Senate version of Green Jobs Act approved

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A bill granting incentives to companies providing jobs that contribute to the conservation and preservation of the environment was recently approved by The Senate.

Called the Philippine Green Jobs Act of 2016, the bill was introduced by Senator Loren Legarda.

Green jobs are important because they 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.

The proposed legislation mandates the Department of Finance (DOF  to formulate an incentive scheme that will 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

It also tasks the Philippine Statistics Authority with the responsibility to maintain a database of green careers, professions and skills.

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