Philippines Baseline Project – Subic Training Event

March 21st, 2023


The Project’s first plastic litter monitoring training and capacity building programme was held from the 16 – 21 February at Central Park Reef Resort, Olongapo, Zambales. Eighteen participants from the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) attended, along with two trainers from Davao del Sur State College (DSSC) and seven additional DSSC technical partners with previous training and experience in the CSIRO survey methods. The first day and a half of training were classroom style lectures followed by in-field practice that covered the inland, river and coastal monitoring survey methods. During this in-field practice, participants practiced using the ODK application for data entry as well as becoming familiarised with the map of sites to be surveyed during the field campaign. Once the group had completed their formal training they were ready to commence the plastic litter survey campaign. The group was split into 5 teams (each lead by a CSIRO or DSSC trainer) that each went afield and conducted surveys. All teams re-grouped on the last day with a farewell dinner and certificate ceremony.

Day 1 morning classroom lecture given by Dr Denise Hardesty, at Central Park Reef Resort, Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines. Participants practicing the coastal survey method on the afternoon of Day 2. Participants are practicing entering data into the ODK app (left) and checking that observed litter in within the one-metre transect area (right). Survey team undertaking a coastal survey at Judy’s Park, Limay, Bataan on Monday 20th February, 2023.


For more information about the project click here.