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Wala Usik Economy project to support local MSMEs for waste reduction

This week, local NGO, the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PRRCFI), began its social marketing campaign for “Build Your Own Wala Usik Business,” a business development support program aiming to benefit qualified MSMEs (micro, small or medium enterprises) within Talisay and Bacolod City, to adopt innovations in waste reduction.

“Build Your Own Wala Usik Business” will span for 6 months with innovation design, prototyping and business mentoring, with a total budget of one million pesos across all qualified MSMEs. The project is encouraging local businesses such as sari-sari stores, carinderias, cafes and restaurants, to apply the principles of Wala Usik or Circular Economy
in their operations.

Interested applicants must have an existing business since December 2019 or earlier, with a valid Mayor’s Permit to Operate and a DTI Business Name Registration. For barangay, micro business enterprises, a BMBE Registration and Certificate of Authority from the LGU or Cooperative Certificate from LGU Cooperative office, will suffice. Applicants should be
willing to carry out the Wala Usik innovations in their business operations until December 31, 2021 and they should be able to attend trainings and workshops of the project.

Inquiries about this opportunity are directed to [email protected]

The Wala Usik Economy team is campaigning in various barangays with the assistance of the local government units of Bacolod and Talisay, from March 15-27. The deadline of applications is on April 16, 2021 while the program for selected MSMEs begins in June.

This project is funded by the ‘Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter’ project of the European Union and the German Federal Government.

The Wala Usik Economy Project is funded by the ‘Rethinking Plastics Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter’ project, which supports a transition towards a circular economy for plastics in seven countries in East and Southeast Asia to contribute to a significant reduction of marine litter. The project works, amongst others, in the areas of plastic waste management, sustainable consumption and production of plastics as well as the reduction of litter from sea-based sources to reduce plastic waste and its leakage into the sea. It is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ and Expertise France in China, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. More information can be found at: https://beatplasticpollution.eu/rethinking-plastics/*PR

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