Project Title: ODS-Institutional Strengthening Project (ISP) Phase XII

Project Description: The Institutional Strengthening (IS) project is being provided by the Multilateral Fund (MLF) to assist the Governments of Article 5 countries in building and strengthening their capacity for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and its Amendments.

The overall project objective for ISP Phase XI is to continuously operate an effective and well-organized Philippine Ozone Desk (POD) as the National Ozone Unit (NOU) to support the country’s compliance with the control measures and other obligations under the Montreal Protocol.

Project Duration: January 01, 2020 – December 31, 2021

Focal Person: Onofre Escota (

Work Program:

  1.  Capacity of National Ozone Unit NOU, stakeholder for both the public and private sectors strengthened on the national Montreal Protocol implementation;
  2.  Strengthened enforcement of ODS regulations including licensing system and quota system to control and monitor trade and report on ODS in order to meet and sustain compliance to the Montreal Protocol;
  3.  Managed in accordance to agreed deliverables other projects approved by the MLF and other funding source including the HPMP;
  4. Developed HPMP stage II report;
  5.  Continuous and effective communication and awareness activities for general public, refrigeration and air-conditioning

The ISP, together with the Environmental Quality Management Division (EQMD) of EMB continued to implement the licensing system for ODS and its alternatives in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Unit (EPU) of the Bureau of Customs (BOC). Further, the control mechanism for ODS importation is being enforced through registration of ODS traders and monitoring of end-users. A third party Audit is also being hired to verify the Annual ODS consumption data derived from EMB, BOC and importers documentation.

Project Title: Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase Management Plan

Project Description:  This project supports the government in its next obligation under the Montreal Protocol, which is meeting 35% reduction target by January 1, 2020 through eliminating the manufacturing and import of HCFC-22 air-conditioners by 2021 and financing conversion of four eligible air-conditioner manufacturers to HFC-32

Project Duration: 2019-2022

Focal Person: Bellrose Buraga (

Work Program:

  1. Reduce the consumption to 105.86 ODP tons
  2. Leverage industry cooperation to extend the effect of the Stage I HPMP particularly in the service sector
  3. Policy support, namely the ban on manufacturing of HCFC-22 air-conditioners with cooling capacity of less than 36,000 BTU/hr and a ban on imports of HCFC-22 air-conditioners once the conversion of the eligible facilities is completed

Project Title: Enabling Activities for the Kigali Amendment to Phase down of HFCs

Project Description:  This project facilitates and supports the early ratification of the Kigali Amendment and it also aids in facilitating country-specific activities and national strategies in order to prepare for and to fulfill the HFCs phase-down schedule

Project Duration:

Focal Person:  Ledicia dela Cruz (

Work Program:

  1. An assessment of existing domestic regulations pertaining to the ozone and climate protection in order to identify potential options to strengthen the existing policy and regulatory framework to effectively control and monitor import, export, and use of HFCs
  2. Capacity building for DENR-EMB, POD, BOC, and others in order to strengthen their capacity to extend existing licensing and quota systems for ozone depleting substances to cover HFCs, and to adopt existing Harmonized System (HS) of Custom Codes for tracking import/export of HFCs and HFC blends.
  3. Exploring synergy among various government agencies involved in ozone and climate protection with an aim to coordinate their efforts to control and monitor HFCs and to report HFC consumption and emissions to the relevant global environmental treaties (i.e. UNFCCC and Montreal Protocol).
  4. Review Philippines ODS alternatives survey and analyze to forecast the baseline HFC consumption level (average consumption between 2020 and 2022) and consumption beyond 2022 based on business as usual through intensive consultation with government, industry and NGOs. The HFCs consumption projection would then be compared with the maximum level allowed by the Kigali Amendment. This would provide guidance for the Government of the Philippines with regard to timing and compliance concerns.
  5. Based on the forecasted baseline HFC consumption and use, a list of alternative technologies for respective sectors will be developed. Consultations with stakeholders to determine appropriate alternative technologies for the Philippines context would be carried out. All alternative technologies that are currently commercially available as well as emerging technologies and expected timeframe for these technologies would become commercially available should be considered.
  6. Develop a draft strategy highlighting different phase- down scenarios for the Philippines to proceed with ratification and to be in compliance with short- term, medium-term, and long-term commitments with the Kigali Amendment.

The strategy should include recommendations for policy and regulatory actions  to enable Philippines to proceed with the ratification and those that would enable the Philippines to be in compliance with the Amendment. In addition, the strategy should provide comprehensive analyses for Philippines’ technology pathway for complying with the Amendment.

Project Title: Global Partnership for Improving Food Cold Chain in the Philippines

Project Description:  This project aims to identify, develop and stimulate the application of:

  • Low-carbon, energy efficient refrigeration innovation technologies and business practices for use throughout the food cold chain whilst increasing food safety and security
  • Establishment of global partnership with national and international private sector and collaboration with financing institutions for promotion of investment and support of best available energy-efficient design technologies and practices transfer

Project Duration: 2017 – 2020

Focal Person:  Gilda Garibay (

Work Program:

  1. Regulatory, legal and voluntary measures are adopted to support the use of low carbon and energy efficient technology within the Cold Chain (CC)
  2. Awareness, knowledge and capacity on the use of energy-efficient, climate-friendly and safe alternatives in the food CC industry improved and demand increased.
  3. New technologies made available in the country and partnerships between key stakeholders established