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New products seek helping promote sustainable PHL development

Government aims further enhancing environmental awareness and education in the country to better promote sustainable Philippine development.

Targeted for nationwide dissemination are new knowledge products developed with EU support to help improve public awareness, knowledge and action on sustainable development, noted supervising environmental management specialist Tina Francisco from the environment department's Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

"Those products teach environment-friendly ways of bringing forth sustainable development," she said.

Among such ways are practicing sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and using renewable energy (RE), she noted.

The 1994 Oslo Symposium defined SCP as "use of services and related products, which respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life while minimizing the use of natural resources and toxic materials as well as the emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle of the service or product so as not to jeopardize the needs of further generations."

RE is energy generated from sunlight, wind, tides and other natural resources that are naturally replenished.

EMB said among the knowledge products for dissemination are leaflets, comic books, lesson guides and e-books.

Such products are outputs of the EU-SWITCH Policy Support Component Project, noted EMB.

EU Delegation to the Philippines head Ambassador Franz Jessen is scheduled to spearhead Tuesday (June 6) in Metro Manila the knowledge products' turn-over to the environment and energy departments, EMB continued.

Francisco said the environment department will disseminate such products to Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for possible integration into students' learning modules.

She also said the energy department will help disseminate the products to other stakeholders.

DepEd formulates, implements and coordinates policies, plans, programs and projects in formal and non-formal basic education.

CHED is government's lead agency for the Philippine higher education system.

The products' dissemination is in line with RA 9512 (National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008), Francisco noted.

According to RA 9512, the State "shall promote national awareness on the role of natural resources in economic growth and the importance of environmental conservation and ecological balance towards sustained national development."

EU-SWITCH Policy Support Component project is among international initiatives of the SWITCH-Asia program.

The program seeks promoting economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Asia by encouraging sustainable growth with low environmental impact from industries and consumers.

European Commission launched SWITCH-Asia in 2008 after EU prioritized SCP in its 2007-2013 regional cooperation strategy.

Catherine J. Teves/PNA