Virtual Kick off Meeting for the Project JAIF Mercury-Containing Medical Devices Management Project in the Philippines
On 7 April 2021, Asian Institute of Technology Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT RRCAP), together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Philippines and BanToxics organized a one-day virtual kick-off meeting to mark the official takeoff of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) funded project Development of Capacity for the Substitution and the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of Mercury-containing Medical Measuring Devices in Indonesia and the Philippines. The kickoff meeting was conducted to discuss the detailed project implementation plan and stakeholder engagement strategies of the project within in the Philippines. The virtual event was well attended by over 30 participants representing various stakeholder from environment and health agencies as well as the trade and industry agency of the Philippines, international consultant and local institutional consultant and the Ministry of Environment, Japan. The project activities, implementation plan and approach, and outputs were thoroughly discussed, and inputs solicited from key project implementers.