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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
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