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PLDT’s ‘mompreneur’ program shines at UN Global Compact Network Awards

PLDT, the country’s largest integrated telecommunications network, has been recognized at the 3rd United Nations Global Compact Network Philippines’ Sustainable Development Goals Awards for its Madiskarte Moms PH program......»»

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GEF-UNIDO Healthcare Wastes Project Launches to Pioneer Sustainable Solutions in Philippine Healthcare Waste Management

Quezon City, December 6, 2023 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), Department of Health (DOH), and BAN Toxics, together with EcoWaste Coalition and Healthcare without Harm-Southeast Asia (HCWH-SEA), have joined together to lead the launching of the five-year project funded by Global Environm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 9th, 2023

GEF-UNIDO Healthcare Wastes Project Launches to Pioneer Sustainable Solutions in Philippine Healthcare Waste Management

Quezon City, December 6, 2023 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), Department of Health (DOH), and BAN Toxics, together with EcoWaste Coalition and Healthcare without Harm-Southeast Asia (HCWH-SEA), have joined together to lead the launching of the five-year project funded by Global Environm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 6th, 2023

PBBM visits booths of DSWD livelihood program at Serbisyo Fair in Malacanang

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. makes the rounds of the different booths set up by some 17 livelihood associations under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during the Serbisyo Fair at the Malacanang grounds on Saturday (December 2). DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian, accompanied by Assistant Secretary for […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 4th, 2023

Isagani Serrano: The Philippines’ ‘little prince’

Isagani Serrano was the Philippines' own 'little prince,' a martyr for sustainable development, peace, and civil rights. He was recognized by the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation on November 30......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2023

Aboitiz Group’s Sustainability Efforts Earn Public Recognition

Underscoring her pivotal role in driving sustainable practices within the private sector, Aboitiz Group’s First Vice President and Chief Reputation and Sustainability Officer Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar was awarded the Private Sector Sustainability Champion at the 2nd Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Gender and Development Awards last Friday, November 24, 2023. Hontiveros-Malvar highlighted the Aboitiz Group’s efforts […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 28th, 2023

Blog: Realizing Africa s development aspirations through education

By Jane Muthumbi* and Sweta Saxena* Africa has ambitious development aspirations. Realizing these aspirations - reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063: the Africa We Want - requires actions that promote inclusive and equal opportunities for all.As recent crises have laid bare, growing poverty and rising inequalities pose challenges to an increasingly fragile s.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 28th, 2023

ABAC Philippines backs collaboration call

ABAC Philippines has expressed its support for collaboration among private sector business leaders from the 21 APEC economies. Following the recent ABAC meetings in San Francisco, ABAC Philippines is committed to maintaining dialogue and providing critical recommendations to APEC leaders. The aim is to address the multifaceted challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and advocate for sustainable economic growth, innovation, and inclusivity. ABAC has proposed initiatives to promote accessible open markets, trade, digital innovation, and a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific. The council also emphasizes the importance of addressing artificial intelligence and climate response, aligning with fairness, inclusion, and environmental stewardship. ABAC Philippines plays a pivotal role in fostering collaboration on climate resilience, energy stability, and long-term investments. The meeting concluded with the handover of the chairmanship to ABAC Peru, which will focus on regional economic integration, sustainability, and human development in 2024......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsNov 28th, 2023

EU: Use Trade Leverage to Support Democracy and Rights in Central Asia

(Brussels) - The European Union's detailed assessments of Central Asian countries benefiting from preferential access to the EU market reveal major gaps in their fulfilment of human rights obligations.Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have been given EU market access under a special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance: the so-called Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+). The sch.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 26th, 2023

Unlocking Philippines natural wealth: A collaborative path to sustainable, inclusive dev t

The Philippines, endowed with abundant natural resources, stands at a pivotal moment in history, where the responsible and sustainable utilization of these assets can drive inclusive economic growth and development. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 25th, 2023

CIT-U and DLSU unite for SDG-Driven development in Cebu City

Cebu Institute of Technology – University (CIT-U) and De La Salle University (DLSU) have embarked on a landmark collaboration for sustainable growth in Cebu City. Sealed with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 15, 2023, this alliance aims to champion the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the region, inviting diverse contributors to this crucial.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2023

Neda, Jica ink pact for Metro Davao s dev’t master plan

The National Economic Development Authority (Neda) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) have signed an agreement to develop a master plan for the development of Metropolitan Davao. The signing ceremony, attended by Neda Secretary Arsenio Balisacan and Jica Chief Representative Sakamoto Takema, marks the beginning of the Comprehensive and Sustainable Urban Development Master Plan for Metropolitan Davao. Vice President Sara Duterte expressed her gratitude to the government of Japan and Jica for their assistance in the development projects for Metropolitan Davao. The master plan aims to achieve sustainable and balanced urban planning and development in the region, covering various aspects such as agriculture, commerce, climate resilience, technology, education, transportation, and healthcare. The plan will be formulated by the TCP with the assistance of urban development experts from Japan. The master plan will serve as a roadmap for long-term work and will support the mobilization of resources and the delivery of key services in the region. The plan will ensure sustainable urban development in areas such as land use planning, agri-ecotourism, coastal resource management, and joint service delivery. Jica has been a partner in the development and peace process in Mindanao and will expand its cooperation with the new master plan project for Metropolitan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsNov 20th, 2023

Infrastructure lack, environment impact hinder e-commerce growth

The e-commerce market in Southeast Asia is expected to continue to grow, but challenges such as the lack of infrastructure and environmental impact need to be addressed for the sector’s sustainable and inclusive development, the Asian Development Bank said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 13th, 2023

Livelihood key to housing program’s success – DHSUD

A stable employment and sustainable livelihood for the beneficiaries of the Marcos administration’s Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pilipino are crucial to the success and sustainability of the program, according to the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 5th, 2023

Asia Album: Philippine city observes World Cities Day

© Provided by Xinhua QUEZON CITY, the Philippines, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- As the most populous city in the Philippines, Quezon City is striving to be a leader in climate change mitigation and sustainable development as it observes the World Cities Day on Tuesday.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2023

Belgian wealth fund managers to explore Phl investments

Belgium’s sovereign wealth fund managers are looking to visit the country to explore investments in Philippine firms engaged in a range of public services, the Department of Finance said Saturday. DoF Secretary Benjamin Diokno and officers of the Federal Holding and Investment Company or La Société Fédérale de Participations et d’Investissement discussed opportunities in public-private partnerships in finance, aeronautics and mobility, health, utilities and impact investing. “Koenraad Van Loo, CEO of SFPIM, shared that the company is keen to visit the Philippines to explore partnerships in its priority sectors,” a statement from the DoF said. “SFPIM preserves the long-term stability of the Belgian economy by contributing to the anchoring of strategic assets through smart capital solutions for both promising and established companies,” the DoF added. According to the 2023 World Competitiveness Ranking, Belgium is 13th out of 64 countries in economic performance. The country is also among the top in business efficiency at fifth place and tenth in infrastructure. The Philippines, on the other hand, ranks 40th in economic performance and business efficiency, and 58th in infrastructure. Long-term economic growth President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has vowed to boost infrastructure development for national long-term economic growth through proceeds from the Maharlika Investment Fund which his administration expects to be activated before the end of the year. The Philippine sovereign fund is open to local and foreign investors in the public and private sectors, and aims to support 197 flagship infrastructure projects worth a total of some $155 billion. Diokno said the DoF has met with foreign government and business leaders at the European Union’s first Global Gateway Forum last 25 to 26 October in Brussels, Belgium to also discuss the Philippine sovereign fund. The Finance Secretary said he talked to the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries or BIO led by its chief executive officer Luuk Zonneveld. “Discussed were opportunities to finance projects in the Philippines that drive sustainable development, particularly gender equality, climate action, and decent work,” he said. BIO uses private funds to support small and medium businesses, and financial institutions also in Africa and Latin America. Confident in the administration Meanwhile, Professor Dindo Manhit of business consultancy outfit, Stratbase ADR Institute  said he is confident the Marcos administration can attract more foreign investments in agro-industrial and digitalization through its participation in global economic meetings abroad. “By establishing strong links in the economic space, the Philippines can further solidify its role in the global supply chain,” Manhit said. “We are confident that this administration will continue to advocate for reforms that will ensure our economic growth to make the country a premiere investment destination,” he added. The post Belgian wealth fund managers to explore Phl investments appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 28th, 2023

More Filipinos now agri, biosystems engineers: DA

The Department of Agriculture is more hopeful for wider farm mechanization and livelier agribusiness industry in the country as more Filipinos have become agricultural and biosystems engineers or ABEs. In an email to the Daily Tribune, DA reported that 12,551 ABEs obtained their licenses this year, more than the 10,909 in 2021. The DA added 615 ABEs took their professional oath last 20 October. “They are not only responsible for the design of machinery and systems, but are also the pioneers of change, custodians of sustainability, and champions of modern, appropriate, and sustainable mechanization technologies and practices,” DA-Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering Director Ariodear Rico said. Graduates from Central Bicol State University of Agriculture-Pili achieved a 100 percent passing rate, followed by the University of the Philippines-Los Baños with 92.86 percent in the ABE Licensure Examination in September. Rico said only 33.41 percent of the total 1,841 examinees passed. ABEs play vital role “The country not only needs agricultural facilities, but an adequate and competent workforce, in which ABE professionals, together with operators and technicians, play a vital role,” he said. Rico said the Marcos administration has created agricultural and fisheries development programs and trade partnerships to provide jobs to highly skilled ABEs and help ensure they stay in the country. He said on top of the list is the National Agricultural and Fishery Mechanization Program which aims to ease exchange of knowledge and drive more collaborations among engineers and the government by streamlining all mechanization policies and programs of local government units. Another is the Renewable Energy Program for Agriculture and Fishery Sector which Rico said aims to maximize the use of solar, wind, hydro, biomass and biogas energy. Through these programs, he said ABEs can further reap the economic and intellectual benefits from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement or RCEP. Approved by the Senate in February, this trade deal among the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, plus China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand allows stronger intellectual property rights, zero to lower tariffs for Philippine exports, and more financing for small and medium businesses. ROI on farm mechanization A study by the Department of Science and Technology showed the return on investment of farm mechanization can grow by at least 238 percent. Despite this, the country has increased its mechanization level to just 2.679 horsepower per hectare (hp/ha) this year from 2.31 hp/ha. Meanwhile, global revenue from fish and seafood is projected to grow by 7 percent annually, according to global market researcher Statista. It adds China has earned the highest at $88 billion revenue this year. The post More Filipinos now agri, biosystems engineers: DA appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 28th, 2023

UN commends Philippines for advancing SDGs

United Nations officials commended the Philippines for pushing for progress and modernization, particularly the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the environment and ensuring peace and prosperity......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 28th, 2023

Care in the neighborhood

Aboitiz Land led a coastal cleanup at Seafront Residences earlier this month to underscore its unwavering commitment to marine-life conservation. The initiative aimed to not only clean the coastline but also to gather valuable information for future efforts. This data will contribute to a more targeted and sustainable approach in the conservation of marine life. Capacity development programs and information, education, and communication activities were also implemented to promote environmental responsibility among participants. The event brought together a diverse group, including members from partnering organizations, Seafront Residences homeowners, and key institutions like the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Coast Guard auxiliary, local barangay, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office, municipal administrator and the Department of Education. Nestled at the core of Seafront Residences lies the Pawikan Nature Reserve, designated as a critical nesting site for endangered pawikans. Upholding the cleanliness of these coastal regions is integral to ensuring the preservation of the pawikans’ natural habitat. Ongoing initiatives, including regular coastal cleanups, are set to continue in the coming years, ensuring the sustained protection of both the pawikans and their coastal habitats. The steadfast dedication of Aboitiz Land at Seafront Residences not only enhances the coastal biodiversity but also sets an inspiring example for coastal communities across the Philippines. This approach highlights Seafront Residences’ significant role in coastal cleanup and the protection of endangered pawikans, reflecting Aboitiz Land’s commitment to environmental sustainability and care for both human and marine life. Aboitiz Land’s environmental conservation efforts at Seafront Residences have been recognized with the prestigious Silver Award in the Environmental Category at the FIABCI Philippines Property and Real Estate Excellence Awards 2022. The post Care in the neighborhood appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 27th, 2023

Meralco coal-free by 2050

The Manila Electric Company, or Meralco, the country’s largest power distribution company, has set out its long-term strategy to promote a just and affordable clean energy transition. The company intends to be coal-free by 2050. But before that, it will first push to cut it direct emissions by more than 20 percent by the end of the decade, or by 2030. According to Meralco, the targets cover its projected 2030 baseline Scope 1 emissions it directly generated from thermal power generation and the use of fuel for vehicles and other equipment. “We recognize our impact on the planet, and we will do more as part of our earnest commitment to sustainability,” Meralco first vice president and chief sustainability officer Raymond B. Ravelo said. Sustainability agenda “As we chart the path towards a brighter and greener energy future, Meralco will continue to evolve and elevate its sustainability agenda to continue powering the good life for all,” he added. Meralco has been heavily investing in the development of renewable energy or RE to serve the country’s growing energy demand for greener power. This includes the distribution utility’s program to source an increasing portion of its supply portfolio from RE. Meralco has so far contracted 1,880 megawatts or MW of RE capacity from various suppliers, already exceeding its initial target of 1,500 MW. As such, Meralco said RE is expected to account for 22 percent of the distribution utility’s supply portfolio by 2030, and 18 percent of that of Meralco’s retail electricity supplier, MPower, by 2025.  Decarbonization push To further strengthen its decarbonization efforts, Meralco, through its power generation arm, Meralco PowerGen Corp. or MGen, is accelerating its RE buildout to develop greener generating capacities to power the country with sustainable energy. Earlier this year, MGen committed to invest at least P18 billion for its RE buildout which will cover capacities from clean technologies such as solar and wind which the company aims to build through 2030. “In the coming years, Meralco will accelerate its shift to green energy through the adoption of next-generation clean technologies. Ultimately, we will drive deep decarbonization to advance long-term energy security with earth-friendly power,” Ravelo said. The post Meralco coal-free by 2050 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2023