APO Self-learning e-Course on Sustainable, Resilience Supply Chain and Integration into Global Value Chain, Ongoing until Dec 31, 2018

Today’s world is characterized by dynamic changes at increased rate that greatly affects organizations and businesses especially SMEs. SMEs are particularly vulnerable to radical changes such as natural and man-made disasters and thus, needs to be more resilient and agile to survive. Physical and financial loss may be impossible to recover, but can be anticipated and controlled with proper management. The essence of resiliency capacity of supply chain means the ability of value chain systems to flexibly minimize the impact of any disruptions and to hasten the recovery from the aftermath of its occurrence.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing a self-learning e-course to discuss and explain the significance and ramification of supply chain resilience in organizations.

Target participants are supply chain managers of SMEs and other relevant private/public entities, practitioners having exposure to supply chain disruptions.

The structured self-learning e-course will be implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration is continuing until 31 December 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

Participants who pass the final exam will earn an e-Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and will also be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend the follow-up face-to-face multi-country APO project, subject to nomination requirements.

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/DAP Secretariat at tel. no. 631-2143, 631-0921 local 110/107 or e-mail at apolu@dap.edu.ph or apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at the website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org (APO);

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.

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Re-launched! APO Self-learning e-Course on Marketing Strategy and Product Branding for SMEs, Ongoing until Dec 31, 2018

The crux of business success lies in marketing. Marketing helps create awareness in the eyes of the public about a company’s products/services, increase sales, build brand reputation, and foster an environment in the market of healthy competition. Branding is important for SMEs as it influences people’s perceptions of the company’s quality of customer service, image, advertising, and logo. When these parts of the business are working well, the overall brand tends to be healthy. A good brand helps improve recognition, creates trust, reinforces advertisements, builds value, generates new customers and, most of all, inspire employees.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing a self-learning e-course that ends on December 31, 2018, with the objective of helping small businesses develop the ability to market their products and services effectively.

Target participants are business owners, managers, and employees working in SMEs involved in marketing and branding strategies, and officials in the government and NGO sector responsible for assisting SME development and promotion. Participants may come from manufacturing industries, the service sector, business sector, NPOs, or government organizations/ departments who wish to acquire a working knowledge of marketing and product branding strategies.

The structured self-learning e-course is implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration is continuing until the closing hours of December 31, 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

Participants who pass the final exam will earn an e-Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and will also be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend the follow-up face-to-face multi-country APO project, subject to nomination requirements.

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/DAP Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2143, 631-0921 local 110, or e-mail at apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at the website: http://www.apo-tokyo.org (APO);

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.

Report: Enhancing Access to Agrifood Products in Germany Study Mission, October 9-14, 2017, Munich and Cologne, Germany

BACKGROUND

The lack of awareness of global food safety and quality standards, insufficient understanding of the requirements for certification, high cost of certification, and low levels of market access information are among the typical challenges for agrifood industry enterprises in the Asian region. International private food standards such as Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), ISO 22000, IFS and Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 are aimed at ensuring safety and are mandatory for the export of products. In addition, there are also product claims like Halal and organic that needs to be verified through inspection of compliance to standards. Producers and exporters of agrifood products in Asian countries need to know and understand the standards and requirements for certification of importing countries and the opportunities for their products in the European market. The mission will provide Asian participants with an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the German agrifood industry as well as state-of-the-art food quality, safety, and inspection systems. Participants will also visit the Anuga Food Fair 2017, the world’s leading food and beverage fair for the retail trade and food service and catering markets, which covers all aspects of agrifood products.

OBJECTIVES OF THE MISSION

a. Learn about the latest trends in the EU and German agrifood markets, policy and institutional settings regulating the import/export of agrifood products, and key success factors for enhancing the market access of Asian products to those markets;

b. Expose participants to state-of-the-art food value chains, emerging eco-friendly agrifood products and packaging, future food themes, modem food safety and food traceability systems, etc., through observing the operations of relevant organizations; and

c. Strengthen food industry SMEs in member countries for promoting inclusive growth.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PARTICIPANTS

KAREN S. BAUTISTA
Executive Director, Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards
Department of Agriculture

a) To learn food value chain and food safety systems which start from the quality of soil and water; and the production of eco-friendly and organic products are related to nutrient cycling and conversion of farm wastes;

b) To study how certain farms/agri-business were able to sustain their operations, specifically the production of organic food, for several decades;

c) To learn the process of organic and global GAP standards development including the formulation of technical regulations and implementation of conformity assessment procedures such certification and accreditation;

d) To gain a wider perspective and knowledge on traceability system, packaging and labeling of fresh produce and processed food.

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS

Through the assistance of APO Program Officer, Mr. Sheikh Tanveer Hossain, there were 17 participants in this study mission from Cambodia, China RO, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Participants from the Philippines are the following:

a) Ms. Helen Del Rosario (President, Philippine Calamansi Association, Inc);
b) Mr. Anthony Rivera (Assistant Director, Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau);
c) Ms. Karen S. Bautista (Executive Director, Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards, Department of Agriculture)

SCOPE, CONTENT, METHODOLOGY

A combination of lectures, discussions and site visits was used to facilitate the conduct of study mission. Topics were delivered through a lecture by technically competent personnel.

SITE VISITS

In Munich, there were also visits to a biogas plant, the wholesale market “Großmarkthalle” and retail shops in Munich such as “Hofpfisterei” (a traditional stone-oven bread bakery, manufacturing and shop) and basic AG (a retail chain company for organic food products ). In Cologne, the Chamber for Agriculture, Research Centre Horticulture which has green houses and rain shelters for growing organic and conventional crops was visited by the group.

Anuga Fair (October 11, 2017)

During the Anuga Fair, delegates were grouped into four and tasked to answer the questionnaire based on the interview and questionnaire. The major observations are as follows: a) the fair was organized into ten trade shows with a special focus on emerging trends and innovations; b) the exhibitors put more emphasis on their certifications that they have obtained as an assurance to their products‟ quality, safety and traceability; and c) the new exhibitors‟ objective is to introduce their products while for regular exhibitors, the objective is to expand their markets and maintain good relationship with existing customers.

OUTCOMES AND EVALUATION

Karen S. Bautista

“I gained a wider perspective on the importance of transparency and integration along the supply chain to ensure the production, processing and trading of safe and quality food. There are public and private food safety certification systems that operators need to comply to combat food fraud. In addition to national and international regulations, operators should strive to have their farms, processing units and products certified in accordance to a set of standards. Based on what I have observed in the Anuga Fair, most of the companies are certified to several food safety systems and they took pride on this. In the future, it may be possible that compliance to standards and conformity assessment procedures like certification and accreditation will no longer be voluntary but it may become mandatory for food producers, processors and traders. In addition, support to farmers/producers/processors in trading their products should be in place.

Naturlands‟ operation became sustainable because of the marketing support that they have provided to their members as well as transparent relationship with their long-term clients. In the visit to the Research Center on Horticulture, I observed that rain shelters and greenhouses have simple design but it is applicable in the tropics. Organically grown tomatoes are grown in greenhouses while conventionally grown berries are grown in rain shelters. Since food safety starts from the soil, I observed that they put significance on soil health by favoring organic production practices in terms of fertilization and pest management over conventionally grown practices. Very competent personnel from Global G.A.P. and IFOAM Organics International explained standards and certification system including relevant technical regulations that will have effects on the development of the organic agriculture sector and promotion of GAP worldwide.

In terms of the relevance of topics in the program, I found that the lectures on organic guarantee systems and GAP are the most relevant and contributed to my knowledge while the lecture on DEG financing is the least relevant considering that Philippines is not included in their area of operation in the ASEAN region. In terms of time management, the allocated time for open forum after the lecture on the future of food safety regulations was very limited. For the farm visit, in addition to the biogas plant, there should be a visit in an organic vegetable farm or organic livestock and poultry farm. I think an additional two hours should be allotted to discuss how to prevent fraudulent practices along the food chain.

In general, the whole study mission was well-organized by APO through Mr. Shaikh Tanveer Hossain and the Organic Services through Mr. Gerald Herrmann. The project objectives were met. My objectives for participating in this study mission were 95% met.”

RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTION STEPS

a) General recommendations to APO and APO member countries related to the project outcome

In the next study mission to be organized, in additional to GAP and organic, it is suggested that a lecture/discussion on Halal food should be considered because of the expanding market for Halal certified products. For the visits, it is better if a representative organic vegetable farm or organic livestock and poultry farm as well as a processing facility could be visited to see the entire supply chain (from farm to market shelf). Aside from visits to retail shops selling exclusive organic products, a visit could also be carried out in a regular supermarket selling both organic and conventional products to observe handling and retailing practices and how commingling is avoided. In the ASEAN region, this is more relevant considering that retail markets are selling both types of products in one store. Moreover, there should be additional time allotted for open forum on the future of food safety regulations.

b) Recommendations on potential action steps to be taken by the Philippine NPO (DAP), Philippine Government and organization

In terms of increasing the number of Filipino farmers certified to GAP (which is quite few compared to Thailand), on the part of the Philippine government, there is a need to develop incentive systems to encourage more farmers to produce safe and quality food. Considering also that there is no premium price for GAP certified products, it is necessary to intensify IEC activities not only for the producers but also for the retailers and consumers. If the demand will increase for GAP certified produce, the market price could increase. At present, the GAP certifying body is the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) however, it is not yet ISO 17065 accredited it has to align its standard to Global G.A.P. and become one of its partners. In terms of organic agriculture, the global market is growing annually and there is a price premium for organic products.

The Philippines has the largest organic area in the ASEAN region and plays an important role in the export of organic products. However, to ensure that production demand is met, there is a need to increase organic crop productivity while ensuring optimum soil and water quality. Training on the use of software on monitoring organic integrity and food safety could be considered by DAP in the future. This is crucial to enable regulatory agencies as well as certification bodies to carry out surveillance audits on organic operators and food producers/processors/traders.

In addition, an info-seminar on the certification requirements for GAP, Halal, Organic and food safety systems (of U.S., E.U., Japan and Middle East) could also be carried out to assist exporters of agricultural products.

On the part of my organization (Department of Agriculture), we will continue to do R&D projects on improving the quality of organic fertilizers and increasing yield of crops under organic production systems. Growing organic crops in greenhouses will be further promoted (as seen in the Research Center on Horticulture that we have visited). As one of the implementing agencies of the National Organic Agriculture Program, the institution (Bureau of Soils and Water Management) will apply as a member of the IFOAM Organics International to participate actively in the discussions on various concerns of the organic sector.

For more details about the program, you may e-mail APO grantee Ms. Karen Bautista at karensbautista917 @ gmail.com

 

Extended! APO Self-learning e-Course on Rural Entrepreneurship Development, ongoing until Jun 30, 2018

Entrepreneurship is a driving force for rural development. It involves strategic interventions to accelerate and revitalize declining rural economies by expanding business outreach to farm/non-farm areas. Rural entrepreneurship can offer innovative, cost-effective sources of living by crossing the boundaries among primary, secondary, and tertiary industries. It enables local people to appreciate the value of resources in the area and utilize them as inputs for creating value-added products and services. Thus entrepreneurship diversifies sources of livelihood and increases per capita income. In reality, however, nurturing successful entrepreneurs has often faced challenges such as lack of financial support and social recognition, and rural people rarely start businesses or put their business ideas into practice.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing the self-learning e-course until June 30, 2018, with the objective of building the capability of rural entrepreneurs, SME operators, and rural development planners, trainers, and consultants who are engaged in business advisory services and/or are interested in initiating businesses in rural areas.

Target participants are rural entrepreneurs, CEOS and managers of SMEs, rural development planners, trainers, and consultants engaged in business advisory services and/or interested in initiating businesses in rural areas, government officers, representatives of NGOs, academics, extension officers and other personnel engaged in planning, training, and/or promoting rural businesses and startups and providing consultancy services on profit-generating economic activities in rural communities.

The structured self-learning e-course is implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration is continuing until the closing hours of June 30, 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

Participants who pass the final exam will earn an e-Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and will also be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend the follow-up face-to-face multi-country APO project, subject to nomination requirements.

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/NPO Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2143, or e-mail at apolu @ dap.edu.ph or apolugrantees @ yahoo.com.ph. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at these websites: http://www.dap.edu.ph (DAP); http://www.apo-tokyo.org (APO);

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.

Extended! APO Self-learning e-Course on Waste Management in Agriculture, ongoing until Jun 30, 2018

The agriculture sector generates huge amounts of organic and non-organic waste during food and agricultural production, handling, processing, packaging, storage, transportation, and marketing. Such waste accounts for about 30% of worldwide agricultural production. The result is pollution of soil and water resources, air, landscapes, and contribution of greenhouse gas emissions, among others.

Waste management can reduce waste generation and promote its reuse and recycling. Organic waste can be transformed into valuable products such as compost, biofuel, and bioenergy. Effective, efficient waste management is an essential element for promoting sustainable consumption and production.

Agrbusiness enterprises in general are concerned about waste management. MSMEs are constrained in the adoption of proper waste management strategies due to lack of knowledge and awareness of potential co-benefits of waste management, limited financial resources for investment in technologies, lack of R&D, unsupportive legal and policy frameworks, and lack of policy incentives.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing the self-learning e-course until June, 2018, aiming to train a critical mass of stakeholders in APO member countries in the basic knowledge and skills of waste management in agricultural systems and agribusinesses. The course also aims to trigger economic development initiatives by raising awareness of waste minimization and transformation of agricultural waste into useful products.

The structured self-learning e-course will be implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration is until the closing hours of June 30, 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) is in charge of the coordination and promotion of the program at the local level. In this regard, DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

Successful participants who passes the final exam will earn a Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and an opportunity to be invited to participate in a face-to-face training in any of the 18 APO member countries co-sponsored by the APO (subject to other qualification requirements and standards of the project).

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/NPO Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2143, 631-2126, or e-mail at apolu @ dap.edu.ph or apolugrantees @ yahoo.com.ph. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at these websites: http://www.dap.edu.ph (DAP); http://www.apo-tokyo.org(APO);

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.

Extended! APO Self-learning e-Course on OHSAS 18001, ongoing until Dec 31, 2018

Injury or illness may occur in the workplace due to poor understanding of safety and health aspects and a weak or absent management system, thus, occupational health and safety of workers have become a significant concern for organizations. Lack of appropriate measures or safeguards may result in lost productivity caused by lost employee work hours and organization income.

OHSAS 18001, an internationally recognized occupational, health and safety management system series standard, was developed to address occupational health and safety concerns. OHSAS 18001 requires a company to have appropriate health and safety policies, procedures and protocols to ensure it is a safety conscientious organization.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing a self-learning e-course from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018. The course will impart basic training on the occupational health and safety management system under OHSAS 18001 covering all specifications including policy, identification of occupational health and safety risks and legal requirements, generation of objectives and targets, preparation of management plans and activities, monitoring of system performance, auditing, continuous review of the management program, and improvement.

Target participants, among others, are professionals, officials, managers, academics involved in occupational health and safety from industries, business, government, universities, NPO, NGOs and consulting firms.

The structured self-learning e-course will be implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Registration is ongoing until the closing hours of December 31, 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) is in charge of the coordination and promotion of the program at the local level. In this regard, DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/NPO Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2143, 631-0921 local 110/107, or e-mail at apolugrantees@ yahoo.com.ph, apolu.bonna @ gmail.com. Attn. Mr. Michael M. del Mundo or Ms. Bonna D. Frias. Other details can also be found at the APO website: http://www.apo-tokyo.org;

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.

APO Self-learning e-Course on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Apr 26, 2017 to Mar 25, 2018

Agricultural producers, particularly small farmers, need to have their farms certified as GAP compliant to enhance the acceptability of their products. Several countries have developed their own GAP standards and certification systems. The lack of harmonization between national GAP schemes among countries and scarcity of affordable certifications, however, have often led to increased confusion and higher certification costs for farmers and exporters. Those with contractual relations with several retailers also complain about multiple audits against different criteria set by different groups of retailers every year.

An understanding of the approaches, principles, and standards of GAP and benchmarking of national GAP schemes against globally recognized guidelines like the GLOBALGAP standard is essential so that stakeholders in various APO member countries can properly orient and guide small farmers in meeting established GAP standards.

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is currently implementing a self-learning e-course with the following objectives: 1) to enable participants to understand the key concepts, as well as basic principles, tools, and techniques for promoting and adopting Good Agricultural Practices (GAP); 2) to provide opportunities for SME farm production units to understand and adopt GAP in their production processes independently; and 3) to promote direct linkages between small and rural farmers and the market as adoption of GAP increases farm productivity and assures safe, sustainable production;

Target participants are government officers, agricultural extension workers, producers, academics, professional staff of regulatory bodies/certification bodies, consultants involved in training, auditing, and/or promotion of GAP, and other technical personnel with particular interest in GAP.

The structured self-learning e-course will be implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration is until March 1, 2018.

As the National Productivity Organization, the DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.

Participants who pass the final exam will earn an e-Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and will also be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend the follow-up face-to-face multi-country APO project, subject to nomination requirements.

For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/NPO Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2143, or e-mail at apolu@dap.edu.ph or apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at these websites: http://www.dap.edu.ph (DAP); http://www.apo-tokyo.org (APO);

Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.

Highlights: 2nd International Conference on Biofertilizers and Biopesticides, Aug 8-11, 2017, Taichung, ROC

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) in collaboration with the Council of Agriculture (COA), Executive Yuan, China Productivity Center (CPC), and Agricultural Technology Research Institute (ATRI) organized the 2nd International Conference on Biofertilizers and Biopesticides in Taichung, the Republic of China (ROC), from 8 to 11 August 2017 (hereafter called “The Conference”).

The Conference commenced on 8 August 2017. COA Deputy Minister Dr. Chin-Cheng Huang attended the opening ceremony and delivered the inaugural address. Director-General Dr. Chih-Sheng Chang of the Department of Science and Technology and President Dr. Wen-Chuan Lee of ATRI presented welcome remarks on behalf of their organizations. Opening remarks were also given by Director Eugene Lin of the Integrated Business and Training Services Division, CPC, and Director Dr. Muhammad Saeed of the Agriculture Department, APO Secretariat.

More than 200 professionals, representing the biofertilizer and biopesticide (BB) industry, academia, agricultural extension services, NGOs, and practitioners from 11 APO member countries attended. Twenty-three overseas participants were from Bangladesh, Cambodia, the ROC, India, IR Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Nine resource persons from Australia, the ROC, India, Malaysia, and Thailand gave presentations and served as discussants.

The Conference was a follow-up to the first (1st ICBB) in 2016 on the same topic with the objectives of sharing recent initiatives in R&D and national regulations on BB, discussing successful models of scaling up BB applications, and formulating strategic action plans to accelerate cooperation among Asian countries for BB development. The conference consisted of thematic presentations by resource persons, sharing of country experiences by participants, panel discussions, open discussion forums, and field visits.

Conference coverage included global trends in R&D on BB; role of industry in conducting R&D and commercialization of BB; latest regulations on BB (i.e., problems and solutions of BB regulations, registration procedures, and auxiliary policies) in APO member countries; and regional and international cooperation to expedite BB product commercialization, registration, and application. To observe activities relating to BB R&D and use in the host country, the participants visited: 1) Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station of the COA, Dacun township, Changhua county; and 2) Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Demonstration Field of Jia-Non Enterprise Co., Ltd., Sioushuei township, Changhua county.

Participants reviewed the recommendations of the 1st ICBB held in 2016 and progress on the follow-up to those recommendations. The participants agreed that many of the recommendations of the 1st ICBB were still valid and relevant and their implementation could go a long way toward the development and expanded use of BB in Asia and the Pacific. Participants also updated some of the recommendations of the 1st ICBB and suggested new ones.

MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS

1. Research

a. Multiple microorganism consortia have proved to be more effective compared with single-microbial inoculants. Therefore, there is a need to undertake coordinated research to develop multimicroorganism commercial products.

b. Coordinated research among member countries is needed to create synergies and avoid wasting resources due to duplication of efforts.

c. Industry participation is crucial for the commercialization of technologies. Therefore, sustainable industry–researcher partnerships in product development leading to stable products with long shelf-lives are critical.

d. Smart agriculture is key for the development of sustainable agriculture to feed around 9.5 billion people in 2050. Therefore, smart technologies need to be integrated with microbial technologies to develop effective smart packages.

2. Development

a. New BB technologies in the form of liquid inoculants, gel beads, and lyophilized cultures are emerging frontiers. Member countries need to establish participatory partnerships with industry to assess the suitability and economic viability of such technologies.

b. Member countries have developed various BB technologies. To consolidate the information and move forward, it is necessary to develop an e-document on recent R&D in BB fields with the participation of all APO countries.

3. Regulatory Framework

a. APO members are in different stages of BB regulatory development. Harmonization of such regulations is required at the regional level. For this purpose, the OECD guidelines and harmonization for microbial control agent document could be taken into consideration as a reference.

b. There is a need to constitute a group of experts on biopesticides, which could develop common guidelines for developing a regulatory framework for all Asian countries. The APO could facilitate the creation of such a group.

4. Networking

a. During the 1st ICBB, it was suggested that a forum be established under the name ACOBB to consolidate efforts on R&D and regulatory issues among Asian countries. Initially, a web platform could be created where experts of all member countries could participate and develop an appropriate understanding of the need for such a platform. The COA of the ROC could take the lead, and the APO could assist in publicizing the availability of the network.

b. A database should be prepared on this web platform on various issues such as research with the participation of relevant institutes, developmental issues with the participation of industry, and regulatory issues involving regulatory authorities and promotional bodies. Such platform would be vital to: 1) initiate on-line dialogue for removing transborder restrictions on movements of knowledge, technologies, microorganisms, and commercial products; and 2) develop draft action plans and status papers for the way forward. The APO might request member countries to nominate nodal officers for such collaboration

5. Follow-up Face-to-face Multicountry Activity

a. The host country proposed that it would like to host conferences on different aspects of BB up to 2020. Participants endorsed that proposal and added that the continuation of such programs was important to monitor and assess the progress in implementing recommendations and analyzing case studies based on best practices.

b. Participants suggested that a change in the format of the conference could be considered to include a concurrent industrial exhibition and poster session including BB technologies, products, research findings, examples of commercialization, etc.

SALIENT CONCLUSIONS/RECOMMENDATIONS PRESENTED BY PHILIPPINE PARTICIPANTS

Ms. Irene A. Papa
Project Leader/University Researcher II
The National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
University of the Philippines Los Baños
College, Laguna
e-Mail: irenepapa112367@gmail.com iapapa@up.edu.ph

Dr. Mannix S. Pedro
University Researcher III/Program Leader
Biotechnology for Agriculture and Forestry Program
National Institute of Biotechnology and Melecular Biology,
University of the Philippines Los Baños,
College, Laguna
e-Mail: mannix23ph@yahoo.com

The BB industry in the Philippines has grown considerably with the encouragement of government agencies, leading research institutions, and private-sector enterprises. The Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 or Republic Act 10068 further promulgated R&D on and the use of BB.

The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) ensures that the agricultural sector has an adequate supply of fertilizers and pesticides at reasonable prices. The FPA rationalizes the manufacturing and marketing of BB, as well as protects the public from and educates them on the risks inherent in fertilizer and pesticide use. Generally, BB are registered with the FPA but when intended as organic agricultural inputs, they are registered under the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards.

Strategies to promote the development and use of BB in the Philippines include: promoting public–private partnership; a focus on demand-driven development and use of BB; capacity-building training of farmer leaders and field technicians; an incentive program for cheaper, simpler registration and certification of BB; encouraging university and private company collaboration to attract private investment for manufacturing and commercialization; and grants to research institutions to create establishments to serve as factories for BB and plant mixing.

Published by: Asian Productivity Organization (APO), 2017

 

Invitation to Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC) National Convention, 17-21 Nov 2017, Manila

Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) is hosting the largest gathering of green building leaders, professionals, builders and advocates at the 2017 PHILGBC National Convention.

The National Convention will showcase the convergence of leaders from the Philippines’ building and construction industry and from National Green Building Councils in the Asia Pacific region to a series of green building events that fosters exchange of knowledge and expertise, and best practices in green building. Meaningful and productive dialogue among green building colleagues in the public and private sector will be promoted and relevant programs and initiatives that promotes building better and healthier places for people will be highlighted. The latest features of BERDE version 2.0, the Philippines’ National Voluntary Green Building Rating System recognized under the Department of Energy’s Philippine Energy Efficiency Project-Efficient Building Initiative, will be presented together with other relevant tools in green building.

This year, the Philippines shall serve as the host for the World Green Building Council-Asia Pacific Regional Network Meeting. Representatives from National Green Building Councils shall gather at various venues during the convention to meet, discuss, and strategize to address the rapid promotion and uptake of green building in the Asia Pacific region. The PHILGBC National Convention shall also be the venue to celebrate PHILGBC’s 10th founding anniversary. Be a part of the various events happening at the convention and enjoin fellow green builders, professionals and advocates from both the private and public sector as we celebrate a decade of market transformation.

Learn and Take Part in the discussions. Network and Build Relationships with Fellow Green Builders. Be there and support the advancement of sustainability and green building agenda in the market!

Reserve your seats and register at the various events during the PHILGBC National Convention by contacting the secretariat via:

Email: secretariat@philgbc.org
Phone: +63 (2) 815 9301
Fax: +63 (2) 858 8082
Event Website http://nationalconvention.philgbc.org/

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