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Kupang City Expands Learning from Marikina’s Waste Management

Kupang City Expands Learning from Marikina’s Waste Management


In its efforts to further disseminate local governance best practices (BP) to broad audience of local government stakeholders and civil society organizations, DELGOSEA, through the role of local coach in Kupang City, East Nusa Tenggara Province, took the opportunity to promote BP replication plan during an education seminar in the city. This event was attended by more than a hundred participants from government departments, non-government organizations, education institutions, parents of school children, and media on February 7, 2011.

Local coach Isidorus Lilijawa, also member of the Kupang parliament, presented Marikina Best Practice (BP) experiences in waste management and led an interactive discussion with local government stakeholders on BP replication perspectives during the one-day event. The Governor of East Nusa Tenggara province, Drs. Frans Lebu Raya, officially opened the seminar and the launching.  Also present was the Deputy Mayor of Kupang, Drs. Daniel Hurek, who provided information on the implementation of child-friendly schools in the city.

In his presentation, Isidorus identified the problem with waste management in Kupang is closely linked with the community’s attitude toward garbage; trash-bins have not been properly utilized and most of the times, were vandalized, and the pattern of collect-transport-throw garbage has also created more waste problems. “There is more to waste management than providing trash-bins along the public area. We could all benefit from the experience of Marikina City in the Philippines. There, school children were encouraged to collect recyclable waste from their home at schools, instilling awareness on waste segregation and recycle since early age,” explained Isidorus.

An expert in waste management, Mr Oswaldus. M.Si., also a member of East Nusa Tenggara provincial parliament, added to the presentation that waste management paradigm should be shifted from providing fund to manage waste to managing waste to generate income. This has been implemented through the production waste-based fertilizer in the East Nusa Tenggara province. Another participant, Dr Teda Litik, persuaded Kupang Government to prepare a clear concept and instrument on waste management prior to exchange visit to Marikina, otherwise, it may not lead to maximum result. 

Several recommendations from the audience following Isidorus’ presentation were:

  • Local content curricula and extracurricular to accommodate  waste management concept and practice;
  • Several elementary schools to be selected as pilot for Marikina BP’s replication;
  • Strong commitment from the government to fund Marikina BP’s replication including the passbook provision and campaign on children’s role in saving the environment.