The ProGED project is bracing up for its closing event on 25 October 2016, at the Marco Polo Hotel. Project implementers and green practitioners coming from 30 provinces of the Philippines, covering 7 regions, will come together to celebrate the achievements of the project and to commit to accelerate green economic development beyond the project life.
Several regional inphasing events were conducted since September this year, leading to this culminating activity. During inphasing events, regional and provincial project implementers and stakeholders listen to testimonies of green practitioners on how adopting green practices benefited them by cutting down productions costs, such as electricity bills, and how going green help them access new markets, tapping into the demand of consumers for environment friendly products and services. Different enablers supporting the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) also came together to discuss available plans, activities and programs that help MSMEs in their journey towards greening. Inphasing events were held in Iloilo City (for Region 6, 06 to 07 September), Dumaguete City (for the provinces of Negros Oriental and Siquijor, 08 to 09 September), Bohol (for the province of Bohol, 12 September), Surigao City (for the province of Surigao del Norte, 14 to 15 September 2015), Puerto Princesa (for the province of Palawan, 16 September), Legazpi City (for Region 5, 26 to 27 September), Calamba City (for Region 4A, 29 September), San Jose City (for the province of Occidental Mindoro, 30 September), San Fernando City (for the province of Pampanga, 07 October) and Butuan City (for Region 13 and the province of Agusan del Norte, 12 to 13 October).
The ProGED stakeholders from Cebu Province will jointly celebrate with the rest of the ProGED implementers and practitioners from all over the country during the closing event in Cebu City.