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CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje delivers a keynote message at the "Writing the Story of Our Generation" event, coinciding with World Press Freedom Day. The event underscores the critical role of journalism in shaping public understanding of climate change and driving positive ecological action. MANILA, 8 May 2024 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) highlighted the importance of informed and responsible journalism in the face of rapid ecological degradation and escalating climate crisis. At the "Writing the Story of Our Generation," an online community hangout and story festival hosted by Climate Tracker Asia, the CCC commended the journalists for amplifying the voices of vulnerable sectors and communities affected by ecological injustices, thereby empowering individuals and communities to make informed decisions. "In an era marked by these challenges, the role of journalism in promoting awareness and advocating for sustainable solutions cannot be overstated. You – journalists – have the power to discuss difficult issues, to tell the public the warning signs of a planet in distress. But these are also the stories that bring the reality of climate change into focus, urging us to act," CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje emphasized. Climate change demands transformative action on a global scale, and journalism can play a crucial role in amplifying the urgency of the climate crisis and highlighting innovative solutions from around the world. Journalists serve as catalysts for positive change by showcasing renewable energy initiatives, conservation efforts, and community-led sustainability projects. "In these uncertain times, we should go beyond acknowledging the existence of ecological challenges," Borje remarked. "We must cultivate a deep respect for the intricate web of life that sustains us all, helping to move everyone toward positive change and responsible stewardship of our planet." Borje also stressed the need for stories that not only illuminate the problems but also highlight the solutions—the ingenuity of scientists, the passion of activists, and the resilience of communities. "We need stories that give hope, because hope drives action leading to positive change." The CCC reaffirmed its commitment to press freedom, transparency, and accountability. Borje encouraged journalists to harness their storytelling power and use their platform to discuss difficult issues and bring the reality of climate change into focus. "Together, let's commit to writing the story of our generation—a story where the voices of the most vulnerable are heard and valued, where we embrace our responsibility as stewards of the Earth, and where we envision a future that is better than today," Borje concluded. World Press Freedom Day, observed on May 3rd, honors the principles of press freedom and underscores the importance of freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. This year’s theme, “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the face of the environmental crisis” emphasizes the importance of accurate reporting, combating misinformation, and promoting a diverse and resilient media landscape. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
May 08, 2024 Wednesday
CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje discusses the integral role of Coops in attaining  the country’s sustainability and climate goals during the 47th General Assembly and 22nd Leader’s Congress of NATCCO. DAVAO CITY, 8 May 2024 — The Climate Change Commission highlighted the integral function of cooperatives in ushering sustainable development and attaining effective climate action in the country during the 47th General Assembly and 22nd Leaders’ Congress of the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO) held recently. Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, emphasized the vital role of cooperatives during the second plenary session titled “Green Growth and Climate Resilience as a Path for Sustainability.” “Cooperatives embody the spirit of bayanihan where people come together to help one another, to share resources, and work towards a common goal. It is also a creative approach to supporting people who need help. Strengthening the resilience of cooperatives enhances the resilience of our people, thereby fortifying the resilience of our entire nation,” said Borje. “Local energy cooperatives can promote renewable sources, such as solar and wind, reducing fossil fuel dependence through shared resources. Agricultural cooperatives, on the other hand, aid sustainable farming, lowering carbon footprints and enhancing biodiversity. Meanwhile, transportation cooperatives advocate eco-friendly travel, cutting emissions and congestion. All of these foster local production for a resilient Philippine economy,” he further explained. During the discussion, Borje amplified the ongoing efforts of the national government to achieve climate resilience and sustainable development across all sectors. He detailed the country’s overarching development and climate plans and frameworks such as the National Framework on Climate Change (NFCC), National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (NCCAP), and the draft National Adaptation Plan (NAP). Borje emphasized the importance of the NAP in assisting cooperatives in identifying their assets and financial risks amid disasters and climate challenges. He delved into how our climate frameworks can effectively facilitate cooperative efforts to promote eco-friendly goods, services, technologies and practices to help protect Philippine ecosystems and biodiversity. Moreover, Borje also highlighted the importance of reducing energy, materials, and water consumption through highly efficient strategies, transitioning to a low-carbon economy, and mitigating long-term waste and pollution. NATCCO was established to supervise the coordination and provision of training and educational services at the national level and serve as a support mechanism for promoting social justice and economic development.  This year, NATCCO’s assembly is focused on the theme “Building Trust, Climate Resilience and Sustainable Futures: Happy Members of Secured Co-ops in an Integrated Network.” The CCC remains steadfast in its commitment to mainstreaming a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach in developing the country’s strategies and plans for the climate crisis. By engaging and involving the public, private, and cooperatives, the CCC aims to foster ecological and sustainable practices across a range of industries and contribute to the attainment of a climate smart and climate resilient Philippines. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
May 08, 2024 Wednesday
The Filipina Changemakers: Champions for Climate Resilience was attended by officials and staff from the Senate of the Philippines, national government agencies, civil society, and relevant organizations. MANILA, 8 May 2024 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC), in partnership with the Office of Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda (OSLL) and The Climate Reality Project (TCRP) Philippines, convened “Filipina Changemakers: Champions for Climate Resilience,” a forum and panel discussion highlighting the roles and challenges of women in climate action. The forum pushed for women's empowerment across various aspects of climate stewardship and planetary  protection, including policy, legislation, science and the arts, in recognition of the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women and girls, as well as their valuable role in influencing national governance and community-based action. “Throughout history, women have been at the forefront of ecological protection and sustainability. From grassroots activists to policymakers, women have played pivotal roles in championing sustainable practices and policies that promote climate resilience,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda during her keynote speech. “The Philippines is blessed with a wealth of changemakers who are leading the way in climate action. From farmers implementing sustainable practices to activists advocating for clean energy, Filipino women are driving innovation and inspiring change,” she added. “But while we celebrate the achievements of these remarkable women, we must also acknowledge the challenges they face. The majority of women, particularly those in vulnerable communities, bear the brunt of climate change impacts, yet they are often marginalized in decision-making processes and excluded from leadership roles,” she added. Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, emphasized the crucial role of women in climate action. "Women are at the forefront of climate action, and their unique perspectives are crucial in our journey towards a more resilient and sustainable future. Their leadership and contribution in areas such as conservation, renewable energy, and community empowerment can lead to more inclusive and effective solutions to address the challenges we face. I thank our partners for helping us bring this initiative to life," Borje said. Panelists Dr. Faye Abigail Cruz, Head of the Regional Climate Systems Laboratory of Manila Observatory and Lead Author for IPCC Working Group I Report for AR6, along with Desiree Llanos Dee, Creative Artist and Co-founder of Tofu Creatives, and Danica Marie Supnet, Director for Climate Policy of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, shared their personal climate stories and how they became champions for climate resilience in their respective fields. The discussion was moderated by Peachie Dioquino-Valera, Climate Reality Leader and entrepreneur. They emphasized the importance of fostering synergies across sectors, promoting knowledge sharing, and creating more opportunities for women and girls in climate action. “The impacts of climate change are disproportionate, resulting in unequal impacts. So it is important for women to have access to knowledge and skills to reduce vulnerability and empower themselves to make decisions that increase their resilience. Embracing diversity and inclusivity allows for a comprehensive and diverse approach in government actions,” Dr. Faye Abigail Cruz noted. “Many factors contribute to women's vulnerability. However, women are not just victims anymore; we are also agents of change. Women constitute not just half of the population but also half of the solutions to the climate crisis. In addition to all the roles we play and everything else we do, women contribute significantly to addressing these challenges,” said Desiree Llanos Dee. "The role of women in decision-making is crucial. We are strong advocates and strong leaders. I would also love to advocate for women in science, because it will lead our country towards development. Communication materials, such as stories that are not necessarily too scientific but touch on science, are perfect to show that science and creativity are also forms of communication," said Danica Marie Supnet. The forum aimed to inspire women and girls to get involved in climate action, emphasizing that diverse voices are critical for effective climate strategies. “The PCW recognizes and appreciates the efforts made towards gender equality in climate action. Women's participation and leadership are crucial to the success of our collective efforts in mainstreaming gender equality in climate change. Through women's unique abilities and capabilities, we believe that the country can enhance resilience and address environmental challenges more effectively,” said Dr. Macario T. Jusayan, Chief GAD Specialist of the Sectoral Coordination Division from the Philippine Commission on Women. “In the face of adversity, women leaders have proven to be relentless and nurturing leaders, just like our Filipina changemakers. We aim to put a spotlight on them and their work to drive powerful change in this era of the climate crisis,” said CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera, in her welcome remarks. Aligned with this year’s International Mother Earth Day celebration, the forum Filipina Changemakers: Champions for Climate Resilience exhibited the country’s commitment to a whole-of-society approach for a climate-resilient and climate-smart Philippines. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
May 08, 2024 Wednesday
Civil society organizations provide comments and inputs to the Biennial Update Report, a national report to be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change MANILA, 7 May 2024 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is further strengthening its collaboration with civil society organizations (CSOs) to enhance the accuracy and effectiveness of the Biennial Update Report (BUR) in combating climate change. The BUR serves as a vital instrument, providing updated insights every two years on the Philippines' climate-related challenges and progress. This comprehensive report outlines our nation's strategies for reducing emissions and mitigating climate impacts, and highlights the support needed from the government to drive climate initiatives forward. Once finalized, the BUR is submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to rally support for developing nations like the Philippines in implementing effective climate measures. The CCC underscored the crucial role and participation of civil CSOs  in the report-building process. “The Biennial Update Report (BUR) is a crucial tool in our national efforts to combat climate change. By engaging stakeholders in its development, we ensure that the report accurately reflects the on-the-ground realities and incorporates a wide range of perspectives. We are grateful for the active participation of our CSO partners in this process," said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. “In making your voices heard whether through feedback or concurrence, you play a vital part in representing your respective sectors, advocacies, or enterprises in our global communications,” Aimee Evangelista, Officer-In-Charge of the Implementation Oversight Division of the CCC, stated. During the stakeholders consultation, CSOs were briefed on the BUR's background, context, purpose, and the submission timeline for the year. A workshop ensued, allowing participants to provide valuable inputs to further enhance the BUR's effectiveness. The CCC expressed gratitude to all participants for their contributions to the development of international reports, emphasizing that partnerships with civil society entities ensure that the collective output accurately reflects the Philippines' needs and circumstances in addressing climate change. For more information about the Philippine BUR, visit the websites of the CCC at https://climate.gov.ph and https://niccdies.climate.gov.ph/.
May 07, 2024 Tuesday
MANILA, 3 May 2024 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is launching the Month of the Ocean social media campaign “Dive Deep, Change the Tides” this May. Climate change greatly affects our oceans, leading to rising sea levels, coral reef degradation, and an increase in severe weather events. These changes have profound impacts, not just on our ecosystems and biodiversity, but also to our communities. In response to these challenges, the CCC is committed to promoting nature-based solutions, enhancing climate finance, and working towards resilience. Anchored in this year’s ocean month theme “Develop a sustainable and equitable blue economy,” the campaign aims to inform, educate, and inspire action among Filipinos and the global community to address ocean-related issues and to cultivate  a deep appreciation for the ocean's role in climate action. Using carousel posts, infographics, and reels, the campaign will highlight the ocean's contributions to climate regulation, oxygen production, carbon sequestration, biodiversity support, food security, and weather patterns. Additionally, it will address the challenges of pollution, acidification, habitat and biodiversity loss, and overfishing. Real-life accounts from fisherfolks will illustrate the tangible impacts of these issues, along with actionable tips for adopting ocean-friendly habits to promote sustainability. "Oceans are the lifeblood of our planet, and also our frontline against climate change. Our actions today will determine the health of our oceans tomorrow. We all have a role to play in ensuring their protection and sustainability," said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. Throughout the month, the CCC will engage audiences across multiple platforms, namely, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with a variety of informative content. This campaign aligns with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, which focuses on conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development, as well as SDG 13, which urges to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Through Presidential Proclamation No. 57, s.1999, the month of May is designated as Month of the Ocean. This emphasizes the responsibility of the Philippine government and the Filipino people to promote sustainable ocean practices and raise public awareness about the importance of our oceans. Stay tuned to our social media accounts for the upcoming contents and to join the conversation about ocean preservation and climate action. For more information on the Month of the Ocean campaign, follow us on our social media: @cccphl.
May 03, 2024 Friday
CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje joins Mr. Kamrul Tarafder, President and CEO of ASA Philippines Foundation, Professor Ittichote Chuckpaiwong, PhD, Vice President for Environment and Sustainable Development of Mahidol University, Thailand, and Atty. Federico P. Tancongco, Senior Vice President of BDO Unibank, Inc. Philippines, in the Strategic Governance for Bridging the SDGs Gap in Public, Private, and Social Sectors panel discussion at the 3G Summit 2024. MANILA, 30 April 2024 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) emphasized the importance of solid and tangible working relationships with the public, private, and social sectors in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Global Good Governance (3G) Summit held recently. Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, the CCC’s Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, joined the summit as a panelist in the discussion on Strategic Governance for Bridging the SDGs Gap in Public, Private, and Social Sectors. He discussed several key points including the different frameworks, programs, and policies that institutionalize Philippine commitments to sustainable development. He also stressed the significance of involving and supporting both the local government units (LGUs) and the private sector in the climate and sustainability agenda, and government approaches to monitoring and evaluating governance in bridging SDGs gap. “The LGUs are one of the most important actors in achieving our targets for climate resiliency and smartness. After all, they are at the frontlines of climate change, which is why it’s critical that we provide them capacity and technical assistance through our different frameworks and programs,” said Borje. “Likewise, partnership with the private sector is essential if we want to successfully attain all the goals and plans that we have as part of our mission to bring sustainability and climate resiliency to the Philippines. We want to make sure that we set up the private sector to succeed in their sustainability and climate change formulation, and engagement with the government,” he added. Borje stressed the integration of all SDGs into the development plans and processes of the government in its framework documents, including the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (NCCAP), draft National Adaptation Plan (NAP), and Nationally Determined Contribution Implementation Plan (NDCIP).  He also emphasized the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the national plans and frameworks such as Measurement Reporting and Evaluation (MRV), Monitoring, Evaluation, Assessment, and Learning (MEAL), and Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and Sustainability Reporting for the private sector. Discussions at the event focused on the following: Inclusivity in decision-making at all levels of governance; Methodologies and metrics for assessing the impact of governance initiatives on sustainable development goals; How effective governance structures can contribute to crisis management, build resilience, and facilitate a swift recovery ni the face of unexpected challenges; The role of governance in mitigating climate change and promoting environmental Sustainability; The importance of international collaboration, diplomatic efforts, and global partnerships in achieving shared sustainable development goals; Empowering the youth in governance processes, fostering a new generation of leaders; and Strategies to promote gender equality in governance structures, ensuring representation and opportunities for women in decision-making processes. The Global Good Governance serves as a global hub for dialogue, deliberation, and engagement aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of key issues in governance, ethics, and sustainability.  It brought together policymakers, experts, decision-makers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, representatives from the government and non-government organizations, and academicians, to introduce new knowledge, advocate for world-class solutions, and hear a diverse range of voices on the theme “Aligning Good Governance with Sustainable Development Goals.” Organized by Cambridge IFA — a financial services intelligence house based in the UK,  and hosted by the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),  this year’s 3G Summit aimed to explore the crucial intersection between effective governance and the achievement of SDGs. It also delved into multifaceted topics on transparency, accountability, ethical leadership, and innovative policy frameworks that can propel society toward the realization of SDGs while discussing the development of actionable strategies to foster alignment between governance practices and the broader goals of sustainable development. The CCC remains steadfast in its commitment to capacitating and involving all Filipinos across sectors in the national decision-making process and efforts toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. By pushing for inclusive and robust climate policies, initiatives, and programs, the CCC aims to bridge the gap in the SDGs in the context of cross-sectoral implementation. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl. 
April 30, 2024 Tuesday
MANILA, 26 April 2024 — In the midst of the searing heat gripping the country, the evident impact of climate change on human well-being highlights their interconnectedness,  straining public health and emphasizing the urgent need to address this critical issue as temperatures continue to rise and extreme weather events become more frequent. From January 1 to April 18 2024, the Event-based Surveillance and Response System of the Department of Health recorded 34 cases of heat-related illnesses, tragically resulting in six deaths. In 2023, DOH noted that there were 513 heat-related illnesses reported throughout the entire year. These statistics emphasize the urgency of addressing the nexus between climate change and public health, which has never been more evident. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued a red alert on the worsening effects of climate change.  According to its State of the Global Climate 2023 report, the average near-surface temperature has risen to 1.45 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — 0.5 degrees Celsius away from the 1.50 degrees Celsius ‘safe’ pre-industrial levels as set during the Paris Agreement. Last year’s 1.45 degrees Celsius marked the hottest average global temperatures since recording began 174 years ago, with ocean temperatures also reaching a 65-year high. Without any sign of decreasing, global temperatures this year are expected to exceed 2023’s heat records. The Philippines continues to experience some of its warmest days, with the heat index—a measure indicating the level of discomfort humans perceive due to the combination of high temperature and humidity — reaching 50 degrees Celsius. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has warned of heat indices reaching 'danger' levels, ranging between 42 and 51 degrees Celsius in many parts of the country. Extreme heat directly impacts individuals with broader socio-economic implications, particularly for vulnerable communities such as farmers and fisherfolk. These populations face increased heat exposure and associated health risks, impacting both physical health and economic livelihoods. Economically, it reduces productivity, damages crops, disrupts fisheries, and increases costs due to the need for additional cooling and irrigation infrastructure. Health-wise, heat exposure leads to heat-related illnesses, exacerbates respiratory issues due to air pollution, and promotes the spread of communicable diseases like malaria and dengue. The increased risk of non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular problems, adds to the health burden. Furthermore, extreme heat leads to forest fires, wreaking havoc on ecosystems, economic activities, and human health. In 2023, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) recorded 1,484 total number of forest and grass fires in the entire country. Early this year, in the hinterlands of the Cordillera region, 86 forest fires were reported from January to March. On April 17, Mount Arayat in Pampanga also experienced its second fire of the month, following a bush fire on April 2 that destroyed 12 hectares, including parts of the protected forest reservation. These fires result in immediate tree and vegetation loss and disrupt biodiversity, endangering species and upsetting the ecosystem balance. Additionally, the smoke and haze from the fires pose health risks to nearby communities, particularly those with respiratory conditions. Together, these impacts can lead to increased migration, displacement, and greater vulnerability, affecting rural communities and further worsening poverty. Anecdotal accounts from communities across the country underscore the personal toll of extreme heat on individuals and families. In Isabela Province, an elderly farmer took a break from upland farming activities due to his high blood pressure after  experiencing dizziness and loss of consciousness in extreme heat conditions. Similarly, in Romblon, a fisherman can no longer endure the heat on the open sea, affecting his ability to earn a living. The number of Filipinos potentially impacted by extreme heat (i.e., at heat indices greater than 42°C), is projected to reach up to 11 million by 2030 and may increase to 74 million by 2050, according to Boston Consulting Group’s analytics. Addressing the underlying causes of climate change is vital for preventing the escalation and exacerbation of extreme weather events in the future. Transitioning to clean energy, promoting sustainable transportation, and conserving natural habitats are crucial for both mitigating this global issue and ensuring human well-being. “In confronting the challenges posed by climate change, we must recognize that the health of our planet and the health of our people are intricately linked. Taking bold climate action is not just a choice; it is a necessity for safeguarding our collective future,” said Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, Vice Chairperson and Executive Director of the Climate Change Commission: At present, efforts to address the health impacts of climate change are being pursued at both the national and local levels, with initiatives focusing on climate-resilient health systems, climate-smart agriculture, and community-based adaptation. Strengthening public health infrastructure and integrating climate change adaptation measures into policies and programs are crucial steps toward protecting communities in the face of climate-related hazards. “As the mercury continues to rise, the imperative for action becomes increasingly urgent. Ambitious climate action is not just a matter of ecological stewardship. It is a prescription for public health, with far-reaching benefits for individuals and communities alike,” Borje emphasized. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
April 26, 2024 Friday
MANILA, 25 April 2024 — Throughout modern history, a silent yet pressing crisis continues to unfold: the pervasive infiltration of plastic pollution on the Earth's ecosystems. As we observe Earth Month this year with the theme "Planet vs. Plastics," the urgent need to protect our only home from the perils of plastic waste calls for immediate action. "Plastic pollution poses a grave threat to our ecosystems, endangering the delicate balance of life on Earth," said Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, Vice Chairperson and Executive Director of the Climate Change Commission. Once teeming with pristine beauty and biodiversity, the Earth now bears the scars of human neglect and abuse. Plastic debris mars its landscapes from the depths of the oceans to the peaks of the mountains, a widespread pollution that threatens the intricate balance of life on our planet. Plastics were first developed in the early 1900s and have become integral to many aspects of modern life since the 1940s. According to the United Nations, over 400 million tons of plastics are produced globally every year, equivalent to the weight of 39,603 Eiffel Towers altogether. Around the globe, 1 million plastic bottles are bought every minute, totaling 1.44 billion in a day. In the Philippines, approximately 2.7 million tons of plastics are discarded annually, according to UN Development Programme and World Bank statistics. Data from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) showed that of the estimated 61,000 metric tons of solid waste generated daily in the Philippines, up to 24 percent is plastic, composed mostly of consumer goods packaging, cutlery, and shopping bags. Less than 10 percent of the plastics we discard actually get recycled; the rest gets dumped, incinerated, or mismanaged. The ecological impacts of plastic pollution are significant and far-reaching, affecting everything from individual creatures to the overall health of our planet's ecosystems. Plastic debris poses a significant threat to habitats, natural processes, and biodiversity, endangering numerous species such as seabirds, fish, turtles, and others. Animals that become entangled or ingest plastic suffer injuries, starvation, and death, disrupting food chains and weakening ecosystems. Moreover, a considerable portion of the planet's marine species, including whales, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, and porpoises, have consumed plastic. This occurs because plastic debris can resemble seagrass, squid, or other prey, leading marine mammals, including herbivores like dugongs, to mistakenly ingest it. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) reported that 81 out of 123 marine mammal species have ingested or become entangled in plastic, resulting in the deaths of 100,000 marine mammals annually. Plastics also leach harmful chemicals into our ecosystems, contaminating water and soil, which can harm wildlife and potentially make their way into the food chain, affecting human health as well. The United Nations Environment Programme estimated that each person on the planet ingests around 50,000 microplastics, consisting of tiny plastic particles less than 5 millimeters in diameter, annually, often through our drinking water. Plastics are typically produced from raw materials such as petroleum, natural gas, and other chemicals derived from fossil fuels, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. UN data revealed that annually, 17 million barrels of petroleum are utilized for plastic production, alongside 13 million tons of plastic leaking into the ocean. Plastic bottles, cellophane and other common types of plastic emit methane and ethylene upon exposure to ambient solar radiation, whether in wet or dry environments. These potent greenhouse gases contribute to the steadily rising global temperatures, exacerbating the impacts of climate change. Yet amid this ecological challenge, a glimmer of hope arises – the collective determination and commitment of communities to combat plastic pollution and restore our planet's health. From grassroots advocates to champions of sustainability, people are stepping forward, initiating change and inspiring others to join the quest for a cleaner, greener future. Dedicated individuals and organizations have taken up the mantle of ecological stewardship, embarking on conservation initiatives and grassroots movements to combat plastic pollution. Their endeavors underscore the transformative power of community engagement in nurturing a culture of ecological responsibility. In many coastal communities in the Philippines, local fishermen have partnered with non-governmental organizations and private companies to clean up plastic waste from their shores, safeguarding crucial marine habitats and securing the sustainability of their livelihoods. Meanwhile, in urban centers such as Metro Manila and Davao City, innovative entrepreneurs are leading the way in recycling and developing biodegradable alternatives to single-use plastics, providing sustainable solutions to the prevalent issue of plastic pollution. “However, the battle against plastic pollution extends far beyond the realm of advocacy; it requires a paradigm shift in our societal norms and consumer behaviors. As we strive to transcend the Planet vs. Plastics narrative, we must embrace sustainable practices that minimize our reliance on plastic materials while maximizing the preservation of our natural resources, “ Borje  emphasized. “From recycling and responsible consumption to the development of biodegradable alternatives, every action, no matter how small, contributes to the collective effort to protect our planet's future," he added. Borje said that while governments play a pivotal role in enacting policies that promote ecological sustainability, “it is the collective responsibility of individuals to embrace these principles in their daily lives. By integrating sustainable practices into our daily routines, we empower ourselves to become stewards of the planet.” "As we reflect on Earth Month's significance, let us recommit to ecological conservation and climate resilience, forging a path to a healthier planet. Together, let us unite to safeguard our lives, livelihoods, and future amid climate change challenges," he urged. "The fate of our planet is in our hands. Let us rise to the challenge and embark on this journey to a sustainable future, guided by unwavering resolve to preserve it for ourselves and future generations," Borje concluded. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
April 25, 2024 Thursday
MANILA, 18 April 2024 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) urged for enhanced collaboration and partnership between the government and the private sector to unlock investment potential and accelerate collective progress on climate action. Addressing the private sector attendees of the CarbonPH Education Series, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje underscored the country's vulnerability to climate change and its impacts to the economy, highlighting the urgent need for transformative climate actions. “Addressing climate change requires a holistic approach that considers its interconnectedness with broader economic development goals and sustainability objectives,” VCED Borje said. Borje called for strengthened partnerships and collective efforts with the private sector to take proactive leadership in climate action, leveraging innovative financing mechanisms and policy incentives to drive transformation. He emphasized investments in critical areas including nature-based solutions, renewable energy, sustainable mobility, among others. According to a 2019 Global Commission on Adaptation report, investing USD 1.8 trillion (or PHP 39.3 trillion) in just five areas - early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dryland agriculture crop production, global mangrove protection, and water security - could result in USD 7.1 trillion (or PHP 311.1 trillion) in total net benefits. “The cost of adaptation is much smaller than the cost of recovery. And so we pivot from our business-as-usual strategies to ‘science and evidence-based,’ ‘investment-led’ and ‘transformative.’ With this strategy, we can better achieve our desired level of resilience, for our communities, our nation, and the planet,” Borje said. The CCC invites the private sector to continue fostering a dynamic and collaborative partnership with the government in crafting policies and mechanisms that will unlock climate investments. He also urged the private sector to be more actively involved in processes, including the formulation of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and Nationally Determined Contribution Implementation Plan (NDCIP). “We have already laid down the path. Let us ensure that everyone progresses together, in unison, moving forward with the same scale, speed, and momentum.  This is to ensure that the country’s economic prosperity and sustainability are not just mutually exclusive, but rather, dual engines propelling us toward a thriving and resilient future,” Borje affirmed. The CarbonPH Initiative/Coalition, comprising 17 private sector corporations, presents private sector convergence to support the country’s transitional aspirations for a low carbon economy through investments in nature-based solutions, capacity building, and inputs for policy development. The CarbonPH Education Series, led by Aboitiz Equity Ventures and SM Investments Corporation, brings together diverse stakeholders to generate momentum for collective action towards a more sustainable and resilient future for the Philippines. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
April 18, 2024 Thursday
MANILA, 17 April 2024 — The Climate Change Commission has launched the #PledgeForPlanetEarth social media campaign this April in commemoration of Earth Month. #PledgeForPlanetEarth calls upon individuals to pledge to take action, committing to tangible changes in their daily lives to protect the Earth from the threats of plastic pollution and climate change. As this year's Earth Day theme focuses on "Planet vs. Plastics," the campaign aims to raise awareness, drive action, and foster community engagement around these critical issues. “The #PledgeForPlanetEarth is a call to action, a commitment to our shared responsibility towards our planet. Let's continue to protect and preserve our planet from climate change and plastic pollution,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. According to the United Nations, over 400 million tonnes of plastic are produced globally every year, with 17 million barrels of petroleum used for plastic production. Around 13 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean annually, killing up to 1 million seabirds, 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles and countless fish each year. In the Philippines,  approximately 2.7 million tonnes of plastics are produced annually, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and World Bank Statistics. In response to this crisis, the #PledgeforPlanetEarth campaign encourages the public to share their actions aligned with their pledges through post sharing and story/my day highlights. The CCC is dedicated to lead initiatives and campaigns that advocate for the reduction of single-use plastics and the promotion of a circular economy, as aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13: Climate Action and SDG 14: Life Below Water. Recently, the CCC partnered with the World Wide Fund to participate in Earth Hour with the theme "Switch Off Plastic Pollution, Give an Hour for Earth," amplifying the call for climate action. For more information, follow us on our social media: @cccphl and join the conversation using #PledgeForPlanetEarth.
April 17, 2024 Wednesday
CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje, Ayala Corp. Chief Sustainability and Risk Officer Jaime Urquijo, CCC Deputy Executive Director Romell Antonio O. Cuenca, Globe Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer Maria Yolanda C. Crisanto, Ayala Corp. Corporate Governance Group Head and Chief Legal Officer Maria Franchette M. Acosta, ACEN Corp. Chief Finance Officer and Chief Strategy Officer Jonathan Back, BPI Senior Vice President, Chief Finance Officer, Chief Sustainability Officer, and Head of Strategy and Finance Eric Roberto M. Luchangco, and Ayala Foundation President and CEO Tony Lambino sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to scale up climate action in the Philippines. Manila, 16 April 2024 - Recognizing the vital role of the private sector in attaining the country's climate adaptation and mitigation plans, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Ayala Group formally forged a partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).   The partnership paves the way for the CCC and Ayala, together with Ayala Land, BPI, Globe, ACEN and Ayala Foundation, to explore possible avenues of collaboration in promoting and achieving the country’s goals under the Philippine climate agenda. This includes establishing prospect programs that allow investment-led, accelerated, just, and equitable transitions towards low-carbon emissions and the increase of vulnerable communities’ climate resilience and adaptive capacity. “To have the private sector’s commitment to our climate goals is important. Climate change is a complex issue that requires a whole-of-a-government and a whole-of-the-society approach, and this includes the private sector. This partnership with Ayala marks the start of an era of climate resiliency where businesses and corporations thrive in a sustainable and green business landscape, ” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje.   To support the Government, Ayala continues to ramp up its renewable energy investments, with ACEN expanding its presence globally and increasing its renewable capacity. The group also scales up its climate action along the lines of energy efficiency, carbon emissions reduction, and sustainability-related financing products.   “Climate change can cause great anxiety or fear, but for us at Ayala, we see these tremendous challenges as a unique opportunity to work together with like-minded partners to help build a resilient and secure future,” said Jaime Urquijo, Chief Sustainability and Risk Officer of Ayala Corporation.   “We hope that this MOU signing will bring forth collaborative projects that will enhance our capacity to adapt to climate change; expand our understanding of the risks and opportunities that climate change has brought and be a platform to show the best Filipino ingenuity and resilience in the face of a tremendous global challenge,” he added. Under the directive of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., the CCC has set priorities to enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation commitments and action between and among stakeholders in the country. This was formalized and institutionalized as contact groups, one of which is Communicating Opportunities to Network, Navigate, and Explore Climate Transformation or CONNECT for the private sector.   “President Marcos underscored the great need of involving and tapping the private sector in order to make sure our development plans and aspirations turn into reality. Our partnership with Ayala offers an exemplary rubric for the CCC in partnering with the private sector towards our common goal of creating a sustainable and resilient Philippines,” said Borje.   The CCC, as the government's lead policy-making body on climate change, is tasked to coordinate, monitor, and evaluate programs and ensure integration into national, local, and sectoral development plans.   The Commission remains steadfast in actively seeking and building effective and robust partnerships with the private sector as part of its commitment to increase the country’s capacity to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate and to usher in an era of sustainable, low-carbon business economy in the Philippines.   For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
April 16, 2024 Tuesday
The Climate Change Commission and the Embassy of Hungary discuss strategies to address climate change challenges in the water sector. MANILA, 16 April 2024 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Embassy of Hungary are looking at strengthening bilateral partnerships aimed to address climate change challenges, particularly within the water sector, to further enhance the Philippines’ climate resilience.   In a recent meeting, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje and Hungarian Ambassador Titanilla Tóth discussed strategic areas of cooperation in water resource management for climate change and disaster risk reduction.   Recognizing Hungary's innovative approaches to water management, Borje emphasized, “Security of water resources amid climate change is among the priorities of the Philippines under its national climate agenda. Partnerships and collaboration with development partners, such as Hungary, will allow the country to optimize all available innovative solutions to address climate change and water issues at better speed and scale.”   Addressing water-related challenges in various sectors as affected by the changing climate is a key focus of the Philippines’ draft National Adaptation Plan. Ensuring secure and sanitary water for all amid increasing temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, and intensifying tropical cyclones is at the center of this climate-water thematic area.   Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hungarian-Philippine diplomatic relations, the CCC and the Embassy of Hungary’s collaboration underscores the importance of international partnerships in addressing the complex intersection of climate change and water management.   Consistent with the guidance of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., through partnerships, including with Hungary, the Philippines can further enhance its climate resilience while ensuring the sustainability of resources and the provision of ecosystem services, especially for the most at-risk and vulnerable localities. This is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 13: Climate Action, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.   The CCC, as the government’s lead policy-making body on climate change, is tasked to coordinate, monitor, and evaluate programs and ensure integration into national, local, and sectoral development plans.   For more information on CCC's initiatives and partnerships, visit https://climate.gov.ph.
April 16, 2024 Tuesday
MANILA, 11 April 2024 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) urged for enhanced collaboration and partnership between the government and the private sector to unlock investment potential and accelerate collective progress on climate action. Addressing the private sector attendees of the CarbonPH Education Series, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje underscored the country's vulnerability to climate change and its impacts to the economy, highlighting the urgent need for transformative climate actions. “Addressing climate change requires a holistic approach that considers its interconnectedness with broader economic development goals and sustainability objectives,” VCED Borje said. Borje called for strengthened partnerships and collective efforts with the private sector to take proactive leadership in climate action, leveraging innovative financing mechanisms and policy incentives to drive transformation. He emphasized investments in critical areas including nature-based solutions, renewable energy, sustainable mobility, among others. According to a 2019 Global Commission on Adaptation report, investing USD 1.8 trillion (or PHP 39.3 trillion) in just five areas - early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dryland agriculture crop production, global mangrove protection, and water security - could result in USD 7.1 trillion (or PHP 311.1 trillion) in total net benefits. “The cost of adaptation is much smaller than the cost of recovery. And so we pivot from our business-as-usual strategies to ‘science and evidence-based,’ ‘investment-led’ and ‘transformative.’ With this strategy, we can better achieve our desired level of resilience, for our communities, our nation, and the planet,” Borje said. The CCC invites the private sector to continue fostering a dynamic and collaborative partnership with the government in crafting policies and mechanisms that will unlock climate investments. He also urged the private sector to be more actively involved in processes, including the formulation of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and Nationally Determined Contribution Implementation Plan (NDCIP). “We have already laid down the path. Let us ensure that everyone progresses together, in unison, moving forward with the same scale, speed, and momentum.  This is to ensure that the country’s economic prosperity and sustainability are not just mutually exclusive, but rather, dual engines propelling us toward a thriving and resilient future,” Borje affirmed. The CarbonPH Initiative/Coalition, comprising 17 private sector corporations, presents private sector convergence to support the country’s transitional aspirations for a low carbon economy through investments in nature-based solutions, capacity building, and inputs for policy development. The CarbonPH Education Series, led by Aboitiz Equity Ventures and SM Investments Corporation, brings together diverse stakeholders to generate momentum for collective action towards a more sustainable and resilient future for the Philippines. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
April 11, 2024 Thursday
MANILA,  8 April 2024 — In an effort to bolster sustainable leadership in climate and disaster risk reduction, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) has announced the opening of nominations for the Sustainable Leadership Learning for Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction (SLL-CDRR) program in 2024. The SLL-CDRR is a collaboration between the CCC, Office of Senator Loren Legarda, and Asian Institute of Management (AIM). The scholarship program aims to enable selected candidates to enroll in the Executive Master in Disaster Risk and Crisis Management (EMDRCM) program. This initiative aims to equip leaders with the skills and knowledge to effectively address the challenges posed by climate change and natural disasters, and be able to use them for the betterment of their communities (ie) better adaptation and risk management plans. Scholarship awardees will be expected to pursue specialization in CCAM and DRRM and produce scholastic outputs aligned with CCC's policy priorities, including the National Climate Change Action Plan. This involves addressing thematic priority areas such as food security, water sufficiency, ecosystem and environmental stability, and human security. To ensure diversity and strategic representation, the CCC is particularly encouraging applications from underrepresented sectors of society. These include Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers in local government units, women leaders in climate emergency response, leaders from indigenous groups, and sustainability champions in national government agencies. In line with the commitment to gender parity, at least 50 percent of the scholarship slots will be dedicated to women. Eligible applicants must possess a strong background in climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM) and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). They should also be government employees holding permanent status with at least five (5) years of continuous service, and preferably with supervisory or management experience. Additionally, applicants must not be more than 55 years old upon application. Interested candidates may submit the necessary documentary requirements, including a Letter of Motivation, Official Nomination Letter, and other supporting documents, to the Asian Institute of Management via email at [email protected]. The nomination period is open until April 30, 2024. The CCC's Selection and Nomination Committee will conduct the primary screening of applicants. Successful nominees will undergo further admission procedures facilitated by AIM. The EMDRCM program offers a comprehensive 18-month master’s curriculum focusing on disaster and crisis management approaches in the Asian Region. It equips students with theoretical foundations and practical applications necessary for effective disaster risk and crisis management. For inquiries, interested parties may contact the CCC through email at [email protected] or by phone at (+632) 8420 5515.       (function($) { $('head').append(''); })(jQuery); (function($) {$(function() {$("#ad-gallery_cke_84299gz5_slideShow").on("click",".ad-image",function(){var imgObj =$(this).find("img");var isrc=imgObj.attr("src");var ititle=null;var idesc=null;var iname=isrc.split('/');iname=iname[iname.length-1];var imgdescid=$(this).find(".ad-image-description");if(imgdescid){ititle=$(this).find(".ad-description-title");if(ititle)ititle=ititle.text();if(ititle!='')ititle=''+ititle+'';idesc=$(this).find("span");if(idesc)idesc=idesc.text();if (idesc.indexOf('IMAGE_LINK_') >= 0) {idesc = '';}if(idesc!=''){if(ititle!='')ititle=ititle+'';idesc=''+idesc+'';}}$.fancybox.open({href:isrc,beforeLoad:function(){this.title=ititle+idesc;},});});});})(jQuery); (function($) {$(function() {$("#ad-gallery_cke_84299gz5_slideShow").on("click",".ad-image",function(){var imgObj =$(this).find("img");var isrc=imgObj.attr("src");var ititle=null;var idesc=null;var iname=isrc.split('/');iname=iname[iname.length-1];var imgdescid=$(this).find(".ad-image-description");if(imgdescid){ititle=$(this).find(".ad-description-title");if(ititle)ititle=ititle.text();idesc=$(this).find("span");if(idesc)idesc=idesc.text();if(idesc!=''){var url=window.location.href.trim();if (idesc.indexOf('IMAGE_LINK_TAB:') >= 0) { idesc = idesc.substring(15).trim(); if (url != idesc) window.open(idesc,'_blank');} else if (idesc.indexOf('IMAGE_LINK_PAR:') >= 0) { idesc = idesc.substring(15).trim(); if (url != idesc) window.open(idesc,'_self');}}}});});})(jQuery); (function($) { $('head').append(''); })(jQuery); (function($) {$(function() { var galleries = $('#ad-gallery_cke_84299gz5_slideShow').adGallery({loader_image: '/js/plugins/ckeditor/plugins/slideshow/3rdParty/ad-gallery/loader.gif', width:false, height:400, start_at_index: 0, animation_speed: 500, hooks: { displayDescription: function(image) {}}, update_window_hash: false, effect: 'slide-hori', slideshow: { enable: true, autostart: true, start_label: 'Start', stop_label: 'Stop', speed: 5000}});});})(jQuery);  
April 08, 2024 Monday
The CCC and SGV & Co. join forces to drive private sector strategies for low-carbon and sustainable development. MANILA, 8 April 2024 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV & Co.) are poised to further strengthen their collaboration for transformative climate action by identifying areas of cooperation and leveraging public-partner partnerships pathways. CCC and SGV underscored the important role of the private sector in further efforts to bolster adaptive capacities at the local government level and stressed the value of science based and data-driven assessments.. “Adopting a whole-of-society and whole-of-nation approach is critical for success. One of the priority areas that we have is strengthening further the cooperation and partnership with the private sector to drive investment-led, transformative climate actions,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. SGV & Co. meantime emphasized building capacities for data driven decisions and linking private sector and local government units to support sustainable development and climate initiatives. The SGV & Co. cited the value of integrating private sector decisions that contribute to climate resilience, particularly for local communities.. “We also have to emphasize and highlight the climate resilience of our LGUs. That's one of our goals now, to see how we can help the LGUs be more climate resilient,” said SGV & Co. Chair Wilson P. Tan. The SGV & Co. is a multidisciplinary professional services company that provides advisory services to both public and private sector entities, engaging in policy-making initiatives, climate resilience assessments, carbon market exploration, transition risk analysis, among other crucial areas. The CCC and SGV & Co. are aligning their efforts with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). By mobilizing private sector investments towards low-carbon initiatives, this partnership contributes to sustainable development, in line with the broader SDG agenda. As the lead policymaking body of the government on climate change, the CCC is actively engaging with the private sector to foster partnerships aimed at addressing the climate crisis. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
April 08, 2024 Monday
The Philippines and Germany endeavor to enhance climate action through the TRANSCEND project. MANILA, 27 March 2024 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC), in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH or German Development Cooperation, announced the soft launch of the Transformative Actions for Climate and Ecological Protection and Development (TRANSCEND) Project. It is a foreign-assisted project aimed at enhancing the country's capacity to implement its climate change and biodiversity policies. Amounting to EUR 36.8 Million, TRANSCEND ensures the transparent, integrated, and accountable implementation of climate projects across all levels of society in the Philippines, soliciting and mediating coordination between government agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector. “Climate change poses many challenges and has differentiated impacts on sectors and disproportionate effects on others. Working with Germany on the TRANSCEND project, we can focus on maximizing and optimizing collaboration and cooperation  between and among government agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector in pushing for a climate smart and climate resilient Philippines. This is the call of our time: a truly whole of society and whole of world approach to address climate change and its impacts,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje during his welcome remarks. Outlined to support the Philippines in achieving its National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and Nationally Distributed Contributions Implementation Plan (NDCIP), TRANSCEND is calibrated to work and assist in key climate intervention areas as identified in the two framework documents. This includes the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of biodiversity and natural carbon sinks, securing of investments to leverage private sector funds and jumpstart transition to a low-carbon economy and create green jobs,  synergizing of adaptation and mitigation strategies for effective carbon reduction, avoidance and sequestration of carbon emissions, and establishing multi-stakeholder decision support systems at all levels of government to enhance transparency and accelerate transformative evidence-based policies. “This project allows us to coherently synergize our efforts towards a low-carbon and biodiversity friendly future through improved coordination, fortified partnerships, and maximum impact of our resources. TRANSCEND will catalyze positive change, promoting ‘integrated, transparent, and accountable’ efforts to safeguard the environment for present and future generations,” said Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga as represented by Assistant Secretary Noralene Uy. According to GIZ’s indicative project timeline, TRANSCEND is set to have its hard launch in August this year, following the signing of the project’s Implementation Agreement. The Project holds much significance to both the Philippine and German governments as it marks another chapter of the Philippine-German diplomatic relationship, since its inception 70 years ago. “Germany and the Philippines are partners who share the same values and work hand in hand to strengthen the rule base of the national order in Europe, in Southeast Asia, and everywhere in the world where it is in danger. We have a lot in common and we are reliable partners, and today’s [soft] launching event is again another milestone in our partnership,” said H.E. Dr. Andreas Pfaffernoschke, German Ambassador to the Philippines. Borje added, “It’s important that the Philippine government continues to work and collaborate with partners, particularly with Germany. While the work ahead of us is still long and still requires a lot of hard work, there is a sense of hope and there is a sense of renewal. And pondered upon, it’s going to power the partnership that we currently have from 70 years to beyond.” The CCC continues to actively seek effective and robust local and international partnerships as part of its commitment to enhance the country’s capacity to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate and to usher in a new era of climate resiliency in the Philippines. The TRANSCEND project is deeply aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 15 (Life on Land), and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) by focusing on enhancing climate resilience, biodiversity conservation, and fostering partnerships for effective implementation. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit www.climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
March 27, 2024 Wednesday
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) highlights the remarkable women members of its National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE), which serves as the CCC's scientific backbone, providing crucial policy recommendations and technical guidance that have shaped the Commission's strategies over the years. Drawing from their collective knowledge and expertise in diverse fields, including geography, hazards studies, engineering and economics, the women of the NPTE advanced the understanding of climate change and significantly contributed to formulating policies for climate resilience and sustainable development. Comprising 10 out of 16 members, these women have played a vital role in steering the CCC towards creating evidence- and science-based policies, making them leaders of the Commission's climate initiatives. Meet the Women Members of the NPTE: Dr. Doracie B. Zoleta-Nantes, NPTE Chairperson, specialist in geography and hazards studies; and President of Southern Luzon State University in Lucban, Quezon Province. Dr. Emma E.Porio, NPTE Co-Chairperson, expert in climate and disaster vulnerability and gender assessment; Professor Emeritus at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Social Sciences of the Ateneo de Manila University; and leader of "Coastal Cities at Risk: Investing in Climate and Disaster Resilience in the Philippines (CCARPH)" project. Dr. Susan P. Mercado, NPTE Co-Chairperson, international public health and food security expert; former Undersecretary of the Department of Health; and currently the Director of the Food Systems and Resiliency Program at the Hawaii Public Health Institute, as well as Special Envoy of the President for Global Health Initiatives. Dr. Jihan H. Adil, environmental planning and engineering expert, specializing in wastewater and climate change; currently the National President of the Society of Environmental Engineers; and Head of the Department of Environmental Engineering, Western Mindanao State University. Dr. Zenaida L. Andrade, Chemical Engineer and Associate Professor, Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at Eastern Visayas State University in Tacloban City. Dr. Gay D. Defiesta, specialist in natural resource and agricultural economics; and  Professor at the University of the Philippines Visayas. Dr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez, licensed agricultural engineer specializing in disaster risk management and water resource assessment; currently serving as Associate Professor and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Water (ISCW) at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Engr. Merriam M. Santillan, geodetic engineer and Dean of the College of Engineering and Geosciences at Caraga State University in Butuan City. Dr. Encarnacion Emilia S. Yap, post-harvest fisheries technology specialist; and Dean of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas. Dr. Maria Angela G. Zafra, expert in inclusive business models, sustainable finance, and gender inclusivity, serving as an adjunct faculty at the School of Business and Governance, Ateneo de Davao University; and executive director of the Strategia Development Research Institute. This diverse representation sends a strong message concerning gender equality in the field of science. With women forming a significant majority in the NPTE, it confronts the notion of science being predominantly male-driven, affirming that women play crucial roles as catalysts for innovation and progress. The CCC celebrates the achievements of these women experts while recognizing the need for continued efforts to promote gender equality in the field of science. As CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje stated, "We must work to dismantle barriers and create an environment where girls and women can thrive in science. Their participation and leadership is vital for building a more climate-resilient and sustainable future." The CCC recognizes the potential of women in science and urges the provision of the necessary support and encouragement for the next generation of female scientists. May the story of the NPTE stand as an inspiration for young girls to pursue their passion for science. Let us pave the way for a future where science serves as a powerful tool for positive change, driven by the brilliance and leadership of women. For more information about the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit the website of the CCC at https://climate.gov.ph and https://facebook.com/cccphl.
March 26, 2024 Tuesday
MANILA, 25 March 2024 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC), Office of Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda, and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) seek to bolster women’s leadership in climate change and disaster resilience through Sustainable Leadership Learning for Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction (SLL-CDRR). Through the collaboration of CCC, Office of Senator Legarda and AIM, scholarships will be provided through the Executive Masters in Disaster Risk and Crisis Management (EMDRCM) program to 18 individuals, with at least half of the slots allotted for women. Recognizing the indispensable role of women in environmental stewardship and community resilience, the SLL-CDRR program promotes an inclusive approach to addressing climate challenges. The impact of disasters is felt disproportionately, with women bearing most of their brunt. For instance, Typhoon Odette in 2021 has affected approximately 4 million women and girls of reproductive age in 13 provinces, the United Nations Population Fund Philippines[1] estimates. Among them, an estimated 162,000 are pregnant, with 24,000 likely to experience complications. Furthermore, an estimated 470,000 women in affected areas lacked access to family planning information and services, exacerbating existing challenges such as gender-based violence. “Women in fragile areas often bear the brunt of climate change impacts. Their unique perspectives and experiences are indispensable in addressing these dimensions and ensuring equitable solutions,” Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda emphasized. While prioritizing women, the program welcomes a diverse range of qualified individuals, including: National government personnel focused on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM) and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) DRRM officers in local government units Leaders from indigenous groups Sustainability and inclusivity champions ”The SLL-CDRR program is a strategic investment in human capital, enabling the shift from fragility to agility and changing the climate change narrative from victim to victor. Through this, women, in particular, will no longer be seen as vulnerable; instead, they will be part of the story, actively contributing to the solutions to climate change,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. The SLL-CDRR Program will enable recipients to pursue specialization in CCAM and DRRM, aligning their scholastic outputs with the policy priorities of the CCC, including the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and the draft National Adaptation Plan (NAP). Successful candidates will be awarded a full scholarship covering program and tuition fees, with additional support for participation in required in-person campus activities. “With each scholar receiving this scholarship, we believe very firmly, we’re taking one step closer to the solution we’re seeking in terms of a future defined by resilience, sustainability, and resolve,” said Professor Jikyeong Kang, AIM President. The CCC, Senator Loren Legarda, and AIM expressed their commitment to the success of the SLL-CDRR Program and its potential to empower a new generation of leaders equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and community resilience.   [1] UNFPA Philippines calls for urgent donations for women and young girls affected by Typhoon Odette (Rai)
March 25, 2024 Monday
Since time immemorial, forests have been crucial for humanity’s survival and progress. They provide much of the oxygen needed for biological functions and offer fundamental resources for thriving, including food, clothing and shelter. However, decades of unsustainable activities in the name of progress have degraded many forests worldwide. The World Research Institute’s global forest review highlights a loss of approximately 4.1 million hectares (Mha) of forests in 2022, resulting in 2.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions. To put this into perspective, the lost forests could have absorbed and stored 2.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide which is equivalent to India’s annual emissions. Furthermore, according to the Global Forest Watch's latest data, a total of 459 million hectares of tree cover were lost globally from 2001 to 2022, resulting in a 12% decrease, which led  to the emission of 195 billion tons of C02. The primary causes identified are urbanization and commodity-driven deforestation, indicating that much of the forest loss was deliberate and not accidental. In the Philippines, a total of 1.42 million hectares of tree cover was lost from 2001 to 2022, representing a 7.6% decrease in our total tree cover of approximately 18.684 million hectares. This loss contributed to 848 metric tons of C02 emissions. Like most of the forests globally, a huge chunk of the forests we lost in the country is due to urbanization and commodity-driven deforestation. As of 2022 Philippine Forestry Statistics, it is estimated that the country has a total forest cover of 7.22 million hectares or 24.07% of the country’s land mass, which is “way below” the 17.8 million hectares worth of forest cover we had back in 1934. This showcases just how much of our forest we have lost over the years, and how serious of a threat deforestation is to the country. More than losing our capacity to absorb carbon and produce fresh air, deforestation presents other climate concerns as well such as loss of biodiversity. The Philippines is one of the 18 mega-biodiverse countries in the world, ranked third in marine biodiversity and host to over 25,000 endemic species. It is home to plants and animals representing 70% to 80% of the world's biodiversity, most of which live in our forests. However, deforestation disrupts habitats, leading to species displacement and endangerment. Deforestation also affects the water cycle, contributing to soil erosion, flooding and drought. When trees get cut down in preparation for clearing, they die along with their ability to absorb water through their roots, therefore affecting the water cycle in the soil of the surrounding areas. As a result, surrounding soil can no longer bear the weight of water when rain comes nor will there be any trees to release moisture and fresh air during dry seasons. Recognizing the importance of our forests to our well-being, the Philippines has committed to addressing the deforestation issue through robust policy initiatives, including the establishment of the Philippine Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation strategy (REDD Plus). Identified in it are strategies to protect the climate through Philippine forest and biodiversity conservation and protection. The REDD Plus strategy has become an invaluable part of the 2011-2016 Philippine Development Plan and the 2011 - 2028 National Climate Change Action Plan. More recently, the government has marked ecosystems and biodiversity as a priority sector in the 2011-2028 National Climate Change Action Plan, identifying the restoration of forest and deforested areas as a key strategy in addressing climate change. Furthermore, in the Nationally Distributed Contribution itself, increasing forest cover to improve our carbon sink capacity and reduce GHG emissions was emphasized. These base documents, as well as all the activities aimed at forest protection and restoration, encapsulate our aspirations and efforts to curb deforestation in the country. However, the government can only do so much. Beyond policies and their implementation, what our forest needs most is action from the people themselves. While the government plays a crucial role in coming up with mechanisms to restore and protect our forests, it is ultimately our responsibility as individuals, communities, and society to collectively act for the improvement and conservation of our forests. Which brings us to the question, what can we do for our forests? For starters, we can reduce our use of paper. According to Ribble Packaging,  a 45-foot tree with a diameter of 8 inches produces around 10,000 sheets of paper. Business Waste, a leading waste management company in the United Kingdom, says that the world produces more than 414 million metric tonnes of paper annually. This means that around 4 billion individual trees are being cut down every year to produce our supply of paper. Thus, by simply reducing our paper use, we are saving trees from being cut down. Planting more trees is another excellent initiative. With a global population currently reaching 7 billion, if each capable individual were to plant and nurture their own tree, it could result in a significant number of new trees, which are crucial in absorbing carbon dioxide and generating fresh air, making it beneficial for both humanity and our planet. Another way is to keep pollution away from our forests. Pollution could have a serious impact on both forest trees and the diverse animal and plant species that are living in them. Keeping our waste, may it be solid or liquid, is one good way to protect our forests. Anyone, regardless of age and status, can contribute to this cause through sustainable consumption practices, supporting eco-friendly projects, participating in reforestation activities, and advocating for pro-climate policies. By raising awareness, educating others, and fostering a culture of love for forests, we can combat deforestation and preserve our planet’s biodiversity. Addressing deforestation requires proactive measures from all stakeholders, from policy makers to individuals. By collectively taking action, we can mitigate the impacts of deforestation and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.
March 21, 2024 Thursday
21 March 2024, Manila, Philippines. The Philippines underscored that National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) are critical enablers to enhance adaptation action and support, emphasizing further the need to strengthen collaboration and accelerate delivery of support for developing nations’ adaptation planning and implementation.  Following its 25th meeting, the Adaptation Committee of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) brought together countries and stakeholders in the Adaptation Forum 2024 to address opportunities for action and collaboration across the NAP process, promoting solutions towards achieving the global goal on adaptation.  Secretary Robert E.A. Borje of the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission, as a member of the Adaptation Committee, served as facilitator and rapporteur on the sessions regarding impact, vulnerability and risk assessment for NAPs, and adaptation planning.  Hearing from country representatives and stakeholders, Borjerecognized the urgent need for accelerated support in terms of finance, capacity, and technology, and emphasized enhanced collaboration and cooperation to enable developing countries and particularly vulnerable nations to formulate and implement their NAPs.  “National Adaptation Plans are critical baselines for individual and collective efforts of Parties. Towards the achievement of the global goal on adaptation and the new global climate resilience objectives, we must drive developing nations towards NAP formulation and implementation. In this case, support for the whole NAP process must be provided, with least to no conditionalities, and in the most urgent manner,” Borje said.  The NAP process includes risk assessment, planning and development, implementation, and monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning.  According to the NAP Central, 53 developing countries have submitted their NAPs, which accounts for only 25 percent of all developing country Parties under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement.  Currently, the Philippines is in the course of finalizing its first NAP, developed based on a whole-of-nation and whole-of-society approach, in collaboration with bilateral partners, government agencies and institutions, civil society and non-government organizations, private sector, and other stakeholders.  Primary challenges in NAP formulation are data availability and accessibility, data quality and quantity, and local capacity to analyze these towards determination of national priorities and strategies.  “We must make data and information more available and accessible, and ensure that developing nations are provided with the capacity to analyze data to determine fit-for-purpose adaptation measures. Support must be provided to enable developing nations to formulate NAPs with least domestic budget and resource implication as possible,” Borje said. Developed states must exert more and ramp up cooperation with and assistance for developing states to address key data challenges. In this regard, Annex 1 Parties must ensure that Means of Implementation are provided urgently.” he added.  While there are support windows such as through the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Adaptation Fund, and UN4NAPs, among others, participants stated that accessing these remains a challenge due to stringent procedures.  Consistent with the directives of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., the Philippines actively participates in international climate change negotiation process, and has been calling for simplified and streamlined processes in accessing means of implementation and support, and need to further strengthen collaboration, such as through south-south, north-south, and triangular cooperation for both climate change adaptation and mitigation.   Under the leadership of the President, and consistent with the Philippine Development Plan, the Climate Change Commission (CCC), in coordination with relevant agencies and stakeholders,is finalizing the Philippines’ first NAP, outlining country’s priorities and strategies towards national climate resilience.  The Adaptation Forum 2024 was held in Bonn, Germany. This will be followed by the NAP Expo in Dhaka, Bangladesh where a series of knowledge-sharing activities and experts training on adaptation planning and implementation will take place.
March 21, 2024 Thursday
17 March 2024, Bonn, Germany. Representing developing nations, the Philippines underscored the importance of collaboration, planning, financing, and strategic communication to enhance climate change adaptation action and support.  The Adaptation Committee of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held its 25th meeting to discuss adaptation and support in line with the global stocktake and the new global goal on adaptation framework.  Secretary Robert E.A. Borje of the Philippines' Climate Change Commission (CCC), serving as Committee member representing non-Annex I countries, actively participated in the discussion, sharing first-hand experiences of developing nations in climate change adaptation.  Borje pointed out the need for close collaboration among all adaptation actors at global, subnational, and national levels, ensuring alignment and coherence in adaptation work.  With only 51 National Adaptation Plan (NAP) submissions by developing countries as of the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), increased support for adaptation planning and implementation is a critical priority. “From adaptation planning to implementation, adequate means of implementation and support (MOIs) must be available and accessible for developing nations. To achieve this, strengthening collaboration among countries and stakeholders is crucial, towards  alignment and coherence in adaptation actions, and immediate delivery of MOIs by the developed world,” Borje said.  He added that the need to double adaptation finance from 2019 levels and the gaps in adaptation financing must be immediately addressed to support developing nations’ actions towards global climate resilience.  The Adaptation Gap Report 2023 of the UN Environment Programme estimated that investments of USD 387 billion are needed to close the gap on adaptation financing.  “With COP29 tagged as ‘Finance COP,’ we must take this opportunity to push for  increased adaptation financing to close these gaps and fully support formulation and implementation of NAPs,” Borje added.  For more holistic and inclusive adaptation action, Borje raised the importance of strategic communications in the Adaptation Committee’s approach.  “We must transition from communication strategy to strategic communications to address the need for urgent and transformative adaptation. We need to enhance our ways in communicating climate change and climate change adaptation in a way that would result in more holistic and inclusive climate action on the ground,” Borje said.  Anchored on the recently adopted outcomes of the first global stocktake, and the conclusion of the Glasgow-Sharm el-Sheikh Work Programme on the Global Goal on Adaptation, the UNFCCC constituted body now charts paths to enhance climate action and support, with a focus on particularly vulnerable and developing nations.  Immediate adaptation strategies include strengthening collaboration with UN and UNFCCC bodies, countries, and other stakeholders; providing support in NAP formulation and implementation; offering technical assistance in adaptation reporting, and monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL); and advancing strategic communications on adaptation.  The 25th meeting of the Adaptation Committee was held at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. Subsequent events include the 2024 Adaptation Forum from 18 to 19 March in Bonn, Germany, and the NAP Expo on 22 to 23 April in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  The Adaptation Committee is a constituted body under the UNFCCC tasked to provide guidance to the work of countries on climate change adaptation and resilience. The Philippines, through CCC Secretary Borje, serves as a member of the Adaptation Committee, following nomination and election by developing countries, and appointment in COP28 in Dubai, UAE. This is the first time a Filipino national sits on the Adaptation Committee in the latter’s 14-year history. As the lead agency on climate change, the CCC continues to further deepen and broaden Philippine engagement in the UNFCCC and other relevant and related fora to advance core national and developing world interests, consistent with the guidance of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.  Under the Marcos Administration, advancing climate resilience of the Philippines through climate change adaptation and mitigation remains a priority.  
March 17, 2024 Sunday