The Department of Science & Technology Regional Office No. 1 (DOST 1) through its Provincial Science and Technology Office (PSTO) - Pangasinan Field Office together with Industrial Technology & Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) conducted a 2-day Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS) Training-Workshop, under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology Program (CEST) Program in the Municipality of Umingan on January 10-11, 2023.

In order to comply with Republic Act No. 9003, also known as the "Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2003," which mandates an ecological solid waste management program that will ensure proper segregation, collection, transport, storage, treatment, and disposal of solid wastes, it is necessary to determine the total amount and components of waste generated daily by the Local Government Unit (LGU).

The activity aimed to help the municipality have effective and efficient solid waste management, particularly on their 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan.

A total of 15 participants consisting of the Head and staff of Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office and staff of Material Recovery Facility together with Municipal Planning and Development Council.

DOST-ITDI’s waste management experts Engr. David Herrera, Mr. Marcelino Prudencio Jr., Ms. Ma. Theresa Arthuz and Engr. Joven Barcelo served as the training's resource speakers. The participants acquired knowledge and skills on Basic WACS procedures, determining sample sizes, health, and safety guidelines in conducting WACS, preparation of worksheets and WACS plan.

Mr. Mario L. Sonaco, Municipal Environment Office (MENRO) officer, expressed his gratitude to DOST for the training is certain to assist the community in spreading awareness of waste management, particularly in households and barangays.

This endeavor is aligned with the country’s aim to expand science, technology, and innovation (STI) assistance to communities and production sectors, particularly micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSMEs) and to provide STI-based solutions for disaster risks and climate change adaptation and mitigation (SDG 6&13).