ASEAN Now and the Future Ⅲ
Plastics in the Ocean Ep.2
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Episode Two: Indonesia and the Philippines
The second episode of the series “ASEAN Now and the Future III – Plastics in the Ocean” features the programs produced by Television Republic Indonesia (TVRI) and People’s Television Network (PTV).
Indonesia, a nation of well over 10,000 islands, is considered 2nd worst sources of plastic waste in the oceans by volume. Countermeasures have become a matter of great urgency. The program introduces several topics, such as a project at the regional hospital in Denpasar, Bali, where the Japanese government has supplied a smokeless incinerator to burn medical plastics, including the rapidly increasing medical wastes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program from the Philippines focuses on the health concerns raised by microplastics, introducing a Philippine microplastic research team now receiving assistance from a specialist at Ehime University, and a project in the City of General Trias, Cavite Province, where the municipal authority cooperates with the private sector to encourage citizens to sort and manage waste products thoroughly by exchanging plastic waste for money.