NEWS AT A GLANCE

November 23-29, 2020

UNFCCC PRESS RELEASES/ARTICLES
 
Participate in the New ETF Initiative
 
The ‘Universal Participation in the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) Initiative’ was launched by Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change during the opening ceremony of the Climate Dialogues. The initiative seeks to bring together countries, support organizations, the business community, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to realize the benefits of the strengthened transparency requirements under the Paris Agreement’s enhanced transparency framework (ETF).
 
Most Developed Countries on Track to Meet their 2020 Emission Reduction Targets, but More Ambition Needed by Some
 
A new report released by UN Climate Change reveals that between 1990 and 2018, the greenhouse gas emissions of developed countries decreased by 13%, with emissions falling by just 3.4 % between 2010 and 2018.
 
 
BUSINESS WORLD
 
House leaders backs declaration of climate emergency
By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza
 
The declaration of a climate emergency in the Philippines would encourage swift action to combat climate change and ease its impacts, the Speaker of the House of Representatives said on Sunday.
 
 
GMA
 
Unilever makes progress on its sustainable packaging goals
 
Unilever steps up use of recycled plastic and rolls out new format for its local community collection. Unilever, owner of brands including Dove, Surf and Knorr, continues to make progress towards its ambitious commitments for a waste-free world, despite the challenging environment created by Covid-19.
 
 
MANILA BULLETIN
 
Empowering the youth to take the lead in addressing food security
By Vina Medenilla
 
The pandemic does not only emphasize the importance of health and safety, but it has also underlined the value of nutrition and accessibility to nutritious and affordable food. In our fight against food insecurity, youths from over the world are gradually taking part in bringing forth ways to promote sustainability and to act upon alleviating worldwide hunger.
 
House declares climate emergency; PH may now pursue int’l justice
By Ben Rosario
 
The House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency, thus, giving government the justification to pursue climate justice from the United States, China, and the world’s industrialized countries that are being blamed for the massive pollution of the environment which has triggered destructive climate change effects.
 
New tree-planting bill approved at House of Representatives
By Ben Rosario
 
The House of Representatives approved Tuesday night another bill mandating the planting of trees as a requisite for the issuance of building permits. With 238 congressmen voting in the affirmative, House Bill No 7763 was approved on third and final reading.
 
House pursues regulation of environmental engineering practice
By Ellson Quismorio
 
Deputy Speaker and Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez underscored during a virtual hearing of the House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation Tuesday the renewed significance of regulating the practice of environmental engineering in the Philippines.
 
Hontiveros files bill seeking to build 100-meter strip of coastal vegetation to help address flooding
By Hannah Torregoza
 
Senator Risa Hontiveros is seeking the passage of a bill establishing a national coastal vegetation program that will help coastal communities defend against the damaging effects of typhoons.
 
 
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
 
Declare climate emergency now, pursue zero-waste, toxics-free society
 
We express our solidarity with the urgent plea made by climate-action and climate-justice advocates urging the government to declare, amid a raging health pandemic, a climate emergency in response to the massive destruction in the Philippines brought about by the climate crisis.
 
How Asean can contribute to climate action
By Meixi Gan, Simon Tay
 
Asian climate leadership is growing, with three major economies pledging recently to decarbonize their economies toward net-zero goals — Japan and South Korea by 2050, and China by 2060.
 
Globe encourages rainforestation to combat adverse effects of natural hazards and climate change

The location of the Philippines in the Pacific has always made the country vulnerable to strong typhoons.  An average of 20 typhoons pass through the Philippine Area of Responsibility annually, about 8-to-9 of which make landfall. However, over the past years, climate change has brought more violent storms to the country, causing severe damage to lives and properties.

 
EcoWaste Coalition produces 9,500 fabric face masks
 
A non-profit environmental group has partnered with women in producing 9,500 fabric face masks to normalize the usage of reusable masks rather than plastic-based face masks.


 
PHILIPPINE INFORMATION AGENCY
 
PH prepares for low carbon scenario, says DOE
By Melinda T. Quinones
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) is preparing for a low carbon scenario as a result of the country’s energy efficiency and conservation measures. In an online Round Table Discussion with ministers and top government officials in Southeast Asia yesterday, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said that coal and oil shares decrease with the use of alternative fuels in the country.
 
 
PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY
 
Pacquiao gets ‘air champion’ award, urged tree planting
By Marita Moaje
 
Boxing champion and Senator Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao is urging the public to plant more trees as part of measures to save the environment.
 
 
THE MANILA TIMES
 
‘Flood summit’ pushed for ‘comprehensive’ disaster response
By Divina Nova Joy Dela Cruz
 
A lawmaker at the House of Representatives called on the government to conduct a “flood summit” to discuss a “comprehensive” disaster response program to prevent a repeat of the situation where communities in Marikina City, Cagayan, and Isabela were submerged by the floods spawned by typhoon “Ulysses”.
 
Medical waste: Where does it go?
By Amado S. Tolentino, Jr.
 
These are both troubled and troubling times. The fear of the coronavirus is omnipresent. There is almost no aspect of life that has not been warped by the pandemic and even when we wish to put it out of our minds, we are reminded of it in ways large and small. To cope, people engage in various activities — personal, family, community and even country-related.
 
Climate actions are crucial in building community resilience
By Ludwig O. Federigan
 
Apathy, indifference and business-as-usual will only worsen our problems. We need to change the way we think and the way we do business, and everybody must do his share in bringing about the societal change we seek.
 
DENR urges more climate investments
By Eireene Jairee Gomez
 
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has called for more private- and public-sector investments to strengthen the country’s preparedness for calamities caused by extreme climate events.
 
Climate change, disasters and cooperatives
By Dr. Fermin D. Adriano
 
Every time a destructive typhoon wreaks havoc in the country, our policymakers and media practitioners are quick to issue a litany of observations, pointing out the destruction of our forest covers and watersheds, siltation of our rivers and other water bodies due to severe soil erosion, and illegal settlers’ occupation of hazardous areas as the main culprits behind the enormous damage, both in terms of lives and properties that we suffer.
 
 
THE PHILIPPINE STAR
 
Green energy seen at brink of return as top power source in 2040
By Prinz Magtulis
 
The Philippines will see a gradual return of renewable energy as top power source beyond 2040, counting on the shift to bridge a widening energy gap while doing the country’s part to mitigate climate change.
 
 
CCC in the News
 
 
GOOD NEWS PILIPINAS
 
10 Youth Films on Climate Change Awareness Showcased in Klima Film Festival
By Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
 
Ten Filipino youth-led films about climate change awareness are being showcased in the very timely “Klima Film Festival” (KFF) competition. The film festival which runs on November 19-25, 2020, seeks to increase the public’s understanding of climate change while displaying the skills and creativity of young Filipino filmmakers.
 
 
MANILA BULLETIN
 
Public-Private partnerships seen as viable climate change response
By Jonnah Lynne Pante
 
That climate change has a detrimental effect on clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food supply, and secure shelter – issues that hound developing countries such as the Philippines – can no longer be denied. The country, the World Bank notes, is among the nation’s most vulnerable to climate-related weather events, while the National Integrated Climate Change Database and Information Exchange states that the impact of climate change in the Philippines is immense, resulting in annual economic losses, changes in rainfall patterns and distribution, droughts, and threats to biodiversity and food security.
 
 
MINDANAO DAILY NEWS
 
Legarda Seeks House Inquiry on Ulysses Floods, Enforcement of Environment and Climate Laws
By Mindanao Daily
 
House Deputy Speaker and Lone District of Antique Representative Loren Legarda today filed Resolution No. 1363 at the House of Representatives directing the House Subcommittee on the New Normal to conduct an inquiry on the massive flooding caused by typhoon Ulysses in relation to the enforcement of environmental, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction and management laws by government agencies and local government units (LGUs).
 
 
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
 
DOF: Annual fund to combat climate change underutilized
By Ben O. de Vera
 
Despite a replenishable P1-billion People’s Survival Fund for climate adaptation projects, only less than a third of the financing made available five years ago had been tapped by local governments and community organizations, the Department of Finance (DOF) said on Wednesday.
 
 
PHILIPPINE INFORMATION AGENCY
 
PH legislators, CVF Ambassador urge creation of Parliamentary League
By Lucia F. Bronio
 
Senate President Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco, Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, and House Committee on Climate Change Chair and Bohol 1st District Representative Edgar Chatto called for the creation of a Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Parliamentary League as a dedicated cooperation platform to advance a common legislative agenda for integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction in all facets of sustainable development pursuits.
 
Build a resilient recovery for the Philippines – Legarda
By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan
 
House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda recommended stronger policy measures to help avert future loss and damage, and ensure sustainable and resilient recovery, in light of the escalating climate-related disaster risks, compounded by factors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Legarda: Build a resilient recovery for the Philippines
By Philippine News Agency
 
House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda recommended stronger policy measures to help avert future loss and damage and ensure sustainable and resilient recovery, in light of the escalating climate-related disaster risks, compounded by factors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
 
CCC’s online series underscores responsible gardening amid trend in ornamental plant collecting
By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan
 
Plant experts will gather virtually to underscore the importance of responsible gardening brought by the rising trend of collecting ornamental plants on the 27th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways” with the topic, “Plant Wise: Responsible Gardening.”
 
 
SCOUT MAGAZINE
 
Let these 10 film fest shorts remind you that climate change is, in fact, real
By Danea Vilog
 
In this day and age, you’ll still encounter the occasional person who’ll proudly declare that they believe climate change is a hoax. I wish I was kidding. I’m proud of the generation I’m in, especially when kids my age and even younger ones are socially aware and use their creativity to promote the advocacies they’re fighting.