Video: Waste Management Essential to Recovery

19 Dec 2013


UNDP launched today a new video explaining how waste management contributes to early recovery in the devastated areas across the Visayas.

“Our initial estimates were 1.1 or 1.2 million cubic meters of debris around the town,” says Dr. Tim Walsh, UNDP waste management advisor in the video filmed in Tacloban.

“Imagine a football field piled up with ten meters of waste. That is a three story building on a football field. Times that by ten football fields and you get the idea of the quantity of the debris we’re dealing with.”

Proper waste management and disposal reduces the risk of disease and allows the reconstruction of the destroyed areas to proceed.

Currently, almost 5,000 beneficiaries are enrolled in UNDP cash-for-work programmes in debris removal in Tacloban, Ormoc, Roxas and Guiuan.

“We estimate we cleared to the dump site probably five per cent of the debris,” continued Dr. Tim Walsh. “In three to six months we’ll still be dealing with debris.”

UNDP is expanding its emergency jobs programme to reach 10,000 beneficiaries by the end of the year.

For more information, please contact:


In Manila: Stanislav Saling, Spokesperson a.i., UNDP Philippines, stanislav.saling@undp.org,  +63 917 597 4744, Philip Castro, Communications Officer, UNDP Philippines, philip.castro@undp.org, +63 2 901 0223, Anna Mae Lamentillo, anna.mae.lamentillo@undp.org, +63 917 506 8700;

In Bangkok: Cherie Hart, UNDP Regional Communications Advisor, cherie.hart@undp.org +66 8 1 918 1564