EU bestows P189-M grant to PH for clean energy projects


MANILA, Philippines—The European Union is giving the Philippines some P189 million (3.5 million euro) in grants to fund projects aimed at promoting cleaner and more energy-efficient  production and consumption in the country, an environment official said.

The financial aid will be bestowed under the EU’s SWITCH-Asia Programme in the hope of helping accelerate the Philippines’ switch to sustainable consumption and production, Environment Undersecretary Manuel Gerochi said.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources chairs the steering committee of SWITCH-Asia in the Philippines, with the Departments of Energy, and Trade and Industry, the Climate Change Commission, and the National Economic Development Authority as partners.

SWITCH-Asia is a regional grant facility that aims to “contribute to green growth, poverty reduction and climate change mitigation in Asia,” specifically by promoting sustainable modes of consumption and production.

The Philippines is one of four pilot countries receiving grants under the program, along with Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

It is “an opportunity to reverse the trend of economic development at the cost of the environment through better practices in production and consumption by shifting to producing goods and offering services in an environmentally sustainable manner,” Gerochi said in a statement.

The EU recognized the Philippines for having adopted a comprehensive legal framework for sustainable consumption and production, including policies such as the Renewable Energy and Biofuels Act, and the Clean Air Act.

But the full and effective implementation of such policies is hampered by structural and budgetary constraints, it noted.

Under SWITCH-Asia, government agencies tasked with enforcing relevant laws on sustainable production and consumption will be provided technical assistance and training.

Started in July 2012, the program will operate until December 2016.

The DENR said the project has already seen preparatory activities, such as coordination and consultation meetings with officials and stakeholders, data collection, and identification of training activities.

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  • Billy Reyes

    Thank You EU… I hope the Philippine Government will not corrupt this money.
    While other countries in the world are advancing toward the 21st century innovation of cleaner energy to provide more sustainable job for their people.
    In the Philippines most of our people are arguing why Kris Aquino is the country highest tax payer & some say its politically motivated.
    No wonder why our country still stuck to the mud… tsk. tsk. tsk.

    • kanoy

      take a wild guess as to how many millions of $$$ not PPP the RP has been granted this century 2000-2013 just the past 13 yrs not including the first 55;;;;and not 1 peso went into cleaning the air or water,,,,but has bought many condo overseas and these are loans not free money just in Dec 2012 the ADB granted the RP $300 million to produce 100,000 e-trikes to help clean the air,,,,its April….seen any?

      • Billy Reyes

        its very sad, its heartbreaking, its beyond unimaginable. If I can only take out my whole family in this country Philippines I would…
        Our country is doomed, the magnitude of problem is unbelievable it is rotten to the core. Our problem is a grass roots will keep on coming if we don’t adress on how to breed the new genaration the proper way.
        Take a look in our street today no one follow the lanes of the road, no one using pedestrian crossing even its only 5 metres away from them.

      • foreignerph

        Pedestrian lanes? The happy few motorists think they own the road (even when they are the worst drivers in the world) and a pedestrian lane is considered as a hunting ground to do something about the over-population.

    • foreignerph

      Dammit again. Our EU bureaucrats are wasting our hard-earned money once more in a terminally corrupt junkyard. The overpaid EU functionaries will be dined and whined in the upper circles of Makati, having to endure much too long bombastic speeches about “cooperation” by smirking politicians – and never know how our money ends up in brown paper bags for the filthy rich tiny upper-upper-class. That’s why we get ridden by debt and becoming poorer and poorer and the money will never reach those who it is intended for.

      • $5699914


        The way you deliver it, it sound you are a natural european!

        I’m engrossed by your talent, indeed!

  • quoiaaddie

    philippine government should think how to clean pasig river and manila bay.every city should have their own waste treatment plant and drying bed and some waste water should be use to watering the trees and plants.

  • kismaytami

    Grant??? More like LOAN. There’s no such thing as free lunch nowadays.

  • disqusted0fu

    The “straight path” will most likely take effect again here… straight to the pockets of the officials. Just like the millions of monetary support given by different nations to the PH after typhoon Pablo, we don’t know where it went because up to now the victims are still suffering.

  • notmeitsthedog

    Yeah, let’s take their money and promote those things they want.
    They didn’t say we have to enforce it, right?
    Seriously, I hope the funds gets spent on enforcement rather than some billboards.

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