The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) conducted its 16th APO Grantees Forum on 26 July 2017 at DAP Pasig City, with the theme “Green Productivity, Sustainability and the Circular Economy”.
The forum, which aimed to serve as a venue for knowledge sharing among productivity practitioners and advocates, NPO and APO alumni, was attended by 24 participants from the public and private sectors including NGOs. Selected grantees of APO projects (Asian Productivity Organization) were invited to act as resource speakers to discuss and share the knowledge, learning and experiences they gained from APO capability building projects they attended.
The first speaker, Ms. Grace Lebria, Program Director, Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI), provided the participants an overview of the current global environmental issues and challenges, followed by a short lecture on the concept of Green Productivity.
She zeroed in on GP tools such as MFCA (material flow cost accounting) and waste management. Ms. Lebria further showcased some of the GP best practices of Fiji and other countries. She likewise shared some GP initiatives in the Philippines, such as Green Procurement, Green Building, Sustainable Tourism, and the Ecolabelling program, a project spearheaded by her organization.
Another speaker, Ms. Rea Geraldino, Project Officer of DAP’s Sustainable Human Development Program, shared her insights and learning on Community-driven Development through the Saemaul Undong Model.
She discussed briefly the history of the Saemaul Undong (SU) model, and presented its stages of development. This was followed by citing successful applications of SU in Korea, as well as Indonesia and the Philippines.
The City Leadership and Governance Program (CLGP) of Puerto Princesa and Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDS) were cited by Ms. Geraldino as initiatives similar to from the SU.
One of realizations she shared was that the most valuable long-term benefits of the SU movement were not its outward tangible achievements, but rather those that resulted from the sweeping change in the mentality of the people induced by the SU itself.
Last but not the least, Dr. Alan Cajes, Vice-President and Head of DAP Sustainable Human Development Program, enlightened the participants on the concept of the Circular Economy.
With his topic, Green Productivity: Action for the Future, he narrowed in on Global Goals for Sustainable Development and focused on how we can contribute to the possible achievement of goal 12 – sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources, and substantial reduction of waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse by 2030.
He cited some initiatives on Green Industry, Eco-tourism and Eco-cities/industrial parks. In one of his recommendations, he mentioned that the government should pursue an eco-industrial park approach that promotes industry clustering.
This implies that certain industries will be located near each other in such a manner that the waste of a locator becomes input of another locator. This will close the loop and minimize waste production. He is hopeful that the DAP can do a study on this approach given the number of industrial parks that have been established all over the country. This can be jointly pursued by DAP in partnership with other organizations or agencies.
Participants appreciated the lectures and presentations, and looked forward to attending more GP-related forums, especially on Green Technologies and Green Purchasing.
The APO Grantees Forum is a regular activity organized by the DAP-APO Secretariat.
Michael JM Del Mundo