Businesses, government agency representatives and foreign dignitaries convened yesterday, September 22 at the Asian Institute of Management for the ECOSWITCH Awards, which marks the end of the first phase of the Green Philippines Islands of Sustainability (GPIoS) Project.
The ceremony recognized organizations which successfully implemented environment-friendly measures in line with the recommendations of the Project Team composed of the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), GrAT of Austria, Czech Republic’s University of Ostrava (VSB), Austria Recycling (AREC), Philippine Chamber of Commerce Inc. (PCCI), European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE) and STENUM.
Funded by the European Union’s SWITCHAsia program, the initiative seeks to contribute to an improved environmental and sustainable industrial development of Metro Manila and CALABARZON regions by introducing measures to save on energy, cut down on wastage and promote best environmental practices within organizations.
ASSIST Group Managing Director Sreenivas Narayanan congratulated the participating companies, for their exemplary efforts towards making the corporate world more environmentally-conscious in their operations. The activity was also graced by Mr. Matthieu Penot of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines, Ms. Susanne Muller of the EU SWITCH Asia Program and Ms. Monika Kazdova of the Embassy of Czech Republic.
From the Implementing Team, Dr. Alena Labodova of VSB, Mr. Bonar Laureto of the PBE, and Mr. Gerry Constantino of ECCP came to honor the participating organizations. Atty. Felipe Gozon, Vice President for the Environment of PCCI and CEO of GMA Network sent a recorded video-message and was represented by GMA Network AVP for Corporate Affairs Ms. Teresa Pacis. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) USec Demetrio Ignacio also came to deliver a message for the awardees.
Among the awardees are GMA Network (GMA7), Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Ford Motors, Maynilad Water System, Philippine Airlines, Panasonic, Mapua Institute of Technology, and Toyota.
ASSIST RKM Director Sheena Carmel Opulencia and QTV and GMA Network Talent Steph Henares hosted the event.
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