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Social enterprises go ‘green’

THE REGIONAL TRIPARTITE Wages and Productivity Board Region, in partnership with Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), organized a “green productivity” training for 11 Mindanao social enterprises (SEs) in Davao City to ensure environmental preservation while maintaining profitability of social enterprises.

The recent training emphasized the threats of climate change and how to counter it by adopting the concepts of green productivity in the workplace. “If we implement green productivity, we can enhance our own productivity more,” said Labor and Employment Officer Jessielee Bilog.

The participants also learned the practice of 5Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Redesign) used by some organizations to manage their waste products. “Another benefit of green productivity are more revenues. Especially if you’re practicing zero-waste management,” another Labor and Employment Officer Ethel Sigrid Burgos said.

According to Merlyn Francisco, manager of Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) of PEF, the training was an opportunity for SEs to showcase and learn good practices on protecting the environment without compromising on profits.

“Gusto natin i-build ang awareness sa iba’t-ibang pamamaraan na pwede nating matulungan ang environment natin and at the same time, maging productive tayo. Kasi pwede pa din tayong kumita sa pamamagitan nito,” Francisco said.

Betty More, President and CEO of Healthy Sweets, said the training was a step towards a more environment-friendly social enterprise. “Talagang maa-apply namin ang mga natutunan namin sa training. Puwede din namin itong ma-echo sa ating mga personnel para alam na nila ang gagawin,” she said.

The RTWPB said it will monitor how the SEs will implement their own activities to carry out their green productivity initiatives as a way forward after the training. (With additional reporting from Mindanao Examiner.)


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