NIRAS in Philippines

NIRAS in Manila, Philippines

Philippines

NIRAS has been implementing projects in the Philippines on and off for the past two decades. However, since its establishment in 2018, the office serves as a hub to coordinate services both in-country and regionally.

We actively work in the Philippines, Cambodia and Viet Nam as well as in various regional assignments that involve networks of private, public sector, non-government and academia partners in the ASEAN region. We spearhead the network of the NIRAS offices working in international development in Asia and the Pacific.

A NIRAS Ltd company, NIRAS Asia Manila Inc. currently employs 12 full-time staff and close to a hundred project staff in our various projects across the Philippines. The office has developed an extensive network of local experts and partner organisations. The team in Manila captures all the benefits that NIRAS’ provides as an global organization: a strong, decentralized matrix organisation with certified systems of management and technical expertise complemented by in-depth understanding and operational capability in the local context.

Our office in Manila allows a close interaction with the project beneficiaries, the local authorities, association partners, client and other stakeholders, enabling immediate and effective collaboration and communication. In addition to Manila, NIRAS also has project office readiness with two full-time staff in Davao, Mindanao.

8 Projects

as of late-2021

We provide services within the field of:

  • Climate Adaptation and Resilience

  • Agriculture and food security

  • Private sector development

  • Gender and Human Rights

  • Urban Development

  • Governance

  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

  • Sustainable Energy

  • Sustainable Urban Development

  • Governance and gender mainstreaming and inclusion

Socio-Economic Stability

The country’s natural resources are affected by rapid urbanization, population growth and governance issues that can be addressed through inclusive development and human-centric solutions. Over the years, NIRAS has demonstrated capability and expertise in enhancing livelihoods, well-being and resilience of vulnerable groups.

Our projects in this area includes:

Strengthening the Transition of Vulnerable Communities
Affected by the Malolos-Clark Railway Project, ADB, 2020-2022

The Malolos–Clark Railway Project (MCRP) financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will support the construction of two sections of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) totaling 53.2 kilometres. The ADB and Department of Transportation (DOTr) recognize the potential of the Graduation Approach to assist Project Affected People relocated under this project to enable extreme and ultra-poor households to achieve key milestones towards sustainable livelihoods and socioeconomic resilience. The program will assist the Affected Households (AH) to develop livelihood programs based on their individual contexts and productive assets.

The NIRAS-led consortium will provide access to training, coaching, and other support services to enable AHs to “graduate” from extreme poverty. Best practices and lessons learned from employing this model will serve as a template to improve future policies governing resettlement.

 

Mindanao Irrigation Development Project, ADB, 2020-2021

The project will assist the Government of the Philippines to increase productivity and climate resilience of irrigated agriculture in Mindanao by (i) Strengthening irrigation planning, design, and management capacities; (ii) Developing efficient and climate resilient irrigation systems;
and (iii) Adopting climate resilient irrigated farming practices. The
NIRAS-led consortium provides expertise and resources for international experts in water resources, agriculture development, GIS/asset management, climate change and social development specialists.

 

Gender-responsive procurement (GRP) in the Asia Pacific:
Assessment and recommendations for supporting women-led
businesses, ADB and UN Women, 2020-2021

Gender-responsive procurement is emerging as a powerful means to bridge women’s businesses to markets, supporting their viability & growth, allows larger companies to put a gender-lens to their sourcing footprint, and ultimately allow international trade to become more gender-equal. The purpose of the regional bench-marking study is to assess existing and future opportunities for gender-responsive procurement in the Asia-Pacific, addressing both the public and private sectors.

The geographic scope is the Asia Pacific region with particular focus on select countries, including Indonesia, Thailand, Viet Nam, the Philippines. Among the project outputs, NIRAS developed an overview of GRP practices in the public and private sectors, value chain analysis of main sectors and companies where women’s involvement is high and where women’s businesses are concentrated, and provided recommendations through policies, tools and programmatic approaches based on global good practices.

 

Identification of a Job Creation Programme for ARMM, European
Commission Framework Contracts, 2016
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARRM) in Southern Philippines has been plagued by recurring internal armed conflict and high poverty incidence of 55% (2012). Due to conflict, women and children are displaced and further marginalized as there are decreasing opportunities for work due to lack of access to jobs both at the formal and informal business enterprises.

The programme aims to deliver peace at a grass root level, in the form of more income earning opportunities and improved livelihoods for ex-combatants, their dependents and the Internally Displaced Populations (IDPs) that have been affected by years of conflict and neglect.

The NIRAS-led consortium identified the main target beneficiaries of the programme, optimum livelihood opportunities in the relevant sectors, the obstacles and barriers that restrict these potentials, and possible contributions for the EU to lift these obstacles.

 

Natural resources and environmental sustainability

Our experts have extensive knowledge and expertise in the sustainable management of resources, capacity development including training and workshops, monitoring and evaluation services and mainstreaming of climate action, disaster risk reduction and biodiversity conservation. Successful governance of natural resources ensures equitable access, sustainable management and conservation of public environmental goods as well as tenure security and financial returns for legitimate land holders. We ensure that no one is left behind.

Our work on this thematic area involves:


TA to the Biodiversity Conservation and Management of
Protected Areas in ASEAN (BCAMP), EC, 2017-2023

BCAMP project aims to enhance environmental, social and economic well-being through better biodiversity conservation, effective management of protected areas, and reduction of biodiversity loss in the ASEAN region. The BCAMP project provided technical support to the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) to reduce the biodiversity loss. The Project has three main components to achieve its overall and specific objectives in site, national and regional levels.

Site-level interventions aim to improve biodiversity conservation and protected area management and support the AHPs Programme. The
national interventions emphasizes the mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation and protected area management in development plans and educational system in ASEAN by way of utilizing and developing scientific knowledge as basis for biodiversity conservation. On a regional level, the project highlights capacity building and training, and capitalizes on the institutional strengthening of the ACB as a regional mechanism that supports the ASEAN regional agenda on biodiversity.

 

Climate Adaptive Integrated Flood Risk Management (CAIFRM) Project

As a regional hub for the ADB market and as the consortium lead, the Manila office is providing management support to the project. The project will identify and develop opportunities to build climate-resilient Flood-Risk Management (FRM) infrastructure in the Red-Thai Binh River and the Ma River and help the Vietnamese government implement their FRM plan.

 

Philippines: Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia
and the Pacific - Public Awareness and Demand Reduction, ADB,
2019-2020
ADB’s regional project aims to combat organized environmental crime in the Philippines through three key components: (1) Legal and institutional reforms, (2) Capacity-building activities, and (3) Demand reduction measures.

NIRAS is implemented the third component of the project focusing on Public Awareness and Demand Reduction (PADR). The component aims to (1) Increase public awareness of the direct impacts of illegal wildlife trade on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and services, and (2) Implement demand reduction measures for at least two priority illegally traded wildlife species in the Philippines.

Some of the outputs provided to achieve the outcomes include a nationwide survey to understand the demand for illegal wildlife and trends in consumer behaviour. Despite the challenges in data collection during the strict COVID-19 related restrictions in the country, our experts have managed to develop innovative knowledge product solutions to advance data collection without face-to-face interaction. An innovative Economic Valuation paper highlighted the larger value of wildlife to society beyond its physical attributes. A Communication, Education, and Public Awareness Campaign (CEPA) helped increase awareness on the effects of illegal wildlife trade and inspire stakeholders into action and to influence and effect societal and legislative changes. While a Consumer Demand Reduction Study (CDR) analyzed the effectiveness of the campaign and highlighted areas that needs strengthening in succeeding wildlife advocacy campaigns.

The three knowledge products and a social media video from the CEPA campaign was recognised during the Annual Global Wildlife Conference as the "Most Useful Project Resources" in a series of 5 mini-competitions involving 36 projects spanning 31 countries.

 

Support to the Philippines in Shaping and Implementing the International Climate Change Regime (SupportCCC II) GIZ, 2016-2018

The project supported the Government of the Philippines in developing renewable energy resources and integrating the electricity into the national grid. Main services rendered included renewable energy policy implementation and energy market design, integrated energy planning and renewable energy integration. The NIRAS-led consortium provided technical advice to the Department of Energy for data modelling and analysis, studies, development of technical reports and development of training modules and sessions with the objective of facilitating the implementation of climate change policies at national and sub-national levels and promoting the usage of renewable energies (RE).

Education

Education, skills and employment promotion play a key role in achieving national development visions and strategies. They are essential for promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth at a local level, while addressing global challenges such as economic migration.

We promote the adoption of a lifelong learning perspective and treat skills development in the context of the entire educational system, recognising that it can be school-based, in-company, cooperative, or informal in nature. Our goal is to improve the quality of existing education and training systems. We do this by working closely with national counterparts to strengthen local structures and institutions in the context of existing socioeconomic conditions.

Leveraging our global expertise in the education, skills & training sector, we are currently implementing our first education project in the Philippines.

EdTech Solutions for Last Mile Schools in COVID-19, ADB, 2021-2023

As part of the Government of the Philippines' response to the COVID-19 pandemic, public education has transitioned towards remote & blended learning modalities. The project aims aims to build on international experience on education technology (EdTech); test the approach in a disadvantaged, remote setting in rural Philippines; and identify best practices and lessons learned for EdTech solutions that can be implemented during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The NIRAS-led consortium develops educational learning modules, distributes the network infrastructure and low-cost tablet devices needed for last-mile delivery.

NIRAS Asia Manila Inc.
Regus Net Cube Centre Inc.
19th Floor Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Ortigas Center
Brgy. San Antonio, Pasig City 1605
Manila, Philippines

Antti Inkinen

Antti Inkinen

Regional Office Director

Philippines

+63 917-650-6519

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