March 13, 2024

REECS Collaborates with ICLEI and UNDP on Philippines Circular Economy Framework

Judel Ramirez and Dr. Gem Castillo
Published on:
February 29, 2024

The collaborative efforts to finalize the circular economy framework for the Philippines involved meticulous adjustments and refinements to ensure comprehensive coverage and alignment with national priorities. The iterative process of revision, guided by inputs from DENR, NEDA, and UNDP's Dr. Corrado Topi, led to a more concise and targeted document of just over 50 pages (from a previous document of over 100 pages long, including annexes), effectively addressing key concerns and intricacies related to the Philippine context. The major focus during revisions centered on the arrangement and length of each section, emphasizing the need for the framework's applicability within the unique socio-economic and environmental landscape of the Philippines. Specific aspects such as building blocks and agenda were tailored to resonate with the country's conditions, policies, and capabilities. This adaptation ensures that the circular economy framework becomes a practical and effective guide for sustainable development tailored to the needs of the Philippines.

        The face-to-face consultation held on January 25th at FMB-DENR in Quezon City served as a pivotal moment for stakeholders. Representatives from DENR, NEDA, CCC, and PCW actively engaged with Dr. Gem B. Castillo’s presentation on the draft. The ensuing question-and-answer session facilitated a robust exchange of ideas, with institutions offering valuable comments and suggestions. Notably, the UNDP's ACE project drew interest, reflecting the broader international context and collaboration in the pursuit of circular economy goals. While no major revisions were proposed during the consultation, PCW advocated for the inclusion of a dedicated section addressing women and children within the framework diagram. This emphasis on inclusivity underscores the commitment to social equity and acknowledges the distinct roles and impacts of diverse demographic groups within the circular economy paradigm.

        Looking ahead, the forthcoming island consultations in February 2024 are anticipated to further enrich the framework's development. The Luzon leg on February 15 and subsequent gatherings in Visayas and Mindanao from February 19-22 will provide additional perspectives and insights from diverse regions of the country. The presentation of the final version of the Philippines Circular Economy framework in the first or second week of March will mark a crucial milestone in the collective journey towards a sustainable and circular economy for the Philippines.