while Mr. Geri-Geronimo Sanez, Chief of the Hazardous Waste Management, Environmental Management Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, discussedPhilippine E-waste recycling policy and technology.

Five Korean resource persons, on the other hand, examined the various aspects related to E-waste in their country. They were Dr. Sun-Kyoung Shin of the National Institute of Environmental Research of Korea (recycling policy and trends), Dr. June-Woo Park of Sangmyung University (collection program and management), Dr. Rhee(perspectives of trans-boundary movement), Dr. JeipilWang of Pukyong National University (recent trends inrecycling technology), and Dr. Woo Zin Choi of the University of Suwon (recent developments in plastics recycling of used small household appliances).

Other forum speakers included Regional Director Lormelyn Claudio of the Environmental Management Bureau, DENR; Bong-Gyoo Cho, Chief Executive Officer, Korea R and D Valuable Recycling; andSangdae Lee, Chief Director, Korea Electronics Recycling Cooperative.

HAU and Korea Basel Forum, represented by Dr. Calingo and Dr. Rhee, respectively, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formally establish cooperation in the implementation of the Basel Convention objectivesand to undertake information exchange, research cooperation, consultations, and meetings on hazardous waste. E-waste has been classified as hazardous waste by the Basel Convention.

The delegates also signed a resolution creating the Industry-Academe Consortium on E-Waste Research and Development which provides a networking platform for E-waste research and management among academics, researchers, industry practitioners, government regulators, and other stakeholders.

The technical tour brought the forum participants to visit the sanitary landfill of MetroClark Waste Management Corporation in Capas, Tarlacand the recycling facilities of Semi Recycling Company, Inc. inside the Clark Freeport Zone.

The conference received support from the sponsorship by Philippine and Korean organizations that included the Environmental Practitioners Association of the Philippines(EPA), RASLAG Corporation, National Institute of Environmental Research, the R and D Center for Valuable Recycling, and the KR Communications Co., Ltd, Korea.

Date Posted: 06-02-2016