Cities taking action to combat marine plastic litter

How are cities helping combat marine plastic litter and achieve zero waste to Philippine waters by 2040?

Through the Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI), the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Calapan, Davao, Legazpi, Manila, and Ormoc developed the first City Plan of Action on Marine Litter in the Philippines. They have also demonstrated local solutions on proper solid waste management and plastic waste reduction.


HOCCI is a project that aims to reduce marine plastic litter by strengthening government capacities in localizing the Philippines’ National Plan of Action on Marine Litter. HOCCI is implemented by UN-Habitat Philippines with funding support from the Government of Japan.

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Aligned with the planning process of local government units (LGUs), it captures the process of developing the City Plan of Action on Marine Litter (CPOA-ML) from creating the planning team, situational analysis and baselining, visioning, capacity development, action identification, until approval and adoption. It provides recommendations for enhancements of existing local policies and mainstreaming into other local plans.

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