Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative

The Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI) is a regional project funded by the Government of Japan and is being implemented by UN-Habitat in the Philippines in cooperation with global, national, and local partners. HOCCI aims to enable local governments and communities in the Philippines to reduce marine plastic pollution.

Cities and the Alarming Marine Litter

Even though the Philippines has among the highest trash collection rates in Southeast Asia, it has become the world’s third largest source of marine litter based on 2010 baseline study.
– “Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into the Ocean,” Jambeck et al, February 2015

In another study that takes into account plastic waste that have been exported to, and inadequately managed in importing countries in 2016, the country’s contribution ranked seventh in the world.
– Law et al, Science Advances, October 2020

The yearly amount of waste generated in the country is expected to increase from 13.48 million tons in 2010 to 18.05 million tons in 2020.
– National Solid Waste Management Status Report 2008-2018, DENR, 2018

Evidence suggests that the environmental impacts of urbanization are increasing, not only on climate but also on air pollution, ecosystems, land use, biogeochemical cycles, water pollution and solid waste management, with devastating impacts.
– World Cities Report 2020: The Value of Sustainable Urbanization


Strengthening the institutional capacity to support the operationalization and localization of the Philippines’ upcoming National Plan of Action for the Prevention, Reduction, and Management of Marine Litter (NPOA-ML) and the development of improved data collection and waste management systems.

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