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MANILA, 19 May 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Climate Reality Project Philippines (TCRP) invite the public to watch the first episode of “Stories for A Better Reality,” this Friday, 20 May 2022, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live, in time for the celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity.   The pilot episode, entitled, “Biodiversity and Climate Change: Anong Konek?” will highlight the importance of protecting and restoring biodiversity, and the role of environment in climate change adaptation and mitigation.   This will be streamed live via the Facebook pages of the Climate Change Commission (https://www.facebook.com/CCCPhl) and the Climate Reality Project Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/climaterealityphilippines).   The webisode will feature guests including Jamie Dichavez, Campaign Lead of 30 x 30 Southeast Asia; Abigail Kitma, Chairperson of United Nations Youth Advisory Board; Director Natividad Bernardino from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB); and Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños.   The Philippines is considered a mega-diverse country and also a biodiversity hotspot, with an alarming pace of destruction of natural resources due to overexploitation, deforestation, land degradation, pollution, and climate change, among other factors.   The upcoming episode will feature government agencies, youth leaders, and non-governmental organizations that are at the forefront of developing and implementing strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change and the loss of biodiversity.   “Stories for A Better Reality” seeks to tackle climate issues, promote initiatives and solutions, and inform policy and action by framing the discussion from the perspective of the youth.   This monthly webcast series is organized in partnership between the Climate Change Commission and the Climate Reality Project Philippines, with support from the Department of Education, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Youth Commission, Kids for Kids, and Wavefarers. 
May 19, 2022 Thursday
MANILA, 29 April 2022 — Two Davao City students were hailed as grand champions of the Klimathon: Our Race Towards A Net Zero Reality hackathon in its awarding ceremony held virtually on 22 April 2022, in commemoration of Earth Day.   ‘Team Neutralizer’, composed of Jeremiah Malalis and Larry John Competente from the University of Mindanao (Davao City Campus), said that their innovation aims to help small-holder farmers to increase their income and production through automated bamboo vertical farming systems or hydroponics.   Their proposal, titled “Synthesis of Engineered Bamboo Nanocomposite Through Sol-Gel Technique: A Breakthrough in Automated Vertical Farming using Hydroponics in the Philippines,” bagged the Php 100,000 grand prize which can be used as seed money to further develop or implement their project.   ‘Genoplas’ from Mabini Academy High School in Lipa City, Batangas placed second followed by ‘Econique’ from Ateneo de Naga University. They received Php 50,000 and Php 40,000 cash prizes, respectively. All these three winners also took home trophies.   Special citation awards for Community Participation, Gender Empowerment, and Originality were also given recognition during the virtual ceremony.   Klimathon received more than 30 entries all over the country, of which the top ten teams were selected. The teams had undergone a mentoring program led by industry experts to further enhance their project concepts.   Their final project proposals were presented to the panel of judges led by Dr. Maria Angela Zafra, member of the CCC National Panel of Technical Experts, with members Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Ms. Antoinette Taus, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador and Founder of CORA Philippines; Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, Executive Director of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD); and Ms. Jasmin Estacio, Innovation Portfolio Management Head of Nestlé Philippines Inc.   The complete list of winners of Klimathon, announced by Commissioner Rachel Herrera of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Ms. Cristine Ponce-Garcia, AVP of Sustainability and Public Affairs of Nestlé Philippines, are as follows:   Champion: Team Neutralizer Jeremiah Malalis and Larry John Competente University of Mindanao Davao City, Davao del Sur   1st runner-up: Team Genoplas Daphnie Yesha O. Valdez and Almira Grace C. Tenoso Mabini Academy High School Lipa City, Batangas   2nd runner-up: Team Econique Michelle De Vergara and Kristaleen Trisha Lagasca Ateneo de Naga University Naga City, Camarines Sur   Special Award: Community Participation: Team Tagubtub Jaspher Ian A. Gregorio, Nelson P. Dapal III, Princess Rau B. Cunanan Mindanao State University High School General Santos City, South Cotabato   Special Award: Gender Empowerment: Genoplas Daphnie Yesha O. Valdez and Almira Grace C. Tenoso Mabini Academy High School Lipa City, Batangas   Special Award: Originality: Econique Michelle De Vergara and Kristaleen Trisha Lagasca Ateneo de Naga University Naga City, Camarines Sur   Klimathon: Our Race Towards A Net Zero Reality, a joint project of the CCC and Nestlé Philippines, highlights the capability of young Filipino innovators to develop and showcase sustainability-focused solutions that can help address current issues and challenges relating to the climate crisis.   “For Klimathon, we are privileged to work with the youth in particular, by providing a platform for developing science-based solutions to climate change. You are the most passionate and creative of the society, and you can make a difference,” said Kais Marzouki, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Philippines.   CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje expressed his gratitude to Nestlé Philippines in this endeavor to discover innovative solutions from the youth.   Further, Secretary Borje also congratulated the participants and winners of Klimathon and emphasized the critical role of the youth in the pursuit of sustainability and climate resilience.   “Let us continue to invest more in our youth, in our communities, and in our creativity and intellect as a nation towards sustainability and resiliency. This is the only way to go in order for us to secure a better future for our nation,” said Secretary Borje.   Watch the video of the Awarding Ceremony through this link: https://www.facebook.com/CCCPhl/videos/3853522294872965.
April 29, 2022 Friday
MANILA, 29 April 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) conducted a series of activities this April in commemoration of Earth Month and Earth Day 2022 aimed at increasing awareness on and promoting climate change action and countering environmental degradation.   The CCC produced and released a special Earth Day video covering messages from climate leaders and advocates, including President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, CCC Chair-Designate and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, and National Panel of Technical Experts Chairperson Dr. Doracie Zoleta-Nantes.   “Let us work with greater vigor to engage our people, our local communities, our industries, and all other stakeholders in our efforts to achieve a climate-resilient and climate-smart Philippines,” said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who chairs the CCC.   “The Philippines is well-positioned to make a difference in this battle against climate crisis. Let us work hand-in-hand to achieve a new low carbon economy and a greener future for all,” said CCC Chair-Designate and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.   “Buhay at kabuhayan ang nakasalalay sa nagbabagong klima, especially for developing countries like the Philippines. Your Climate Change Commission will continue to do its part to strengthen our collective efforts to address the impacts of climate change. We urge all sectors of the nation – and indeed of our planet – to together invest fully and completely – to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Sa kamay nating lahat nakasalalay ang ating kinabukasan.  Ating pangalagaan ang ating bayan at ang ating mundo,” said CCC Secretary Borje.   “Only if we respect nature as beauty and bounty, not only for humans, but for all living creations, can we survive climate change and other planetary threats. Only if we keep the planet and nature’s resources healthy and alive can we truly hope for a healthier, brighter, and more resilient future,” said Legarda.   “Protecting the health of our environment means protecting our communities from the threats that are brought about by the warming of the global atmosphere and intensification of weather events. This Earth Day and beyond, let us do our share together and get heavily involved in undertaking climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction programs and activities,” said Dr. Nantes.   The CCC launched a 12-day artcard series on social media entitled, “12 Ways over 12 Days toward climate-resilient, sustainable living” from April 10-22 to promote 12 simple climate adaptation and mitigation practices individuals and communities can undertake to address climate change.   On April 18, the CCC conducted its first-ever coastal clean-up at the Las Piñas–Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP) and to generate greater consciousness and actions on responsible consumer behaviour by reducing plastic consumption and observing waste management.   Secretary Borje, Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera and Commissioner Albert Dela Cruz, along with CCC personnel collected 85 sacks of wastes weighing 583 kilograms, 511 kilograms of which were plastics.   The LPPWP was declared as a National Protected Area under Republic Act No. 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act, and a Ramsar site under the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The site is known for its rich mangrove and mudflat biodiversity and serves as a stopover of migratory birds.   On Earth Day, 22 April, the CCC co-organized the  “Pagyabong 2022: An Enrichment Tree Planting Activity” held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) Arboretum. The tree planting activity highlighted this year’s Earth Day theme, “Invest in Our Planet,” by planting native trees as a practical way to address both environmental and climate crises. This activity was organized in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Biodiversity Management Bureau and ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity.   Dubbed as the “Nature Park in City’s Heart,” the NAPWC is also legislated as one of the country’s Protected Areas under the ENIPAS Act and was declared as a national park.   Thereafter, the CCC, together with The Climate Reality Philippines and the Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, facilitated the launch of “Stories For A Better Reality,” a monthly webinar series aimed at tackling climate issues, promoting initiatives and solutions, and informing policy and action framed from the perspective of the youth. This webinar evolved from the weekly Stories for A Better Normal aired from May 2020 to February 2022.   Finally on Earth day, the Awarding Ceremony of the Klimathon: Our Race Towards A Net Zero Reality was held. This is a joint project of the CCC and Nestlé Philippines to highlight the capability of young Filipino innovators to develop and showcase sustainability-focused solutions that can help address current issues and challenges relating to the climate crisis.   The proposal, “Synthesis of Engineered Bamboo Nanocomposite Through Sol-Gel Technique: A Breakthrough in Automated Vertical Farming using Hydroponics in the Philippines,” of ‘Team Neutralizer’, composed of Jeremiah Malalis and Larry John Competente from the University of Mindanao - Davao City Campus, bagged the Php 100,000 grand prize. This innovation aims to help small-holder farmers to increase their income and production through automated bamboo vertical farming system.   Meanwhile, on 28 April, the CCC held a dialogue and coastal clean-up with civil society organizations (CSOs). Discussions centered on strengthening partnerships with civil society and non-government stakeholders towards fostering  an enabling environment for climate action.   Present during the said activity were Aksyon Klima Pilipinas, Conservation International Philippines, Green Space Pilipinas, Mother Earth Foundation, OxFam Pilipinas, The Climate Reality Project Philippines, and the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. For one hour, the CCC and the participating CSOs were able to collect 22 sacks of wastes weighing 137 kilograms.   “What's important in the climate change debate and action is that there is a strong partnership between government and the civil society sector. We need you as partners to tell us what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong and what we need to continue to improve on. Let us all work together,” said Secretary Borje.   To know more about the activities of the CCC, visit its social media handles at /CCCPhl.
April 29, 2022 Friday
Photo Credit: PCOO Global Media Affairs The Philippine delegation to the 4th Asia Pacific Water Summit led by Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje and Department of Public Works and Highways Acting Secretary Roger G. Mercado attended briefings by the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and Philippine Consulate General in Osaka, on April 23, 2022. Both officials participated in plenary and breakout sessions to advance Philippine positions on water resource management and security in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte addressed the 4th Asia Pacific Water Summit through a video message. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte designated Secretary Borje as Special Envoy and personal representative to the 4th Asia Pacific Water Summit.
April 26, 2022 Tuesday
Photo Credit: PCOO Global Media Affairs Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje introduces President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the President’s special video message at the Head of States and Government Meeting during the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit at the Kumamoto-Jo Hall in Kumamoto City, Japan, April 23, 2022. President Duterte called for bolder, wiser and urgent actions to address water-related issues in the region. He also emphasised the need for an integrated and coherent policy and the resolve to create opportunities for investment and collaboration for technological solutions. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte designated Secretary Borje as Special Envoy and personal representative to the 4th Asia Pacific Water Summit.
April 26, 2022 Tuesday
Photo Credit: PCOO Global Media Affairs Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje and Tajikistan Energy Minister Juma Daler Shofaqir met on the sidelines of the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit at the Kumamoto-Jo Hall in Kumamoto City, Japan on April 24, 2022. During their meeting, the two officials discussed the interests of the Philippines and Tajikistan in water and energy resources management and climate-resilient infrastructure. They also committed to work together to further strengthen current collaboration and identify new areas of bilateral cooperation. Secretary Borje was joined by Consul General Voltaire Mauricio of the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka with jurisdiction over Kumamoto prefecture, and Second Secretary and Consul Jan Kenneth Bolante of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte designated Secretary Borje as Special Envoy and personal representative to the 4th Asia Pacific Water Summit.
April 26, 2022 Tuesday
Photo Credit: PCOO Global Media Affairs Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje pays a courtesy call on Kumamoto Mayor Kazufumi Onishi at the sidelines of the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Kumamoto City, Japan on April 24, 2022. Secretary Borje congratulated Mayor Onishi on the successful hosting of the Summit. Secretary Borje also highlighted the importance of local government action for climate change adaptation and mitigation and resiliency, citing Kumamoto as a leader in these two key areas. Secretary Borje was joined by Consul General Voltaire Mauricio of the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka with jurisdiction over Kumamoto prefecture. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte designated Secretary Borje as Special Envoy and personal representative to the 4th Asia Pacific Water Summit.
April 26, 2022 Tuesday
MANILA, 26 April 2022 —  The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and The Climate Reality Project Philippines (TCRP) have launched a monthly webinar series titled “Stories for A Better Reality” to tackle climate issues, promote initiatives and solutions, and inform policy and action framed from the perspective of the youth.   ‘Stories for a Better Reality’ premiered on Friday, 22 April 2022, in time for the commemoration of Earth Day. The launch featured snippets from last year's Earth Day 2021 webcast themed PINASiglang Mundo and 76 episodes of the Stories for A Better Normal series, all led by CCC.    The launch also featured messages from national government agencies, civil society organizations, and youth climate reality leaders to encourage viewers, especially young people, to engage in conversations as advocates for climate action.   “Real stories are powerful ways of moving people to think, decide, and act.  And we need to think clearly about climate change, decide on what needs to be done, and act accordingly to help save humanity and our planet,” said CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje in his opening message.   “Let’s rally more to be part of the climate movement, and let’s continue fighting for the world that you and I imagined and make it a reality for us all,” said TCRP Branch Manager Nazrin Camille D. Castro.   Stories for A Better Reality evolves from the Stories for A Better Normal, a weekly webinar series under the collaboration of the CCC and the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda. The Stories for a Better Normal went live streamed on Facebook from May 2020 to February 2022 with a total of 76 episodes.   “It is important that talks on climate action and sustainability often seen too technical and complex, are better understood by the younger generation,” said Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda as she expressed support to the program.   Stories for a Better Reality was launched in partnership between the Climate Change Commission and the Climate Reality Project Philippines, with support from the Department of Education, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Kids for Kids, and Wavefarers.
April 26, 2022 Tuesday
MANILA, 23 April 2022 — The Philippines will join the two-day 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS) in Kumamoto City, Japan. The Summit, happening on 23-24 April 2022, was originally scheduled in April 2020, but postponed due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.   President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will address the summit in a video message. President Duterte is expected to urge greater regional cooperation to ensure better water resources management and security.   Meanwhile, President Duterte appointed Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje as his Special Envoy and representative. Secretary Borje will participate in plenary and breakout sessions to advance key Philippine positions on water resource management and security in the context of climate change.   Anchored on the theme, “Water for Sustainable Development-Best Practices and the Next Generation,” heads of states and representatives from international organizations in the Asia-Pacific region will gather to address various water-related issues and pursue efforts toward sustainable development.   The 4th APWS will also share the long-standing efforts of the host city, Kumamoto, in conserving groundwater as well as its recovering efforts from the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes.   Secretary Borje, as the representative of President Duterte, will share crucial steps of the Philippines to attain water security, including our pursuit of an enhanced policymaking, oversight, regulatory and management substructures at various levels for an integrated climate-adaptive water resources management. Access more details about the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit by visiting its website at https://www.4apws-kumamoto2022.jp/..
April 23, 2022 Saturday
Secretary Robert E.A. Borje of the Climate Change Commission and Ambassador Laure Beaufils of the United Kingdom jointly underscored the importance of advancing COP26 Glasgow agreements in order to urgently address climate change challenges. Secretary Borje and Ambassador Beaufils renewed the commitment to further enhance practical and pragmatic bilateral projects, including mainstreaming, to bolster PH-UK contributions to climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. Secretary Borje and Ambassador Beaufils identified the Masantol Case Study in Pampanga as a possible area of joint partnership.
April 17, 2022 Sunday
  Secretary Robert E.A. Borje of the Climate Change Commission and Ambassador Ilan Fluss of the State of Israel reaffirmed the importance of the Philippines-Israel partnership in addressing climate change challenges. Secretary Borje and Ambassador Fluss agreed to further strengthen cooperation in innovation and technology to ramp up capacities in climate change adaptation and mitigation.
April 17, 2022 Sunday
MANILA, 13 April 2022 — In preparation for the Klimathon Awarding Ceremony which will be held on Earth Day, 22 April 2022, Atty. Rachel Anne Herrera, Commissioner of the Climate Change Commission, and Ms. Christine Ponce-Garcia, Assistant Vice President of Nestlé Philippines, welcomed the judging panel composed of key officials from the public and private sector, the academe, and subject matter experts who specialize on climate science and environment. Among the Klimathon Finalists, the judges will decide on the Top 3 innovative and sustainability-focused solutions anchored on the following pillars: plastic waste management; energy efficiency and renewable energy; and food security. Special awards will also be given to proposals that showcase originality; promote gender empowerment; and support community participation. The panel of judges is chaired by the CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje, with members Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Dr. Maria Angela Zafra, National Panel of Technical Experts Member, CCC; Ms. Antoinette Taus, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and Founder of CORA Philippines; Dr. Enrico C. Paringit from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST); and Ms. Jasmine Estacio, Innovation Portfolio Management Head of Nestlé Philippines.
April 13, 2022 Wednesday
From left to right: Dean Rico C. Ancog of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) School of Environmental Science and Management; Climate Change Commission (CCC) Secretary Robert E.A. Borje; and Dr. Patricia Sanchez, Chairperson of the UPLB Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Water and member of the CCC National Panel of Technical Experts during the CCC’s visit to UPLB for the data collection relevant to the ongoing Masantol case study.   MANILA, 12 April 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is eyeing closer collaboration on water resources management and data sharing with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) as part of the CCC’s strategic partnership strengthening program with State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).   In his visit to the (UPLB) Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Water (ISCW), at the UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje recognized the important role played by the academe and research institutions in “building national capacities for climate change adaptation and mitigation.”   “UPLB’s SESAM and ISCW are well placed to provide a deeper and fuller understanding of the Philippines’ water resources and the ways forward to use and manage them sustainably and harness them properly to support the country’s climate change action agenda,” said Secretary Borje.   Secretary Borje thanked Dr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez, member of the National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) and Chairperson of UPLB’s ISCW, for sharing data on rainfall projections and other datasets pertinent to the work of the Commission, particularly on the ongoing development of a case study on flooding in Masantol, Pampanga.   “There is a compelling task for us to do more than what we are doing right now, especially [in] mainstreaming climate change and in harnessing local experience and expertise as we work to combat climate change.  As the lead agency in the formulation and coordination of relevant policies, the CCC looks to stronger partnerships with SUCs for science-based and data-based driven policy recommendations,” said Sec. Borje.   Underscoring the willingness of the ISCW to work with the CCC, Dr. Sanchez pointed out that the Center was providing key data that covers the whole Pampanga River Basin.   For his part, Dean and Professor of UPLB SESAM Dr. Rico C. Ancog welcomed Secretary Borje’s visit and said that UPLB looks forward to continuous engagement with the CCC in the field of research, extension and development projects on water and climate change.   “This is what we are doing, teaching and academic research. We're serious about doing good research, but we want this to be something, a platform that could be for a lifetime. One thing we can really provide is the more holistic research, so this is really a good start to support the work of the Climate Change Commission,” said Dr. Ancog.   Secretary Borje also highlighted the crucial role of the academe and research institutions in helping local government units better understand climate and disaster risks in order to formulate more appropriate plans of action in addressing climate change within their communities.   “This is only the start of what a stronger partnership should be in the next few years, not just on research, but also in the implementation of climate adaptation projects,” Sec. Borje affirmed. 
April 12, 2022 Tuesday
Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje intervenes and urges the UNFCCC to streamline processes, improve modalities to access climate finance for stronger adaptive capacities of vulnerable nations. Secretary Borje delivered his virtual intervention from Manila during the Fifteenth Meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts held in Bonn, Germany.   MANILA, 12 April 2022 — Philippine Climate Change Commission (CCC) Secretary Robert E.A. Borje called on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to streamline processes and improve modalities in accessing available climate finance to strengthen the adaptive capacities of vulnerable communities to the impacts of climate change.   At the Fifteenth Meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts held in Bonn, Germany, Secretary Borje stressed the urgency of accessing climate finance, pointing out that “The window of opportunity to limit the global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is rapidly closing. The clock is ticking," said Borje.   Secretary Borje, in his intervention delivered virtually from Manila, stressed that vulnerable nations like the Philippines seeking vital financing support for adaptation continued to bear the weight of damages and losses resulting from climate-related disasters.   He underscored the need for “developed countries to fulfill their climate finance commitments, with limited domestic fiscal resources becoming even scarcer as developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change.”   Secretary Borje underlined that for the Philippines, climate-related disasters in the agriculture sector alone cost 0.05 percent of its Gross Domestic Product annually.    He also said that Typhoons “Rai”, “Vamco” and “Goni” caused loss and damage valued at around 1.2 billion US dollars which “represents my Government’s national health insurance funding for approximately 61 million Filipinos. That is around 56% of the Philippines total population,” adding that “the cascading impacts of loss and damage are compounded further by the COVID-19 pandemic and its burden on the country’s economy.”   Secretary Borje warned that while sound fiscal policies and an integrated pandemic response is helping the Philippines bounce back from the pandemic, the world “does not want a worst case scenario where the climate change costs will be too much for us in the developing world to bear.”   “We need urgent climate action to protect and help vulnerable countries like the Philippines improve resilience and adaptive capabilities,” said Secretary Borje.   Borje reminded the Meeting that at the core of climate adaptation and mitigation is “the principle of climate justice. To the least responsible for climate change, to those with the least resources to the most exposed, we need to do more” adding further that “More needs to be done. Together.”   On the other hand, “The Philippines will continue to do its part, with actions firmly founded on our national climate change strategy. We will proceed with strengthening our country’s anticipatory adaptation capacity through the Formulation of the National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change; Stocktaking for the National Climate Risk Management Framework towards enhanced Risk Data Governance and Information Systems; and, Adaptation Case-Building,” Secretary Borje affirmed.   He also explained that funding alone will not suffice and underlined that access must be enhanced. Financing and investments, technology and innovation, and capacity development, through inclusive multilateralism, are crucial as well.   “These tools will help vulnerable countries like the Philippines to address intensifying loss and damage from climate hazards and to implement “no-regrets” and more cost-effective climate actions,” said Secretary Borje.   In closing, Secretary Borje said that the Philippines and other developing countries must do bolder, more coherent action to minimize and avert loss and damage by connecting meaningfully with technical and financial assistance providers to unlock much-needed resources to comprehensively address these climate risks.   “Let us look at ways to streamline processes, simplify procedures, and improve the efficiencies of existing modalities. This is a huge challenge for this Committee. But the Philippines believes that no responsibility is too big nor any task too small as we continue to work together to ensure that climate justice is achieved,” he concluded.   Representatives from New Zealand, Pakistan, and the Climate Action Network commended the Philippines’ steadfast dedication to climate action.
April 12, 2022 Tuesday
Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the telesummit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. | Photo from Presidential Photographers Division   Chinese President Xi Jinping virtually speaks with Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the telesummit. | Photo from Presidential Photographers Division  MANILA, 11 April 2022 — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need for the Philippines and China to work closely to address the impacts of climate change.   In a statement released by the Office of the President, the two heads of state met in a telesummit to take stock of and review ties over the last six years, and to identify more opportunities for positive engagements and cooperation.   During the one hour telephone conversation, President Duterte highlighted the importance of the Philippines and China working together to ensure that the voice of the developing world and archipelagic states, including the Philippines, will be heard in all relevant climate change fora.   President Duterte also underscored the value of practical and pragmatic partnerships that will help bolster climate change resilience and adaptation capabilities, including through infrastructure projects.   Expressing thanks for China’s strong support for the Philippine Government’s “Build, Build Build,” President Duterte said that “modern and climate resilient infrastructure that enhances physical integration is vital in spurring and sustaining economic growth.   Last week, during the inauguration of the iconic Binondo-Intramuros bridge, President Duterte described the Philippine-China partnership in enhancing key infrastructure projects as nations “working together towards a greener, more sustainable and climate change resilient infrastructure.”   President Duterte looked forward to China’s continued partnership in this area underscoring his hope that “present and future generations will enjoy enhanced mobility and connectivity through innovative physical integration.”   President Xi, on the other hand, expressed full support for ongoing and pipeline infrastructure projects, including the Samal Island bridge project during the telesummit.   President Duterte and President Xi considered the elevation of Philippine-China bilateral relations into a Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation as a “milestone achievement that demonstrated the commitment of the Philippines and China to continue building on the gains of the previous years towards the future.”   The leaders’ telesummit was preceded last week by the courtesy call of Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian on newly-appointed Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje. Secretary Borje and Ambassador Huang reaffirmed the importance of practical and pragmatic projects to advance climate change actions, including through cooperation in innovative infrastructure and in renewable energy.
April 11, 2022 Monday
Ambassador Huang Xilian of the People’s Republic of China shook the hand of Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje during the latter’s courtesy call.   Ambassador Huang Xilian of the People’s Republic of China shook the hand of Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje during the latter’s courtesy call.   Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje received a token from Ambassador Huang Xilian of the People’s Republic of China during the latter’s courtesy call.   Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje and Ambassador Huang Xilian of the People’s Republic of China during the latter’s courtesy call. MANILA, 5 April 2022 — The Philippines and China affirmed the importance of continuing partnership in climate change action and emphasised the need for greater cooperation through practical, pragmatic projects.   At China Ambassador Huang Xilian’s courtesy call on Secretary Robert E.A. Borje of the Climate Change Commission, both sides emphasised that urgent climate change action is required - in adaptation,  mitigation and finance - in order to address the many climate challenges faced by the developing world.   “Now, more than ever, partnerships that work are crucial for climate change action to make a real difference. The Philippines and China are well-placed to harness existing cooperation as a launchpad for intensified joint action,” said Secretary Borje.   Saying that the perspective of the developing world and archipelagic/island nations must inform and shape global discussion on climate change, Secretary Borje also stressed that these nations, including the Philippines, “continue to bear the brunt of climate change impact.”   “It cannot be business as usual for our country, our region and our world. We must work harder together. Vital to this is access to technology as well financing for adaptation and mitigation,” said Secretary Borje.   For his part, Ambassador Huang recognised the Philippines’ important role in giving a resonant voice to the developing world on the issue of climate change.   Saying that the Philippines faces many climate challenges and has its own contributions to global discussions and action, Ambassador Huang underlined that China will work closely with the Philippines on “projects and programs that can impact positively and quickly on communities.”   Both Secretary Borje and Ambassador Huang identified cooperation in renewable energy, including solar energy as convergence that offers practical opportunities for proactive partnership.   Both officials also recognised the need to make climate finance and technology more accessible and should continue to be advanced in all relevant fora until results are visible.   Ambassador Huang expressed readiness to further strengthen climate change cooperation between the Philippines and China through discussions with Commissioner Xie Zhenhua for China’s Climate Change Affairs.   Secretary Borje and Ambassador Huang closed the meeting by agreeing to work closely together to “open wider the door of climate change cooperation, action and finance” for the Philippines and China in bilateral, regional and international fora.
April 05, 2022 Tuesday
From left to right: Dr. Nathaniel Alibuyog, CCC-National Panel of Technical Experts; Masantol, Pampanga Mayor Dan Guintu; CCC Chair-Designate Carlos G. Dominguez; CCC Secretary Robert E. A. Borje; and Dr. Patricia Sanchez, CCC-National Panel of Technical Experts. | File name: 29032022MAF (1) | Photo from Presidential Photographers Division   Local residents of Barangay Sapang Kawayan participate in the dialogue conducted by the Climate Change Commission. File name: 29032022MAF (22) | Photo from Presidential Photographers Division   Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez and Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E. A. Borje inspecting key structures in Barangay Sapang Kawayan, Masantol.  | File name: 29032022MAF (11) | Photo from Presidential Photographers Division   The Climate Change Commission conclude the visit to Barangay Sapang Kawayan, Masantol, Pampanga with a joint photo opportunity. From left to right: Rachel Herrera, CCC Commissioner; CCC Chair-Designate Carlos G. Dominguez; CCC Secretary Robert E. A. Borje; and Albert Dela Cruz Sr. | File name: 5A3A0068 MANILA, 31 March 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) jumpstarted the agency’s climate adaptation study in Barangay Sapang Kawayan in Masantol, Pampanga, stressing the importance of a science-based approach and strong community engagement in order to help better understand and effectively address climate change-related and flooding concerns of the town.   CCC Chair-designate and Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez together with CCC Vice Chairperson Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, Commissioner Albert P. dela Cruz, Sr. and Commissioner Rachel S. Herrera, in a dialogue with local leaders and residents, announced a pioneering climate adaptation study that will involve the Philippines National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE).   In 2021, the NPTE identified flooding as one of the climate-induced risks in the Philippines.   Masantol, situated in the Pampanga River Delta, experiences frequent flooding attributable to several factors, including climate change drivers. Sapang Kawayan is Masantol’s nearest island barangay to Manila Bay. With a total population of 3,251, it is part of a larger community that is considered vulnerable to climate change.   “Kaya po kami nandito, dala ang aming mga eksperto, para masusing pag-aralan ang inyong pamayanan. [Dahil sa] climate change, tumitindi ang ulan, dumadami ang typhoons, tumataas ang tubig mula sa Manila Bay, at kailangang mabigyan ng karampatang atensyon ang inyong kalagayan,” said CCC Secretary Borje.   Secretary Borje emphasized that CCC is mobilizing and utilizing the country’s Panel of Technical Experts for a comprehensive, multidimensional and science-based approach to climate change adaptation in Masantol.   NPTE members, Dr. Patricia Ann Sanchez, expert on Climate Change Assessment, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, and Hydrology and Water Resource Management; and Dr. Nathaniel Alibuyog, expert on Agricultural Engineering and Natural Resource Management joined the visit and recommended Pampanga River, storm surges, and water quality as initial focus areas of the study.   Masantol Mayor Danilo Guintu recognized the importance of an effective partnership between Masantol and CCC in order to come up with sustainable solutions to the town’s perennial flooding problem. Mayor Guintu stated that the Local Government Unit will fully support CCC’s Study.   The NPTE is expected to finalize the study within the year and recommend appropriate interventions to bolster Masantol’s resiliency.   Secretary Borje announced that the CCC will organize another visit of members of the NPTE in April 2022.   Also present during the visit and town hall meeting were Department of Finance Assistant Secretary Paola Sherina Alvarez, Sapang Kawayan Barangay Chairperson Haydie D. Reyes, municipal councilors, and personnel of the Provincial and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
March 31, 2022 Thursday
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte underscored the importance of consolidating and moving forward the Philippines’ agenda on climate change, particularly on Climate Justice and Climate Finance. In a joint courtesy call by Climate Change Commission (CCC) Vice-Chairperson and Executive Director Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera and Commissioner Albert P. Dela Cruz, Sr., the President emphasized the need for principled action to advance the interests of island developing states such as the Philippines in order to ensure effective global adaptation and mitigation measures through practical partnership and cooperation.  The Commissioners, for their part, jointly assured President Duterte that the CCC is committed to further strengthening policy formulation and coordinating mechanisms to advance the Philippine climate change agenda. President Duterte appointed Secretary Borje as Vice-Chairperson of the Climate Change Commission and the Commissioners Herrera and Dela Cruz Sr. for a term of six (6) years.  The Climate Change Commission is the lead policymaking agency for the coordination, monitoring and evaluation of programs and plans of the Government relating to climate change. Present during the joint courtesy call were Madame Cielito Avancena and Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, member of the Senate Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change.
March 27, 2022 Sunday
MANILA, 26 March 2022 — Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) is one of the recipients of 2022 Wind Vane Award conferred by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on March 23, during PAGASA’s 157th anniversary and the observance of the 157th National and 72nd World Meteorological Day.   The Wind Vane Award is given to individuals, local governments, and organizations who have greatly contributed and supported the hydrometeorological bureau in its efforts to reduce climate and disaster risks and provide timely weather forecast information and advisories to the general public.   Commissioner Herrera, the sole female awardee, was recognized for her support in the country’s first Green Climate Fund (GCF) project on the establishment of a multi-hazard impact-based forecasting and early warning system (MH-IBF-EWS), which was approved in 2019 and was granted $10 million US dollars to modernize the country’s early warning systems to deliver actionable and timely forecasts and warnings down to “last mile” communities.   PAGASA is the project’s lead executing entity, with support from other agencies, local government units, and organizations, while the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) serves as the project’s direct access entity.   Other Wind Vane awardees for this year are: Department of Agriculture Makati City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) People’s Television Network, Inc. (PTV4) GMA News IMReady Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Undersecretary for Scientific and Technical Services, DOST Dr. Joonseok Lee, Toconet Korea, Co., Ltd. Hon. Juan Carlo Singson Medina, Mayor, Vigan City Dr. Cedric D. Daep, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) Hon. Antonio T. Kho, Governor, Masbate Bataan Peninsula State University Molugan Barangay Council, headed by Hon. Arnold Macarandan, Brgy. Molugan, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental
March 26, 2022 Saturday
MAYNILA, ika-26 ng Enero 2022 — Magbabalik ang Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways na may bagong episode ngayong linggo, kung saan kikilalanin ang ilan sa mga young Climate Reality Leaders (CRL) at ang kanilang mga makabagong ideya at solusyon bilang pagtugon sa climate crisis. Ibabahagi rin ng mga inimbitahang CRL ang kanilang mga karanasan sa pakikipag-ugnayan sa iba’t ibang mga pamayanan at critical decision-makers, habang tinitiyak ang pangkalahatan at tunay na representasyon ng mga kabataan at iba pang mga vulnerable sector.   Ang online na talakayan, na hango sa konsepto at pangunguna ng dating three-term Senator, na ngayo’y Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, ay ipapalabas sa Huwebes, ika-27 ng Enero 2022, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live sa facebook.com/CCCPhl at facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda.   Tampok sa mapapanod na episode, na pinamagatang “Young Climate Leaders Breaking Barriers,” sina Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay, Engagement Officer ng Climate Reality Philippines; Sara Jane Ahmed, Finance Advisor ng Vulnerable Group of Twenty (V20) ng Ministers of Finance ng Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF); at Carissa Pobre, Project Assistant ng Agam Agenda.   Ang mapapanood na episode ay makapag-bibigay sa mga manonood ng mga insight ukol sa mga kuwento at makabagong pamamaraan ng mga inimbitahang CRL na nagkaroon ng  malaking ambag sa climate movement. Ang mga talakayan ay tututok sa kani-kanilang mga trabaho at mga karanasan bilang young climate leaders upang maibahagi sa iba pang mga climate advocate at sa general audience ang papel ng mga kabataan sa usapin ng climate action at ang pangangailangan ng agarang pagtugon sa climate change.   Bilang isang online na talakayan upang maisulong ang kalusugan, kamalayang pang-kapaligiran, at mga kasanayan sa pakiki-angkop sa klima, naglalayon ang “Stories for a Better Normal” na baguhin ang kaisipan ng bawat Pilipino, mga pamilya at pamayanan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapakita ng mga paraan kung paano maisasakatuparan ang ‘better normal’ sa loob ng ating mga pamayanan.   Ang online na talakayan na ito ay na-organisa sa pagtutulungan ng tanggapan ni Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda at ng Climate Change Commission, na binigyang-suporta naman ng Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines at Mother Earth Foundation.
March 26, 2022 Saturday
MANILA, 17 March 2022 — Science fiction film “Viridescent” bagged the Best Film award and three other major awards in the Klima Film Festival 2021 Awarding Ceremony held on March 11 via Facebook Live.   “Viridescent” is a story of a visionary woman and a defeatist man who must work together to retrieve crucial biological data that has been lost. With a breakdown in communication between the two, a one-man mission arose— the one-man mission of a woman, to fulfill their dream of securing planet Earth for humankind again. Its prequel, “Verdant” won as 1st runner-up in the first-ever KFF in 2020.   Aside from the grand prize, which comes with a cash prize of P70,000, the KFF returnee-participant – Mikone Joshua Calungsod of MCDP Films, formerly Ang Maharlika Productions – also took home the following awards: Best in Climate Advocacy, Best Production Design, and Best Cinematography.   The Festival’s 1st Runner-up, who will receive a cash prize of Php 50,000, is “Sigalot sa Pagitan ng Tao at Kalikasan” directed by Erwin Adupe of ENCA Film Production, while “Tanaw” directed by Kaila Ysavl Bergonio of Playback Multimedia won as 2nd runner-up and took home Php 30,000.   After series of deliberations, only four (4) films made it to the finals. These four films were then submitted to the Movies and Television Review and Classification Board to secure a permit to exhibit.   Moreover, these films were screened by six (6) esteemed KFF judges composed of science and film experts. They are as follows: Dr. Doracie Zoleta-Nantes, Chairperson of the National Panel of Technical Experts; Dr. Rodel D. Lasco, Executive Director of the Oscar M. Lopez Center; Ms. Mary Liza B. Diño, Chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines; Ms. Honey M. Castro, Chief of Corporate Affairs and Information Resource Management Division of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW); Dr. Rolando B. Tolentino, Professor at the University of the Philippines Film Institute and member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino; and Ms. Sari Raissa LL. Dalena, Professor at the University of the Philippines Film Institute and an independent filmmaker   The PCW also assisted in identifying the film with the most gender-responsive content.   Below is the complete list of winners of the Klima Film Festival 2021:   Grand Winners: ·Best Film – Viridescent ·1st Runner-Up – Sigalot sa Pagitan ng Tao at Kalikasan ·2nd Runner-Up – Tanaw   Major Awards: ·Best in Climate Advocacy – Viridescent ·Best Screenplay – Tanaw ·Best Musical Scoring – Sigalot sa Pagitan ng Tao at Kalikasan ·Best Production Design – Viridescent ·Best Cinematography – Viridescent ·Best Performance – Andrea Marie Bool for her role as “Aira Mendoza” in Tanaw ·Best Director – Erwin Adupe for Sigalot sa Pagitan ng Tao at Kalikasan   Special Awards: ·Audience Choice Award – Modern Stray (Trianggulo Productions) ·Gender-Responsive Award – Tanaw   Finalist ·Modern Stray   Major award winners will receive trophies and Php 15, 000 each, while the remaining finalist will also bring home Php 15,000. Special award winners will also receive a trophy and a cash prize of Php 5,000 each. The trophies for the KFF are made from recycled materials.   Starting this month until March 2023, enjoy a free unlimited access to the top 4 entries, along with the 10 finalists of the KFF 2020, through the iWant TFC, the Official Media Partner for the KFF.   The conduct of the Klima Film Festival Awarding Ceremony is supported by the GIZ Philippines through the Support CCC II Project jointly implemented by the CCC and GIZ Philippines.   The Klima Film Festival is a project of the Climate Change Commission in partnership with the Oscar M. Lopez Center to mainstream the effects of climate change through the use of short films written and produced by young Filipino filmmakers across the country.   See the latest updates from the Climate Change Commission and the Oscar M. Lopez Center through their website at https://climate.gov.ph/ and https://www.omlopezcenter.org/.
March 17, 2022 Thursday