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.

Stories

Strengthening
Capacities

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.

Project Donor

Project Partners

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.

GoJ is the funding agency of UN-Habitat’s Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI) and the Rebuilding Marawi through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood.

The Department of Envrionment and Natural Resources (DENR) is the primary agency responsible for the conservation, management, development, and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources, specifically forest and grazing lands, mineral resources, including those in reservation and watershed areas, and lands of the public domain, as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as may be provided for by law in order to ensure equitable sharing of the benefits derived therefrom for the welfare of the present and future generations of Filipinos.

DENR is a key government partner of UN-Habitat’s Provincial Climate Risk Diagnostics (PCRD) Project, and the Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI) where it also serves as Chair of the Project Advisory Committee.

Task Force Bangon Marawi (TBFM) is composed of various government agencies working together towards the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi City.

TBFM is a key government partner of UN-Habitat’s Rebuilding Marawi through Community-driven Shelter and Liveliehood project.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) assists local government uaThe National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) oversees the implementation of solid waste management plans and prescribe policies to achieve the objectives of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (RA 9003).

NSWMC is one of the key government partner of UN-Habitat as member of the Project Advisory Committee of the Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI).nits to effectively and efficiently deliver services to their constituents. DILG formulates policies, plans, and programs to enhance local autonomy, focusing particularly on the administrative, technical, and fiscal capacities of LGUs.

DILG is a key government partner of UN-Habitat as member of the Project Steering Committte of Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD) and Co-Chair of the Project Adivsory Committee of UN-Habitat’s Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI).

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) assists local government units to effectively and efficiently deliver services to their constituents. DILG formulates policies, plans, and programs to enhance local autonomy, focusing particularly on the administrative, technical, and fiscal capacities of LGUs.

DILG is a key government partner of UN-Habitat as member of the Project Steering Committte of Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD) and Co-Chair of the Project Adivsory Committee of UN-Habitat’s Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI).

Cagayan de Oro City tilted as the country’s city of Golden Friendship is a veritable goldmine for those in search of new tourist and investment destinations targeted by the
national Government as the fourth Metropolitan City by 2025. In thriving global demands, it is profoundly aspires of intertwining development thrusts geared towards sustainable competitiveness and inclusive future.

Cagayan de Oro is one of the pilots cities for UN-Habitat’s Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs (BCRUPD) and Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI).

The City of Calapan has been transformed as a component city on March 21, 1998. Its conversion was based on Republic Act 8475, enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President Fidel V. Ramos on February 2, 1998. In a plebiscite held on March 21, 1998, majority of Calapeños ratified the conversion of Calapan into a city. It is the first and only city in the province of Oriental Mindoro.

Calapan is one of the pilots cities for UN-Habitat’s Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI).

Davao City is a highly-urbanized city located in the southern part of the Philippines. With the collective effort of the Dabawenyos, the city has immensely progressed throughout the years.As the capital city of the Davao region, Davao City serves as the gateway for the entire Mindanao island. Being that, the city also serves as the entry point for the Brunei Darussalam – Indonesia – Malaysia – Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area making Davao City the center of development in Mindanao.

Davao is one of the pilot cities for UN-Habitat’s Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI).

Legazpi serves as the capital of the Albay province and is the Bicol region’s economic and political center. The component city is bound by Santo Domingo to the north, Daraga to the west, and Manito to the south, while the Albay Gulf surrounds the city in the east.

Legazpi has a wide range of natural resources, including fishing grounds, metallic ore reserves, and other industrial non-metallic reserves.

Legazpi is one of the pilot cities for UN-Habitat’s Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD) and Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI).

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. It is located in Luzon – the biggest island. The city occupies an area of 38.55 square kilometers. It is bounded by the west by the Manila Bay. It is part of the Metro Manila or National Capital Region composed on 16 cities and 1 municipality.

Manila is one of the pilot cities for UN-Habitat’s Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI).

Ormoc is a highly urbanized coastal port city, serving as the economic, cultural, commercial, and transportation hub of western Leyte. The city’s location, vast agricultural land, and coastal site endow it with natural resources, marine biodiversity, and natural tourist spots. Ormoc is the second most populous city in the Leyte province after Tacloban, the provincial capital, and is subdivided into 110 barangays. Of these, 31 are classified as urban barangays, 10 as urban coastal, 63 as rural, and 6 as rural coastal barangays.

Ormoc is one of the pilot cities for UN-Habitat’s Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD) and Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI).

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