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From left to right: CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera; Ms. Jolly Nguyen, 30 for 2023 Network Member, UN Women; Ms. Maria Holtsberg, Climate, DRR and Humanitarian Portfolio Lead, UN Women; Mr. Mozaharul Alam, Regional Coordinator, UNEP and Head of APAN Secretariat; Ms. Sanjana Chhantyal, 30 for 2030 Network Member, UN Women; and Mr. Emmad Karim, Advocacy, Innovation and Campaigns Coordinator at UN Women Incheon, South Korea, 29 August 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) highlighted Philippine policies, partnerships, and good practices that promote gender-responsive climate action, during the 8th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Pre-Forum Discussion held on 29 August 2023 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera provided the country's perspectives and experiences on integrating gender in climate action in the Philippines. The panel discussion, jointly organized by the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), convened adaptation practitioners and policymakers in the Asia-Pacific region to share practical solutions and explore partnerships for advancing feminist action for climate justice. “Climate impacts aggravate existing general inequalities, and societal and cultural norms for women affect our ability to respond and cope with climate impacts, which give rise to issues on access to basic resources and services, as well as decision-making,” explained Hererra. She provided insights on landmark laws that mainstream gender in the country’s policies and programs, including the Magna Carta of Women, which sets gender mainstreaming as the national strategy for gender and development; the Climate Change Act, which upholds gender-sensitive considerations in climate change plans, policies, programs, and projects; and the 5% mandatory appropriation of agency national budgets for gender and development. She highlighted enabling policies and programs, such as the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), which aims to build the adaptive capacities of both women and men and optimize mitigation opportunities towards gender-responsive and rights-based sustainable development; the CCC Resolution to mainstream gender and development in all government actions related to climate change; and the Climate Change Expenditure Tagging (CCET), which tracks and monitors climate-related projects and programs, including those for gender and development. Best country practices that Herrera shared include the establishment of Climate Resiliency Field Schools, which reinforce the adaptive capacity of both men and women in the farming and fisheries sectors; the Women-Managed Marine and Coastal Areas Program, which established database information, documented success stories of women fisherfolk, provided technical assistance for women’s participation, and forged partnerships with stakeholders in the conservation and management of natural marine habitats; and the Gender-Responsive Livelihood Assistance, which provides employment that promotes climate- and community-friendly projects. Herrera called for “investing in women’s climate resilience” and urged participants to continue empowering more women to meaningfully participate in climate actions. “Support women’s access to renewable energy and low-carbon technologies and build infrastructure and facilities that cater to the needs of women and girls in times of disaster. As gender gaps and violence are magnified during times of disasters and extreme weather, local government units should enhance their disaster response and management by anticipating their needs and investing in infrastructure and facilities, including separate comfort rooms, changing rooms, and other amenities for maternal healthcare and wellness needs,” Herrera said. Herrera concluded with a call to make women’s active participation in climate change policy and programming more accessible: "Ease the burdens that women face. A climate resilient world would have women placed at the table as visionaries and leaders so that our effective strategies for transformational adaptation are fulfilled.” For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
August 29, 2023 Tuesday
Representatives from the national government agencies, local government units, academic and scientific institutions, civil society organizations, private sector, and development sector convene for the multi-stakeholder consultation for the National Adaptation Plan MANILA, 26 August 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) concluded its second National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Tuesday, reaffirming the commitment to formulate a comprehensive and effective NAP through the invaluable contributions of diverse stakeholders. One of the key deliverables of the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028, the completion of the National Adaptation Plan requires a whole-of-society and whole-of-world approach, consistent with the pronouncement of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. in his second State of the Nation Address in building a climate-smart and climate-resilient country. The consultation engaged various stakeholders from the national and local government, academic and scientific institutions, civil society, private sector, and development sector to share relevant experience and expertise to the NAP development process. In his keynote speech, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje underscored the importance of crafting a science-based, evidence-based and needs-based NAP, to strengthen the adaptive capacities of all Filipinos, particularly those in the most vulnerable sectors of society. “It's not only important that we have our experience and expertise at the table, it is also vital to make this plan genuine, needs-based, and a product of multi-stakeholder collaboration. Consultation is important because we need to make sure that the process reflects the different components of our society,” Borje said. The consultation’s agenda included presentations on the National Adaptation Plan development, climate risk assessment, and adaptation priorities. Breakout sessions delved into adaptation priorities and key enablers, covering critical sectors such as food security, agriculture, water resources, governance, stakeholder engagement, technology, financing, and capacity building. Noting the important role of convergence, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Carlos Primo David stated, “The NAP includes priority programs for funding, but more importantly, in identifying convergence projects among government agencies that solve sectoral cross cutting issues intensified by climate change.” Lloyd Cameron, Economic and Climate Counsellor of the British Embassy Manila, also emphasized the importance of the consultations, stating that “stakeholder consultation is a way of advancing our adaptation and mitigation agenda by ensuring that the perspectives and needs of all sectors are taken into account.” “We hope that the inputs we receive from you today will not only significantly help us to develop a fit-for-purpose climate risk management for the country, but will also highlight the importance of collective action and a shared commitment to building the Filipinos’ resilience and adapting mechanism to climate change,” said CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera. The series of multi-stakeholder consultations are organized with the support from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office and the British Embassy Manila. The first consultation took place virtually on 8 August 2023, bringing together representatives from various organizations to engage in discussions and contribute valuable insights on the NAP. The NAP, which will serve as a long-term support mechanism for capacity and technologies, aims to reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change by building the adaptive capacity and resilience of communities, and to facilitate the coherent integration of climate change adaptation into relevant new and existing policies, programs and activities. The NAP endeavors to mainstream adaptation across as many sectors as possible and at different levels (national, subnational, regional, and local), incorporating both medium- and long-term strategies, and strengthening policies and frameworks. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and https://facebook.com/cccphl.
August 26, 2023 Saturday
Participants from Southern Luzon State University and Local Government Units in Lucban, Quezon engaged in informative discussions during the Second National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) Policy Forum. LUCBAN, QUEZON, 26 August 2023 – Participants from various sectors, policymakers, and experts gathered at the Climate Change Commission’s (CCC) Second National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) Policy Forum to explore policy and technological solutions to address flooding in the country. The forum, themed "Beyond the Floodgates: Navigating Flooding's Impact on Responses to Climate Change, Food Security, and Disasters in the Philippines," tackled the issue of flooding in the Philippines, one of the 10 climate-induced risks in the Philippines recognized by the NPTE. In his remarks, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje stressed the impacts of flooding on communities, infrastructure and economic growth, and underscored the urgency of comprehensive strategies to prioritize resilience. “This forum is not just about discussions. It is also a call to action.  More important or equally as important as policy papers, we must translate our knowledge into tangible outcomes and implement practical measures to enhance our nation's flood resilience,” Borje underscored. He also stressed the importance of collaboration among stakeholders, including national and local governments, academic institutions, civil society, and the private sector, to collectively address flooding along with other risks brought by climate change. “The work on climate change does not end in our forum. The work should be done everyday because we have one responsibility – be it as individuals or as organizations or as LGUs,” he added. Borje also cited that the challenge for everyone now is to use our understanding of climate change and the skills and talents of the Filipinos to strengthen our communities. Borje concluded by expressing hope that the forum's collaborative efforts, guided by NPTE members, would sow the seeds for a climate-resilient future. “Let’s make the story of the Philippines not a story of despair, death and destruction but a story of hope. Isang kwento ng tao na may angking talino at galing,  at ginagamit yun para hindi lang matugunan ang problema ng climate change, bagkus dito ay maghanap ng oportunidad para mapayabong ang ating pamayanan at ang ating bansa,“ he concluded. The Forum featured a rich lineup of speakers from the NPTE, including Dr. Doracie B. Zoleta-Nantes, Dr. Jimmy T. Masagca, Dr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez, Dr. Jihan H. Adil, and Engr. Meriam M. Santillan, who shared insights and best practices to understand the root causes of flooding, explore strategies, and identify actionable solutions to address this issue. “This gathering serves as a catalyst for change, empowering us to build more informed and resilient communities. Through the exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices, we gain insights that enable us to develop innovative solutions and strategies and ways for which we could reduce the negative impacts of flood,” Dr. Doracie B. Zoleta-Nantes, Chairperson of NPTE and President of Southern Luzon State University (SLSU). The NPTE was created under the Climate Change Act, tasked to provide technical advice to the Commission in areas of climate science, technologies, and best practices for risk assessment and enhancement of adaptive capacity of vulnerable human settlements to potential impacts of climate change. This policy forum is being conducted in five parts, starting with sea level rise and flooding. Experts will tackle health and climate change, integrated coastal management and blue economy, and water and human security, to further engage stakeholders in climate policy in the next discussions. To further mainstream climate change, the NPTE forum is being held in partnerships with state colleges and universities and LGUs.   Co-organized by SLSU and the local government of Lucban, Quezon, the second NPTE forum was attended by hundreds of participants from the university and the LGU, and viewers through its livestream on Zoom and Facebook. For more information on the NPTE and its activities, visit the CCC’s website at climate.gov.ph or communicate with the NPTE Secretariat through [email protected].
August 26, 2023 Saturday
Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje meets with Asian Institute of Management President Dr. Jikyeong Kang and other AIM officials to discuss potential partnership on knowledge and capacity building MANILA, 17 August 2023 — Following the success of the recent Asian Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Resilience, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) further explored opportunities for partnership on climate change and disaster risk management. CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje met with AIM President Dr. Jikyeong Kang, and discussed strategies to strengthen the knowledge base and enhance capacities of key stakeholders in the field of climate change. “The CCC recognizes the important role of partners, including higher education institutions, as we employ a whole-of-society approach in advancing our pathways to climate change and disaster resilience,” Borje said. AIM likewise expressed their commitment to work with the CCC, and explore areas of collaboration, such as capacity building, to contribute to attaining the desired level of climate and disaster resilience, at national and local levels. “The AIM is fully committed to partner with the CCC, and will closely work towards the urgent delivery and implementation of our partnership package for the benefit of the CCC, our LGUs, and other practitioners,” Dr. Kang said. Joining Dr. Kang are Dr. Olivier Roche, Head of the Stephen Zuellig School of Development Management; AIM Partnerships Director Georgina Banzon, and AIM Program Manager Nicole Cortez. CCC Deputy Executive Director Romell Antonio Cuenca, Atty. Carlos Borja, Mr. Alexis Lapiz, and Ms. Sunshine Villasper were also in attendance. AIM, as a pioneer in management education in Asia, promotes transformative leadership towards inclusive and sustainable development. It offers an Executive Master in Disaster Risk and Crisis Management which tackles approaches to achieve climate change and disaster resilience. The Climate Change Commission is the lead policy-making body of the government tasked to coordinate, monitor, and evaluate government programs and ensure mainstreaming of climate change in national, local, and sectoral development plans towards a climate-resilient and climate-smart Philippines.
August 17, 2023 Thursday
Thought leaders, decision-makers, experts, and other stakeholders have gathered for the Asian Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Resilience. (Photo from Asian Institute of Management)   MANILA, 10 August 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) has partnered with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and private sector stakeholders to conduct the Asian Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Resilience (ACCCDR) – a platform for multistakeholder dialogue to influence policy and practice on addressing climate change and disasters in Asia. With the theme “Building Bridges: Driving Collective Action for a Climate and Disaster Resilient Asia,” ACCCDR facilitates the exchange of knowledge, innovative solutions, and best practices among the government, private sector, academe, and non-government organizations, aiming to contribute to the development of a more resilient and sustainable Asian societies.   Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda, a staunch climate and disaster resilience champion, delivered a keynote address focused on the interlinkages between climate change adaptation and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction, including through nature-based solution. The event features plenary sessions on public-private partnership for resilient critical infrastructure and lifelines, nurturing resilience in the face of disasters and climate change for food and water security, and leading an inclusive and just climate governance for a climate-resilient society. CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje will deliver the Call to Action and Collaboration that will conclude the event. Other esteemed speakers include Emmanuel Rubio, President and CEO of Aboitiz Power Corporation; Elirozz Carlie Labaria, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Portfolio Coordinator for the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization; and Bruno Carrasco, Director-General of Asian Development Bank’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department. The ACCCDR is presented by Aboitiz Power in partnership with CCC, AIM, Now Corporation, and EASD Environmental Consultancy. For more information, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
August 10, 2023 Thursday
Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda delivers a privilege speech on the urgency of addressing climate change.   MANILA, 8 August 2023 – In a privilege speech today, Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda rallied fellow lawmakers and the entire Filipino nation to unite and take bold action against the global governance challenge of our generation—climate change.   Drawing attention to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, Legarda stressed that the time for procrastination is over, and immediate and drastic action is required to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.   The IPCC report confirmed that climate change is already adversely affecting global weather patterns and ecosystems, disproportionately impacting vulnerable communities despite progress in adaptation efforts, and current policies and financial support are insufficient to meet climate goals across sectors and regions, notably hindering implementation in developing nations.   Legarda cited alarming figures of losses and damage borne by the Philippines from climate-induced disasters, particularly the Php673.3 billion worth of damage due to tropical cyclones alone between 2011 and 2021, and the 12,097 deaths recorded due to extreme weather events and disasters from 2010 to 2019.   “The latest reports on climate science tell us that we are running out of time to secure a livable and sustainable future for all. Enabling rapid and far-reaching transitions across all sectors and systems in this crucial decade will determine impacts and climate realities now and for the next thousands of years. These are not only accelerating, but they are also exhibiting feedback loops that increase that acceleration,” Legarda stressed.   The Senator emphasized that climate change is an issue of climate justice, where the most vulnerable populations suffer the most despite contributing the least to climate change.   “We need to make sure that the commitments of developed countries are delivered and mobilized. We need to ensure that the establishment of a loss and damage funding facility will materialize at the soonest possible time,” she added.   Legarda proposed several practical approaches moving forward, such as adopting a transformative mindset in governance, accelerating decarbonization efforts, revisiting environmental laws, optimizing convergence between agencies and stakeholders, and greening the national and local budgets to ensure allocation for sustainable and climate-smart programs.   With the Philippines standing as the ground zero for climate change, Legarda called for collective action in transforming the nation into a center of resilience and strength— a “Philippines that is not a lesson learned but a best practice for the rest of the world in combating climate change.”   “Patuloy tayong magbayanihan para sa klima; para sa buhay, kabuhayan, at kinabukasan ng ating kapwa Pilipino. Para sa Pilipinas, sikapin nating iangat ang katatagan ng bawat isa laban sa nagbabagong klima,” Legarda concluded.   As the lead policy-making body of the government on climate change, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) echoed the Senator's call for a robust and ambitious climate agenda to further enhance the resilience of Filipino communities against the impacts of climate change.   “We laud Senator Loren Legarda for her tireless efforts in championing climate action, and we look forward to continue working closely with her, other lawmakers, and all government agencies in advancing transformative climate policies and strategies that will benefit all Filipinos,” CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje said.   “Enabling a development pathway towards a more sustainable and resilient Philippines requires urgent action and political will. We look up to the leadership of Senator Legarda and our lawmakers in Congress to support this transformation that ensure that we thrive amid the climate crisis,” he concluded.
August 09, 2023 Wednesday
MANILA, 8 August 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) spearheaded the first multistakeholder consultation to develop the National Adaptation Plan, which aims to outline the country’s strategies and priorities on building resilience against climate impacts. “Multistakeholder consultation is a crucial step in developing our first National Adaptation Plan. To come up with a science-based, fit-for-purpose, and country-driven NAP, we need to bring together our diverse range of knowledge and expertise on advancing climate resilience in pursuit of sustainable development,” CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director (VCED) Robert E.A. Borje said. The consultation was supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the British Embassy Manila, bringing together representatives from key national government agencies, local government units, and stakeholders from academic and scientific institutions, civil society, private sector, and development sector. The NAP is envisioned to respond to the actual and anticipated risks and vulnerabilities of sectors and communities to climate change. “The NAP builds upon the identified priority thematic sectors of the NCCAP and acknowledges the growing risks for the country and the world as warned by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their 6th Assessment Report. It underscores the importance of risk profiling, risk assessment, and risk management needed to increase the adaptive capacity of communities through technology development and capacity building, projecting future and multiple scenarios impacts,” CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera explained. The CCC has mobilized its contact groups with partners and stakeholders for the NAP: the ACT LOCAL or Accelerating Climate Action and Transformation for Local Communities network, for LGUs; ENACT or Empowering Nurtured Alliance for Climate action and Transformation for development partners; WE CAN or Working to Empower Climate Action Network for civil society organizations; and CONNECT or Communicating Opportunities to Network, Navigate, and Explore Climate Transformation for private sector partners—which will be instrumental in the NAP development process. VCED Borje reaffirmed the CCC's commitment to strengthen collaboration and collective action, following the directives of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. for a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach in scaling up investments that drive economic transformation, leading to a sustainable, prosperous, inclusive, and resilient society. “As the Philippines moves forward, guided by the principles of the National Adaptation Plan and driven by the passion of its people, it strives to build a future that stands resilient in the face of a rapidly changing climate,” VCED Borje concluded. This NAP Multi-stakeholder Consultation-Workshops is the first of a series, to be followed by a two-day workshop on 22 to 23 August 2023. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and Climate Change Commission PH.
August 08, 2023 Tuesday
DATU ODIN SINSUAT, MAGUINDANAO, July 2023 – The Climate Change Commission(CCC) highlighted the vital role of graduates and the youth in addressing climate change, challenging them to become champions of climate action. At the 45th Commencement Exercises of Mindanao State University – Maguindanao Campus, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje in his speech challenged the graduates to be active leaders for climate change action. | Building on the event’s theme "Braving Currents, Forging Partners, and Serving Humanity," Secretary Borje emphasized the importance of collaboration in addressing climate change. “The future is now. The leaders are here. I see in each of you the same potential, passion and desire to serve. In order to succeed, you must cultivate the ‘we mentality’ and leave behind the ‘me mentality.’ You would be surprised to learn how the power of collaboration and small acts of kindness can make a difference, especially in facing the challenges of climate change,” he said.  Last year, the municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat, where MSU Maguindanao is located, suffered heavy flooding due to Tropical Storm Paeng, demonstrating that climate change is an existential threat. Nearly 2 million individuals, or close to 600,000 families, were affected by Paeng in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Secretary Borje stated, “These are not just numbers. These are real people with real lives with real problems that we need to solve. We need to act swiftly and systematically, dahil buhay, kabuhayan at kinabukasan nating mga Pilipino ang nakataya.” With impacts of climate change and other challenges felt in armed conflict areas, Rahima Akmad, Class Valedictorian of 2023, shared how resilience is built even at a young age.  “I spent my next years inside the SPMS box, or what we call the armed conflict area, in pursuit of a ‘better education.’ Nonetheless, those events did not stop me from achieving my dreams. MSUan ata ito! In fact, they even gave me the courage to be the person I wanted to be,” she said. Akmad added, “MSU-Maguindanao is the only university in Maguindanao that provides deprived people like me a fighting chance to have a quality education. Kaya maraming salamat po Pamantasang Mindanao. This university gave me opportunities to reconnect with my past to build my present and prepare for my future.” The CCC continues to work with state universities and colleges, and higher education institutions in mainstreaming climate action across generations and sectors, with focus on educating and involving the youth.  For more information on the Climate Change Commission’s mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
July 31, 2023 Monday
MANILA, 28 July 2023 – Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda urged government agencies to promote and institutionalize nature-based solutions in the country’s climate policy and programs to address climate and disaster risks. On World Nature Conservation Day, Senator Legarda highlighted the effectiveness of reforestation and tree planting activities as both climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, among other benefits to biodiversity and ecosystems. “Planting trees is an effective climate change mitigation and adaptation initiative as trees sequester carbon from the atmosphere and absorb and store rainwater, reducing the risk of flooding during heavy rainfall. The roots help stabilize soil to prevent erosion, which can trigger landslides, and their branches and leaves reduce the impact of strong winds during storms and typhoons,” she said. Senator Legarda has been proactive in her environmental advocacy, filing several bills aimed at protecting the environment such as Senate Bill 2320 or the Sustainable Forest Management Act; Senate Bill 2135 or the Barangay Greening and Forest Land Rehabilitation and Protection Act; Senate Bill 1992 or the Low Carbon Economy Act; and Senate Bill 621 or the Philippine Circular Economy Act. “Despite having filed several bills and passing laws that support tree planting and reforestation, saving the planet and the future does not end in legislation,” Senator Legarda said. “We must continue raising awareness and conducting activities and programs that encourage planting more trees. We must engage all stakeholders, especially students and the youth, to foster environmental consciousness in our younger generations,” she added. The Climate Change Commission (CCC) recognizes Senator Legarda’s key role, particularly in legislating relevant laws that support the vision for a low-carbon, climate-smart and climate-resilient Philippines. “Senator Loren Legarda’s advocacy for promoting nature-based solutions, low carbon technologies, green market development, and sustainable and community-led climate actions significantly contributes to achieving our low-carbon, climate-smart, climate- resilient, and sustainable development aspirations,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. "Aligned with the vision of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. as stated in the SONA and in the Philippine Development Plan, it is through our collective involvement that we will be able to climate-proof the lives and livelihoods of both our present and future generations,” he added. Senator Legarda is the author and principal sponsor of the Republic Act No. 9729 or the Climate Change Act of 2009 and the Republic Act No. 10174 otherwise known as the People’s Survival Fund Act. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
July 28, 2023 Friday
MANILA, 26 July 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) lauds President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.'s recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) emphasizing the critical importance of climate action in building a sustainable economic agenda for the Philippines. During the SONA, President Marcos Jr. reiterated that "the building blocks of progressive, livable and sustainable communities will never be complete without appropriate and responsible action to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change." For Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, the Philippine government’s budget for climate change programs and projects, as tagged by various national government instrumentalities, is PHP 464.5 billion, which is 60.32 percent higher compared to FY 2022 allocation. From this year’s climate budget, PHP 411.21 billion or 88 percent is aimed to finance climate change adaptation initiatives as programmed and to be implemented by different government agencies, and PHP 53.29 billion for climate change mitigation. Under the FY 2024 National Expenditure Program, PHP 543.45 billion is earmarked for climate action, supporting the government’s decarbonization and resilience-building efforts. Consistent with the pronouncements of the President in SONA 2023, the CCC will continue to collaborate with government agencies and stakeholders to further ensure that climate change is integrated and mainstreamed in national policies, planning, decision-making, and implementation. The CCC will further strengthen the implementation of the National Climate Risk Management Framework, and update the National Climate Change Action Plan and the Nationally Determined Contribution. Additionally, the National Adaptation Plan is currently being developed to enhance the country's resilience to the impacts of climate change. Further, all local government units (LGUs) are targeted to be capacitated in mainstreaming climate action in local governance. As of July 2023, the CCC has received a total of 1,472 Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAPs) out of 1,715 LGUs. The CCC shares President Marcos Jr.'s vision of a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach, including in dealing with the climate crisis, emphasizing “collaboration between government offices, the private sector, industries, academe, international partners, and most importantly, among our populace.” To further harness stronger cooperation with key stakeholders in advancing transformative climate action, the CCC established and will further strengthen the following coordination mechanisms with various entities: WE CAN or Working to Empower Climate Action Network for Civil Society Organizations, ENACT or Empowering Nurtured Alliance for Climate Action and Transformation for Development Partners, CONNECT or Communicating Opportunities to Network, Navigate, and Explore Climate Transformation for the Private Sector, and ACT LOCAL or Accelerating Climate Action and Transformation for Local Communities for Local Government Units. “The CCC remains committed to advance and pursue the realization of President Marcos, Jr.’s vision for a low-carbon, climate-smart and climate-resilient Philippines, and transformative economic growth, with the unlocking of the development of the green and blue economies,” CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje said. He added, “And, in line with the whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach, hinihikayat ng CCC ang lahat na makiisa sa malawakang bayanihan para sa klima, patungo sa isang Bagong Bansang Matatag.” As the government's lead policy-making body on climate change, the CCC stands ready to work hand in hand with all stakeholders, to ensure that climate change remains at the forefront of the government's national agenda. For more information on the Climate Change Commission’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
July 26, 2023 Wednesday
MANILA, 26 July 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to further strengthen collaborative efforts in building climate resilience and enhancing disaster response throughout the country. Under the partnership, the CCC will capacitate PRC’s partner communities, personnel and volunteers on localized climate risk profiling and climate change adaptation and mitigation planning, and provide technical assistance to access relevant funding for the implementation of local climate change initiatives. PRC, on the other hand, shall support the CCC in the development of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and Nationally Determined Contribution Implementation Plan (NIP). Furthermore, the PRC will actively participate in the CCC's Net Zero Challenge, reinforcing the shared vision for transformative climate action. “The CCC welcomes this partnership with the Philippine Red Cross towards ensuring that lives and livelihoods of communities are resilient against disasters and other impacts of climate change. This collaboration is another window for us to realize our commitment to transformative and meaningful climate action,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje.  “With CCC, we have made it our ambition to contribute big time to saving our planet. We will be leaders in our own spheres of expertise but carry the load together through our partnership. I can assure our kababayans that the Red Cross and CCC will prioritize climate change adaptation and mitigation of its effects. Join us: Let’s carry the load together,” said PRC Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer Richard J. Gordon. Aligned with President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr.’s vision of a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach in addressing critical issues such as the climate crisis, and the need to foster collaboration between and among the populace, the CCC works on further strengthening cooperation with civil society, development partners, and private sector, such as the Philippine Red Cross.  For more information on the Climate Change Commission’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
July 26, 2023 Wednesday
The Climate Change Commission invites everyone to tune in for the 2nd State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. at 4:00 pm today. Watch it live here: https://bit.ly/StateOfTheNationAddress2023 #SONA2023 #BuildRightAtFirstSight #ClimateActionPH #ClimateJusticePH
July 24, 2023 Monday
Members of the National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) present their findings and policy recommendations on rising sea levels at the 1st Policy Forum. Their expertise and dedication shed light on the urgent need for action to protect coastal communities in the Philippines   MANILA, 7 July 2023 — The Climate Change Commission’s (CCC) National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE), together with the University of the Philippines, tackled the issue of rising sea level and its potential impact on the Philippines in the 1st NPTE Policy Forum. CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje emphasized the stakes involved, stating, “More than 60% of our population resides in coastal areas. Rising sea level poses grave dangers to our coastal communities, ecosystem, and economies. Again, it is our lives, livelihood and common future that are at stake.”  “This Forum serves as one of our many platforms to engage with all stakeholders in determining policies and delivering solutions towards better resilience. With our collective efforts— government, scientists and experts, academe, and all partners, we ensure that what rises before our eyes are not sea levels, but climate-smart, resilient, and thriving communities,” he added.  Sea level rise, or the gradual increase in the average level of the Earth's oceans, is one of the 10 climate-induced risks in the Philippines recognized by the NPTE. With the theme "Rising Sea Level: Kapag Tumaas Ang Dagat, Malulunod Ba Tayo?," the forum included presentations from experts, Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado, Dr. Nathaniel Alibuyog, Co-Chair Dr. Eduardo Mangaoang, and Engr. Meriam Santillan, with special focus on the trends and impacts of sea level rise in various regions of the Philippines. “The impacts of sea level rise extend beyond infrastructure and ecosystems—they directly affect public health,” stated Dr. Mercado in her presentation. She presented key policy recommendations to address the challenges posed by sea level rise, such as protecting vulnerable communities and ecosystems through laws, accommodating their needs through resilient infrastructure, and considering strategic retreat to ensure long-term safety and sustainability. Underscoring their vulnerability, Dr. Alibuyog expanded the discussion to include the effects of sea level rise on urban poor communities, stating that they “...are not only exposed to hazards, but they often have limited resources and capacity to take measures to protect themselves.” “We need long-term thinking. Our challenge in the Philippines has always been our ability to follow through,” Dr. Mercado stated when asked on her thoughts on inter-agency solutions to sea level rise. Urging individuals and agencies with capacity and opportunity to take action on the ground in vulnerable communities, Dr. Mangaoang said, “Let’s get out, do our share and help these vulnerable communities in our respective areas.” Engr. Santillan emphasized the importance of acknowledging the reality of rising sea level and the significance of education and capability building to facilitate adaptation and informed decision-making guided by government data.  “Let us use science to make informed decisions especially with regards to climate change mitigation and adaptation,” Engr. Santillan stated as part of her closing statement. The NPTE was created under the Climate Change Act, tasked to provide technical advice to the Commission in areas of climate science, technologies, and best practices for risk assessment and enhancement of adaptive capacity of vulnerable human settlements to potential impacts of climate change. To further raise awareness on climate issues, the NPTE five-part policy forum is being conducted.  Starting with sea level rise, experts will also discuss Health and Climate Change, Flooding, Integrated Coastal Management and Blue Economy, and Water and Human Security, to further engage stakeholders in the climate policy.  The first forum was attended by 360 virtual participants from State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), National Government Agencies (NGAs), and Local Government Units (LGUs), and thousands of viewers through its livestream on Facebook and YouTube. For more information on the NPTE and its activities, visit the CCC’s website at climate.gov.ph or communicate with the NPTE Secretariat through [email protected]
July 07, 2023 Friday
CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera presents key collaboration areas for driving climate action and sustainable development at the "Philippines Country Partnership Strategy Consultation: High-Level Dialogue on Financing Climate Action" organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) MANILA, 5 July 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) underscored the significance of partnerships between the Philippine government and multilateral support in driving impactful climate action and sustainable development. CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera presented key areas of collaboration for engaging climate finance at the "Philippines Country Partnership Strategy Consultation: High-Level Dialogue on Financing Climate Action" organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Commissioner Herrera expressed her appreciation for the ADB's sustained support to the Philippine Government, which has mobilized $3.9 billion in climate finance between 2018 and 2022 under the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS). This support has been instrumental in the development of a comprehensive policy program that accelerates the formulation and implementation of the Philippine Nationally Determined Contribution, National Adaptation Plan, and Long-Term Strategy for greenhouse gas emission reduction pathways. It has also facilitated flagship mitigation investments in low-carbon transport and key adaptation programs, particularly in flood risk management. “The times call for a strong mechanism to mobilize resources, and formulate strategies, to be implemented at the pace and scale needed,” Herrera said. Commissioner Herrera shared three major areas of collaboration with the ADB during the dialogue, starting with the need to formulate and institutionalize climate policies that are forward-looking, innovative, and transformative, anchored on the best available science and indigenous and local knowledge. “Grounded on our joint efforts with national government agencies and other stakeholders, we are committed to advancing enabling policies for investment-led and transformative climate actions,” she emphasized. Herrera then called for support to enhance national and local governments’ access to resources to develop fit-for-purpose interventions, especially for adaptation. This was cited in parallel to reforms in multilateral development bank (MDB) practices and priorities that aim to significantly increase climate ambition. Streamlining climate finance processes and strengthening the adaptive capacities of local government units (LGUs) are crucial in attracting investment opportunities and facilitating locally led climate change projects. Herrera urged partners to develop common indicators for monitoring and evaluating climate change actions that will assess progress and unlock private sector investments. The CCC is committed to sustained collaboration and partnership with the ADB, to achieve the shared vision of a climate-resilient and sustainable nation and world. "We express our appreciation to the ADB for bringing key institutional partners together in this dialogue. We hope that we could sustain this momentum in this crucial year and decade of action, and deliver on our commitments for a country and planet that is safe and secure for all," Herrera concluded. The high-level dialogue, structured into three sessions, tackled crucial aspects of climate action and sustainability: Session 1, joined by the CCC, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Department of Finance, presented how the ADB can provide support in achieving the Philippines' climate objectives. Session 2, joined by the Department of Transportation  and Department of Energy, focused on strategies to elevate climate ambition and drive sustainable practices in various sectors of the economy. Session 3, joined by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, and Department of Social Welfare and Development, identified priority areas that require immediate attention to strengthen climate resilience, particularly in relation to food security and social inclusion. The event aims to gather views from key decision-makers to tailor the next cycle of the ADB Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for 2024-2029, addressing urgent and priority challenges in climate change mitigation and adaptation. For more information on the Climate Change Commission’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
July 05, 2023 Wednesday
BONN, GERMANY — Civil society organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders present at the 58th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB58) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) expressed support to the Philippines’ priorities and expectations to the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai, UAE. Seven community-based organizations, non-government organizations, and interfaith movement and women-led groups from the Philippines joined the negotiations in SB58. Some of these CSOs shared their views and support to the Philippines for the upcoming COP28. *** The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) “The ICSC supports the Philippines’ call on building momentum towards COP28, highlighting the government’s priorities in line with national climate policies and fair share commitment towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. As a developing country at the frontlines of climate change impacts, we must continue to prioritize adaptation and resilience, with mitigation as a co-benefit of low-carbon development,” said Danica Marie Supnet, Interim Director for Climate Policy of the ICSC, an international non-government group advancing fair climate policy and low carbon, climate-resilient development. Supnet added, “ICSC likewise joins the Philippines and the rest of the Vulnerable Twenty Group of Finance Ministers (V20) in calling for a global financial system fit for climate through the V20 Accra-Marrakech Agenda, the G7-V20 Global Shield, and other solutions to advance climate and disaster risk finance and insurance.” *** Aksyon Klima/ Living Laudato Si' Philippines Rodne Galicha, Lead Convenor for Aksyon Klima and Executive Director of Living Laudato Si’ Philippines, expressed his agreement with the Philippine government’s call for “a COP28 that would finally enable the acceleration of global actions towards the attainment of the goals of the Paris Agreement.” “We are way past overdue. We need to end the cycle of broken promises and failed solutions for the sake of current and future generations. What we need now is to translate science and commitments into actions,” he said. Galicha added, “For COP28, among our priorities is our call to ensure that the loss and damage funding mechanism would be structured and operationalized such that polluters pay, the most affected communi'es would receive what they are owed with no strings attached, and that the burden would be shouldered by developed countries and corporations responsible for the climate crisis.” Living Laudato Si’ is an interfaith movement initiated by Catholic laypeople calling on Philippine financial institutions to divest from coal-related operations and other environmentally harmful activities, while Aksyon Klima is a civil society network that aims to build campaigning capacity and leadership among its partner community organizations, NGOs and the academe, on climate policies and issues. *** The Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP - EP Asia) “We welcome the government’s sharing of the Philippines' priorities in the lead-up to COP28, particularly the inclusive and meaningful participation of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs), CSOs, women, and youth in all climate processes, the push to operationalize the loss and damage fund and the Santiago Network, and pursuing climate justice,” said Dazzle Labapis, Programme Officer of NTFP-EP. He expressed hope that “there will be specific action points and concrete steps that the Climate Change Commission will initiate to make the engagement process meaningful and inclusive for IPLCs, CSOs, women and youth” as the country prepares for COP28. The NTFP-EP is a network of over 60 non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations working to strengthen forest-based communities’ capacity to sustainably manage natural resources in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia, also offered its observation and support. *** Greenpeace Philippines “We are happy to note that the Philippines is ramping up on the Loss and Damage Funding structure. The need for loss and damage fund by the developing countries are urgent and rising, and we cannot afford to wait any longer. And because there is no question that burning of fossil fuels is the main driver of climate change, measures to ensure fossil fuel companies pay for loss and damage should be prioritized,” said Virginia Benosa-Llorin, Make Polluters Pay Co-Project Lead of Greenpeace. She added, “The fossil fuel era needs to end, and fast. But while the world phases out the burning of coal, oil and gas, the fossil fuel industry needs to pay for the harm their products cause.” *** Philippines in the leadup to COP28 In his closing statement in SB58, Secretary Robert E.A Borje, Head of the Philippine Delegation and the Vice Chairperson and Executive Director of Climate Change Commission, emphasized that “we must provide momentum for the progress needed for COP28 in the United Arab Emirates, and that we need to do more.” The Philippines underscored that these priorities and expectations must be tackled in COP28: establishment of the global goal on adaptation framework; ramping up work on mitigation and inclusion of emissions avoidance as a mitigation measure; setting up loss and damage fund and funding arrangements, and operationalization of the Santiago Network; conclusion of the work on the global stocktake with comprehensive, inclusive and transparent output; delivery of urgent obligations on means of implementation and support; ensuring universal participation and involvement in the process; rationalizing the conduct of meetings through defined priorities and intended outcomes. SB58, held on 5 to 15 June 2023 in Bonn, Germany, convened experts, policymakers, and stakeholders from around the world to share insights, foster collaboration, and find sustainable solutions to the climate crisis, as mandated by the UNFCCC and its Paris Agreement. For more information on the Philippines’ participation in SB58, visit the Climate Change Commission PH’s website at https://climate.gov.ph and Climate Change Commission PH.
July 03, 2023 Monday
Climate Change Commission (CCC) Deputy Executive Director Romell Antonio O. Cuenca together with the CCC staff during the Arbor Day tree planting and growing activity at the La Mesa Watershed Reservation QUEZON CITY, 25 June 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) joins the nationwide simultaneous tree planting and growing activity in La Mesa Watershed Park, as part of the Carbon Neutral Program (CNP) Convergence initiative, in celebration of the Philippine Arbor Day 2023. Together with CNP Convergence partners, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc. (SFFI), and the Million Trees Foundation, Inc., 900 molave and narra saplings were planted within La Mesa Watershed Park. A 1.5 km portion of the roadside was also planted with Palawan Cherry saplings. “Our activity today instills a sense of accountability and purpose in us all. As we continue to build on this partnership with PRC and other stakeholders, let's endeavor to plant more trees and work hand in hand so that we may be rightly called guardians of the Earth, nurturing a carbon-neutral and sustainable future,” CCC Deputy Executive Director (DED) Romell Antonio O. Cuenca said. Through the CNP Convergence initiative, the nationwide forestation activity is seen to become more sustainable and large-scale, as more government agencies and stakeholders from national, regional, and local levels are being engaged. "[M]aking sure that we have a sustainable environment is our responsibility to the country and the planet. Let’s build a legacy, sustain our environment for future generations,” PRC Commissioner Cueto said. This year, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) were also welcomed as new partners under CNP, in the view that proper water management systems and IPs’ involvement in environmental protection and preservation play important elements in ecosystem enhancement and restoration efforts. The CNP Convergence initiative facilitates scientific forestation activities to contribute to carbon sequestration, promotes nature-based solutions to address the climate crisis, and leads the advancement of carbon neutrality among Filipino citizens towards low carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable future. “[B]ilang isang manggugubat, nakikita ko na lalakas pa itong ating programa. This is the first time na nagsama-sama ang professionals para sa kalikasan,” SFFI President Roberto Oliva added. “The CCC looks forward to further strengthening convergence between and among partners and stakeholders towards carbon neutral, climate-resilient Philippines. With our collective and sustained work on both mitigation and adaptation, we ensure the protection of our peoples’ lives, livelihoods and future,” Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje said. Philippine Arbor Day is observed throughout the nation every 25th of June, as declared in Proclamation 643 in 2004. Filipinos are encouraged to plant trees and ornamental plants and engage in other similar activities in observance of this day. Similarly, PRC passed and approved Commission Resolution 1251 of 2020 which proclaimed June 25 as PRC Nationwide Tree Planting Day. This is in support of the CNP’s mission to attain carbon neutrality through reforestation efforts. CNP is the main program of the Carbon Neutrality Program Convergence that was jointly signed by the CCC, DENR, PRC, and SFFI through a Memorandum of Agreement on 13 June 2022. For more information on the Climate Change Commission’s mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
June 25, 2023 Sunday
The Philippines participates in OECD’s Inclusive Forum on Carbon Mitigation Approaches meetings.  (Left) CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje delivering an intervention during the inaugural meeting.  (Right) Heads of delegations from 103 countries (Photo courtesy of OECD). PARIS, FRANCE, 23 June 2023 — The Philippines was elected as co-chair of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Inclusive Forum on Carbon Mitigation Approaches (IFCMA), an initiative to assess the impacts of national mitigation interventions on global greenhouse gas emissions. The Philippines’ Climate Change Commission (CCC) Secretary Robert E.A. Borje will sit as co-chair, along with Switzerland’s Martin Baur and Chile’s Maria Jose Garcia. Serving as co-chair presents new opportunities to further strengthen international cooperation in climate action, between developing and developed nations. The announcement was made during the first IFCMA Steering Group Meeting on 13 June 2023.  “The Philippines welcomes the OECD’s invitation to be part of the IFCMA, and election as Co-Chair. Under IFCMA, the Philippines will work to ensure that this will serve as a more focused venue for interaction among, and cooperation between countries, towards practicable and pragmatic partnerships to fast-track higher impact and cost-effective climate change mitigation actions,” said Secretary Borje.  The Philippines is the only middle-income nation among Asia-Pacific countries in the Steering Group (which includes Japan and Singapore), and to be elected co-chair. “The Philippines is thankful for the vote of confidence and support. The election, we believe, demonstrates the continued and growing recognition of the Philippine Government under President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s commitment and capability as a meaningful and constructive partner for transformative climate change action,” added Secretary Borje. Earlier in February, the Philippines participated in the IFCMA inaugural meeting in Paris, France. IFCMA aims to assess national carbon mitigation approaches’ impact on global emissions – a project that will run from 2023 to 2025.   Secretary Borje was joined by Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and representatives from the Philippine Embassy in Paris, France. During the meeting, the Philippines underscored that the development of a collective and inclusive strategy on global carbon emission reduction efforts is crucial, in response to the needed “deep, rapid and sustained emissions reduction” as emphasized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Also aimed at enhancing international cooperation, the IFCMA will develop a global, comprehensive, and systematic stocktake of countries’ policies, programs, and projects on climate change mitigation, to undergo impact assessment on national and global emissions. “The Philippines envisions IFCMA to be beneficial to all parties, particularly to developing nations most at risk and vulnerable; to establish enabling policy environment towards improved access to technology development and transfer, capacity building, and finance and investments as regards carbon mitigation approaches,” said Secretary Borje. “This should be aligned with the existing work of international bodies such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement, and consider data availability and applicability, and methodological gaps and challenges, particularly of the developing world,” he added. The Philippines is one of the IFCMA’s Project Associates, and a pilot country candidate, expected to provide data on climate change mitigation-related policies, programs, and projects, and in turn, benefit and learn from a range of carbon mitigation approaches from various countries in different regions. For more information on the CCC’s participation in global and regional climate action, and other mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
June 23, 2023 Friday
Climate Change Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera and International Centre for Climate Change and Development Director Saleemul Huq, OBE, join the Asia-Gulf Cooperation Council Senior Officials' Dialogue to discuss the nexus of climate change and migration MANILA, 20 June 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) pushed for stronger regional cooperation to strengthen the potential of climate action in the context of migration in the Philippines and in the Asia Gulf region. CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera joined the session of the Asia-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Senior Officials' Dialogue where she highlighted the pressing threat of climate change and its profound impact on human mobility. Climate hazards drive involuntary global migration and displacement, with weather-related extremes displacing over 20 million people annually since 2008, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Moreover, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) projects that up to 113 million people could internally migrate by 2050 due to water stress, crop failure, sea level rise, and other slow-onset climate impacts. Commissioner Herrera acknowledged the significance of the human element of choice to address the challenges of climate change-related mobility. “It’s not just about being forced to evacuate or move during times of calamities and distress; it’s also the element of choice — it’s choosing to evacuate, choosing to move, choosing to relocate, while others choose to stay behind. It’s this element of choice that brings people from danger to safety, from doubts to certainty, from risk to resilience,” Commissioner Herrera said. Herrera stressed the need for a comprehensive approach that goes beyond conventional notions of adaptation to address the challenges faced by displaced individuals, including employment, healthcare, and security. “As climate change impacts continue to significantly drive migration and forced displacements, government policies and programs must be able to respond to the complex issues that surround or arise from these movements—issues, such as loss of livelihoods, armed conflict, gender-based violence, lack of access to appropriate healthcare services, and so on,” she emphasized. Commissioner Herrera highlighted the role of local government units (LGUs) in addressing climate risks and developing local climate change action plans, and also acknowledged the importance of international support in integrating human mobility into national climate policies and programs. To strengthen the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration for the Asia-Gulf Cooperation Council, she recommended four areas of collaboration: (1) Conducting climate risk assessments and addressing loss and damage; (2) Enhancing climate targets and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); (3) Formulating National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) based on scientific evidence; and (4) Supporting local governments in implementing risk-based adaptation interventions. “For millions of people exposed to climate hazards now and in the future, I believe it is our obligation, as leaders in our governments and as members of the Asia-GCC, to open real opportunities for them to choose and live a better life,” Herrera concluded. Professor Saleemul Huq OBE, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), supported Commissioner Herrera’s statement, acknowledging that migration is also a viable adaptation strategy. “Migration is not just a problem, but is actually a solution. We need to think of helping migrants, provide support for those who are forced to leave their homes, and of course, address the underlying causes of climate change,” said Prof. Huq. The CCC commits to advancing climate action and collaboration with stakeholders by leveraging expertise and insights on the complex relationship between climate change and migration. “Addressing issues related to migration and forced displacements directly translates to saving lives, livelihoods and future of population and communities,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. “In the long run, this intervention does not only address loss and damage, but likewise contribute to the larger scope of climate change adaptation and mitigation,” he added. The event served as a platform for labor migration officials from Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates to discuss issues of common interest which affect labor mobility, including climate change. The dialogue is hosted by the Department of Migrant Workers of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, the City of Taguig, and with the support of the United Nations Network on Migration, the International Organization for Migration, the International Labour Organization, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. For more information on the Climate Change Commission’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/cccphl.
June 20, 2023 Tuesday
The Climate Change Commission and First Gen Corporation spearheaded a community-level greenhouse gas inventory training for local government units in Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya. PANTABANGAN, NUEVA ECIJA, 20 June 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) led a community-level greenhouse gas inventory (GHGI) training in Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya, in partnership with First Gen Corporation, to support the initiatives of the local governments toward greenhouse gas emissions reduction. LGU representatives from Pantabangan, Ma. Aurora and Carranglan in Nueva Ecija, and Alfonso Castañeda in Nueva Vizcaya participated in the pre-orientation training, which aimed at equipping LGUs with the necessary knowledge and skills for conducting community-level GHGI. “We are providing support for our LGUs to identify and prioritize climate actions that are appropriate and relevant to their respective communities and contribute to the country's overall climate change mitigation efforts,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. This initiative is part of the collaborative efforts of the CCC and First Gen under the "Create for the Climate" program to support LGUs in First Gen's host communities in formulating and updating their enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plans (eLCCAP). The GHGI is one of the modules included in the LCCAP. The LCCAP, as mandated by Republic Act (RA) 9729, as amended by RA 10174, outlines LGU’s vulnerabilities and risks related to climate hazards, along with the corresponding adaptation and mitigation actions to be undertaken. Both the CCC and First Gen Corporation demonstrate their commitment to support LGUs in their climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. Collaborative initiatives like the GHGI pre-orientation training aim to enhance local capacities and promote sustainable development for a climate-resilient future. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
June 20, 2023 Tuesday
BONN, GERMANY, 18 June 2023 –The Philippines and the Group of 77 (G77) through its Chair Cuba have committed to work closely and further reinforce coordination in order to advance the positions of developing nations in all relevant meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Meeting at the sidelines of the 58th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB58) of UNFCCC here, Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, Head of Delegation of the Philippines, and Group of 77 Chair Ambassador Pedro L. Pedroso Cuesta and Head of Delegation of Cuba, both reaffirmed the importance of the Group of 77 in advancing the positions of developing nations, particularly in relation to delivery of Means of Implementation as well as on Loss and Damage. Secretary Borje and Ambassador Cuesta renewed the commitment of both delegations to work closely together and further reinforce coordination in the leadup to the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the UNFCCC in the United Arab Emirates, noting that COP28 is a valuable opportunity to build on the gains of G77 and COP27 in Sharm-El-Sheikh in Egypt. Both Officials discussed the need to further strengthen the positions of developing nations in loss and damage as well as in scaling and speeding up the delivery of commitments of industrialized nations to developing nations in terms of capacity building, technology development and transfer, as well as climate finance. “Developing nations need to work even more closely under the ambit of the G77 to better articulate principled positions on climate change and make even more resonant our message on living up to commitments under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement,” said Secretary Borje. “The Philippines appreciates the work of Cuba as Chair of G77 and we will ensure we are a constructive partner to the Chair and to the G77 in advancing our shared objectives,” he added. For updates on the Philippines’ participation in SB58, visit the Climate Change Commission’s website at https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/cccphl.
June 18, 2023 Sunday
BONN, GERMANY, 18 June 2023 – The Philippines and the Holy See underscored the need for and importance of ecosystem stewardship in order to advance meaningful and transformative climate action and agreed to explore ways by which stewardship could be pushed in appropriate fora within and outside the United Nations system. Meeting at the sidelines of the 58th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB58) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, Head of Delegation of the Philippines, and Monsignor John Kallarackal, Head of Delegation of the Holy See, underscored the importance of cooperation in ramping education programs on both climate change and of human stewardship to better protect and manage ecosystems and natural resources.   Secretary Borje underlined that climate change is a “global, systemic and historic issue that needs” and that human beings and institutions responsible for taking care of the environment have to work to bring about meaningful and transformative action, particularly through education. “Education plays a crucial role in addressing climate change. We need to empower our youth and adults through education on intergenerational responsibility in order to change what is now a story of devastation into a story of transformation. We need to start them young,” said Secretary Borje. Monsignor Kallarackal meanwhile shared that promoting education was one of the efforts of the Holy See at the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. He said, “The Holy See recognizes the importance of education in the fight against climate change, thus, promoted education, lifestyle and behavioral change, as well as lobbied for net-zero, in COP27.” Both officials also agreed that loss and damage funding (LDF) is vital to helping vulnerable countries to climate change, such as the Philippines, to recover quickly. Secretary Borje emphasized that “expeditious, stable and predictable disbursement of LDF is key to helping developing countries to recover from the loss and damage resulting from the impacts of climate change.” Both Secretary Borje and Monsignor Kallarackal also recalled with great reflection Typhoon Yolanda and its impacts on the Philippines, underscoring the need to learn from lessons and continuing education to further increase awareness and capacities to address and respond to such severe extreme climate events.   For updates on the Philippines’ participation in SB58, visit the Climate Change Commission’s website at https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/cccphl.
June 18, 2023 Sunday