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Industrial EcoWatch

The Industrial EcoWatch has two primary objectives:To promote mandatory self-monitoring and compliance with environmental standards and to encourage voluntary self-regulation among establishments for improved environmental performance by:• encouraging pollution-reduction beyond compliance through public recognition and praise, and• creating incentives for dischargers and/or producers.To build or enhance the capability of establishments and/or their associations for self- regulation by:• developing internal environmental management systems, and• promoting the use of international environmental standards such as the ISO 14000 series. 

Background information: 

This is a project run by the government of The Phillipines.  It was first introduced by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in 1998 under the Department’s Administrative Order No.51, followed by an amendment of its implementation guidelines which came out in August 2003.

Funding source: 

The government of The Phillipines, however financial assistance is obtained from the World Bank through the government of Japan in support of Policy and Human Resources Development Fund, as well as EMB Regional Offices.

Notable information: 

Rating is conducted annually, based on data and information in the documents submitted by companies. Companies are confidentially informed of their initial rating during the second quarter and given six months to improve their environmental performance before receiving their final rating.  The program uses a colour grading system just like Indonesia’s PROPER (Program for Pollution Control Evaluation and Rating), from which it takes its inspiration.