PGMA to manufacturers: Adhere to green production principles or be left out
Quezon City (24 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called today on the country’s manufacturers and suppliers of products and goods to adhere to "green production principles" or face the consequence of not being patronized by the people.
The President made the call in her speech at the opening of the Eco-labeling Workshop and GP3 (Green Productivity, Green Purchasing, Green Philippines) Conference-Workshop and Exhibit at the Dusit Hotel Nikko in Makati City this morning.
The event also coincided with the 11th anniversary of the Clean and Green Foundation, a non-government organization led by former First Lady Amelita Ramos, that has made great strides in assembling environmental criteria to make an array of products including laundry detergents, household batteries, tissue paper, automotive engine oil, crayons, cement and fire extinguishers, eco-friendly.
GP3 aims to impart to the people the global trends and practices on green productivity and green purchasing to achieve a "green" Philippines. It also proposes to define the roles and commitments of different stakeholders such as governments, industries and the consumers towards a sustainable society.
"On the part of the government, by patronizing producers and suppliers that adhere to green production principles, government procurement will be serving notice to the rest of the country’s producers that they should shift to green production or be left out," the Chief Executive said.
President Arroyo has been at the forefront of pushing to make manufacturing companies produce more eco-friendly goods and products in order to prevent the destruction and complete depletion of the country’s remaining precious resources.
In fact, one of the very first acts the President did when she assumed office was to sign into law Republic Act No. 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
RA 9003 mandates the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to "formulate and implement a coding system for packaging materials and products to facilitate waste recycling and re-use."
From RA 9003 came the Green Choice Philippines (GCP), the national eco-labeling program of the Philippines that aims to change people’s behavioral patterns in consumption and production that tend to misuse, abuse and degrade the country’s natural resources.
The GCP logo can be found on products that have been determined by the group to be eco-friendly and thus serve as endorsement to consumers that such products should be patronized.
Likewise, the endorsement of Executive Order No. 301 "Establishing a Green Procurement Program for All Departments, Bureaus, Offices and Agencies of the Executive Branch of Government," mandates the national eco-labeling program to develop guidelines and procedures in identifying and developing standards for environmentally preferred products and services commonly used by government.
EO 301 mandated all government offices to patronize environment-friendly products.
"We did this clean move to give impetus to an active practice of green productivity among manufacturers and green procurement by institutional buyers, and the biggest institutional buyer, of course, is the government," President Arroyo said.
The President called on the "will of the people" to uphold the patronization of products that are eco-friendly and help "bring about a Green Philippines that will be our ultimate profit and price for the benefit of the rising generation of Filipinos." (PIA) [top]