Green Public Procurement (GPP)


Funded by the EU through SWITCH Asia, Green Public Procurement (2013-2016) is a PhP 169.2-million project that aims to promote sustainable development in the Philippines.

Specifically, it aims to create and pilot a replicable and workable innovation within the procurement system in DTI that will support and provide incentives for government contractors to produce ecologically-certified product.

DTI handles this project in collaboration with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM-PS), EU-SWITCH, Government Procurement Policy Board – Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).



  • Prepared draft activity design and terms of reference (TOR) for the conduct of the end-of-project evaluation of the GPP project.
  • Conducted interviews to the following offices as part of the GPP end-of-project evaluation: Bureau of Product Standards, Human Resource and Administrative Services, and Government Procurement Policy Board – Technical Service Office.
  • Conducted interview with Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. PCEPSDI, as an NGO stakeholder in the GPP project.
  • Conducted interview with the following project stakeholders as part of the ongoing project evaluation:
    • Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) Executive Director Raul Dialo.
    • Quantra Inc. – paper
    • Advance Solutions, Inc. – IT equipment supplier
    • David Lind – office equipment


  • Provided inputs on behalf of DTI to the project accomplishment report for 2016 and the proposed project extension activities for 2017, during the Project Steering Committee Meeting
  • Coordinated the finalization of the following DTI activities for the extension period:
    • Technical assistance for industries on the awareness on the GPP roadmap and the rollout of green procurement policies by Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) and Department of Budget and Management Procurement Service (DBM-PS)
    • Integration of green specifications to the Philippine National Standards of two (2) of the twenty (20) common-use supplies and equipment (CSE) and non-CSE products identified by the project.
    • Met with EU Switch to finalize the project technical assistance to the private sector, in preparation for the conduct of two (2) three-day seminar-workshop in March and April. The participants of the workshop are the stakeholders along the supply chain of the priority CSE and non-CSE products. Moreover, it was endorsed that consultants from the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Social Transformation (ASSIST) be hired to implement the seminar-workshop.
    • Attended the EU SWITCH project implementation on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) integration to DepEd curricula for secondary schools and provided inputs for consumerism.
    • Facilitated the conduct and provided technical assistance to the two (2) batches of seminar workshops on Awareness for Suppliers and Manufacturers, the first of which was conducted at PTTC on 20, 29, and 30 March 2017—and the second on 19, 24, and 25 April 2017.
  • Participated in the Launching Ceremony of the Green Public Procurement Roadmap at Crowne Plaza Ortigas Center Pasig City. The launching was the culminating activity of the EU SWITCH Policy Support Component 2 on GPP. Prior to the launching, DTI RGMS participated in the preparatory meeting and was primarily responsible in inviting industry associations and DTI units.
  • Participated in the Clean Air Workshop by DENR Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) which, held on 22 June 2017


  • Formulated policy recommendations for incorporation of GPP criteria into RA 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act)
  • Drafted a module on green criteria development, formulation of bid documents, and evaluating tenders
  • Conducted suppliers’ fora on green public procurement
  • Conducted test purchase of green product (LED)
  • Capacity building for GPP program managers and procurement officers through training workshops
  • Engaged with relevant government agencies (DBM-PS, GPPB, CoA, DENR) and ASEAN governments and partners on exchange of information and capacity building
  • Applied GPP criteria for procurement of lighting equipment (LED)
  • Organized Vendors Forum on Green Public Procurement
  • Facilitated preparation and submission of energy audit proposal by the Philippine Plastic Industry Association to SWITCH Philippines
  • Facilitated conduct of the following activities/meetings/workshops:
    • GPP Technical Working Group (TWG) to draft the Terms of Reference (ToR) of Experts on Procurement of Green Products and for Project Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) expert
    • GPP Project Management, on presentation and approval of the ToRs and updating on the Catch Up Program for the project
    • Meeting with Dr. Chana to clarify and delineate activities and outputs of EU-SWITCH from that of Advance SCP
  • Conducted a Workshop on Priority Product Selection and Technical Specifications for the Mainstreaming of Green Public Procurement with Implementing Partners (i.e. DBM-PS, DTI, EU-SWITCH, GPPB-TSO, NEDA, PEZA).
  • Held consultations with EU SWITCH technical experts Mr. Walter Kahlenborn and Dr. Kathleen Aviso about the following Industry associations:
    • Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines (SEIPI)
    • Concepcion Industries Corporation (on air-conditioning products)
    • Philippine Plastic Industry Association, Inc. (PPIA)
    • Chemical Industries Association of the Philippines (SPIK)
  • Participated in the following activities:
    • Prioritization of Commonly Supplied Equipment (CSE) and non-CSE for inclusion in the development of green specifications for public procurement. GPPB and DBM-PS adopted DTI position that the prioritization should also include the willingness of local industries specially SMEs to adopt green practices in their production process.
    • Workshop for the drafting of GPP Roadmap where products of industries that have indicated to incorporate greening their industry roadmaps were included, e.g. plastics, appliances, and pulp and paper
  • Developed technical specifications for 5 product groups (paper, IT equipment, printers, vehicles, and cooling equipment) in coordination with DBM-PS
  • Continued engagement with private sector on provision of technical assistance and accessing government procurement process
  • Submitted Request for Extension of Project to the EU Delegation, incorporating new activities for DTI such as the GPP awareness activity for the private sector and the revisiting of PNS standard for 3 products listed in the CSE and non-CSE list of products for green procurement
  • Provided comments on the Green Public Procurement Roadmap developed by EU SWITCH. The comments stem on two points: supporting and strengthening the greening the industry roadmaps by making green public procurement as incentive for local industries to innovate and incorporating green specifications in development of product standards.
  • Provided further inputs to the revised GPP Roadmap and List of priority CSE and non-CSE products

For more information: A Collection of Good Practices