DENR, DBP, other partners ink agreement for green financing

To help local government units and regulated industries, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), signed an agreement with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) that will boost green financing in the country by providing concerned stakeholders access to the best financing program available for their environmental improvement initiatives.

The agreement, signed April 12, 2012 at the DBP Executive Lounge, was inked by EMB Assistant Director Gilbert Gonzales for the DENR and DBP President Francisco Del Rosario, Jr.

Under the MoA, the DENR-EMB will work hand-in-hand with DBP as well as other financial institutions to assist its stakeholders in gaining access to financing programs that will support projects on improved environmental compliance, pollution control, waste management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Gonzales conveyed the DENR’s optimism on the partnership as it seeks to help industries and other establishments, including government offices, to comply with existing environmental laws and standards. 

“We recognize that the reason for non-compliance (to environmental requirements) is due to lack of funds to support investments in environmental improvements and pollution control. Through this partnership with DBP, we hope to address this gap and strengthen the implementation of the country’s environmental laws,” Gonzales said.

DBP President Del Rosario, on the other hand, stressed that the agreement provides a framework for a partnership arrangement between DBP and EMB for purposes of providing training and consultancy services to improve the country’s efforts to clean and protect the environment.

“The DBP continues to reaffirm its commitment to help industries, especially those cited for violation, to bring them back to a state of compliance and improve their environmental performance,” del Rosario said.

Alongside the DENR-EMB and DBP  MoA, two other agreements were entered into by DBP. One was with European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) President Hubert D’Aboville and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia  and the Pacific (ADFIAP) Secretary General Octavio Peralta. 

The other one was between DBP and the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) represented by its Managing Director Sreenivas Narayanan.

ECCP President D’Aboville described the partnership as a means to promote further the concept of sustainable development in the country by “introducing new business models that lead to greater profitability.” ADFIAP Sec. Gen. Peralta expressed his group’s commitment to make this green initiative work. 

ASSIST Managing Director Narayanan, on the other hand, highlighted the need to boost small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs’) access on green financing. According to her, there is a need to educate SME’s in applying for financing programs to enhance the sector’s growth.

The DBP has continued to be at the forefront of the banking sector in supporting investments for environmental improvement. Credit facilities such as the environmental development project and the regional infrastructure for growth project have greatly helped the private sector, national agencies and local government units implement their environmental programs through the provision of credit and technical assistance support.

In 2011, the DENR cited the DBP for their green operations and was given an environmental excellence award during the 2011 recognition awards for eco-friendly government offices. 

 

 

 

EnvironmentNatural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje rallied last week his field officials to ensure the success of the National Greening Program, saying the program has full support of the President.

    “There is no reason to fail considering that President Aquino has amply given all the support this program (NGP) needs to succeed,” Paje told the regional executive directors (REDs),  regional technical directors, and the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs, CENROs) attending the 2-day National Convention of Field Officers held May 31-June 1, 2011 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.

    Paje also challenged the field officials “to give their best shot” as their performance in implementing the NGP will be “highly taken into consideration’ in the evaluation of officials for promotions.
 
“Those who will be performing will be rewarded. Wala pong biro yan,” Paje said, stressing that the field officers will be evaluated fairly based on a purely-merit system “without regard for personal ties or past associations” he has made through over 20 years at the DENR where he started his career as a casual forester.

Paje said the NGP-driven performance-based incentive scheme will first zero in on the PENRO and CENRO positions, with an instruction to DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis to reserve the vacant PENRO and CENRO posts as rewards for NGP’s top performers especially those that are on an acting capacity. 

“If you are a CENRO, you will automatically become a PENRO.  Those who are not yet full-pledged CENRO (with temporary appointment), we will make you full-pledged CENROs. Performance lamang, wala nang iba,”  Paje stressed. 

Of the 168 CENRO plantilla positions, 47 have yet to be filled;  while 25 remain vacant in the 73 PENRO  plantilla posts.

The incentive scheme forms part of Paje’s overall program to strengthen DENR’s performance-based promotion system to beef up the national leadership’s efforts in professionalizing the  Philippine bureaucracy.

But Paje was quick to clarify that the quality of their performance will be determined by the survival of the seedling declared in their performance and not merely on the number of seedling planted.

“Remember, the NGP is a national priority program of President Aquino, and this is not for show but for grow. Gone are the days when tree planting activities were just to set world records or just for photo opportunities,” Paje noted.

At the same time, Paje asked “doubting Thomases” to be forthcoming this early with their hesitation to go all out to meet their targets to allow for management to act appropriately in their particular case.

“We will make sure that everybody performs. Kung sino sa inyo ang tingin ay hindi kayang ipatupad ang programang ito, sabihin na ninyo ngayon,” Paje said.

The performance-based incentive will be based on the field officials’ scorecard in the  yearly targets given them and will be validated with the use of state-of-the art technology such as satellite mapping and internet-based technology through NGP’s website at the www.ngp.denr.gov.ph