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The Philippines is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and disasters. Mindanao in particular, is most sensitive to El Nino phenomenon, which has suffered from severe drought events, the most recent of which was in 2016. As the subject of protracted conflicts between revolutionary groups and state forces as well as those of intra-Moro groups/clans, the region has also experienced multitude of internal displacements, outward migration, and land conflicts. These interrelated issues have placed significant challenges in enabling the region to recover better, faster and in a more inclusive manner from disasters caused by extreme climate events; violence; and pockets of armed conflict.
At present, there is great potential though to ride on the gains from the peace process between the Government of the Philippines and the MILF. Parallel to the political track of ratifying the Bangsamoro Organic Law and formally establishing the new Bangsamoro government, the normalization process also made significant strides with the second phase decommissioning of MILF combatants.
One key strategy in green economic recovery is supporting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). These enterprises play an important role in the development of the Philippine economy. They help reduce poverty by through jobs generation for the country’s growing labor force and stimulate economic development in rural and far-flung areas. In addition, according to an OECD study in 2017, MSMEs promote inclusive development by creating opportunities across a wide array of geographic areas and sectors; they employ different labor force segments, including low-skilled workers, and provide skill development opportunities. In pushing forward green recovery, support for MSMEs will be prioritized in different camps in BARMM. The support will give priority to ‘green MSMEs,’ the type of activities that these enterprises do contribute to the protection of the climate, environment, and biodiversity through their products, services, and business practices. One of the sectors wherein green MSMEs investments can focus on is the agriculture sector. Bangsamoro has generally favorable natural conditions for agriculture with high temperature, rainfalls distributed throughout a year, and dominant soil characteristics having high nutrient holding capacity. The Region is relatively free from serious effects of typhoons, although the situations maybe changing due to global climatic changes. Taking advantage of these favorable conditions, Bangsamoro produces a wide range of crops, including various commercial crops such as coconut, rubber, coffee, cacao, sugarcane, cassava and fruits as well as paddy and corn. Productivity, however, is not necessarily high for most crops except cassava and abaca. There are opportunities for women-led groups, youth organizations, and former combatant groups to be involved in the agriculture supply chain in BARMM.
In this light, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hereby invites NGOs to submit a Proposal in response to RFP-148-PHL-2020: Services of a Non-Government Organization (NGO) to Implement Green Recovery Strategies through the Establishment of Green Enterprises in BARMM.
Attached is the Request for Proposal with the requirements and Terms of Reference. Proposals may be submitted by 6PM (Manila time) on Wednesday, December 09, 2020 via email at email@example.com
Any clarifications may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For both clarifications and bid submission, please put in subject of email: “RFP-148-PHL-2020 Greening Enterprises in BARMM”
Thank you and we look forward to receiving your Proposal.