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UNDP Philippines Highlights DOST’s Grassroots Innovation Program in Circular Economy Push

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines recently showcased the Grassroots Innovation for Inclusive Development (GRIND) Program as a key player in circular economy advancement during the Alliances for Circular Economy or ACE Project Culminating Ceremony.

The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) GRIND Program focuses on empowering marginalized communities by supporting and strengthening existing grassroots innovations (GIs). These community-led solutions play a crucial role in driving sustainable development across the country.

In his speech, Dr. Anthony Sales, DOST XI Regional Director and GRIND Program project leader, highlighted the importance of engaging all stakeholders in developing and implementing programs such as GRIND. This inclusive approach ensures that initiatives aligned with circular economy principles are not only effective but also responsive to the needs of communities.

“We must harness the benefits of Science and Technology while fostering partnerships across academia, industry, government, civil society, and the media,” Dr. Sales said.

He further emphasized the importance of aligning initiatives with the Sustainable Development Goals as these can contribute meaningfully in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges and contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth. 

Engr. Howell Ong,  DOST XI-GRIND Section Head, also said that transitioning to a circular economy requires contribution and initiatives even from the ground.

“We must amplify and support grassroots initiatives wherever and whenever possible because these can all contribute to a more sustainable and Circular Country,” he added.

The culminating ceremony attracted participants from various sectors, including national government agencies, UNDP’s development partners, Local Government Units (LGUs), and the private sector. 

With support from UNDP Philippines and the Government of Japan, the GRIND Program has successfully enabled innovators to scale up their solutions while championing grassroots innovation as a key strategy for advancing the circular economy. (Written by: Vener Zygmond O. Rebuelta)

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