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Spanning the millennium head on

Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A
Vol. XVI No.2 February 2008

DOST-ITDI, ICETT implement GFIS
Joined hands with DOST CALABARZON in “greening” environments

The Industrial Technology Development Institute, a line agency of DOST, in cooperation with the International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer (ICETT), based in Yokkaichi City, Prefecture of Mie, Japan, and select DOST Regional Offices are firing up local initiatives to boost productivity yet still preserve local environment. ICETT, with the support and cooperation of its own national and local governments, industry, and academe, utilizes Japan's collected industrial technologies and administrative measures on environmental conservation. It applies these to implement programs and projects on the same together with participating countries. The aim is to enhance “greening” of regional environments and prevent their destruction overseas, thus achieving conservation globally. Together with ICETT, the Philippines as participating country is thus implementing “Green Framework of Innovative Strategy on Sustainable Consumption and Productivity” or GFIS, a five-year project of DOST-ITDI through its program on Cleaner Production.

GFIS aims to: 1. Establish model industrial-eco barangays, towns and communities; 2. Improve environmental performance of both local industries and its community through environmental awareness, Cleaner Production (CP), Energy Efficiency (EE), and Environmental Management System (EMS); and 3. Recommend provisions for inclusion in policy recommendations to local government units and national government agencies.

GREENHOUSE EFFECT GFIS aims to enhance “greening” of regional environments thus contributing to global diminution of the Greenhouse Effect. The greenhouse effect refers to the way in which gases in the Earth’s atmosphere warm the Earth like the glass roof of a greenhouse—by letting sunlight in but keeping the reflected heat energy trapped inside. These naturally occurring gases, notably carbon dioxide and water vapor, are called greenhouse gases.

DOST CALABARZON Bulletin February 2008

DOST-ITDI claims that one of the components of GFIS under the CP program is technological capacity building of staffs. It added CP is a forward looking “anticipate and prevent philosophy.” Thus, firms prevent pollution before they occur resulting in reduced wastes generated at source. This indirectly reduces operating costs and increases safety of workers. The results are an improved corporate image as perceived by the public and global competitiveness. GFIS is being pilot tested at DOST NCR, DOST CALABARZON and DOST Region V. DOST CALABARZON through Guilberto A. Veluz, Center Manager for Technical Operations, recently initiated conduct of a three-day training and workshop for Cleaner Production Assessors of the region at Batis Aramin Resort and Hotel in Lucban, Quezon.

The Regional Office intended to build CP and EE technical capabilities of 18 CP assessors from five state universities in CALABARZON. These include Provincial S&T Center of Quezon, Cavite State University, Laguna State Polytechnic University, Batangas State University, University of Rizal System, and the Southern Luzon State University. During the training, the assessors evaluated production of Center Miki Factory and Valde’s Poultry Farm in Lucban, and Capistrano Distillery and Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Tayabas. The assessors completed drafting of the FiRST Reports (Findings, Recommendations, Schedules and Tasks) and gave copies to management representatives of participating firms. They will submit the complete CP report one month after the training.µ (AMG)

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