Message from the Editor
On behalf of the UNIDO Philippines Communications Team, it is my honour to present the first issue of UNIDO PINAS*, the UNIDO Philippines e-bulletin. The objective of this publication is to provide regular updates on key developments regarding UNIDO's work in support of the Philippine government. The articles result from contributions of UNIDO project managers and consultants.
In this edition, we are sharing stories about the different initiatives jointly undertaken by UNIDO and its national partners to foster sustainable industrial development in the Philippines. One such activity was the launch of the foam sector plan to phase-out hydrochlorofluorocarbon-141b (HCFC-141b), an Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS). This project is being jointly implemented by UNIDO and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Philippine Ozone Desk, with the goal of phasing out around 364 tons of HCFC-141b. The project is supported by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol and the Government of Japan, and has a total project fund of US$2.1 million. To date, technology providers in Japan have modified a spray foam machine from the Philippines that uses HCFC-141b as the blowing agent. These modifications will enable it to handle a non-ODS technology using supercritical CO2. The modified unit and the technology are currently being evaluated by the concerned stakeholders.
The Non-Com POPs Project, under the Global programme to demonstrate the viability and removal of barriers that impede adoption and successful implementation of available non-combustion technologies for destroying Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), is also making significant progress. The non-combustion facility in Bataan is designed to treat 1,500 tons of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contaminated oil and equipment and is currently in the commissioning phase. We are working toward the facility's inauguration during the first half of 2012. The project, which totals US$11.8 million, is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and is being implemented by UNIDO and DENR - Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) in collaboration with the Philippine National Oil Company Alternative Fuels Corporation (PNOC-AFC).
Also making contributions to the country's sustainable industrial development is the project demonstrating best available techniques and best environmental practices (BAT/BEP) in fossil fuel-fired utilities and industrial boilers in response to the Stockholm Convention on POPs. This project is jointly implemented by UNIDO and the DENR-EMB. Its primary objective is to reduce POPs releases by building capacity toward the implementation of BAT/BEP measures for fossil fuel-fired utilities and industrial boilers. One of its key partners, the Masinloc Power Plant has provided an industrial coal-fired boiler for use in this project. In addition, UNIDO, DENR-EMB and the University of Santo Tomas, signed Terms of Cooperation to pilot-test a newly-developed boiler technology curriculum for their engineering students.
Apart from these technical cooperation projects, UNIDO Philippines organized the national consultation workshop on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production during the second quarter of 2011 with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and UNEP. During the last quarter of 2011, UNIDO Philippines participated in the Tokyo Green Industry Conference, organizing the presence of a number of government officials from the Philippines. This conference aimed to promote and foster the green industry concept in developing countries.
During the current year, UNIDO Philippines also stepped up its efforts to support the formulation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework document, where specific outcomes are targeted for the Philippine Development Plan of 2011-2016. These outcomes include universal access to quality social services, decent and productive employment for sustained greener growth, democratic governance, and resilience toward disaster and climate change.
*The term PINAS is a popular contraction of the Tagalog word PILIPINAS, which means Philippines.
UNIDO, DENR and UST ink cooperation on BAT/BEP
The Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB-DENR), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) signed Terms of Cooperation (TOC) on the "Demonstration of Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practices (BAT/BEP) in the Fossil Fuel-fired Utilities and Industrial Boilers in response to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)" Project at UST, España, Manila.
EMB-DENR Director Attorney Juan Miguel Cuna, UNIDO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Suresh Chandra Raj and UST Rector Very Rev. Father Rolando Dela Rosa, O.P. represented their respective offices as signatories. Dean Josefin De Alban Jr. and Prof. Alberto Laurito of the UST Faculty of Engineering signed as witnesses to the ceremonies.
The Terms of Cooperation have been formulated to conduct trainings and specific activities related to industrial boilers. Having designed a training course on environmentally-sound boiler technologies and practices with emphasis on BAT/BEP applications, UST is currently pilot-testing a newly developed boiler technology curriculum with its engineering students. UNIDO will provide support in both capacity-building and curriculum development.
The Cooperation is in line with the Philippines' ratification of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), which commits the country to the reduction and elimination of POPs. The Philippines became an official Party to the Convention on 27 May 2004. The Philippine National Implementation Plan (NIP), which stipulates the country's priority concerns and action programmes, was submitted to the Stockholm Convention Secretariat on 19 June 2006.
BAT/BEP inception workshop
As part of the "Demonstration of best available techniques and best environmental practices (BAT/BEP) in fossil fuel-fired utilities and industrial boilers in response to the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs)" project, UNIDO, in partnership with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), conducted a workshop on the subject.
UNIDO National Project Manager Dr. Carl Renan Estrellan facilitated the discussions among selected stakeholders representing industries, government agencies, academia and training institutions. In his welcome address, Attorney Juan Miguel Cuna, Director of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of DENR drew the participants' attention to the project's overall objective of reducing and, where feasible, eliminating unintentionally-produced POPs, namely dioxins and furans, along with mercury that is emitted from utility and industrial boilers.
Forty-six participants attended the inception workshop. The group was composed of 18 government representatives, seven from the academia and training institutions, 13 from industries with boiler installations, and 8 from UNIDO. Prior to the inception workshop, a discussion on the boiler training course and an assessment-site visit of the Masinloc Coal-fired Power Plant were conducted on 7 and 8 November 2011.
UNDAF 2012-2018 launched
Signed by the Philippine Government and the UN Country Team, the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2012-2018 was officially launched at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City on 28 November 2011.
Under UNDAF 2012-2018, the United Nations will source a total of US$375.7 million for projects to be implemented in accordance with the "Delivering as One (DAO)" philosophy. The Philippine Government has lauded the UN for the alignment of the UNDAF 2012-2018 with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016, which is anchored on the Government's commitment to deliver inclusive growth for the country.
Furthermore, the UNDAF 2012-2018 outcome areas are consistent with the key strategies identified in the PDP 2011-2016. These four outcome areas are: (I) Universal access to quality social services, with focus on the MDGs; (II) Decent and productive employment for sustained, greener growth; (III) Democratic governance; and, (IV) Resilience toward disasters and climate change.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has indicated its support for specific sub-outcome areas of the UNDAF 2012-2018 that include: (1) Food and nutrition security; (2) Productive employment for sustainable and greener growth; (3) Decent work mechanisms; (4) Climate change adaptation; and, (5) Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) protection and conservation.
In his message during the launch, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Deputy Director General Rolando G. Tungpalan stressed that the UNDAF 2012-2018 would serve to strengthen the efforts of the Philippine Government and the UN Country Team towards mutual goals and would as well advance the implementation of the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness in the country.
Tokyo Green Industry Conference 2011 held
Co-organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Tokyo Green Industry Conference was held from 16 to 18 November 2011 at the Tokyo Big Sight Conference and Exhibition Centre.
With about 500 participants from different parts of the globe, the Conference aimed to promote and foster green industries in developing countries. It also served as a venue to present available environmental products, systems, techniques and practices that could similarly benefit developing economies.
Philippine Government officials were among the participants in the high-level panel discussions during the Conference, with Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya of the Department of Trade and Industry participating in the Panel Discussion on "Innovative Business Solutions for Green Industry." As part of the Government and Business Leaders' Panel that covered "Innovative Policy Solutions for Green Industry", Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio Jr. of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) described the programmes that the Philippine Government has begun to implement towards environmental sustainability. He also represented the country in the Senior Government Officials Meeting (SOM) that was conducted on 15 November 2011 at the Hotel Grand Pacific La Daiba in Tokyo, which preceded TGIC. This pre-conference meeting served to review the progress of the green industry programmes in the signatory countries of the 2009 Manila Green Industry Declaration. During the SOM, the next steps to further boost international cooperation amongst the participating countries were agreed on. Meanwhile, Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya of the Department of Trade and Industry joined the Panel Discussion on "Innovative Business Solutions for Green Industry."
The Vice Minister of METI, Keiro Kitagami, and the Director-General of UNIDO, Kandeh K. Yumkella, contributed to the statements delivered during the Conference. Yumkella stressed the importance of government policies and of public-private partnerships in supporting Green Industry. This message duly echoes the actions of the Philippine Government, which has recently launched its Private-Public Participation (PPP) Programme as a key strategy of the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.
UNIDO organizes workshop on clean production
In an effort to promote the transition towards sustainable industrial systems in developing and transition countries by improving the overall resource efficiency and environmental performance of businesses and other organizations, UNIDO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have jointly launched the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Programme, which is based on the results and experiences of the global network of National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPCs) that operate in 47 countries.
Together with the Department of the Science and Technology (DOST) and with the financial support of the Government of Austria, UNIDO has organized a national consultation workshop on RECP. The workshop, which was held on 5 April 2011 at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, provided national stakeholders with the opportunity to objectively assess cleaner production activities in various countries. At the same time, the workshop aimed to up-scale and mainstream RECP in the Philippines.
UNIDO experts reported that the Philippines achieved significant strides through the implementation of DOST's Cleaner Production (CP) Programme and other initiatives. The need to strengthen the country's RECP network organization through the involvement of other groups and/or stakeholders - in the areas of environment sustainability and cleaner production - was also stressed.
The participants included H.E. Wilhelm Donko, Ambassador of Austria, René Van Berkel, Chief of UNIDO's Cleaner and Sustainable Production Unit, and Engr. Reynaldo L. Esguerra, Coordinator of the DOST's Integrated Programme on Cleaner Production Technologies.
Phase-out of HCFC in foam launched
MANILA, 17 May 2011 - In line with the Philippines' commitment to the Montreal Protocol, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has initiated the industry-wide phase-out of ozone-depleting substances (ODS), specifically HCFCs (hydrochloroflourocarbons) in the foam sector.
Together with the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB-DENR), UNIDO held an inception workshop on 17 May 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Pasig City, to inform stakeholders on the project rationale and on the nature of the technical assistance that will be provided, and to develop a framework for the phasing-out of HCFCs. The first stage of the phase-out, which primarily aims at freezing the use of HCFC by 2015, is based on the 2009-2010 consumption of various industries.
Riccardo Savigliano of UNIDO's Montreal Protocol Branch presented the Multilateral Fund-approved HCFC phase-out project during the workshop. He stressed the importance of accelerating the phase-out of HCFCs because of its ozone-depleting property — it is the highest among alternative substances — and its serious global warming implications. He added that the implementation of the phase-out project will involve the procurement and installation of the equipment required by eligible enterprises, as well as the provision of adequate trainings on these new technologies.
In his closing statement, Assistant Director Gilbert Gonzales of EMB-DENR reiterated the commitment of the Philippine Government towards the Montreal Protocol. He also appealed for the participating companies' support to the HCFC-141b Phase-out in the Foam Sector Project, especially through the adoption of available non-HCFC 141b technologies.
DA Hosts Dinner to Present PTRACE
The Department of Agriculture (DA) hosted a dinner to formally convene the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Philippine Traceability for Revitalized Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement (PTRACE), which is chaired by DA Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and which was officially created by the DA in May 2010, and to present the PTRACE project proposal to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and to the Department of Finance (DOF).
Held on 26 October 2011 at the Oakwood Premiere Joy Nostalg Center in Pasig City, the dinner brought together several high-level stakeholders, including Mr. Marriz Agbon, President of the Philippine Agricultural Development and Commercial Corporation (PADCC), Undersecretary Merly Cruz of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Director Senen Perlada of the Bureau of Export Trade Promotion (BETP) and Ms. Renea Cruz of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Since July 2011, the PTRACE TWG has stepped up its efforts to put together the PTRACE Project proposal with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as the implementation agency. A debt-for-development swap between the Governments of Italy and the Philippines has been identified as a potential funding source for the project.
The PTRACE project seeks to strengthen the agri-business value chains in the Philippines through the establishment of an effective traceability system that would boost the competitiveness of the country's agro-industrial products in the global markets, particularly in the USA and the EU where stringent traceability requirements of all imports have been set.
The affair was also attended by Mr. Marriz Agbon, President of the Philippine Agricultural Development and Commercial Corporation (PADCC), Undersecretary Merly Cruz of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Director Senen Perlada of the Bureau of Export Trade Promotion (BETP) and Ms. Renea Cruz of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Non-Combustion POPs Facility in Commissioning Phase
With the financial support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the technical expertise of UNIDO, the Non-Combustion POPs facility in Bataan was founded to help the country comply with its Stockholm Convention-related obligations. The construction of this facility is an important milestone for the country's environmentally sustainable future; it is one of the most important environmental projects recently initiated by the Philippines. Currently the Philippine Non-Combustion POPs Facility, the first of its kind in a developing country, is well into its commissioning phase.
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Message from the UR
Sustainable industrial development means a thriving productive sector, increased participation in international trade, energy efficient systems and processes, and environmentally-sound industrial practices. This is essential to accelerate economic growth and to reduce poverty. In the Philippines, UNIDO continues to focus on the challenges in the energy and environment sector through the initiatives jointly implemented with our partners in the Department of Energy and in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. We are also working towards capacity building for the trade and agricultural sector — in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture.
At the same time, UNIDO is committed to promote the development of the Philippines through activities that fully support the priorities of the Philippine Government as outlined in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), 2011-2016. This is further strengthened by UNIDO's active participation in the development of the Joint Implementing Programme (JIP) and the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP) under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for delivering as One UN in the Philippines.
We hope that this e-bulletin will provide useful information and will increase awareness among stakeholders and duty-bearers on important development work in the country.
Dr. Suresh C. Raj
UNIDO Representative, Philippines