The Closing Event of the ProGED Project was conducted on 25 October 2016 at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Hotel, Cebu City. It was a felicitous occasion for the project where the joint DTI and GIZ Team wanted to share and celebrate the project’s achievements with and also convey their heartfelt thanks to the various collaborating partners who supported the successful implementation of ProGED from January 2013 to December 2016.
199 people participated in the event, mainly comprised of DTI staff from the national and national level led by Undersecretary Zenaida Cuison Maglaya (41 percent) and the GIZ ProGED Team led by Dr Volker Steigerwald (14 percent). Other participants were the green enterprise champions and advocates as well as green enterprises that the project has influenced (21 percent), media (13 percent), representatives of local chamber of commerce and industry (three percent) and the rest were staff of local government units, academe and colleagues of other GIZ projects within and outside of the Philippines and other development partners like the Zero Carbon Resorts Project and the Global Green Growth Institute (eight percent). Important guests to the event included the Commercial Counselor of the German Embassy and the Resident Director of GIZ Philippines and the Pacific.