Eco-friendly Government Offices Named

The Development Bank of the Philippines, the National Electrification Administration, and the Philippine Heart Center have been given the Environmental Excellence Award in the recently concluded Recognition Awards for Eco-friendly Government Offices and Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations.

On the other hand, given the Citation of Merit Award were Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Public Works and Highways, National Housing Authority, National Economic and Development Authority, and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority.

The Search, which was launched during the Earth Day Celebration last year, assessed the 4P’s (Policy, Promotion of Awareness, People and Practices) of the implementation of the environmental programs — Greening, Electricity Conservation, Waste Management, Water Conservation, Fuel Conservation, Air Pollution Prevention, Emergency Preparedness, Green Procurement and other related projects — among government agencies.

Just a short info on the program:

Greening Program: This Program highlights the greening efforts of government offices and GOCCs such as the maintenance of indoor plants within office premises and/or planting of crops, other plants within vacant lots.

Waste Management: This Program is a direct implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (RA 9003) which pushes for the proper management of solid wastes. This includes the presence of waste segregation bins with labels, the practice of waste segregation, the use of paper conservation trays, or the establishment of MRFs in the offices, among others.

Air Pollution Prevention Program: The Air Pollution Prevention program includes the presence of a preventive maintenance program for vehicles of offices, emission compliance of office vehicles, use of biodiesel for office vehicles, as mandated in Malacanang Memorandum Circular. This includes the quarterly or periodic monitoring of vehicle emissions, the prohibition of smoking in office premises, and the ban on idling of vehicle engines while waiting and/or parking.

Green Procurement Program: The Program refers to the purchase of more environmentally-sound alternatives that contribute to a direct reduction in the negative environmental impacts of activities. This includes the development of a policy and procedures on green procurement program based on Executive Order 301.

Fuel Conservation Program: This Program highlights the fuel conservation efforts of government offices through preventive maintenance and repair schedule of service vehicles, records of daily entry and dispatch of service vehicles from motor pool, records of trip tickets for each service vehicle, and 10% gasoline/diesel reduction program with records

Emergency Preparedness Program: This Program ensures the safety and well-being of all government workers and clients in cases of emergency. It may include the strategic posting of emergency instructions/evacuation plans, and the conduct of relevant information and training to all members of the organization, at all levels, including regular exercises in emergency preparedness and response procedures.

The Organizers.

Water Conservation Program: The Water Conservation Program will include compliance to Executive Order directing reduction of water use by 10%, and other water conservation programs of the office (e.g., harvesting of rainwater, etc.). This includes the reporting of leaks on and/or worn-out water pipes, faucets, toilets for repair and/or replacement, or the use pails, dipper or “tabo” instead of hoses in washing cars and facilities, among others.

Criteria for selection included the institution of the enabling policy set up for environmental management for the agency/corporation (10%); environment-friendly operations of the agency/corporation and presence of environmental management programs (80%); and the overall orderliness, cleanliness and safety of the office and premises (10%).

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, through the Environmental Management Bureau, has designated its Environmental Management System (EMS) Internal Audit Team and other EMS key champions as assessors who have meticulously reviewed and evaluated, for months, the environmental programs and projects of the participating agencies. They have likewise had sessions with selected sectors like the Department of Energy, Bureau of Fire Protection, the Ecolabelling and Green Procurement programs to further aid their assessments.

For the non-awardees, prepare for the next Search which will be on 2014.

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