DENR National Capital Region conducted a webinar on safety induction of liquid and solid wastes on Wednesday, 9 September 2020.

The online learning activity was organized by the Manila Bay Site Coordinating/Management Office (MBSCMO) in line with the on-going implementation of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project. Representatives of Local Government Units (LGU) of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Malabon, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, Taguig, Valenzuela, and Quezon City attended the webinar.

Regional Executive Director Jaqueline A. Caancan welcomed the participants to the activity and reminded them of the importance of being aware of the risks in handling liquid and solid wastes, especially now as we are faced with the threat of COVID-19. The webinar, RED Caancan explained, was meant to inform them of the safety protocols they must observe to reduce their exposure to deadly viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens.

Engr. Jean Borromeo, Chief of the Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement Division of EMB National Capital Region served as the resource person for the learning event. Engr. Borromeo explained why it is a must to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when doing fieldwork and shared studies showing the presence of SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—in wastewater and surface water.

“It is very important that we wear a complete set of PPE during fieldwork as we may be exposed to the virus via dust or contaminated wastewater and surface water”, Engr. Borromeo cautioned. Engr. Borromeo also discussed the proper disposal of used PPEs, focusing particularly on used disposable face masks that are now slowly becoming part of the waste stream.