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Senate passes bill granting perks to companies that offer ‘green jobs’

05 Feb 2016 - Manila Bulletin, The Senate on Monday, February 1, passed on third and final reading a bill granting incentives to the companies that provide “green jobs”, jobs that contribute substantially to the preservation and conservation of the environmental and natural resources.
Senate passes bill granting perks to companies that offer ‘green jobs’

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Voting 16-0, the senators approved Senate Bill No. 3092 or the Philippine Green Jobs Act of 2016 that aims to clean environment and improve the economy while decreasing the number of unemployed.

Senator Loren Legarda, who introduced the bill, said the green jobs would help “protect ecosystems and biodiversity, reduce energy, materials and water consumption through high-efficiency strategies; de-carbonize the economy, and minimize altogether avoid generation of all forms of waste and pollution.”

“A green job must be kind not only to the environment but most of all to the workers. Such jobs must also pay adequate wages, provide safe working conditions, and adhere to widely held workers’ rights including the right to organize,” she added.

Legarda said decisive action was needed to build a “greener”, less carbon-intensive and more resource-efficient economies.

Senator Juan Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara, who sponsored the measure, said by making countries accountable to the world for their carbon-emission reduction schemes and green policies, the Paris Agreement marked a step in favor of the planet.

Angara, acting chair of the Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development, cited a 2011 United Nations report which showed that investments in “green” industries are generally more employment intensive and are a big help in the fight against climate change.

“A ‘green jobs’ boom could happen here in the Philippines – in energy, for instance, also in retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency, climate change adaptation and sustainable resource management,” Angara said.

Under the measure, the Department of Finance (DOF) is tasked to come up with an incentive scheme to encourage individuals and companies to engage in “green jobs in accordance with the national green jobs human resource development plan to be formulated by the Department of Labor and Employment.

Moreover, the proposed Philippine Green Jobs Act of 2016 mandates the Philippine Statistics Authority to maintain a database of green careers, professions and skills.


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