Davao City inks Green Sister City Agreement with Kitakyushu City, Japan
The signing was held during Mayor Inday’s visit to Kitakyushu, a city in the Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan.
The sisterhood agreement aims to further strengthen the relationship and mutual understanding between Davao City and Kitakyushu City; and specifically focuses on the promotion of both cities as world-class communities, which puts prime importance on the implementation of clean and green initiatives.
Under the MOU, the two cities pledged cooperation in the field of resource cycling, capacity building, and other endeavors toward promoting the green city development concept.
Mayor Inday, other city officials, and representatives from environmental organizations, also attended a benchmarking activity about Kitakyushu City’s solid waste management facilities and visited such facilities as the Hiagari Recycling Center, Kougasaki Waste-to-Energy Plant, Hibikinada Sanitary Landfill, and Kitrakyushi Eco-farm and Wind Town.
The MOU was the second engagement between Davao City and Kitakyushu City to date.
In November 2016, both governments – together with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – also signed a Strategic Environmental Partnership Agreement, which aimed to enhance solid waste management in Davao City.
Kitakyushu is largely known as a leader in implementing stringent environment pollution control measure when it was able to transform itself from a “Gray City” to a “Green City.”
It is known worldwide for its environmental preservation technologies and aims to become the World Capital for Sustainable Development.
With the strengthened relationship between the two cities, Davao City seeks to replicate Kitakyushu’s best practices in environmental preservation and pollution control. Solid Waste Management is included in the 10 priorities of the Byaheng Do30 platform.
Lawyer Tristan Dwight Domingo, the assistant city administrator for administration, described the MOU as a contract between the two cities to explore more ways and initiatives to improve the health and environment aspects of Davao City’s residents.
“Kitakyushu City is ahead of us in terms of technology so we can really learn a lot from them like on waste segregation and other solid waste components that we can also use,” Domingo said.
He said Davao City will study the waste-to-energy program that Kitakyushu City has been implementing to determine if it can be adopted and applied in Davao City
In Kitakyushu, residents buy their garbage bags from the city government and put their wastes in a single area. Refuse that residents of Kitakyushu dump had already been segregated before placing these in the dumping site.
“What we saw during our visit was that the community really adopted the segregation process. The community really creates a big impact, especially when we start segregating our garbages in our own house,” Domingo added. CIO