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The Institute for Labor Studies Acting Deputy Director Patrick Patriwirawan, Jr. delivered his presentation titled “Updates on the Implementation of the Green Jobs Act and Formulation of the National Green Jobs Human Resource Development Plan” during the Sustainable Energy Ecosystems International Conference and Renewable Energy Congress held in Cebu City last September 25.

The session tackled how the Philippines is preparing for a shift from a high carbon economy while ensuring a just transition process. It presented perspectives on why and how just energy transition should be a part of sustainable development framework. Mr. Patriwirawan, Jr. was joined by Mr. Wilson Fortaleza of the Center for Power Issues and Initiatives, Mr. Arnold Grant Belver of the Philippine Climate Change Commission, Dr. George Maue of the German Embassy in Manila, and Mr. Francis Joseph dela Cruz of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities.

The Renewable Energy Congress and Exhibit and SEECON 2019 is a flagship program of the Centre Philippines, a hub for technology, social innovation, policy studies, advocacy, and community empowerment with a view of achieving 100 percent renewable energy in the Philippines towards a meaningful social and ecological transformation in the country.

The said Congress is the largest multi-stakeholder gathering of renewable energy companies, advocates, developers, producers, researchers, experts, students, and end-users or “prosumers” with the goal of exploring and reimagining an energy future attained through a transition that is just and democratic.

The event is also organized with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-Philippines, University of San Carlos School of Engineering, Cebu Reliable and Excellent Seafarers Training Center, Inc. (CREST), University of the Philippines Cebu, SERG, and the University of Southampton, in cooperation with ICSC, Wegen Distributed Energy, CHED, the British Council, and the Newton Fund.