8 December 2016, by Elpe Canoog
The second GED Training that ProGED has conducted for DTI staff in the provinces not covered by the project as of 30 September 2016, was again another inspiring and successful event. The event, conducted on 6 to 8 December 2016 at the Harolds Hotel, was participated by 38 DTI senior staff coming from the provinces under the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), National Capital Region (NCR) and Regions VI, VIII, IX (led by Regional Director Sitti Amina Jain) and XII (led by Assistant Regional Director and also the National Manager for the Negosyo Center Project of DTI, Ms Dorecita Delima). Further, staff from the Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED) and from the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship / Go Negosyo Foundation also joined. Staff from DTI La Union (Region I) and DTI Marinduque (Region IVB), who missed to participate in the first training conducted on 22 to 24 November 2016 have also participated.
From the side of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) who is the new development partner of the DTI, succeeding ProGED, it was Ms Doreen Erfe who presented the overview of the GGGI and the Green Growth Strategy of Korea.
Ms Nannette Arbon, former DTI Bohol Provincial Director and the current DTI Cebu Provincial Director shared DTI Bohol’s experience in greening the tourism value chain of the province. Ms Gay Tidalgo, DTI Agusan del Norte Provincial Director, shared her office’s experience in greening the value chains of tourism and processed. Further, she also presented ideas on Mobilizing Consumers to Go Green.
Key officers of two green enterprises have shared their greening experiences: Ms Deborah “Debbie” Tan, Director of the Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort in Puerto Princesa, Palawan and Mr Ramon “Chin Chin” Uy Jr, Owner of Fresh Start Organics with main office in Silay, Negros Occidental. Ms Tan’s sharing focused on the greening measures under the strategies of Energy efficiency and renewable energy and Water savings and waste water management that Daluyon Resort has implemented. For the Mr Uy Jr, his presentation was focused on Natural resource management, especially organic farming, and Local procurement.
For the learning visit, the participants visited the same green enterprises that the first batch GED training participants had visited: West Gorordo Hotel and Murillo Export International, Inc.
Hearing the greening action plans of the participants, mainly presented on regional basis, except for the DTI provinces of La Union and Marinduque and from the BSMED office being done on individual office basis, the GIZ ProGED team was very happy to hear that all the DTI offices have clear ideas on how to integrate greening into the identified top five projects common among them, namely, Negosyo Center, Quality Management System, Industry Cluster, SME Roving Academy and Shared Service Facility.
BSMED Director, Mr Jerry Clavesillas, who listened to the presentations of the action plans, assured the participants of his office’s continued support to them as they implement their greening action plans. Aware that mainstreaming the green lens into the plans and projects of the ROG is a way to enhance their quality towards improving the sustainability and resilience of MSMEs, instead of doing it as a separate stand alone project hence, an additional workload, he enjoined his colleagues to step up their GED advocacies the various public private dialogue (PPD) platforms they are already involved in (such as the MSME Development Councils with DTI as the Secretariat). To him, it is in these PPD and learning exchange platforms that DTI is best able to concretize its efforts to accelerate GED in the Philippines, due to its collaboration with many public and private sector partner enablers.