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Green public procurement is pushed by the House

The House of Representatives has blocked the passage of a bill creating a green public procurement program for all government agencies.

The Green Public Procurement (GPP) Act, also known as House Bill 6468, was approved by the chamber on Wednesday during the plenary session. The GPP Act seeks to encourage the culture of making green, sustainable, and informed decisions in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government through sustainable production and consumption.

This bill is in line with the nation’s dedication to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations.

The bill’s primary author, Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. of Camarines Sur, said the proposal also supports the “Sustainable Consumption and Production” Sustainable Development Goal, which encourages government departments, bureaus, and agencies to purchase goods with less environmental harm.

According to Villafuerte, the bill’s sole purpose is to establish a green program, yet the GPP already contributes to sustainable development.

Studies have shown that green public procurement may result in financial savings for government purchasers taking into account the full lifecycle costs of a procurement contract, according to Villafuerte. “Through this policy, governments can drive innovation and provide the industry with incentives to develop green products and services,” she said.

The bill’s goal is to require all offices, departments, and agencies of government to create their own sustainable procurement programs that take into account the lowest life-cycle costs of goods and services.

According to him, the measure aims to incorporate a code system for items’ packaging in order to make waste recycling and reuse easier.

In accordance with the GPP Roadmap, the bill mandates that a GPP Program be developed in each branch of government in order to achieve sustainable consumption and production in government procurement.

Along with the various technical requirements set forth by the agency for the specific purchase, all agencies are obligated to adhere to the green standards specified by the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB).

The GPPB will be required to conduct programs for information, education, and communication that will build capacities and improve knowledge and understanding of how the GPP program is being implemented.

Amenah Pangandaman, the secretary of budget and management, previously emphasized the significance of putting up sustainable and innovative approaches to improve the effectiveness of public procurement.

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