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CCC, LCCAD seal pact to enhance capacity development of LGUs on LCCAP formulation
January 26, 2023 Thursday

Climate Change Commission (CCC) Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje (left) and Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development, Inc. (LCCAD) Executive Director Manuel "Nong" C. Rangasa (right) led the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at the CCC office in Manila on Wednesday, 25 January 2023. The partnership aims to enhance the capacity of local government units in formulating and updating Local Climate Change Action Plans.   MANILA, 26 January 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) strengthened its partnership with the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development, Inc. (LCCAD) to enhance local government units’ (LGU) capacity in formulating and updating Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAPs). CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director (VCED) Robert E.A. Borje and LCCAD Executive Director Manuel “Nong” C. Rangasa formalized the partnership as part of the CCC's ongoing capacity-building initiatives. The MOU enables the CCC and LCCAD to work together in enhancing LGUs’ LCCAPs and integrating these into other local plans, such as the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, the Comprehensive Development Plan, and Contingency Plans. “We are strengthening partnerships with our stakeholders to further build the capacities of LGUs as frontliners of climate action,” VCED Borje shared. “Transformative climate action can be achieved through partnerships – partnerships based on principles of cooperation, good governance, and shared advocacy in building the nation’s overall climate resilience,” VCED Borje added. Among the key outcomes of the partnership are recommendation of appropriate climate and disaster database development and modeling technology to support the LCCAPs, and establishing enabling mechanisms for LGUs to implement their climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives.   “Enhancing the capacities of key players, including agencies, LGUs, and other stakeholders, will allow us to develop and share best practices between regions, particularly those communities with common vulnerabilities,” said Mr. Rangasa. By collaborating with key stakeholders and launching capacity-building activities, the CCC vows to constantly support the LGUs in the formulation, planning and implementation of climate change action plans in their respective areas. "The key to a climate-resilient Filipino nation is to strengthen the cooperation between and among our stakeholders, including the LCCAD, on mainstreaming climate change adaptation and mitigation in local development and investment planning across the country,” said CCC Commissioner Albert P. Dela Cruz Sr. The CCC’s data show that LCCAP submissions increased by 95 percent, from 715 submissions in 2021 to 1,397 as of 31 December 2022. The CCC’s target is to have 100% compliance from 1,715 LGUs by FY 2024. The LCCAP serves as the LGU’s plan towards enhancing local climate resilience. The plan includes information on fit-for-purpose climate actions anchored on the LGU’s site-specific risks and vulnerabilities. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.

CCC, First Gen forge ties to capacitate LGUs on mainstreaming local climate action
January 24, 2023 Tuesday

ANTIPOLO, 24 January 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and First Gen Corporation (First Gen) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to support local government units (LGUs) in mainstreaming climate change and accessing the People’s Survival Fund (PSF). The ceremonial signing was led by CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director (VCED) Robert E.A. Borje and First Gen President and Chief Operating Officer Francis Giles B. Puno. The partnership aims to capacitate representatives from Maria Aurora, Aurora; Pantabangan and Carrangalan in Nueva Ecija; Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya; Lobo, Batangas; Caramoan and Garchitorena in Camarines Sur; Baungon, Impasug-ong, Libona, Manolo Fortich, and Talakag in Bukidnon; and Jabonga in Agusan del Norte in enhancing Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAPs) including updated climate and disaster risk assessments and greenhouse gas inventory, and developing PSF project proposals. As of 19 January 2023, 1,399 out of 1,715 LGUs (81.57%) have submitted their LCCAPs to the CCC. Through partnerships and capacity-building initiatives, the Commission hopes to achieve 100% compliance by 2024. This collaboration forms part of both the CCC and First Gen's shared advocacy for strengthening local communities' resilience to climate change and its impacts. "Our LGUs, down to the barangays, are at the frontlines of climate change and its impacts. They need all the help they can get to have a fighting chance, but they also need transformation. We don't want them to just adapt, we want them to thrive and grow, and this particular agreement—through formulation of eLCCAPs and capacitating them to access the PSF—will exactly do that,” CCC VCED Borje emphasized. "Our mission of forging collaborative pathways for a decarbonized and regenerative future simply means that we cannot do it alone. Signing an agreement with the Climate Change Commission is completely aligned with what our company is trying to do, in addressing an important challenge that's ahead of us – climate change," First Gen Pres. Puno highlighted. The CCC and First Gen will also strengthen initiatives that involve key stakeholders to promote science- and evidence-based risk assessment and sustain climate-smart leadership and governance among the target beneficiaries. "At the end of the day, we have to safeguard our national interests, which for us means, 'Buhay, kabuhayan, at kinabukasan ang nakataya.' That's all we have to plan for, but it takes more than a village to do this. We need to work very closely together, and this partnership is key to making that happen," VCED Borje underscored. The MOA was signed today, 24 January 2023, at the Eugenio Lopez Center in Antipolo, Rizal, and joined by Atty. Carol Kay Paquera, CCC Chief-of-Staff; Shirley H. Cruz, Vice President and Chief-of-Staff; Ricky A. Carandang, Vice President for Corporate Communications; and Ramon Araneta, Vice President for External Affairs and Security of First Gen. Following the MOA signing, seedlings of Narra, Ipil, Banuyo and Supa trees were planted at the BINHI Arboretum to kick-off the partnership. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities,  you can visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.

CCC: Inclusion of accelerated climate change agenda in Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028 to further strengthen GPH commitment to deliver key climate actions
January 15, 2023 Sunday

The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023–2028 and Chapter 15: Accelerate Climate Action and Strengthen Disaster Resilience MANILA, 15 January 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) welcomed the inclusion of an accelerated climate change agenda in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028 and pointed out that this will further strengthen the commitment of the Philippine Government to deliver on key climate actions. CCC Vice Chair and Executive Director (VCED) Robert E.A. Borje cited the addition of an entire chapter on climate change in the PDP 2023-2028, Chapter 15: Accelerate Climate Action and Strengthen Disaster Resilience. “The PDP Chapter 15 reflects the Philippine Government’s commitment and dedication to enhance the nation’s overall resilience to climate change and its impacts, putting a premium on the need for integrated and comprehensive climate action between and among government, partners, and all stakeholders,” VCED Borje said.  Chapter 15 of PDP 2023-2028 identifies the goal for communities, institutions, and the natural and built environment to be “more resilient to the impacts of natural hazards and climate change” by 2028. To achieve this objective, Chapter 15 of PDP 2023-2028 identified the following strategies: 1) increasing climate and disaster risk resilience of communities and institutions, 2) enhancing ecosystem resilience, and 3) enabling transition to a low-carbon economy. To support and operationalize PDP 2023-2028, the CCC is updating the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), strengthening the implementation of the National Climate Risk Management Framework (NCRMF), and developing the National Adaptation Plan (NAP). These plans and frameworks provide convergence points for CCC to work with relevant government agencies on enhancing ecosystem resilience and enabling low carbon economy transition.  Likewise, these plans and framework will allow the Philippine government to assess the required climate finance and investments on top of public resources for needed climate change actions. Towards this end, 453.1 billion pesos has already been tagged for Fiscal Year 2023 for climate change expenditure by National Government Institutions (NGIs) to be used for adaptation and mitigation programs. VCED Borje noted that the figure represents a significant 56% increase from the climate change expenditure tagged for Fiscal Year 2022 of 289.7 billion pesos, with 83% for adaptation and 17% for mitigation, “an indication of the priority of the Administration given to transformative climate change agenda, as laid out by President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.”     VCED Borje also pointed out that it is essential that NGIs implement the adaptation and mitigation projects anchored on the following NCCAP thematic priorities: food security, water sufficiency, human security, environmental and ecological stability, sustainable energy, climate smart industries and services, and knowledge and capacity development. The NCCAP was developed by CCC in consultation with relevant government agencies. This document outlines the country’s strategic direction from 2011 to 2028 as a response to the current situation and projected impacts of climate change.    To further build a robust climate change agenda for the Philippine Government, VCED Borje pointed out the need to likewise increase the compliance rate of NGI submissions and to further assess the progress of the projects based on the NCCAP.    “CCC is working very closely with the Department of Budget and Management to achieve the objective of increasing overall NGI submissions significantly,” said VCED Borje.   Data from CCC showed that for FY 2023, 210 of 316 NGIs submitted their Climate Change Expenditure Tagging compared to 145 for FY 2022, or an increase of 45%.   To increase climate and disaster risk resilience of communities and institutions, the CCC bared that it will ramp up its programs on further strengthening the capacity of LGUs and communities through the development, enhancement and submissions of Local Climate Change Adaptation Plan (LCCAP). “The CCC will continue to further strengthen its public-private-community engagements to further develop public awareness and understanding on climate change, and further improve the quality of risk and vulnerability assessments,” VCED Borje said. A total of 1,397 out of 1,715 LGUS submitted their LCCAPs in 2022 compared to 715 submissions from LGUs in 2021, showing a substantial 42% increase. The data represent a Year on Year submission rate increase of 40%.  “We will continue to work with the Department of Interior and Local Government in order to follow through with the target of having all 1,715 submit their LCCAPs,” said VCED Borje. “We will intensify our partnerships with the private sector, CSOs and other stakeholders as necessary, as well as provide CCC technical support to build the capacities of our LGUs and enhancing LCCAPs, including in the areas of risk and vulnerability assessment, greenhouse gas inventory, and local climate budget tagging,” added VCED Borje. VCED Borje also pointed out that climate change action has been “integrated in relevant sections of PDP 2023-2028 showing how climate change is an overarching governance issue that impacts and affects different development aspects and components for the nation.” In addition to Chapter 15, climate change-related action points were reflected in PDP Chapters 2-Health, 3-Food Security and Nutrition and Social Protection, 4-Income-earning Ability, 5-Agriculture and Agribusiness, 6-Industries, 7-Services, 8-Research and development, Technology, and Innovation, 11-Fiscal Management, 12-Infrastructure, and 13-Peace and Security. The PDP presents the six-year vision of President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.’s administration towards an upper middle-income and low-carbon development, and climate-smart and climate-resilient Philippines. The PDP was developed by the National Economic and Development Authority, with other government agencies and stakeholders. For more information about climate change, visit https://climate.gov.ph and https://niccdies.climate.gov.ph/.

CCC, GIZ-PH kick off implementation of South-South Project in PH
January 14, 2023 Saturday

13 January 2023, Manila, Philippines – The German Development Cooperation (GIZ) South-South Collaboration on Climate Information Services (SSCIS) Project Team paid a courtesy call on Climate Change Commission (CCC) Vice Chair and Executive Robert E.A. Borje, the Overall Program Director, to discuss the next steps in the implementation of the SSCIS. During the meeting, VCED Borje welcomed the SSCIS Project Team tasked to handle project operations under the guidance of the CCC as the lead government partner, in coordination with relevant agencies and institutions. “The implementation of the SSCIS Project presents an opportunity for CCC and the Philippine government to further enhance knowledge and capacities in data management, including collecting, generating, and analyzing climate data as a basis of climate action,” said VCED Borje. The SSCIS is a EUR 5-million project that aims to provide climate information services to national and local government, and the academe, and establishes a South-South Center of Excellence as a venue for knowledge exchanges among climate vulnerable countries.  “The South-South Center of Excellence will allow us to further deepen our engagement with the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), promoting a whole-of-world approach in enhancing climate resilience of communities,” VCED Borje said.  The SSCIS Project Team is led by Dr. Bjoern Surborg, Principal Advisor of the SSCIS Project and Cluster Coordinator for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management for GIZ Philippines Office. “The GIZ Philippines, through the South-South Project, remains committed to work with the Philippine government in promoting data-driven climate action to enhance local knowledge on climate change,” Dr. Surborg said. Dr. Surborg is joined by Mr. Jimmy Loro as the Chief Adviser, and team members Ms. Theresa Lim, Ms. Denise Ann Suarez, Mr. Richard Antonio, and Mr. Rune Ylade. The meeting took place on 13 January 2023.

CCC checks progress of Del Carmen’s Climate Field School
January 05, 2023 Thursday

CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje (left) with Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte Mayor Alfredo Matugas Coro II (right) on the CCC’s visit to Siargao Climate Field School for Farmers and Fisherfolks   5 January 2022, Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) visited the Siargao Climate Field School for Farmers and Fisherfolks, a People’s Survival Fund (PSF) project, to check on the progress of implementation led by the local government unit of Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte. The visit was spearheaded by CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director (VCED) Robert E.A. Borje and Del Carmen Mayor Alfredo Matugas Coro II, along with Surigao del Norte State University-Del Carmen Campus Director, Dr. Romy Jun Sunico. The Siargao Climate Field School is the main component of the PSF project of Del Carmen, which aims to provide best available science and latest technology for agricultural and fisheries development. It is envisioned as a regional and national center of excellence for innovative solutions for small island-based ecosystems. “The Climate Field School serves as a training ground for our farmers and fisherfolks to improve their source of livelihood amidst the climate vulnerabilities that our locality has,” Mayor Coro said. The said project was approved in 2016 with a grant of PhP80.7 million. “Our project serves as the benchmark for other LGUs in accessing PSF, especially for island municipalities,” Mayor Coro added. In December 2021, however, the Siargao Climate Field School was among the infrastructure heavily damaged during the onslaught of Super Typhoon (ST) Odette[1], in which damages amounted to PhP50 million.   The losses and damages sustained by Siargao underscore the need to further ramp up capacities for climate change adaptation at the local level, and to further accelerate access to climate finance,” VCED Borje said. VCED Borje conveyed the CCC’s commitment to ensure that the project will become a model for other localities. The CCC will also assist the locality by looking for partners to further support upscaling project implementation. In addition to the Climate Field School, VCED Borje also visited communities in Barangay Caub, one of the beneficiaries of the PSF project and among the most affected barangays by ST Odette. To date, structural damages in Barangay Caub remain evident. In particular, the houses, as well as the seawall that protects the community from storm surges, are yet to be rehabilitated. In a meeting with the barangay officials led by Brgy. Captain Raquel Barquilla, VCED Borje expressed CCC’s support to both the LGU and barangay for their resiliency.   “We will work closely with the LGU in exploring available support that may be provided in assisting the locality’s recovery towards climate resilience,” VCED Borje added. According to VCED Borje, the CCC’s priority is to facilitate access of LGUs and local/community organizations to PSF and other climate finance mechanisms, and to bolster collaboration with the members of the PSF Board and the Department of Finance in improving systems and mechanisms. For more information about PSF, visit https://climate.gov.ph/our-programs/climate-finance/peoples-survival-fund and https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesSurvivalFund/.   [1] International Name: Rai)