Consultant for EPR model and roadmap in the Philippines
Quezon, PH
5d ago

ENGAGEMENT TERM : June 1, 2021 September 30, 2021

Reports to :

  • Policy Officer, No Plastics in Nature initiative
  • National Lead, No Plastics in Nature initiative
  • Background

    Plastic is a global transboundary problem which requires a systematic and holistic response for all stages of the life cycle of plastics.

    Plastic pollution has reached gigantic dimensions worldwide. Approximately 4.8 to 12.7 million tonnes of plastics are entering the ocean yearly.

    This has been attributed to continuous plastic production and the lack of sound waste management, especially in low- and middle-income countries, such as the Philippines - the top 3rd country in the world for plastic leakage. Jambeck et al., 2015

    Plastic holds the third largest share in the overall generated waste in the Philippines at 2,150,000 tonnes p.a. in 2019.

    WWF, 2020) 62% being low value plastic (e.g. all kinds of flexibles like sachets) and high value plastics (e.g. PET, PP, HDPE) constitute about 37% of our plastic.

    Thirty-five percent (35%) of the consumed plastics by Filipinos leak into the open environment while 33% are disposed of in sanitary and unsanitary landfills, with only 9% recycled because of our lack in capacity to recycle such high value plastics. (WWF, 2020)

    WWF has identified the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme as a critical policy tool with a track record in holding producers accountable for the full life cycle (from production to management) of their plastic products and packaging.

    EPR schemes are increasingly recognized as an effective policy approach to tackle insufficient waste management and littering, as well as encouraging holistic eco-design in the business sector, around the globe.

    Last October 2020, WWF launched an EPR study wherein we assessed the applicability of EPR in the Philippine context, based on a national material flow analysis of plastic wastes.

    WWF has been advocating for the EPR scheme in both the House of Representatives and Senate. The House of Representatives Committee on Ecology has submitted for plenary discussion the proposed Substitute Bill for Plastics that includes a provision for EPR.

    On the other hand, the Office of Senator Cynthia Villar authored an EPR bill that is being discussed in the Senate Committee on Ecology.

    These milestones on EPR scheme advocacy has motivated WWF to work on a follow-up study to provide the detailed framework and model for establishing an EPR scheme in the Philippines.

    It looks at the alignment of the proposed bills, previously proposed EPR characteristics, and stakeholders’ perspectives.

    The end goal of this study is to create a detailed EPR model customized for the Philippines and guide for major stakeholders in the event that a national law on EPR is passed.


    Overall Objective : Develop a detailed model EPR scheme that is customized for the Philippines and provide a roadmap and recommendations for its full implementation.

    Specific Objectives :

  • Review the currently proposed EPR framework on the pending bills in Philippine Congress and Senate, and assess its alignment with WWF’s EPR study and stakeholders’ feedback regarding a localized EPR model in the Philippines;
  • Develop a working EPR model for the Philippines, and assess its strengths and barriers for its full implementation;
  • Develop a roadmap with stakeholders’ role in adopting and implementing the proposed EPR model; and
  • Work with WWF in communicating results of the study and getting buy-in for the recommendations.
  • Scope of Work

  • Quick review of the plastic problem in the Philippines and summary of the proposed EPR Scheme for the Philippines published by WWF-Philippines
  • Current legislation in place and recent commitments from the government to address packaging waste and regulatory reforms including the current Philippine landscape, stakeholder consultation interviews, e.
  • g. the informal waste sector, government, and industry leaders.

  • A specific EPR model and accompanying model EPR law customized for the Philippines and / or a menu of such models including : Involving the informal waste sector / how to work with existing waste management systems and how to scale it upPRO ModelPros and Cons of proposed EPR modelsIncorporating recommended position papers for EPR, biodegradable plastics, waste management
  • Proposed roadmap towards full implementation of the EPR system with recommendations What’s expected from businesses, producers, manufacturers and the like (redesign, elimination of low hanging fruit) and the costs of such.
  • Broad overview with reference to study on the business case for EPR)Government duties during and afterConsumers’ role

    To achieve the scope of work above, the following tasks / processes will be undertaken by the researcher(s) :

    Task 1 Desk (Secondary) Research

    Desk research and literature review as primary tool to collect existing available information and data that are relevant to the paper from past research and journals, national and industrial statistics, published reports and white papers and other public domains.

    The remaining gaps in information and data should be addressed through Primary Research.

    Task 2 Primary Research

    The remaining gaps in information from Task 1 should be addressed via Primary Research by engaging relevant key stakeholders for information gathering, verification and clarification via emails, calls and in person, if necessary.

    Task 3 Reporting

    Based on the primary and secondary research undertaken in Tasks 1 2, a draft report outlining the findings will be produced.

    WWF-Philippines to review draft and make comments. Researcher(s) to produce a final report accordingly after 2-4 iterations.

    Expected Deliverables

  • Inception plan with report outline
  • First draft report
  • Second draft report, incorporating comments
  • Final Report with the following scope
  • Deck of stakeholder briefing materials : two-page briefer, PowerPoint presentation slides, policy brief, guidance document
  • Proposed outline :

  • Executive Summary
  • Background and rationale to include Problem Statement
  • Analysis, to include an assessment of existing pending bills, WWF EPR study, and stakeholder consultation meetings
  • A specific model of a feasible and effective EPR scheme customized for the Philippines and / or a menu of such models, and accompanying model EPR legislation Formal / Informal Waste Sector How to integrate the informal waste sector in the EPR scheme and formalize their participation towards increased benefits to them?
  • What support do they need from the government, industry, and / or other sectors?How to scale up existing efforts and include them in the mandatory EPR system PRO Model What the Producer Responsibility Organization will need to doWhat our proposed model will look like given the local framework Roadmap towards a functional EPR scheme in the Philippines and recommendations for the 3-year transition period to include the following : Businesses Option 1 : Brief overview of what is expected from businesses and its costs and benefitsOption 2 : Summary of The Business Case for EPR Study (to be produced) Government Support they need to give to other stakeholdersDuties while legislation is pendingDuties during the transition phaseDuties when the law is fully implemented Consumers Conclusion / Call to action

    Proposed Timeline

  • June contracting, initial meeting with the on-boarded consultant to finalize the scope of work, methodology, and expected deliverables.
  • July - Data collection
  • August - model development and recommendation drafting (additional data collection if needed)
  • September - validation workshops, report writing, and refinement
  • Call for Proposal

  • Company Profile
  • Proposal with budget
  • Timeline
  • Deadline : June 11, 2021

    As an equal employment opportunity employer, WWF does not discriminate based on an applicant’s race, religion, sex, gender, or disability status.

    To reduce use of paper, submissions by mail will not be accepted. Due to the high volume of applications, inquiries via phone cannot be accepted.

    Proposal should be submitted to cconstantino and fguingona on or before the deadline.

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