IGPN, PCEPSDI conducts Capacity-Building on SCP for SMEs Project
November 2012

In an effort to reinforce the Green Public Procurement (GPP) program of the government by providing its supply chain with valuable sustainable consumption and production (SCP) knowledge and skills, the International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN) and the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development (PCEPSDI) jointly conducted the training series “Capacity-Building on SCP for SMEs”, which started last August this year and will run up to March next year.

The involved government agencies are the eight (8) pilot agencies which initiated the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the implementation of GPP in their institutions: the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service (DBM-PS) which is the government’s central procurement agency; members of the National Ecolabelling Programme-Green Choice Philippines (NELP-GCP) Board of Trustees namely the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Product Standards (DTI-BPS), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Science, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) and Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI). LGU Pilot model Quezon City government (LGU QC) and GOCC Pilot model the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) also joined the project in inviting their suppliers for the capacity-building project.

Attended by different company representatives from SME suppliers of the government, Module 1 entitled “Greening the Government’s Supply Chain” and “Green Production” was held on October 4 and 5 at the Lancaster Suites in Mandaluyong City with Dr. Suporn Koottatep of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) as the main facilitator from Norway and local speakers Engr. Reynaldo Esguerra of the DOST-ITDI Mr. Bonar Laureto of the Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE) providing expertise in the knowledge session. This module provided the direction of the GPP program of the government and discussion on the need for suppliers to adopt sustainable production practices. During the workshop, the participants were given exercises on how to adopt green practices in a sample company. The main feature of the capacity-building is the plant visit to a model green company, which was held at the Quanta Paper Corporation facility in Mabalacat, Pampanga. During the visit, participants were exposed to actual green practices and made recommendations on how to improve production and resource use efficiency of the company.

Module 2 was entitled “Designing Green Products” where Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Ecolabelling were presented as tools in producing green products through the adoption of Green Manufacturing practices and the use of Green Technology. The main resource speaker was Mr. Chin Yuan Chen of Taiwan’s Environment Development Foundation (EDF). The said module was held in the new DBM-PS Building’s Conference Hall in Paco Manila. In the workshop, the participants were made to present how to green their own businesses. For the plan visit, Unilever Philippines provided a backdrop of their sustainable production practices as well as corporate initiatives in community–based waste management.

The next and final phase for the training will be held on February, 2013 which will feature the topic “Green Business and Opportunities” and will present the benefits and opportunities available for green business, especially in the government.