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Cooperation activities:

Project to Demonstrate Viability and Removal of Barriers that Impede Adoption and Successful Implementation of Available, Non-Combustion Technologies for Destroying Persistent Organic Pollutants:
This Philippine Project aims to use non-combustion technology to destroy significant obsolete PCBs wastes. This helps remove barriers to the further adoption and effective implementation of the selected technology. In addition, it meets the Stockholm Convention requirements.
  
The immediate project objective is to deploy a commercially available, proven non-combustion technology, addressing 1,500 tons of PCBs-containing equipment and wastes. The currently known PCB inventories reported in the NIP of the Stockholm Convention dated January 2006 include 6,879 tons of PCB-containing equipment and wastes comprising about 2,400 tons of PCBs oil.

A similar Non-Combustion Project is currently implemented in Slovakia.

Partners:
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Philippine Department of Environment of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) 
Philippine National Oil Company-Alternative Fuel Corporation (PNOC-PAFC)
Manila Electric Company (MERALCO)
National Transmission Corporation
Greenpeace Philippines
Global Alliance Against Incinerator
Environmental Health Fund

Industrial Energy Efficiency
The overall goal of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project is to improve industrial energy efficiency through the provision of tools and capacity building designed for industrial energy system optimization.  This will be further supported by the application of energy management standards, the appropriation of project financing and the implementation by industries of energy efficiency or energy systems optimization projects.

Partners:
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Philippine Department of Energy (DoE)
The Embassy of the Republic of Italy

Biomass supply agreement between Philippine Rice Research Institute – Social and Agro Industrial Ventures Unit (PhilRice-SAIV) and Mariwasa Siam Ceramics Company/ FY2009-2010:
With UNIDO’s facilitation, a biomass supply agreement was signed between the Mariwasa Siam Ceramics Company and the Social and Agro Industrial Ventures Unit of the Philippine Rice Research Institute, which is a Government Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC).

The goal of the project is to document opportunities and critical constraints in engaging marginalized agricultural communities in the supply chain of medium- and large-scale enterprises that have invested on biomass-fueled co-generation power plants.

Partners:
Philippine Rice Research Institute – Social and Agro Industrial Ventures (PhilRice-SAIV) Unit
Mariwasa Siam Ceramics Company

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Implementation of ISO 9001 Quality Management System in Asian developing countries: Survey covering system development, certification, accreditation and economic benefits:
The project aims to conduct a survey-based research study having the following objectives: a) to assess the impact of ISO 9001 certifications on the performance of certified companies; and, b) to assess the effectiveness of the certification process with a view to ascertain whether it has benefited the stakeholders, mainly customers of certified companies and ultimately consumers. The expected outcomes of the project are: - Improved empirical evidence on the economic impact of management system certification in industries in SAARC & South East Asian countries; - Improved knowledge base on management system certification and supporting schemes for national standards, certification and accreditation bodies, governments, regulators, ISO and IAF; - Best practices and policy guidelines for the improved functioning of management system certification bodies and accreditation boards.

Partner:
Philippine Department of Trade and Industry

Promotion and Transfer of Marine Current Exploration Technology in the Philippines
The utilization of a cost-effective, stand-alone and independent marine current energy system could provide a suitable, feasible and immediate solution to social, economic and developmental issues.  The use of marine currents is proposed for the purpose of making available to the local community market of the identified region a technology that could provide a promising answer to its energy requirement.

Partners:
Philippine Department of Science and Technology
Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Philippine Department of Energy (DoE)

CCA and UNDAF in the Philippines
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is a strategic programme framework for UN Country Teams and non-resident agencies operating in a country. It provides a collective response of the United Nations to the national development priorities.

The CCA/UNDAF Document, prepared in 2004, aligns with the priorities of the current administration.  The prevailing uncertainty in the political environment warrants a constant revisiting of the UNDAF plan of engagement to ensure that national ownership and an inclusive approach are in place (Letter of the UN Resident Coordinator to the UN Secretary General).

In 2008, the UNCT focused its energies on various preparatory activities prior to formal negotiations with the Government on the CCA/UNDAF (e.g. understanding the key messages and recent developments in the UN reform agenda, starting the process of internal alignments and common understanding of key issues and challenges, development of CCA document, etc). 

At the request of the Philippine Government, the 2005-2009 UNDAF has been extended until 2011 to fully align it with the national planning process and to benefit from the 2011-2016 Medium-Term Philippines Development Plan (MTPDP).

This will also provide opportunities for the UN agencies to seek internal alignment and  more strategic engagements with other key development agencies such as World Bank and Asian Development Bank whose timelines for the new cycle also start in 2011/2012. 

All the UNCT members have agreed to make internal adjustments in their respective programming processes (Letter of the UN Resident Coordinator to the UN Secretary General).