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About CCC Week

Pursuant to the Proclamation No. 1667, dated November 18, 2008, the period of November 19-25, 2008 and every year thereafter has been declared as the “Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week”.  The Proclamation aims to create awareness on global warming and climate change by pursuing broad and intensive public information and educational campaigns to secure the collective cooperation of private and public sectors at all levels in finding solutions to this concern. The Proclamation calls on all government offices, agencies, and instrumentalities to observe this event through the conduct of relevant activities in coordination with the private sector, and in liaison with the United Nations family of agencies and regional groups in the country.
 
Relative thereto, the Climate Change Commission, as the lead policy-making body of the government related to climate change, was given the task to lead the annual celebration. For this year, the celebration will be held from November 24-26 under the theme: Plan. Act. Achieve.”

The CCC week will be an opportunity for all partners from government and stakeholders to inform the public about the initiatives on climate change in the global, national and local levels. The Climate Change Commission is spearheading this event together with relevant agencies in coordination with key stakeholders and private sector institutions.

CCC Week 2014

The celebration of Climate Change Consciousness Week 2014 shall continue and pick-up from the last year’s activities. The CCC Week 2013 showcased the Climate Change Commission’s banner project/program: The Ecotown.

The Ecotown is the demonstration of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), which showcases the 7 strategic Priorities through an exhibit and Summits (LGU Summit, Business Summit, and Youth Summit)

This year’s theme, Plan. Act. Achieve, is a continuation of last year’s activities and shall showcase concrete outputs of the Ecotown demonstration sites; achievements of the youth from the previous Greeneration Summit participants; and the integration of adaption and mitigation measures.

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ACTIVITIES

GREENERATION

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Greeneration Summit

EVENT TITLE: GREENERATION SUMMIT: A Gathering for Youth Empowerment on Climate Change
DATE & TIME: November 24, 2014, Monday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
VENUE: Reception Hall, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City
PRINCIPAL ORGANIZER: Climate Change Commission
CO-ORGANIZER: Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education
OTHER PARTNER AGENCIES: National Youth Commission, United States Agency for International Development

I.    Background

Recognizing the vulnerability, and, at the same time, the capacity of this generation to become key agents of change, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) as the lead policy-making and coordinating body of the government on climate change-related initiatives has instigated an awareness campaign to empower children and youth in understanding climate change and its impacts, and in appreciating their key roles in addressing the climate challenge.

In November 2011, the Commission together with the Council for the Welfare of Children, National Youth Commission, Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation, The Climate Reality Project, UNICEF Philippines, and USAID Philippines, organized a Children and Youth Workshop on Climate Change entitled “Pinoy + Youth + Power in a Changing Climate” as part of the National Climate Change Consciousness Week (CCC Week). The event led to the drafting of a Climate Change Children and Youth Statement, where “increasing environmental awareness” was identified as one of the actions that the government should pursue to address climate change.

In response to this, the “Greeneration Philippines Campaign”, an information, education and communication strategy on climate change for the youth, was launched through a National Youth Summit during the celebration of the 2012 CCC Week. The Campaign envisions a unified movement of empowered Filipino youth for a climate change resilient Philippines. It also seeks to raise awareness among the youth on the fundamentals of climate change and promote government’s climate change-related initiatives particularly the National Climate Change Action Plan and the People’s Survival Fund or the Climate Resiliency Fund.
Thereafter, Greeneration Summits were conducted in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The island-wide gatherings did not only raise the consciousness of youth leaders and educators on climate change but also inspired them to lead initiatives on climate change in their respective schools and communities.

To help in strengthening the campaign, six Ambassadors were chosen to represent the Greeneration and to speak on their respective climate change-related advocacies. Secretary Lucille Sering personally handpicked and invited Mayor Maria Carmela Alvarez of the Municipality of San Vicente, Palawan; Anna Rosario Oposa, Founder of Save the Philippine Seas Movement; Bianca Monica Gonzalez, celebrity host and model; Governor Miguel Villafuerte of Camarines Sur; Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News Reporter; and National Youth Commisioner-at-Large Jose Sixto Dantes III.

II.    Objectives

This 2014 CCC Week, the Commission together with key partners shall organize the seventh leg of the Greeneration Summit with the following specific objectives:

1)    To empower the youth by raising consciousness on the causes and effects of climate change and appreciation of their key roles in addressing its impacts;
2)    To rally youth leaders from the secondary and tertiary levels to  spearhead initiatives on climate change in their schools and communities in line with the Government’s climate change plans and programs;
3)    To introduce Greeneration ambassadors who will help in the Commission’s awareness building on climate change; and
4)    To showcase other information, education, and communication strategies of CCC such as its Mascot - Kokoy the Frog and the Climate Change/ Low Emission Development Strategy Video.

III.    Partners and Commitments

The Climate Change Commission will work with several organizations in the conduct of the event. The following are the proposed commitments for each party:

Climate Change Commission
1)    Oversee and lead the over-all planning, coordination and implementation
2)    Provide technical and financial support in the development and implementation of the activity

Commission on Higher Education
Department of Education
1)    Assist in mobilizing participants for the Greeneration Summit through the issuance of corresponding Memorandum/ invitation

Other organizations shall be tapped to provide technical and financial assistance, which shall include, but not limited to, the following:

National Youth Commission
United Nations Development Programme
USAID Philippines

 

LGU SUMMIT

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LGU Summit

EVENT TITLE: LGU SUMMIT: "Plan beyond boundaries. Build on victories.”
DATE & TIME: November 25, 2014, Tuesday, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
VENUE: Reception Hall, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City

Background

By virtue of Proclamation 1667, the “Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week” is held every year. This proclamation intends to increase awareness of different stakeholders as well as provide information on climate change activities in the Philippines.

In observance of the celebration, the Climate Change Commission shall hold a three-day event on November 24-26, 2014 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Among the highlights of the event is the LGU Summit which shall provide a venue for dialogue between local chief executives and their representatives.

The first Climate Change LGU summit of CCC took place last year (2013) in SMX Mall of Asia with the theme, “Local Voice, Empowered Choice” and focuses on planning and implementation of the local government programs toward a climate resilient Philippines. With the success of last year’s event, CCC intends to once again invite community leaders to share updates on the progress of their initiatives in addition to their experiences and learnings on climate change in the past year. The theme for this year’s Summit is “Plan beyond boundaries. Build on victories.” which emphasizes the formulation of local plans considering not only the vulnerabilities of their own communities but also those of their neighboring cities. Moreover, the summit demonstrates the opportunities reaped from the success gained from various climate change initiatives.

Objectives

The LGU Summit aims:

1.    To showcase milestones of the national government and local communities on climate change initiatives
2.    To create a forum wherein LGUs can discuss practices in integrating and mainstreaming climate change in policies and development plans and allow replication in their respective communities.

BUSINESS SUMMIT

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Business Summit
EVENT TITLE: 2014 BUSINESS SUMMIT: ”Business Solutions to Climate Change”
DATE & TIME: November 26, 2014, Wednesday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
VENUE: Reception Hall, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City
PRINCIPAL ORGANIZER: Climate Change Commission (CCC)  
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)
Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE)

CONCEPT NOTE

Summit Background

The Climate Change Commission in coordination with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), initiated the first Business Summit in November 27, 2013 with the theme, “Forging Partnerships Towards a Climate-Smart Industry”. The summit was then intended as a one-time support activity for the National Climate Change Consciousness Week Celebration that is held every year by the CCC.

The first summit was attended by representatives from both the private and government sectors.  The majority of attendees came from large private companies and small scale and medium enterprises.  It was also in line with the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) of developing climate-smart industries and establishing knowledge management systems. The two main objectives of the first summit were to: (1) increase awareness on climate change adaptation and mitigation in industries; (2) encourage private industries to develop climate-resilient and low-carbon initiatives.  To achieve the objectives, the summit showcased some of industry’s best practices as well as presented “award-winning” projects and programs on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

With the very successful staging of the Summit last year, the CCC has decided to make the Business Summit as an integral part of its annual National Climate Change Consciousness Week.

“Business Solutions for Climate Change”

This year’s summit will be held on November 26, 2014, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. Aside from last year’s partners, the summit has attracted the participation of the Philippine Business for Environment (PBE).  This year’s theme, “2014 Business Summit: Business Solutions for Climate Change”, has set the following objectives:

•    Maintain climate change consciousness of the business and industry sector by discussing and presenting solutions to climate change issues that affect business sustainability;
•    Demonstrate new technologies and/or strategies specifically on climate change risk management;
•    Create opportunities for collaboration between companies who can work together to address the growing demand for environmental goods and services;
•    Introduce government policies or market instruments for industry planning on climate change impacts;
•    Encourage private industries to develop low-carbon development initiatives by recognizing exemplary projects and programs from both government and industry; and
•    Foster participatory governance between the government and private industries in implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.

The theme is an indication of the commitment of private industries to give the annual event its special attention given the government sector’s support on the same.  Thus, as a sort of leveling off, the private sector will present the industry’s vision for the summit and its plans and programs to monitor and achieve its stated vision.  The synergies created by the last summit between the public and private sectors in identifying opportunities for public-private partnerships to address key climate change priorities will, by making it an annual event, hopefully be continued in a sustained and coordinated manner.

Plenary Session

Understanding the likelihood or severity of climate change impacts remains a significant barrier for companies deciding on whether or not it is prudent to give special emphasis and even invest on climate risk management or building resilience beyond “business as usual.”  Even after several extreme weather events, business activities to build resilience are largely a continuation of existing practices and policies that are based on historical information on past risks, i.e., without due consideration of extreme climate changes and weather conditions. Very few companies are taking action beyond no-cost or low-cost measures (if taking any action at all) and are adopting a “wait-and-see” approach given their uncertainty about how precisely climate change will impact the business. Given the complexity of predicting climate risks, this cautious response is not surprising.

Plenary presentations will therefore focus on climate risk management for business. The following will be presented: (1) basics and science of climate change; (2) outputs and findings of IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report (AR5) and its possible impacts to the business sector and the role of the business sector not only in addressing climate change but also in managing climate risks; (3) examples of business solutions to climate change; (4) industry experiences in   risk management and sustainability; and (5) the proposed private sector participation in the development of the NCCAP, e.g. development of climate-smart industries.

Break-out Sessions

After the opening ceremonies and the morning plenary session, there will be four (4) parallel break-out sessions in the afternoon.  Participants will be guided to their break-out session meeting rooms which each participant had indicated in their application form. The participants are expected to actively join in the discussions, i.e. to give their comments/suggestions which will then be included in the highlights of discussions for each of the four breakout session. The highlights will be presented by the session moderators in the Plenary session that would follow thereafter.

Breakout Session 1:     Renewable Energy for Sustainable Business Development

Part of the country’s low emissions development strategy is the utilization of renewable energy (RE) resources. The major indigenous and RE in the Philippines are: biomass; geothermal; hydro; solar; and wind which the country is focusing to develop under its National Renewable Energy Program.  RE addresses the challenges on climate change, provides energy security, and an access to clean energy. By developing its RE resources therefore the country can reduce its dependence on imported oil and gas, thus creating energy portfolios that are less vulnerable to price increases.

Electricity and fuel costs have a significant impact on businesses as these forms the big chunk of their operating expenses. Thus there is a genuine growing interest in the use of RE.  By pursuing renewable energy technologies, the environment can enjoy a much lower impact on climate change, i.e., lower greenhouse gas emissions, and businesses can enjoy energy which can eventually pay for itself. Medium- to large-scale installations for establishments and industries are becoming commonplace, and it’s never been more fashionable to go green.

This session will showcase some experiences by establishments and industries on the use of renewables for self-generation. One popular choice of renewable energy is solar PV panels, which can be installed on a large scale for businesses. While it’s not entirely possible yet to run every aspect of business operations from solar power, it can certainly take a sizeable chunk off energy bills by industries.

Government policies on renewable energy that impact on business will also be discussed, e.g., RE feed-in tariff and retail competition and open access (RCOA).

Breakout Session 2:     Addressing Vulnerabilities to Climate Risk

When addressing potential vulnerabilities, companies not only assess their core operations (their own facilities and assets) but also a broader range of potential impacts that, while not directly within their control, could affect their bottom line. Companies now see the importance of considering potential impacts on employees and communities when building resilience to climate change.

The break-out session will look into the preparedness plans of select establishments from avoiding losses and restoring operations, to incorporating a longer, more strategic vision for rebuilding and addressing the resilience of neighboring communities.

Typhoon Haiyan tested the disaster response of the country. The Haiyan experience warrants a deeper look into how people, from different areas and organizations, came together through a concerted effort and became united via a structured management approach. It would be with great pride to see how relief operations were conducted in Tacloban in a facilitated structured approach.

Breakout Session #3:    Energy Efficiency for Climate Change Mitigation

Energy efficiency being one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to combat climate change also cleans the air we breathe, improve business competition as it lowers operating expenses, and reduce energy costs for consumers.  Efficient energy utilization translates to a lowered demand for energy which in turn means lowered fuel consumption and an eventual reduction on GHG emissions.  

Strategies to achieve energy efficiency goals include: the aggressive promotion of energy conservation and energy efficient technology that in effect means increased energy savings. The principle of adding insulation and energy efficient heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting to homes applies equally to businesses. These save money on electricity bills and create a more comfortable, healthy and productive environment for employees.

This breakout session will into industry practices, financing mechanisms as well as standards on energy efficiency.

Breakout Session 4:    Shaping Climate Resilient Communities by Decongesting Cities

The migration of labor from rural to urban areas is an important part of the urbanization process in developing countries such as the Philippines. People move to cities and towns in search of employment, educational opportunities, and higher standards of living, rapid urban growth which puts a strain on the capacity of local and national governments to provide even the most basic of services such as water, transportation, electricity, waste management, and sewerage. Excessive rural to urban migration has led to negative impacts in the overall development of a city as it leads to the increased number of slums, unemployment, etc. thus costs associated with rural-urban migration often outweigh the benefits.

Major cities also experience heavy traffic volumes throughout much of the day, with peak periods expanding to four hours in the morning and the same in the evening. This resulted to a large extent, in increase in the number and length of trips in the Mega cities, resulting in: increase expenses on fuel; traffic congestion; strain on road infrastructure; increase in number of accidents/fatalities; road rage; adverse impact on human health.

The majority of businesses operate out of a single physical location. Direct damage from extreme weather events such as flooding, sea level rise, storm surge, and drought will impact businesses especially those that have no backup resources at alternate facilities or branch locations
A single building or factory could represent most of the book value of majority of businesses in the country, whereas these businesses could benefit from greater geographic diversification.

This session explores effective decongestion strategies employed by some companies to build greater resilience not only into their operations, supply chains, preparedness policies, and risk management plans but also in the communities where they operate.

Closing Ceremony

After the breakout sessions, the program will resume at the main Plenary Hall for the closing ceremony. The highlights of the discussions from the four breakout sessions will be presented in the plenary. As part of their closing remarks, the distinguished representatives from both industry and government will give their feedback on the results of the breakout sessions.

PROGRAMME

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BIKE TOUR

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1st National Bike Day

EVENT TITLE: 1st NATIONAL BIKE DAY
DATE & TIME: November 23, 2014, Sunday, 5:00 AM
VENUE:

Easy Route:
    Starting Point: Greenhills Parking Lot, San Juan City
    Endpoint: Tiendesitas, C5, Pasig City

Advanced Route:
    Starting Point: Tiendesitas, C5, Pasig City
    Endpoint: Tiendesitas, C5, Pasig City

ORGANIZERS: Firefly Brigade co-sponsored by CCC

November 23, 2014 is the 1st National Bicycle Day in the Philippines!

This year, with the daily, time-consuming, stress-filled traffic gridlock that has been the general scene all over the metropolis, bicycling makes more sense than driving a car, squeezing into a toxic-fume-spewing jeep/bus or even lining up to take the crowded and dreaded MRT/LRT to get to one’s destination.

To address this pressing issue, the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) through the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) and the National Bicycle Organization (NBO) has petitioned the Office of the President to declare the month of November as National Bicycle Month and Every 4th Sunday of November thereafter as National Bicycle Day.

Bicycling is not only good for the environment but it is also a solution to our current transportation woes. It is an efficient and fun way to get around, avoid getting stuck in traffic while getting the exercise you need to stay healthy without having to make the extra time to work out.

The Commission will be participating in and supporting the 1st National Bicycle Day.  The Tour will serve as the kick-off activity of the CCC Week. This will be held in collaboration with the Firefly Brigade and the DENR as co-convenor of the event.

The Tour will be an opportunity for the CCC and its partners to launch an advocacy campaign for sustainable transport and as one of the effective measures to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

EXHIBITS

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Exhibit

EVENT TITLE: EXHIBIT:
"Plan. Act. Achieve."
“Push Natin Yan!”
DATE & TIME: November 24-26, 2014, Monday - Wednesday, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
VENUE: Reception Hall, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City
ORGANIZER: Climate Change Commission

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is holding its fourth “Climate Change Consciousness Week” (CCC Week). As part of the yearly celebration, CCC is staging an exhibit during the CCC Week to showcase initiatives in establishing resilient communities, promoting climate change awareness, and recommending policies as the commission’s tangible outputs.

This year’s CCC Week theme is, “Plan. Act. Achieve”. The idea takes off and continues from last year’s theme, “I Plan. I Act”, which serves as the launch pad of CCC to showcase its homegrown program: the Eco-Town Demonstration Framework. The goal of the exhibit is to showcase that the Eco-Town approach can be adapted in diverse communities. The exhibit is also aimed to establish the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation and mitigation in communities.

The CCC aims to show the tangible achievements of the plans and programs within the NCCAP’s thematic priorities, through the localization of the Eco-Town Demonstration Framework. The intention is to highlight that with the help and assistance of CCC partners, the Eco-Town exhibits immediately that the NCCAP can be realized. Through the Eco-Town approach, the CCC is able to produce the following:

•    Budget Tagging
•    CLUP Supplemental Guideline
•    NRA, Risk, and Vulnerability Maps
•    Climate database/Climex.DB

The sub-theme this year is, “Push Natin Yan!”. As its colloquial meaning suggests, when an idea is being done, or should keenly be done, it is worth pursuing. People can therefore claim the statement, “Push Natin Yan!”. This phrase is relevant and relatable to CCC in advocating for its cause and adhering to its mandate in crafting and recommending policies and legislation, as well as mainstreaming climate change resiliency through planning and executing programs to achieve climate change resilient communities.

MATERIALS

PRESENTATIONS

GREENERATION SUMMIT

2nd GREENERATION SUMMIT for LUZON: "A Gathering for Youth Empowerment on Climate Change
November 24, 2014
Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City

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BUSINESS SUMMIT

BUSINESS SUMMIT: "Business Solutions for Climate Change"
November 26, 2014
Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City

Presentations:

Break-Out Session 1: Renewable Energy for Sustainable Business Development

Break-Out Session 2: Addressing Vulnerabilities to Climate Risk

Break-Out Session 3: Energy Efficiency for Climate Change Mitigation

Break-Out Session 4: Shaping Climate Resilient Communities by Decongesting Cities

POSTERS

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