Philippine Green Pages Eco-Directory launched, now serves on-line clients
August 2011

The country’s first Eco-Directory "Philippine Green Pages (PGP)" is now open to serve on-line clients at . In the recent GP3 Conference 2011 held last August 18, 2011 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay city, the PGP was formally launched in simple ceremonies led by the Department of Budget and Management Secretary Fulgencio Abad , together with Presidential Adviser for Climate Change Elisea Gozun, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection Nereus Acosta and Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Director Ms. Yumiko Yamashita. APO incidentally is the organization that publishes the Asia-wide "Eco-Products Directory".

Also present in the Launching Ceremonies were Development Academy of the Philippines Antonio Kalaw, Jr., Usec. Zenaida Maglaya of DTI, De La Salle University’s Executive Vice President Dr. Alvin Culaba, Global Ecolabelling Network Board Director Dr. Bunyagidj Chaiyod, and International Green Purchasing Network Deputy Secretary General Akira Kataoka.

In his speech, Sec, Abad reiterated the government’s commitment to pursue Green procurement in order to reduce the government’s environmental footprints. He said that though the use of the Philippine Green Pages, consumers like the government could well locate green suppliers that will provide them with green products and services.

The PGP aims to be a one-stop shopping information for eco-friendly products and services that links green producers to its target consumers. The on-line version is regularly updated while its printed version will be published every two years.

The PGP On-line is divided into 5 major product and service categories: 1) Green Choice Philippines awarded products 2) Green Products 3) Green Materials 4) Green Components and 5) Green Services. Advertisers who wish to register their products and services will be given an “e-pass” to the PGP website to upload design layout and maintain their specific product pages. To apply, downloadable forms are found in the website which should be submitted to PCEPSDI for evaluation and approval to post.

The PGP website also features latest news and articles on going green as well as links to networks that may support company initiatives in advancing sustainable production.