QC Mayor signs ordinance placing environmental criteria for city gov’t purchases

QC Mayor signs ordinance placing environmental criteria for city gov’t purchases

By Rjhay E Laurea

MANILA — Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has signed an ordinance stating the inclusion of environmental criteria in the technical order for the city government’s ordering of goods, services, and infrastructure.

Known as the “Quezon City Green Public Procurement Ordinance of 2021,” Ordinance No. SP-3107, S-2021 was introduced by Councilors Diorella Maria Sotto-Antonio, Candy Medina and Dorothy Delarmente.

“This Ordinance will help the city government implement the policies it crafted and fulfill the agreements and commitments it entered into with various organizations when it comes to environmental protection and sustainable development,” said Belmonte.

The QC government is the lone Philippine city member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, which plugs climate action and vitality.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte (File photo courtesy of QC Government)

It is also a part of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, a group of people formed to lead a transition to attainable use and production by carrying out sustainable and upgrading procurement.

QC made the Environment Policy Management Council (EPMC) in 2010 to serve as the policy making arm of the city gov’t on climate change and environment-related programs and projects, adding the Green Public Procurement Program.

“As the local leaders of the City, we need to set an example and walk the talk in our advocacies. By enacting an ordinance that upgrades our public procurement criteria, we are encouraging suppliers and consumers to support the market for environmentally preferable goods and services,” said Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, presiding officer of the Quezon City Council.

“Through this ordinance, we will increase the demand for environmentally preferable goods and services and beef up the ability of industries to meet the demand for escalating use of environmental standards. In this way, we will also be paving the way for local businesses to consider an environmental approach in their spending.” said Councilor Sotto-Antonio, one of the main proponents of the ordinance.

In the Ordinance, a Green Public Procurement Team will be made to run its execution, which will be under the supervision of the Environmental Policy Management Council.

The GPP Team will be composed of the City Administrator’s Office as the lead agency with the Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Department, and the Procurement Department as co-lead. The General Services Department, the City Architect Department and the Engineering Department are also included as members.

The Ordinance states all offices and projects under the QC government to include at least one environmental criteria as part of the terms of reference, demands, or order in the procurement of all goods, services, and infrastructure before it will be posted for bidding or purchase.

Failure to meet with the Ordinance will end in the filing of an administrative complaint against the head of office, its administrative officer, and other employees who joined in its preparation.

Members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) will also face administrative complaints if they fail to enact this demand in the accession process. (ai/mtvn)

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