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BERLIN, 18 July 2022 — Upon the invitation of Germany’s Foreign Federal Office and the Goethe Institut, Climate Change Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera and seven other experts participated in the learning exchange program “Climate Policy for 2050” held in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany from 19 to 25 June 2022.   Participants from Costa Rica, Finland, Israel, Japan, Kurdistan region of Iraq, Mozambique, and Romania joined Commissioner Herrera to the roundtable discussions and meetings with German ministry units, research institutes, and universities to explore German policies toward reducing carbon emissions and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Germany has set ambitious targets of 80% greenhouse gas reduction by 2045 and renewable energy and energy efficiency will be the standard for investments to keep their economy competitive in a decarbonizing world.   “I thank the German Government for extending the invitation to the Philippine Climate Change Commission (CCC) to this learning workshop. The relationship between Germany and Philippines remains strong and positive. We are already working on many fronts, import of exchanges and sharing of experience towards increased climate change capacities,” said CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje. “Rest assured that we will sustain this international engagement to address the existential threat of climate change and its impacts,” he added.   Forging ahead on climate action, the Philippines has always taken on important leadership roles in international climate diplomacy and in crafting more effective and more equitable international climate policies. As a country most vulnerable to climate change, the Philippines can learn a great deal from Germany in a wide range of fields from transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate adaptation such as through flood protection, disaster risk reduction, and sustainability.   “We hope to count on Germany as a strong partner in this particular endeavor for climate justice and equity, bound not just by our shared goals for a more sustainable future, but by our shared understanding that no nation is safe from the climate crisis until all nations are,” Herrera said in a meeting with German officials.   The group was hosted by Ambassador Hinrich Thölken, Federal Foreign Office Special Advisor on International Climate and Energy Policy in a roundtable discussion on international climate efforts and partnerships, and met with Dr. Martin Weiß, Head of Division KB1 Climate Protection Programme at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action to learn about the country’s specific policy and market-based mechanisms towards targeting net-zero emissions by 2045.   They also engaged with subject matter experts such as Dr. Oliver Richters of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; energiewaechter GmbH (energy and building sector industry consultants) representatives led by Prof. Dr. Eckhart Hertszch, Professor for Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods at the Technische Universitat Berlin; and Spreeakademie Managing Director Sebastian Zoepp, on climate risk management and socioeconomic research, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and just transition from coal mining in the Lusatia region.   In Hamburg, they visited the Climate Service Center (GERICS) where Dr. Peer Seipold, Head of Department, and Ph.D student Mr. Cristóbal Reveco presented the extensive work of GERICS worldwide to assess the impact of climate change on private sector planning and investment. Thereafter, the group toured the Hamburg port city waterfront, together with the Ministry of Transport and Mobility Transition Agency of Roads, Bridges and Waterways (LSBG) where Mr. Jan-Moritz Müller of the Water Bodies and Flood Protection Division, Hydrology and Water Management Department presented the city’s latest programs to protect against floods and storm surge.   The tour also provided more opportunity to learn about climate-resilient hydrology studies through discussions with Dr. Horst Sterr, geographer and Professor Emeritus of the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel together with his team of experts on sea level rise and flood risk management in the context of the Baltic Sea and North Sea, with aspects of nature-based solutions and information and education campaigns targeting the community.   Herrera also paid a courtesy visit to the Philippine Embassy in Berlin Chargé d' Affaires Lilibeth Pono to urge continued cooperation between Germany and the Philippines in pursuit of productive exchanges on science-based climate planning and programming.
July 18, 2022 Monday
MANILA, 18 July 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) underscored the importance of managing climate risks in order to build climate resilience, but urgent and drastic changes must be made to avert the worst of the climate crisis and limit global warming to 1.5˚ Celsius.   The climate body explained that climate-related risks are potential negative impacts that we may experience because of climate change—from extreme weather events like floods, typhoons, and heatwaves to slow-onset events like rising sea levels, ocean acidification, desertification, and the loss of biodiversity.   “We have to make it clear that resilience is not just about withstanding disasters again and again. It’s about being able to anticipate and adapt. It’s about preparing, not just about responding,” said Climate Change Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera in a webinar organized by the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) during the Philippine Sustainability Month in June. “As a developing country, there are risks for the Philippines because we are more vulnerable to hazards, the greater majority of our people also have less means to cope and to bounce back in the event of disasters. With climate change accelerating, these risks will only multiply and worsen”, she added.   To urgently build resilience capacities of our communities, CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje stressed that climate policies, programs and projects, and promotions must be anchored on the principle of Building Right At First Sight. This is to ensure the optimal use of our limited resources to science- and evidence-based priority climate change programs.”   Herrera further explained that there are four broad approaches in managing climate risks. First is through mitigation, which means cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions, by using renewable energy or biking and walking instead of using cars, as well as refusing single-use plastics. Second is through adaptation, which means improving our capacity to prepare, respond, and recover from climate impacts, by establishing multi-hazard early warning systems, rainwater harvesting, starting seed banks, reforesting mangroves, cultivating rooftop gardens, building roadside ditches and sea walls, and having practice drills for disaster response and preparedness.   Herrera also mentioned geoengineering or climate engineering, which is the large-scale modification of our climate, through solar radiation management and carbon sequestration. And finally, expanding knowledge base to learn and understand more about our climate and to bring science up to policymaking tables and to our communities, in order to manage climate risks better.   Herrera also cited the Department of Science and Technology’s HazardHunterPH, which is the country's one-stop shop for seismic, volcanic, or hydrometeorologic hazards, as one of the best examples of how we can improve the way we manage the risks we face, whether as individuals, as institutions, or as communities.   “The challenge now is to bring this kind of awareness, this kind of proactive action on addressing climate risk, to a wider scale, reaching especially our last mile communities. We face immense challenges; the hazards ahead threaten our lives and our livelihoods, our families and our futures; but we are not helpless. We in the CCC are hopeful that we can ramp up our capacity to manage climate risks wherever we are. In doing so, we can chart a path towards a safer and truly more resilient future for all Filipinos,” Herrera concluded.
July 18, 2022 Monday
MANILA, 13 July 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and various transport groups vowed to accelerate the transportation sector’s transition towards low-carbon and sustainable development in pursuit of the country’s commitments under the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).   In the Climate and Transport Forum co-organized by the two agencies, participants from the national government, public and private transport stakeholders, businesses, enterprises, and civil society organizations signed a Pledge of Support to further mainstream climate-responsive and low-carbon ways in the transport sector.   The pledge include finding and implementing sustainable pathways to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the sector, gathering of relevant transport data, promotion of clean and green technologies, and employing low-carbon strategies, policies, and programs not only to reduce or avoid GHG emissions, but to realize the common vision of sustainable transport, among others.   Based on the 2010 National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, the transport sector ranked as the third-largest emitter sector in the country with 24.17 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e). These emissions are caused by land transportation (87.88%), water-borne navigation (9.18%), and domestic aviation (2.95%).   In his welcome remarks, CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje emphasized the progress the Philippine government has made in transitioning to a sustainable and low-carbon transportation system.   He recognized the DOTr for empowering low carbon initiatives for transport, being one of the first sectoral agencies that institutionalized the greenhouse gas inventory team and first to submit quantified mitigation measures for the NDC to the CCC.   Despite steps taken to fulfill the country’s commitments to sustainable development, Secretary Borje stressed that “the growing population, rapid urbanization, and worsening climate conditions require us to do more. More than build back better, we must Build Right at First Sight.”   This entails averting disasters, working smart, having adequate resources, and anchoring policies and programs on universally accessible climate science and technology.   “We need to be transformative as we transition the transport sector to low carbon development. We need to forge partnerships, unlock access to finance and technology, and operate in a whole-of-nation approach towards an effective and transformative low carbon transport sector - a transformation that would benefit everyone,” Secretary Borje said.   On the other hand, then DOTR Secretary Arthur Tugade underscored the need to ensure that no one will be left behind in the transformation of the transportation sector.   “We would like to move forward with a common vision of equitable access of transport across all income groups, genders, and abilities to ensure that no Filipino shall be left behind. This forum has been organized in partnership with the Climate Change Commission to celebrate the success that we had and to start our conversation on how to further mainstream climate-responsive and low-carbon ways in the transport sector,” said former Secretary Tugade.   The forum featured panel discussions on low-carbon transportation from various sectors, including the academe, Dr. Jose Bienvenido Biona of De La Salle University; development partners, Mr. Jose Alfonso Maria Cua from UNDP Low Carbon Transport Project Team; private sector, Mr. Yuri Sarmiento from Electric Vehicle Expansion Enterprises, Inc. and the Federation of Electric Vehicle Operators, Inc; public transport operators and cooperatives, Mr. Leonardo Bautista from Pagunova Transport and Multi-purpose Service Cooperative; and transport sector civil society organizations, Mr. John Leo Algo from Aksyon Klima Pilipinas.   The event was held in anticipation of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) in July, which emphasizes the importance of collaboration in addressing the challenges of climate change and disaster risk reduction and management. This year’s NDRM theme, “Sambayanang Pilipino, Nagkakaisa tungo sa Katatagan at Maunlad na Kinabukasan” highlights the unifying efforts of all sectors and communities towards sustainable development.   This forum supports the Philippine Government’s inclusive approach to policy development which includes avoidance, mobility efficiency, and low-carbon solutions as part of the transition of the transportation industry to a low carbon future.   Watch the replay of the Climate and Investment Forum through this link: https://fb.watch/dXnVR1ryKj/.
July 13, 2022 Wednesday
LAGUNA, 13 July 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños - School of Environmental Science and Management (UPLB-SESAM) have committed to collaborate on harnessing science and humanware in climate policies and recommendations toward climate resilience.   CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje and UPLB-SESAM Dean Dr. Rico C. Ancog formalized the partnership through a Letter of Commitment (LOC) highlighting the importance of analytics- and science-based approaches in formulating climate policies.   In his message, Secretary Borje emphasized that addressing climate crisis is an “intergenerational responsibility”, and that the academe and educators have a critical role to play in developing human and community capacities for climate change and sustainable development.   Citing the local experience and expertise that can be tapped and “moved forward” to the next generation, Secretary Borje said, “We our doing our part. We're harnessing not just the hardware, not just the software, but what we call humanware,” said Secretary Borje.   Stressing the need for specialized training on the sciences to increase the Philippines’ resiliency and development capacities, Secretary Borje recognized the UPLB-SESAM for its interdisciplinary academic programs that will address “humanware” requirements for Philippine climate resiliency.   Secretary Borje also lauded the availability of UPLB-SESAM’s extension programs and support to government agencies like the Climate Change Commission formalized now through the LOC.   The CCC is embarking on strengthening partnerships with stakeholders such as the academic and scientific community to bolster science- and evidence-based policies and recommendations while maximizing and optimizing domestic resources.   The Commitment between CCC and UPLB-SESAM is in line with the ongoing case study on local climate risk profiling of vulnerable communities, to assist in the identification of adaptation and mitigation initiatives anchored on site-specific risks and vulnerabilities.   Also present during the LOC signing were Dr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez, and UPLB Professors, Dr. Maria Victoria O. Espaldon and Dr. Evaristo T. Cando. 
July 13, 2022 Wednesday
MANILA, 6 July 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is set to meet bilateral and multilateral development partners to push for broader, results-oriented collaboration for stronger Philippine climate change resiliency.   CCC will convene ‘Strengthening Partnerships for Climate-Resilient Philippines’ on 7 July 2022 to take stock of existing climate change partnerships and determine ways to optimise international partnerships for a more climate-resilient Philippines.   “This will be the first meeting with Philippine development partners since the inauguration of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. who made clear his guidance regarding national responsibility and international engagement in order to address the challenges of climate change,” said Secretary Robert E.A. Borje of the Climate Change Commission.   “President Marcos has  recognized the principle of “Common But Differentiated Responsibilities” of States and, while stating that the Philippines is a responsible member of the international community, stresses that it’s the responsibility of States responsible for climate change to do more,” said Secretary Borje.   “This is climate justice in no uncertain terms. It’s a principled position because, as President Marcos said, the Philippines has a relatively small carbon footprint but we bear the impact of climate change. The CCC will be guided by President Marcos’ guidance and vision of building a more climate-resilient Philippines through stronger international partnerships,” he added.   CCC Secretary Borje will lead the meeting highlighting the importance of building and fostering multilateral and bilateral partnerships for climate resilience.   He will be joined by Finland’s Ambassador Juha Marku Pyykkö.   Representatives from the embassies of Canada, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America will also be present.   The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), NDC Partnership, United Nations Development Programme Philippines (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United States Agency for International Development Philippines (USAID), and the World Bank are also sending representatives, to share  the status and progress on their climate change initiatives in the Philippines.   Currently, the Philippines has ongoing partnerships with GGGI for the ‘Climate-Resilient and Inclusive Green Growth’, and IOM for ‘Accelerating Implementation in the Agricultural Value Chain in Oriental Mindoro’, both in the form of technical assistance amounting to US $519,094.   “We are hopeful that the meeting will provide fresh impetus to collaborative climate change efforts aimed at delivering results,” said Secretary Borje.   As the lead policy-making body of the government on climate change, the Commission recognizes the importance of coordinating and synchronizing climate change programs with national government agencies and other stakeholders, such as foreign embassies and development partners.
July 06, 2022 Wednesday
MANILA, 2 July 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Society of Filipino Foresters Inc. (SFFI) established a partnership to boost efforts for a carbon neutral Philippines through science-based reforestation initiatives.   The Carbon Neutral Program (CNP) Convergence, signed in June 2022, led to several activities, including a nationwide tree planting activity in commemoration of the Philippine Arbor Day with a pledging session targeting to plant ten (10) million trees by 2030.   The CNP Convergence will facilitate a series of forestation initiatives to increase the carbon sequestration capacity of the Philippine forests.   CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje underscored the importance of the partnership, and highlighted that government agencies and professional organizations must lead in promoting and achieving carbon neutrality.   Secretary Borje thanked the PRC, DENR, and the SFFI for a partnership that will further enhance the country’s climate change initiatives related to forestry and natural resources management. He emphasized that “together, we make things happen.”   “The PRC is one with the DENR, CCC, and SFFI in recognizing forests as a carbon sink that could sustain the development of economic growth of the country. Thus, we must act now to avert further harm to our surroundings,” said PRC Chairperson Pilando.   Secretary Borje also cited the roles of the SFFI and its members in helping inform and raise the level of awareness on planting and growing trees in order to achieve carbon neutrality for the Philippines.   In a seminar prior to the tree planting activity at La Mesa Ecopark, SFFI highlighted that a tree that is three years old and above is expected to sequester about ten (10) kilograms of carbon dioxide per year in its lifespan. With every individual estimated to contribute around one (1) ton of carbon in a lifetime, each person should plant and grow at least one hundred (100) trees to be carbon neutral.   The United Nations Environment Programme defined carbon neutrality as achieving close to zero carbon emissions “by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset.”   In the nationwide tree planting activity spearheaded by the PRC, about 32,000 saplings of different tree species were planted.   During the pledging session led by the Million Trees Foundation Inc. at the Million Trees Nursery Eco Learning Center, the Philippine Government and professional organizations and groups committed to plant 1.7 million more trees this year.   The CNP Convergence, through its National Steering Committee, will augment existing initiatives towards a more robust realization of our carbon emission reduction targets under the 2021 Nationally Determined Contribution.   To know more about the CNP Convergence, follow the social media accounts of the Climate Change Commission, Professional Regulatory Commission, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc.
July 02, 2022 Saturday
MANILA, 28 June 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are set to bring together stakeholders from various transport groups and industry, civil society organizations, national government agencies, and local government units to discuss ways to further mainstream climate-responsive and low-carbon practices in the transport sector.   The ‘Climate and Transport Forum: Sustaining Initiatives for Low Carbon Transport Systems and Services’ will be held in Pasig City. CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, Jr. will lead the Forum highlighting the importance of ushering low carbon measures for the transformation of the transport sector.     Dr. Jose Bienvenido Biona of De La Salle University; Mr. Jose Alfonso Maria Cua from United Nations Development Programme Low Carbon Transport Project Team; Mr. Yuri Sarmiento from Electric Vehicle Expansion Enterprises, Inc. and the Federation of Electric Vehicle Operators, Inc.; Mr. Leonardo Bautista from the Office of Transportation Cooperatives, and Mr. Rodne Galicha from Aksyon Klima will share their insights on various subtopics on low-carbon transportation throughout the program.   Based on the 2010 National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, the transport sector is responsible for an estimated 24.17 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e), making it the third-largest emitter sector in the country. These emissions are caused by land transportation (87.88%), water-borne navigation (9.18%), and domestic aviation (2.95%).   This forum supports the Philippine Government’s inclusive approach to policy development which includes avoidance, mobility efficiency, and low-carbon solutions as part of the transition of the transportation industry to a low carbon future.   The Climate and Transport Forum will be held on 29 June 2022 (Wednesday) in Pasig City, and will also be streamed live via Facebook pages of the CCC at www.facebook.com/CCCPhl and the DOTr at www.facebook.com/DOTrPH.   For more information, visit the social media pages of CCC and DOTr.
June 28, 2022 Tuesday
MANILA 22 June 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Climate Reality Project Philippines (TCRP) invite the public to watch the second episode of “Stories for A Better Reality,” this Thursday, 23 June 2022, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live, in time for the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month.   The episode, entitled, “Tayo at ang Natatanging Mundo: Sustainable Actions for the Planet” will underscore the importance of sustainable lifestyles and environmental practices that help protect our #OnlyOneEarth.   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 episode will feature youth leaders and sustainability advocates Mr. Prince Jimdel Ventura, 2021 Climate Ambassador of the Global Youth Climate Network and Youth 4 Sustainable Cities Ambassador; and Ms. Dana Marie Perez, CEO and Founder of Sustainability Hero and Content Creator at Sustainable Living by Dana to share their sustainable strategies to protect our planet.   Climate change and sustainability are interlinked. While sustainability is a broad concept that encompasses different aspects, this is also a form of climate action that can help address the impacts of climate change.   As youth play an important role in addressing climate change, they must be at the forefront in developing models and best practices for a sustainable future.   The upcoming episode endeavors to encourage more young people to be advocates for climate action through storytelling that breaks down the complexities of climate change issues.   “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.   NPTE Member Dr. Maria Angela Zafra will also join us for the #ExpertsExplain to give sustainability tips addressing climate change. This will be followed by a response from Assistant Director Diane Gail Maharjan of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).   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, Kids for Kids, and Wavefarers.
June 22, 2022 Wednesday
BONN, GERMANY, 19 June 2022 — In its strongest statement yet, the Philippines scored the inaction and “delaying tactics” of several key nations that held back results-oriented work of the United Nations for the mandated global climate change agenda, particularly for developing and vulnerable nations.   At the closing plenary of the 56th Session of Subsidiary Bodies (SB56) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, Climate Change Commission (CCC) Secretary Robert Borje pointed out that key issues, including financing for climate loss and damage and improved modalities to access technology and build capacities, did not gain further traction despite previous pronouncements of commitments by parties to the UNFCCC.      Secretary Borje likewise expressed serious concerns over the impact of inaction on global trust in the work on climate change.       “While key stakeholders engage in dismaying delaying tactics disguised as discussions, we are undermining global trust in multilateralism and eroding the confidence of our people and the youth in the work that we do,” stressed Secretary Borje.   SB56 was envisioned to conclude with decision points ready for adoption and implementation in the next session of the Conference of Parties (COP) particularly on financial support to address, avert and minimize climate loss and damages to developing and vulnerable nations.   “The Philippines calls for concrete results from our engagements. We must be open, transparent and accountable to this process, ramp up not just plans and processes but adaptation and mitigation actions – up to the smallest unit of governance,” underscored Secretary Borje.   Emphasizing the need for climate justice, Secretary Borje said, “We cannot fail our world. Climate justice demands this from all of us. For those who are most responsible for climate change, you have to do more.”   Secretary Borje highlighted the importance of giving space “not just for loss and damage dialogue but action” and urged the meeting to “unlock climate finance” for the developing world and developing nations.   In separate statements, members and subgroups of the G77 & China Group namely the African Group of Nations (AGN), Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Least Developed Countries (LDC), Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDC), Independent Alliance of Latin American and the Caribbean (AILAC), Brazil-South Africa-India-China (BASIC), Argentina-Brazil-Uruguay (ABU), Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), the Arab Group, Coalition for Rainforest Nations, and Parties including Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Ghana, Türkiye, Marshall Islands, Nepal, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Panama and Timor Leste, expressed “concern,” “frustration” and “disappointment” over developments at the SB56.   With challenges faced by Parties and non-party stakeholders during SB56, Secretary Borje stressed that the demonstrated commitment of the global community to the multilateral process is critical.   “While we encountered challenges in SB56, the Philippines remains committed to engage all Parties and non-party stakeholders,” said Secretary Borje. “For us, this multilateral process is crucial to draw in all stakeholders together toward actions that deliver results.”   He also underscored that the principle of climate justice must move the world to achieve results, urging nations and the international community to anchor their work and actions on climate justice in the lead up to the 27th Session of the COP to the UNFCCC (COP27).   “As we prepare for COP27, we need to ensure that it becomes an energized platform for implementation—as COP27 is aptly described,” said Secretary Borje.   COP27 will be held on 6-18 November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. This year’s theme is “Together for Implementation: Uniting the World to Tackle Climate Change”.   “Before we leave these halls, Excellencies, let us recommit ourselves to a COP27 that must be the legacy of decisive action by the global community, a defining moment for much-needed human leadership,” Secretary Borje concluded.    Secretary Borje headed the Philippine Delegation to SB56, with National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Mercedita Sombilla as Deputy Head of Delegation.   Comprising the onsite Philippine delegation to SB56 are key officials and representatives from CCC, NEDA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Department of Science and Technology.    Watch the full speech of Secretary Borje through this link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=721533739131877.
June 19, 2022 Sunday
BONN, GERMANY, 18 June 2022 – The Philippines stressed anew the need for urgent “actions with results” towards a more effective and efficient global strategy to address climate change.   Delivering the Philippines’ National Statement at the opening of the 56th Session of Subsidiary Bodies on Climate Change (SB56), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Mercedita Sombilla underlined that the entire international community needs to “transform theories and rhetoric into practical and pragmatic solutions applicable to the smallest, isolated, and disadvantaged communities to achieve holistic and sustainable development.”   Undersecretary Sombilla further emphasized that what is needed for developing and vulnerable nations are “actions with results” particularly loss and damages, climate finance, capacity development and technology transfer and development.   Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert Borje said this results-oriented approach and demand is critical for developing and climate change vulnerable countries, and is “firmly anchored on the principle of climate justice.”   “To give our people the environment we deserve, we – the global community - need to do more—for the least responsible for climate change, those with the least resources, and those who are most vulnerable and at risk,” said Secretary Borje. “Conversely, for those most responsible for climate change, with the most resources, you – the developed and industrialized countries need to do more. This is climate justice,” explained Secretary Borje.   “SB56 determines the road ahead and the pace with which the international community takes towards addressing climate change and enhancing climate resiliency. The agenda and the results expected must, therefore, be clear,” added Secretary Borje.   The National Statement at SB56 further amplified the call for greater sense of urgency by the Philippines during the Stockholm+50 International Meeting held on 2-3 June 2022 in Sweden and the Dushanbe Water Process Conference held on 6-9 June in Tajikistan where Secretary Borje also expressed the need to push the work and results-oriented climate agenda as “existential threats leave the Philippines and the developing world very vulnerable and at greater risk.”   SB56 is the lead up to the 27th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is scheduled on 6-18 November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. On the road to COP27, the Philippines is working on immediate and substantial progress on the Global Goal on Adaptation and National Adaptation Plans, the Glasgow-Sharm El-Sheikh Work Program, on addressing and financing loss and damage, and accessing climate finance and other means of implementation for developing and most vulnerable countries.   The Philippine delegation to SB56 comprises 17 key officials and representatives from CCC, NEDA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Department of Science and Technology.   For updates on the participation of the Philippines to SB 56, follow the social media accounts of the CCC at /CCCPhl.
June 18, 2022 Saturday
LOOK: Secretary Robert Borje of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) met with Tajikistan Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Hon. Juma Daler Shofaqir, at the sidelines of the Dushanbe Water Process in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. From the 4th Asia Pacific Water Summit held in Kumamoto City Japan, the two officials advanced the discussion on water and energy resources management and climate-resilient infrastructure. Both explored opportunities to accelerate sustainable solutions to interlinking world challenges, including water and climate change, which may be adopted by the developing world. The Philippines and Tajikistan look forward to strengthening partnership and collaboration in pushing the agenda on water resources, amidst worsening climate challenges. The Dushanbe Water Conference was held on 6-9 June 2022 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte designated Secretary Borje as the Head of Delegation and the President’s personal representative to the Conference.
June 17, 2022 Friday
LOOK: Secretary Robert E.A. Borje of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) met with the Rector of Tajikistan Agrarian University, Mr. Mahmadyorzoda Usmon Mamur, at the Dushanbe Water Process Conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Secretary Borje and Mr. Mamur highlighted the role of academic institutions in strengthening national capacities to deliver climate action with results, such as defining inclusive approaches on water and agriculture, among other sectors and ecosystems. The Dushanbe Water Conference was held on 6-9 June 2022 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte designated Secretary Borje as the Head of Delegation and the President’s personal representative to the Conference.
June 17, 2022 Friday
MANILA, 16 June 2022 — The Philippines underscored the urgent need for climate justice in order to successfully realize responsible global and regional partnerships ensuring water sustainability and sufficiency across regions.   At the plenary session of the 2nd Dushanbe Water Process Conference in Tajikistan, on 8 June 2022, Climate Change Commission (CCC) Secretary Robert Borje called attention to water scarcity as “one of the future global climate risks” and urged regional and global action to “formulate and implement water development strategies and trajectories in the era of climate change, up to the last mile and up to the last person.”   Secretary Borje stressed that at the heart of climate change action is the principle of climate justice where more needs to be done for “those who are least responsible for climate change, to those with the least resources, to those most exposed, vulnerable and at risk, we need to do more.”   He also challenged developed and industrialized countries, “to the most responsible, to those with the most resources, you have to do more.”   “To this end, we need climate financing. Make it more accessible and available. Unlock it for the developing world,” he underlined as he stressed that this was not a plea for handouts but an urgent call for “responsible partnership” leading to actions with results.   A week earlier in the Stockholm+50 International Meeting held on 02 June 2022 in Sweden, Secretary Borje pointed out that climate justice “should not be a choice but an obligation” and that “justice requires us to do more,” while underscoring that the world’s “collective moral fiber should be outraged if we cannot deliver climate justice.”   He also called for a review of the global approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation with a paradigm that stresses “Build Right at First Sight” as climate financing resources for developing nations remain difficult to access.   President Rodrigo Roa Duterte designated Secretary Borje as the Head of Delegation and the President’s personal representative to the 2nd Dushanbe Water Process Conference.   Watch the highlight of the Opening of the Dushanbe Water Process with Secretary Borje through this link:  https://www.facebook.com/rtvmalacanang/videos/1071878096745353.   For updates regarding the participation of the CCC in the Dushanbe Water Process Conference, follow our social media accounts at /CCCPhl and hashtag #CCCinDushanbe.
June 16, 2022 Thursday
MANILA, 8 June 2022 — The Philippines has been granted a total of $650 million or around P34.32 billion in loan commitments from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support the country’s climate change adaptation and mitigation programs and to strengthen domestic capital markets in the country.   Department of Finance Secretary and Climate Change Commission (CCC) Chair-Designate Carlos G. Dominguez and ADB Deputy Director General Winfried Wicklein exchanged loan documents for the Climate Change Action Program 1 (CCAP1) and Capital Market-Generated Infrastructure Financing Program, Subprogram 2 (CM-GIF2) in a ceremony held last Friday.   The CCAP1, amounting to $250 million, is the ADB’s first climate change policy-based loan program. It recognizes the Philippines as a pioneer in climate policy development finance and encourages other nations to design their own multi-sector climate programs.   This program demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to provide long-term attention to the climate crisis, which has had a significant impact on the country. The Philippines has taken the initiative to be one of the first Asia-Pacific countries to implement climate change policies.   “We owe it to the Filipino people to build the nation’s resiliency against climate change. We cannot wait for the industrialized economies to break their inertia and accept the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing climate finance to vulnerable countries,” Secretary Dominguez emphasized.   Meanwhile, the CM-GIF2, amounting to $400-million, supports the government's initiative of funding infrastructure at a lower relative cost and connecting private sector infrastructure to capital markets.  It builds on the accomplishments of Subprogram 1, which intended to increase the availability of long-term finance to support investments, as well as the ADB's decades-long engagement in the Philippines' capital market.   CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje welcomed the initiative, emphasising that support for the Philippines’ climate change adaptation and mitigation programs is key to ramping up national resiliency.   Secretary Borje also stressed the importance of bilateral cooperation and climate finance to enable developing and vulnerable countries to further strengthen adaptive capacities of developing countries and sustain economic growth and development.   The ADB's policy-based lending modality, which not only mobilizes funding for continued COVID-19 response obligations, but also supports green, resilient, and inclusive development in key priority sectors, bolsters the country's post-pandemic growth momentum.   "We, at the ADB, are honored and proud to partner with the Philippines, to partner with you, including also through these difficult times in the pandemic. We are fully committed to supporting the Philippines and improving the livelihoods of all the FIlipinos and creating a stronger, green, and resilient economy,” said Deputy Director General Wicklein.   “The two (2) programs are not unrelated. An improved infrastructure backbone will increase the efficiency of our economy. It will enable us to improve our climate resiliency and spur sustainable growth,” said Secretary Dominguez.   Officials and representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Securities and Exchange Commission, Insurance Commission, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, Social Security System, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Laguna Lake Development Authority, and the Climate Change Commission, represented by Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera, were present in the ceremony.
June 08, 2022 Wednesday
MANILA, 8 June 2022 — The Philippines urged nations to shift the global paradigm to effectively address the climate crisis to speed up resilience, achieve sustainable development, strengthen environmental protection.   At the plenary session of the Stockholm+50 International Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, Climate Change Secretary Robert Borje urged nations to go beyond “Build Back Better” and choose to “Build Right at First Sight.”   Secretary Borje pointed out that global resources committed to climate change adaptation available for developing nations were diminishing and necessitated a change in approach.   He stressed that in order to optimize limited financial resources, there is a need to prevent disasters and that it is important to get efforts right at “first sight”, noting that planning, political will and best available science and technology would be crucial.   “We must go beyond build-back-better. With limited resources available, let us choose to Build Right at First Sight: Avert disasters. Work smart, have adequate resources, and anchor policies and programs on universally accessible climate science and technology, emphasized Secretary Borje.   He likewise called on ramped up assistance by the developed countries as developing nations like the Philippines continue to grapple with the impacts of climate change.   “For those who are most responsible for climate change, with the most resources, you need to do more. This is climate justice,” said Secretary Borje.   “Let me say this loudly and clearly – this should not be a choice but an obligation. Justice requires this. Our collective moral fiber should be outraged if we cannot deliver climate justice,” he strongly underscored.     “Our call today: unlock climate finance for the developing world. Unlock it now before it is too late. We don’t ask for handouts. We call for urgent responsible partnership because the environment clock is ticking,” emphasized Secretary Borje.        Secretary Borje headed the Philippine Delegation comprising H.E. Maria Lumen Isleta, Philippine Ambassador to Sweden; National Economic and Development Authority Undersecretary Mercedita Sombilla, Minister Leila Lora-Santos of the Philippine Mission to the UN in New York City, Deputy Permanent Representative Maria Rossana Josue of the Philippine Embassy in Nairobi, and representatives from the Department of Finance and Department of Environment and Natural Resources.   Watch the full speech of Secretary Borje through this link: https://www.facebook.com/rtvmalacanang/videos/1679298362406131.   For updates regarding the participation of the CCC in Stockholm +50, follow our social media accounts at /CCCPhl and hashtag #CCCinStockholm50.
June 08, 2022 Wednesday
MANILA, 3 June 2022 — On the last day of the session of the 18th Congress, the House of Representatives adopted Resolution 2605, "Expressing the Sense of the House of Representatives for Climate Justice, Strengthened Implementation of the Philippines Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Laws, and for the Developed Countries to Deliver on Their Commitments."   The House Resolution, authored by Antique Lone District Representative Loren Legarda, Bohol 1st District Representative Edgar Chatto, and Kabataan Partylist Representative Sarah Jane Elago, calls for the urgent and effective implementation of the country’s ten (10) environment and climate change laws, projects, and programs.   Through this Resolution, all government agencies are directed to maximize the utilization of their resources to improve the country's resilience to climate change and natural disasters.   The Resolution also demands developed countries to deliver on their Paris Agreement commitments, particularly in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing targets on their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).   Developed countries are also urged to provide assistance to developing countries in the form of technology, capacity development, and, climate finance, which includes jointly mobilizing US$100 billion annually from 2020 to 2025.   The Resolution supports the establishment of an accountability mechanism for climate change and a specific Loss and Damage Fund through a policy framework.   It also calls for an enabling policy environment to transition the country towards sustainability and climate resilience by prioritizing relevant legislation and complementing national policies and frameworks on the environment and climate change.   Moreover, the Resolution seeks for climate justice from corporations and developed countries who are the major contributors to environmental degradation.   Lastly, the Resolution commits to ensure more youth participation in legislative proceedings and prioritize government funding for youth-oriented capacity-building programs for their various initiatives on environmental protection and climate action.   "Sana po ay patuloy nating bigyan ng ngipin, for effective and efficient implementation, ang ating 10 landmark environmental laws, so we will be ensured a climate-resilient, sustainable, green, and regenerative economy that will be fair and just to all the vulnerable populations of our country," Legarda said in her privilege speech.   The ten landmark environmental laws are as follows: Clean Air Act of 1999 (RA 8749); Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act No. 9003); Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 (RA 9147); Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act (RA 11038); Clean Water Act of 2004 (RA 9275); National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008 (RA 9512); Renewable Energy Act of 2008 (RA 9513); Climate Change Act of 2009 (RA 9729), as amended by the People’s Survival Fund Act of 2012 (RA 10174); and the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA 10121).
June 03, 2022 Friday
MANILA, 3 June 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are partnering towards promoting and mainstreaming the use of hybrid and electric vehicles in pursuit of a low-carbon, sustainable, and climate-resilient development in the country.   A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) was turned over to CCC by DOE last May 30 in a ceremony led by DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi and CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje at the DOE Office in Bonifacio Global City.   The transfer is in line with DOE’s "Alternative Fuels Program for Transportation and Other Purposes," which promotes the use of cleaner alternative fuels and energy technologies for transportation.   The initiative is timely, especially with the recent enactment of Republic Act 11697, otherwise known as the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA), which provides for a national policy framework to develop the electric vehicle industry in the Philippines.   The endeavor is one step towards reducing the transportation sector's direct dependence on oil and gasoline, especially amidst rising fuel prices affecting consumers. It is also a move towards reducing air pollution levels, as it aligns with the climate change mitigation actions being articulated by the Commission.   CCC Secretary Borje  expressed gratitude to the DOE and reaffirmed the CCC's commitment to working with DOE and other national government agencies on sustainable energy and transport initiatives, and other mutually beneficial initiatives.
June 03, 2022 Friday
MANILA, 26 May 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) continues its consultation with the members of the civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-government organizations (NGOs). The second consultation will happen this Monday, 30 May 2022, at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park.   CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, together with Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera, and Commissioner Albert P. Dela Cruz, will lead the event to be participated  by representatives from CSOs and NGOs. This activity specifically aims to provide a venue for CSOs to provide inputs on the policy guidance of CCC under the new administration. It also seeks insights for climate change conferences, meetings, and events.   In April, the Commission held its first consultation with representatives from 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.   The activity is part of the CCC’s commitment to scale up activities, and  to foster deeper and broader engagement with civil society and non-government stakeholders, towards promoting an enabling environment for climate action.   For details and updates on the second consultation, email the CCC’s Strategic Partnership Division at spd@climate.gov.ph.
May 26, 2022 Thursday
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