PS-PhilGEPS Participates in the Workshop on Priority Product Selection and Technical Specifications for the Mainstreaming of Green Public Procurement (GPP)
The European Union (EU) SWITCH Project is currently implementing the Technical Assistance (TA) activity on Green Public Procurement (GPP) for the Philippine government through the Government Procurement Policy Board-Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Procurement Service-Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PS-PhilGEPS) and other agencies.
The EU is a politico-economic union of 28 member states (such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, etc.) that are located primarily in Europe. As a regional cooperation strategy, it has made the issue of "sustainable consumption and production" a priority which leads to the launching of the SWITCH-Asia Programme to help interested consumers, businesses and supporting associations switch to a more sustainable paradigm in 2008.
The goal of the programme is to promote economic prosperity and help reduce poverty in Asia by encouraging industries and consumers to aim for sustainable growth with low environmental impact in line with international environmental agreements and processes. Such initiatives support Green Public Procurement (GPP) in achieving "public procurement for a better environment".