ProGED continues to link with other development partners to support the DTI accelerate Green Economic Development in the Philippines
14 November 2016, by Elpe Canoog
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing bilateral development cooperation between them. Under the MoU the GGI will support the DTI in 1) preparing business case studies of enterprises which have integrated greening measures into their operations, 2) mainstreaming green growth into the planning process of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and 3) enhancing capacities of DTI staff Green Growth Advocates.
ProGED sees this partnership as a very good opportunity for the project to explore possibilities for GGGI and DTI to use the knowledge products that the project has produced over the last three years and 10 months and to build on the results that the project has achieved to support DTI accelerate green economic development in the Philippines after the project ends its operations on 31 December 2016.
So on 14 to 15 November 2016, ProGED and GGGI conducted a meeting at the DTI Regional Operations Group Conference Room in Makati City 1) for ProGED to share its experience and strategies that contributed to the achievement of its planned results and 2) exchange ideas and identify ways and steps on how GGGI will continue the promotion of green economic development in the Philippines in partnership with the DTI considering the results and lessons that ProGED has achieved and learned, respectively.
Participants from the GGGI team were Mr Hyo Youl Kim, Philippines Country Representative, Mr Rhoel Bernardo, Ms Bulganmurun Tsevegjav, Ms Maricor Muzones, Ms Marah Garcia, Ms Joyce Gonzaga, Mr Benjie Gregorio and Ms Jenna Dizon. Participants from the GIZ ProGED Team were Dr Volker Steigerwald, GIZ ProGED Project Manager, Misses Rita Pilarca, Elpe Canoog, Miriam Bacalso and Anita Benassi. Ms Miriam Bacalso moderated the workshop while Ms Anita Benassi documented the highlights of the discussion.
On the first day of the workshop, the discussion focused on information exchange. From the side of ProGED the ideas shared included GIZ’s Cooperation Management Model Capacity WORKS, GIZ PH PI 2016 Portfolio, ProGED’s timeline, Results Framework, organizational structure, Achieved Results as of 30 September 2016, Steering Structure and Cooperation Landscape. From the side of GGGI the ideas shared were GGGI’s Interventions in the Philippines, overview of the organization and details of the joint DTI GGGI Project Deliverables based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in November 2015. Further, both organizations shared their respective understanding on the definition of Green Economic Development, Green Growth and Green Economy.
On the second day the group organized the key information resulting from the discussion on the first day to be presented to the DTI. The DTI staff who listened to the presentation were the Regional Operations Group Undersecretary, Ms Zenaida Cuison Maglaya, Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED) Director, Mr Jerry Clavesillas together with his staff Ms Elvira Tan and Mr Jaworski Rifareal, Resource Generation and Management Services Director, Ms Lydia Guevarra together with her staff, Ms Zenaida Pre, Mr Ronnel Ruanes, DTI 7 Assistant Regional Director, Ms Nelia Navarro and Mr Alfred Gaines, staff from the Corporate Planning Services (CorPlan).
From the main topics presented to the DTI discussions were then focused on identifying the joint way forward for the greening of the planning process of the DTI, clarifying further the role and main deliverables of GGGI within the frame of the signed DTI GGGI Cooperation MOU, integrating green growth perspectives into the 2017 to 2022 national MSME Development Plan and involvement of DTI and GGGI in implementing the COP 21 2015 Paris Climate Action Agreement.
On their closing messages, Dr Steigerwald found the meeting to be very productive considering that two months ago he wasn’t sure if it would happen at all. He clarified that what is ending in ProGED is only the German contribution and so he is very much inspired with the pledge of the DTI team led by USec Maglaya that they continue promoting and even accelerating GED and with GGGI coming in to support DTI to integrate the aspect of Innovation.
For his part, Mr Hyo Youl Kim was sad that GIZ is leaving. However, he was happy with the results of the workshop because it has given him more ideas on how GGGI can work better with the DTI. Further, he saw many opportunities in the Paris Agreement that may benefit the Philippines, for example the possible entry of “refugee” big manufacturing companies whose practices will have to be influenced so they don’t pollute the environment. For her part, USec Maglaya, thanked Dr Steigerwald whom he referred to as the “father” of GED and who has been very instrumental in enabling the DTI ROG staff embrace GED and to support them integrate greening strategies into the agency’s projects, activities and programs (PAPs) and industry clusters and roadmaps. Despite the end of GIZ contribution, she is committed to continue mainstreaming and eventually institutionalizing GED and / or green growth into programs and services of ROG considering that the Bureau she is leading is in the forefront to providing services for the MSME sector. She thanked the team of Dr Steigerwald and My Hyo Youl for taking the time to exchange ideas and she looked forward to a successful partnership with the GGGI.