ProGED shares its achievements, learning and perspective to accelerate Green Economic Development in the Philippines during the 3rd National MSME Summit.
27 November 2016, by Elpe Canoog and and Volker Steigerwald
The Regional Operations Group of the Department of Trade and Industry led by Undersecretary Zenaida Cuison Maglaya was conducting the 2016 National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit from 10 to 11 November 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, in Davao City. The event which staged a side exhibit for both products and services was attended by about 600 participants mainly from the national and subnational offices of the DTI, members of the national and subnational MSME Development Councils and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
As already in 2014 and 2015 DTI ROG gave the ProGED project the opportunity to share its advocacy for green economic development (GED) especially targeting the MSME sector. And this year 2016, because the support of the German Government to the DTI will end by 31 December 2016, Dr Volker Steigerwald, the GIZ ProGED Project Manager, focused his presentation on the achievements of the project over the last three years and 10 months of its implementation. He showed a three minute video highlighting the achieved economic benefits of five green enterprises being influenced by ProGED that have integrated environment friendly measures into their operations. He mentioned happily the good performance of ProGED that could be seen by the overachievement on the physical target of its core indicators such as number of provinces where the DTI has replicated the project approach – 28 achieved against 18 planned, the number of green MSMEs being publicly recognized – 123 achieved against the target of 40, the number of enterprises integrating greening measures into their operations – 605 achieved against the target of 300, and the number GED related resolutions passed at the subnational level – 51 achieved against the target of 25 of which a number has been addressed to the national level – 16 achieved against the target of 5.
He also shared key learnings from ProGED implementation which included the following
- It is important to recognize and work with Green MSME Champions and bigger enterprises that show the way to greening for other enterprises
- Linking environment, climate impact to competitiveness, innovation and MSME development is a powerful argument and
- More and more MSMEs all over the country are ready to integrate greening strategies into their business operations both due to economic and due to environmental reasons.
Greatly encouraged by the ownership that the team of USec Maglaya has shown in implementing ProGED, he shared the pledge of the DTI to accelerate GED in the country, namely
- To integrate Green Economic Development into its future vision Prosperity Plan, the 2017 to 2022 MSME Development Plan and the Philippine Development Plan
- To make the Negosyo Centers THE HUB for green process and product innovations, climate resiliency and sustainability services to MSMEs
- To work together with policy makers like Senator Bam Aquino, Congressmen Joey Salceda, Congressman Peter Unaba and Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, other national government agencies like DOST, EMB-DENR, DA, CCC, other development partners (GGGI, KOICA, EU, USAID, Canada), Chambers (PCCI, CCCI), business associations and foundations like Ayala, RAFI, PBSP and consumer groups to spearhead convergence and synergies for GED and
- To work towards the goal to be THE Philippine agency to shift the economy of the country into a green economy.
Dr Steigerwald closed his presentation by showing the video expressing DTI BSMED’s commitment to accelerate GED in the Philippines to build on the gains that ProGED has achieved.
ProGED was given a prominent place on the first day of the MSME Summit as a stand alone presentation backed up by an information booth at the exhibits. Earlier USec Maglaya had already mentioned the Department’s GED efforts in her MSME Development Report 2011 to 2016. One of the green champions whom ProGED has tapped to actively support in the conduct of GED sensitization events in Laguna, Ms Sherill Quintana, owner and manager of Oryspa Spa Solutions , shared her experiences during the Session, Promoting Creativity and Innovation. Other topics discussed on the first day of the Summit included Inclusive Financing, Agripreneurship, Enhancing Productivity and Efficiency, the Negosyo Centers as Crucial to Progress (with Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV as one of the speakers) and Growing MSMEs through Shared Service Facilities (SSFs).
On Day Two the proposed framework for the MSME Development Plan 2017 to 2022 was presented by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) where the participants were invited to send in their comments by email. Others major topics discussed were the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and initiatives relevant for MSME Development implemented by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez gave a wrap up and outlined the way forward before the floor was given to former Governor of Albay, now Congressman Joey Salceda to explain in many slides “Dutertenomics.” It is good to note that Albay, which is one of the first batch ProGED replication sites has, under Governor Salceda, developed very well by following an explicit Green Economy strategy.
After the talk of Senator “Bam” Aquino and Congressman Peter Unabia, Chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development, it was Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, that capped the day with a presentation on Legislative Support for MSMEs.
The very much awaited Town Hall Session with SSF and Negosyo Center beneficiaries to be graced by the President of the Republic of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the famous TV celebrity and sister of former President Aquino, Kris Aquino, did not materialize as planned. Ms Aquino was quite disappointed when it was announced that the President could not make it due to jetlag and headache after having just returned from another foreign trip. She continued to host the Town Hall Session and interviewed some of the MSME beneficiaries with Secretary Ramon Lopez, the Presidential Advisor, Joey Ma A Concepcion III and the President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), George Barcelon, in attendance.