About the Project
Healthy Oceans and Cleans Cities Initiative (HOCCI) is a marine plastic litter reduction project implemented by UN-Habitat Philippines and funded by the Government of Japan. HOCCI aims to reduce marine plastic litter by strengthening the institutional capacity to support the operationalization and localization of the Philippines’ 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.
The project is implemented in six pilot cities, Cagayan de Oro, Calapan, Davao, Legazpi, Manila, and Ormoc.
Project Accomplishments and Outputs
Output 1.1: Project Advisory Committee and City Technical Working Groups established
Output 1.2: NPOA-ML localization established
Output 1.3: Policy/white papers developed
Output 2.1: Enhanced data collection system
Output 2.2: Local Marine Action Plans developed
Output 2.3: Waste management pilots implemented and documented
Output 3.1: Alternative livelihoods based on plastic 3Rs
Output 3.2: Campaign tools developed
Cities, Solid Waste, and
the Marine Litter Problem
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)
Informal workers from slums also make significant contributions to urban economies in developing countries. For instance, informal waste pickers, a majority of whom are slum dwellers, perform 50 to 100 per cent of waste collection in developing countries. (World Cities Report 2022: Envisaging the Future of Cities).
HOCCI contributes to UN-Habitat's work on strengthened climate action
and improved urban environment.
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.
Partner with UN-Habitat
UN-Habitat Philippines hopes to create socially and environmentally sustainable cities, provinces, villages and barangays in the Philippines, and welcomes partnerships with government, international agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector.