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The first United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido) Country Programme with the Philippines is expected to finance at least $188.09 million worth of projects from 2018 to 2023.

The framework, signed in 2018, already has 11 ongoing and pipeline projects. Based on the list in the country program, two projects that have been identified are yet to secure their funding, even as nine other projects have secured financing for mobilization.

“This Unido Country Programme, the first of its kind in the Philippines, was created to provide a framework to guide the organization in its efforts to support country development priorities in a coherent, strategic, and structured manner, maximizing resources and impact,” the framework stated.

The projects will focus on supporting inclusive, sustainable, and innovation-led industrialization; fostering green and resilient industrial communities; and cultivating effective partnerships for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID).

Based on the document, the lion’s share of the cost will be allocated to foster green and resilient industrial communities, which will receive $181.52 million until 2023. This is composed of $33.02 million worth of grants and $148.5 million of cofinancing with various donor agencies.

Of this amount, the Unido has mobilized financing for $112.69 million. This is composed of $93 million worth of cofinancing and $19.68 million in grants.

The component that will receive the second-largest amount is support for inclusive, sustainable, and innovation-led industrialization with $6 million, which will be composed of only grants. The amount would still have to be raised through.

The last component, which will also receive all grants, is cultivating effective partnerships for ISID worth $500,000. The amount also still need to be raised, according to the Unido.

Another $75,000 will have to be raised for monitoring and program management. Data showed that the amount will be spent for monitoring and evaluation worth $25,000, while program management will receive $50,000.

“The indicative budget for the Unido Philippine country program is merely for planning purposes only and will be updated regularly as resources are mobilized and new project opportunities arise within the country program period,” Unido said.

“In general, funds mobilization to support the country program will be jointly done by the Philippine government and Unido, with the latter providing technical support toward developing project concepts for consideration by donors,” it added.

Projects that are still in the preparatory phase include a $14 million global partnership for improving the food cold chain in the Philippines project, and the $30.59-million GEF GOLD Mongolia Philippines: contribution toward the elimination of mercury in the Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining sector, from miners to refiners. Those in the identification phase are the $5-million renewable-energy technologies for seaweed value added in Tawi-Tawi, and the $6-million projects on innovation to support industry 4.0 and the resurgence of the manufacturing sector.

Projects that were labeled as being on the implementation phase are the $27.17-million Philippine industrial energy efficiency project; $42.12 million implementation of polychlorinated biphenyls management programs for electric cooperatives and safe e-wastes management; and $10.64-million Demonstration of Best Available Technology and Best Environmental Practice in open burning activities in response to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

The list of projects under the implementation phase includes a $49-million project on sustainable cities; $2-million technology transfer on renewable-energy technology through south-south and triangular Industrial cooperation; and $1-million mitigating toxic health exposures in low- and middle-income countries.

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