The House approves a bill promoting eco-friendly procurement.
An eco-friendly bill that aims to create a green public procurement program for all levels of government was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives on final reading on Monday.
House Bill 6468, also known as the Green Public Procurement (GPP) Act, which intends to encourage the culture of making green, sustainable, and informed decisions in government through sustainable production and consumption, was approved by the chamber with 232 votes in favor.
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.
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.
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 measure requires the GPPB to, among other things, ensure that the concept of sustainability is incorporated into the government’s procurement activities and to protect the national interest in all matters affecting public procurement while giving due consideration to the nation’s regional and international obligations.
Additionally, it is tasked with creating incentive programs to boost motivation and spur action for greater performance and environmental stewardship as well as establishing uniform monitoring and evaluation systems to gauge how well procuring organizations adhere to the requirements.
All agencies must submit their individual GPP Programs to the GPPB, which in turn must submit an annual report on the compliance of the various agencies with the law’s provisions to the Committee on Sustainable Development Goals of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, Innovation and Futures Thinking of the Senate.
The GPPB is also permitted to choose qualified outside auditors to evaluate the sustainability and environmental soundness of the CSE and non-CSE that will be purchased.
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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