Green champions, green practitioners and enablers of greening of MSMEs gathered together to celebrate the achievements of the ProGED Project and sustain its gains beyond the project life. During the the ProGED Closing Event, held at the Marco Polo Hotel on 25 October 2016, results of the project were showcased, recognition were given to the men and women behind the project achievements and discussed how the greening initiatives started by the project will be used as springboard to accelerate green economic development.
Highlights of the project results, among others, were:
- Replication of the approach to 28 new provinces from two pilot provinces of Bohol and Cebu in 2013
- More than 500 MSMEs in 30 provinces, integrated green practices in their businesses, both at the management and in operations
- More than one hundred green enterprises awarded and publicly recognized for their green practices
- Around 60 environment friendly projects were implemented by different enablers resulting from collaboration within the Green Economic Development (GED) networks
- Around 40 resolutions were passed by GED networks to endorse environment friendly policies and ordinances
- More than 300 males and females from public and private sectors have been capacitated on GED based on the Human Capacity Development Strategy of the project
- Various industry clusters such as tourism, processed food, gifts decors and housewares, coffee, cacao, coco coir, rubber, bamboo and others are integrating environment friendly measures
- Six roadmaps (Plastic, Pulp and Paper, Furniture, Automotive, Housing, Copper) of the Board of Investments priority industries integrating environment friendly measures were prepared
- DTI ROG Green Growth Core Group created and established to lead the acceleration of greening initiatives in DTI
The Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGED) project is a development cooperation project between the Republic of the Philippines and the Federal Republic of Germany that aims to support MSMEs to adopt greening and climate resilience initiatives to enhance their competitiveness. MSMEs in various value chains were introduced to different greening strategies giving them options on how to integrate environment friendly measures into their operations. They were also introduced to support services for greening like green service providers, green technology suppliers and financing institutions with financing windows for greening projects. The different government agencies, academic institutions, local government units, chambers of commerce and industry associations were also sensitized and supported so that they could capacitate and enable MSMEs to go green through, for example, the passing of enabling policies.
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 witnessed the testimonies of MSMEs on how adopting green practices benefited them by cutting down productions costs, such as cost of electricity and water, and how going green helped 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.