Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday expressed support to the enactment of Senate Bill Nos. 2893 and 2315 which seek to promote employment opportunities for the production of goods and services that benefit and preserve the environment.
“The proposed legislations, if enacted, will be the first of their kind, not only in the Asia –Pacific region, but also in the world, for being a national law that bears the term green jobs,” said Baldoz.
Baldoz explained that Senate Bill 2893 reflects the discussions and agreements in several technical working group meetings held since last year with the Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resources of the House Representatives chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles. The consolidated bill also provides incentives to individuals and business enterprise supporting a green economy. This includes development/use of green technologies and practices; production of green jobs; and provision of green services.
“Foremost among the salient features of the bill is the DOLE’s task to formulate a national green jobs human resource development plan in coordination with other government agencies,” said Baldoz. “The effects of climate change could drain the economy and competitiveness is lost, thus, climate-smart policies must be pursued.”
“It is an affirmation of the growing consciousness that development and care for the environment must be regarded as parallel activities,” added Baldoz.
The labor chief also emphasized that there is a need to provide a range of business development support to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which comprise 90 percent of business in the country. Support may include prototyping or modelling of technologies; conducting assessment to match technological need and demand; subcontracting business to develop clean technologies; providing technical written guides, procedures, as well as instructions; and training on clean technology for business.
She also explained the need for exploring strategies of shifting to more environmental-friendly modes of transport and improving efficiency, as well as developing and implementing programs that promote the importance of green building practices.
Baldoz added that the DOLE, through the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs), continues to support the transition of the country to a “green economy” through its regular programs, such as provision of training to MSMEs to mainstream a culture of productivity and quality at the workplace. This include environmental protection through application of environmental-friendly and sound manufacturing and service practices.