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UN, PH govt to convene for gender-climate change data project
July 11, 2024 Thursday

MANILA, 11 July 2024 — The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), UN Women, and Philippine national government agencies will convene for a national consultation on the "Harnessing the Power of Data to Inform a Gender-Climate Change Nexus" project on July 16-17, 2024. The event will bring together key partners to discuss the current state of data governance and identify remaining gaps before commencing data reprocessing work under the project. The Philippines will be represented by the Climate Change Commission, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippine Statistics Authority, the Philippine Commission on Women, and other key agencies and civil society organizations engaged in climate-related work. Discussion will focus on the critical intersection of gender and climate change, and its relation to equitable social, economic, and environmental outcomes. Participants will explore these gender dimensions within the context of climate-related concerns, policies, and programs. The consultation is part of the support provided by ESCAP and UN Women to the government of the Philippines in producing and using selected priority statistics and indicators to inform gender- and climate-change related policies. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and

CCC highlights climate resilience on National Disaster Resilience Month
July 01, 2024 Monday

MANILA, 1 July 2024 — As the country observes the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) this July, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) underscored the critical role of climate resilience in safeguarding the Philippines from the escalating impacts of climate change. Under the theme "Bantayog ng Katatagan at ang Pagbubuklod sa Layuning Kahandaan" (Pillar of Resilience and Uniting for Preparedness), this year’s observance emphasizes the necessity of proactive measures to enhance the country’s ability to withstand and recover from climate-related disasters. As the impacts of climate change become more evident, embracing climate resilience is crucial. The CCC advocates for preparedness by urging individuals and communities to stay informed about climate-related risks and integrate climate considerations into their disaster plans. Families are encouraged to create emergency plans that account for climate hazards and to prepare disaster supply kits with essentials such as water, food, medication, and important documents. Adaptation plays a pivotal role in enhancing climate resilience. The CCC calls for support for climate-resilient infrastructure improvement and the adoption of sustainable practices, including recycling, energy conservation, and sustainable transportation. Engaging in local disaster risk reduction programs and integrating climate adaptation strategies into community planning are vital steps in building resilient communities. Solidarity and collective action are fundamental to climate resilience. Building strong connections with neighbors and community organizations, participating in local volunteer efforts focused on climate-related disaster response and recovery, and spreading awareness about climate resilience through schools, workplaces, and social networks are also important. The CCC encourages everyone to support climate initiatives that enhance disasterresilience, educate others about the importance of climate resilience, and take proactive steps to reduce vulnerability to climate-induced disasters. “Effective climate resilience measures can save lives, reduce economic losses, and protect livelihoods. They contribute to the preservation of natural resources and biodiversity. As we observe National Disaster Resilience Month, let us commit to integrate climate considerations into our preparedness efforts, enhance our adaptive capacities, and foster solidarity,” said Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director. The observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month, as mandated by Executive Order 29 s.2017, shifts focus from disaster awareness building to disaster resilience. This transition underscores the importance of equipping individuals, communities, organizations, and local government units with the capacity to adapt to and recover from the effects of hazards and disasters through effective risk management. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and

Nominations Now Open for the 2nd Philippine Resilience Awards
June 28, 2024 Friday

MANILA, 28 June 2024 —Nominations for the 2nd Philippine Resilience Awards (PRA), an initiative that recognizes outstanding contributions to climate action and disaster resilience, are now open. Under the theme “Kabataan at Kababaihan: Katatagan ng Bayan,” this year’s awards will honor both women champions and youth leaders from across the country. Last year’s notable PRA awardees included Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City; Director Alicia Ilaga from the Department of Agriculture; Undersecretary Maria Catalina Cabral of the Department of Public Works and Highways; Dr. Shirley Agrupis, University President of the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac, Ilocos Norte; Dr. Joy Mirasol, University President of the Bukidnon State University; and Maria Vicente Jalandoni, President of the Base Bahay Foundation, Inc. These women exemplified resilience and dedication to climate action and disaster risk reduction. Following the success of last year’s awards, which highlighted the remarkable achievements of women champions, the PRA now broadens its scope to include the youth, to reflect the program's commitment to inclusivity and recognition of leaders across multiple sectors. Women Resilience Champions showcase exceptional leadership in climate risk reduction, emphasizing their central role in resilience building. Youth Resilience Champions are young leaders committed to build resilient communities through science-based and evidence-informed risk and resilience governance. “Together, under the banner of “Kabataan at Kababaihan: Katatagan ng Bayan,” let's move towards a more sustainable and resilient future. Join us in recognizing and empowering the champions leading the way in climate action,” said Senator Loren Legarda. Initiated by the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, the PRA is supported by a distinguished group of partners: the Climate Change Commission, Philippine Commission on Women, National Resilience Council, Carlos P. Romulo Foundation, SM Prime, ARISE Philippines, and Women’s International Network on DRR - Philippines. Qualified nominees are invited to submit their applications through the PRA nomination portal. The nomination period is open until July 31, 2024. For more information on nomination guidelines, eligibility, and submission procedures, visit for Women Champions and for Youth Champions.

CCC: Chemical engineers, academe, private sector vital in decarbonizing PH
June 24, 2024 Monday

Dr. Rex B. Demafelis, Vice Chancellor for Research of UPLB; CCC VCED Robert E.A. Borje; Senator Cynthia Villar, Senate Chairperson for Environment, Natural Resources, and Climate Change; Congressman Jose Manuel Alba, District Representative for the 1st District of Bukidnon; Dr. Nathaniel Dugos, Professor at DLSU and National President of PIChE; and Dr. Nathaniel Bantayan, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension of UPLB, shared insights on the country’s Net Zero efforts during the launch of the Philippine National Consortium on Net Zero Initiatives. MANILA, June 24, 2024 - The Climate Change Commission (CCC) emphasized the integral roles of Filipino chemical engineers, the academe, and the private sector in supporting the Philippines’ Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets during the launching ceremony of the Philippine National Consortium on Net Zero Initiative. Recognizing the expertise of chemical engineers in applied sciences and engineering, and the knowledge and resource support that the academe and the private sector offer, the CCC underscored their vital contributions to the successful implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution Implementation Plan (NDCIP). “Your expertise in process optimization, materials science, environmental engineering positions, climate education, and scientific research can greatly contribute to our Net Zero initiatives. By innovating and implementing cleaner production technologies that develop sustainable materials and enhance waste treatment processes, we can significantly impact the reduction of emissions and support the country’s NDC goals,” stressed CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. The NDCIP outlines a roadmap for achieving the country’s target of 75 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. It assures substantial progress in the Philippines’ efforts through energy transition, sustainable agriculture and forestry, strengthened waste management, and resilience building across sectors– areas where chemical engineers, scientists, and businesses can make significant contributions. Aligned with United Natrion's Race-to-Zero (R2Z) campaign objectives, the NDCIP and the consortium mobilize leadership and support from the academe, businesses, local governments, investors, and industries to achieve a decarbonized Philippines. They adhere to the R2Z framework by engaging stakeholders across sectors to commit to net-zero carbon emissions. “Our NDCIP is the country’s guiding light in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, paving the way for the decarbonization of our economy. Beyond a mere plan, it embodies the government’s commitment to a whole-of-society and whole-of-government approach in addressing climate change and its impacts,” said Borje. “Likewise, the Philippine National Consortium on Net Zero Initiative is crucial for climate change mitigation and sustainability promotion, protecting our environment and future generations of Filipinos. It provides much needed technical support to groups and organizations across sectors to integrate sustainability effectively into their operations,” he added. Co-convened by the Philippine National Institute of Chemical Engineers  (PIChE) and the University of the Philippines Interdisciplinary Life Cycle Assessment Laboratory (UPLB ILCAL), the consortium aimed to encourage organizations to align their sustainability initiatives with the UN’s Race-to-Zero (R2Z) campaign. The consortium marked the official signing of the collaboration declaration between PIChE, UPLB ILCAL, and Charter Members. The CCC is dedicated to creating an environment that enables stakeholders from various sectors to connect and collaborate effectively. By leveraging the expertise of professionals across different industries, the CCC strives to achieve a climate-smart, climate-resilient, and net-zero Philippines. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and

CCC, DENR, development partners lead efforts to enhance national climate mitigation and adaptation
June 24, 2024 Monday

The CCC, DENR, DOF, and NEDA led a high-level round table discussion with national and international development partners to ramp up implementation of the NAP and the NDCIP. MANILA, JUNE 24, 2024 - The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in collaboration with the Department of Finance (DOF) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), spearheaded a high-level roundtable discussion aimed at strengthening cooperation to support the Philippines' climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. This forum is a vital step in mobilizing support for the Nationally Determined Contribution Implementation Plan (NDCIP) and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP). Held in partnership with the Asian Development Bank and the Government of the United Kingdom, the roundtable highlighted the importance of collaboration among government agencies, financial institutions, and development organizations to enhance the country’s climate action plans. It provided a platform for participating organizations to articulate their strategies, identify gaps, and explore potential opportunities for collaboration. DENR Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo Loyzaga emphasized the significance of collective efforts to achieve the Philippines' climate goals, following the guidance of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. "As the Philippines moves forward from planning to action, it is essential to take stock and leverage support from international development partners that will complement domestic public financing and design the way forward," she stated, underscoring the need for strong partnerships. Key challenges identified during the discussions included data and information gaps, financial constraints, capacity and training deficits, low public awareness, and technological barriers. Participants stressed the urgency of localizing national climate plans to meet the specialized needs of local communities effectively. Development partners such as the Asian Development Bank, British Embassy, German Development Cooperation, Global Green Growth Institute, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and Korean International Agency proposed solutions to address these gaps. These included creating collaborative platforms, intentional programming, private sector engagement, and enhancing capacity and data management through robust partnerships. Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, underlined the relevance of holding the forum, citing the need for innovative financing instruments, among others, to support the country’s climate goals. “Our discussions underscored the need for innovative financing instruments beyond conventional grants and loans. We must explore options from a range of entities, including financial institutions, private investors, and philanthropists. These innovative tools can unlock more funding and attract investors with diverse risk profiles and investment horizons,” he said. Borje highlighted the crucial role of development partners in achieving a climate-resilient and climate-smart Philippines. "Our partners from governments, bilateral development agencies, and international development organizations, are our vital link in accessing and leveraging the climate funds, technical expertise, and cutting-edge innovation our country needs to deliver the adaptation and mitigation actions outlined in our NAP and NDCIP,” he stressed. He also pointed out the importance of defining priority areas for development partners to support and align their strategic and programmatic results more effectively. Borje said that identifying strategic directions towards addressing climate and green financing gaps, and exploring sustainable coordination and reporting mechanisms between the Philippine government and its development partners, are crucial steps. The forum provided an opportunity to define priority areas for development partners to support and align their strategic and programmatic results more effectively, identify strategic directions towards addressing climate and green financing gaps, and explore sustainable coordination and reporting mechanisms between the Philippine government and its development partners. The success of these plans relies on robust collaboration and sustained coordination. The CCC is committed to establish a supportive and enabling policy environment where all climate stakeholders can efficiently, effectively, and sustainably carry out their intertwining responsibilities to take action against climate change. Through close collaboration with stakeholders from the government and different sectors, as well as with international partners, the CCC aims to unlock financing, knowledge, and technical support that will advance the country’s progress in climate change mitigation and adaptation. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and

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