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BONN, GERMANY, 18 June 2023 –The Philippines and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reaffirmed the commitment to work closely and fully support the strengthening of an “enabling environment” toward an outcome and results oriented 58th meetings of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies (SB58) and the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) of the UNFCCC. Meeting at the sidelines of the 58th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB58) of UNFCCC, Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, Head of Delegation of the Philippines, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell stressed the need to continue working together and “in a constructive manner” in order to ensure that the SB58 meetings and the COP28 would deliver outcomes and results particularly for vulnerable developing nations. Secretary Borje acknowledged the work of the UNFCCC Secretariat in providing a platform defined by “an enabling environment for discussion and cooperation,” with an emphasis on universal participation and inclusivity. “The Philippines appreciates the work of the UNFCCC Secretariat and will continue to support all efforts that ensure that all relevant UNFCCC meetings are supported accordingly, both in terms of substance and operations,” said Secretary Borje. Executive Secretary Stiell, on the other hand, reassured that the UNFCCC Secretariat remained fully committed to the UNFCCC processes and was at the full disposal of Parties. Both officials looked forward to continue coordinating in the leadup to COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates towards success, and support all efforts for meaningful and transformative outcomes of UNFCCC meetings.  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
MANILA, 13 June 2023 — For the eighth consecutive year, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) received an unmodified opinion on the Annual Audit Report of the Commission on Audit (COA). This reflects the CCC's commitment to financial transparency and accountability in addressing climate change.   COA’s unmodified opinion for Calendar Year (CY) 2022 signifies that the CCC's financial statements fairly present its financial position, financial performance, cash flows, changes in net assets/equity, comparison of budget and actual amounts, and notes to the financial statements, including a summary of significant accounting policies.  "The consistent receipt of an unmodified opinion from COA is a recognition of how the Commission has been able to efficiently manage its financial resources and ensure transparency and accountability in our operations," said Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, Vice Chairperson and Executive Director of the CCC. COA conducts their audits in accordance with the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSA) to ensure the quality and strengthen the credibility of their audit reports. By adhering to COA’s standards, the CCC has effectively allocated resources in its strategies and initiatives aimed at addressing climate change over the past eight years. “We continue to be guided by COA rules and the vision of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. for good governance. The CCC is committed to continue doing everything to improve on fiscal management and administration in order to advance climate policies and projects,” Secretary Borje added.   True to its mandate, the CCC will steadfastly develop and implement robust climate strategies, policies, and actions towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient Philippines.    For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
June 13, 2023 Tuesday
CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera joins the 10th anniversary event of the World Bank Group in Seoul, South Korea SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, 13 June 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) lauded the Republic of Korea (ROK) as a valuable partner of the Philippines in building climate resilience and advancing sustainability and circular economy, during the 10th Anniversary Event: “A Decade of Innovation” of the World Bank (WB) Group Korea Office.  CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera said that Korea has provided not only timely aid during disasters, such as in the oil spill in Oriental Mindoro in February of this year, but has been a key partner in advancing the work to improve policies against plastics pollution.  “One year ago, the Philippines enacted a law on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), amending our two-decade-old waste management act. We see this as a crucial means to integrate the role of the private sector in waste management and to make all stakeholders more involved in managing the plastic crisis. Overall, this is also to promote a fair system because we know that the waste crisis does not fall on the plate of the government alone, but also on the private sector and informal sector,” Herrera said.  “In this aspect, we look forward to the capacity building program on EPR from policy analysis to application of best practices, through the support of the World Bank and the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund, in order to address two decades of policy and implementation gaps,” she added. Herrera noted that the World Bank is also assisting the Philippines to develop a roadmap on zero single-use plastics, producing at least five reports and rigorous analysis of solid waste management data and effectiveness of existing policies.  She also said that the EPR system is an important transitional policy mechanism, but the end goal is phasing out single-use plastics. She mentioned the World Bank’s newly launched study, “Distributional Impacts of Plastic Policies in the Philippines,” which provides insights and analysis on the impacts of phasing out or regulating single-use plastics to low income, marginalized communities.  “Learning from this cooperation, we know that we can empower communities if we engage and provide them the necessary data that they can work with to influence local policy and planning, while respecting local culture and heritage and opening more access to economic opportunities. The Philippines looks to Korea, its good neighbor, to strengthen resilient growth and circular economy aspirations,” Herrera concluded. Secretary Ivan John Uy of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) delivered the keynote speech during the event and noted how the Philippines wishes to emulate Korea’s best practices in technology and innovation to transform our country into a world-class economy.  “The Philippines’ DICT is at the forefront of transforming the Philippine bureaucracy to e-governance initiatives, bridging the digital divide by providing digital connectivity across our archipelago backed up by a robust digital infra network and providing ICT competency, upskilling and reskilling opportunities to nurture a growing and a very young, competitive ICT workforce,” said Uy, who added that the Philippine digital economy would be able to generate an estimated US$25 billion in revenues in a couple of years through e-governance initiatives. For more information on the Climate Change Commission’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/cccphl.
June 13, 2023 Tuesday
Photo Courtesy: Presidential Communication Office Bonn, Germany 11 June 2023 – The Philippines’ commitments and advancements to whole-of-nation and whole-of-world climate action under the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. were highlighted in Bonn, Germany where nations are meeting to address climate change and its challenges under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). While rallying nations to deliver on climate commitments, the Philippines pointed out that under President Marcos Jr., the Philippines was involved in transformative climate action and putting “its money where its mouth is” through relevant programs and policies. Speaking at the opening plenary of the 58th Sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SB58) of the UNFCCC, Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, Vice Chairperson and Executive Director of the Climate Change Commission (CCC), underscored that “addressing climate change and its impacts are among the top priorities of the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.”  Secretary Borje cited the investments of the Marcos Administration in the public sector, stating that, “for this year alone, the government allocated US$ 8.2 billion[1], or almost 9 percentof our total national budget, for climate change adaptation and mitigation programs towards meeting our unconditional Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets.” The figure, based on data from the Climate Change Expenditure Tagging (CCET), is 60 percent higher than the previous year’s climate budget. This is the biggest budget allocation for climate change ever recorded, signifying the country’s commitment to increase domestic resources dedicated to climate action.  “Under the Marcos Administration, “accelerating climate action and enhancing climate resilience have been more firmly embedded in our development agenda, which we project will lead to more flow of resources, including Means of Implementation,” Secretary Borje emphasized.   The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for the 2023-2028 period devoted an entire chapter to climate change and disaster resiliency for the first time. This pioneering chapter identifies key objectives for climate action, including increasing climate and disaster risk resilience of communities and institutions, enhancing ecosystem resilience, and enabling the transition to a low-carbon economy.   The Philippines reiterated the need to expand and enhance international cooperation in adaptation, mitigation, loss and damage, climate finance, and other means of implementation such as technology transfer and capacity development toward transformative climate action. The CCET is the tool of the government to monitor, track, and report the national and local budgets and investments on climate change adaptation and mitigation programs. For more information on the Philippines’ participation in SB58, visit the Climate Change Commission’s website at https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/cccphl.   [1] Exchange rate is pegged at USD 1 to PHP 56  
June 11, 2023 Sunday
At the opening plenary of the 58th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB58), the Philippines delivers a powerful call to action on climate change, emphasizing the urgent need for concrete solutions to protect vulnerable nations   BONN, GERMANY, 8 June 2023 – The Philippines delivered a resolute call for immediate and concrete actions to tackle the worsening climate crisis, emphasizing the need to transform the decisions of COP27 into tangible outcomes responsive to the needs of vulnerable developing nations. Delivering the Philippine Statement at the opening of the 58th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB58) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Climate Change Commission (CCC) Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje reminded about undelivered commitments. “As we build on the progress Parties made in Sharm El-Sheikh, we believe in the real possibility that we will be able to transform COP27 decisions into actions with outputs and outcomes that are concrete, relevant, and appropriate, responsive to the vulnerable, developing nations’ needs and priorities, and based on best available science and evidence,” said Borje, Head of the Philippine Delegation. Presenting alarming statistics on the loss and damage incurred by the Philippines and nearby ASEAN countries over the past decade, he lamented that the Philippines suffered loss and damage amounting to US$12 billion, equivalent to two times its national budget for crucial health services. Within the Southeast Asian region, the Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand emerged as four of 10 most vulnerable countries to climate change and disasters. This makes nearly 50 percent of the ASEAN population exposed to climate change impacts. Moreover, the ASEAN region endured economic and human losses of US$97.3 billion, nearly matching the global commitment of US$100 billion by Annex I or industrialized countries for the same period, 2009 to 2020, to support vulnerable developing nations. The Climate Vulnerable Forum and V20 Group of Finance Ministers reported a staggering loss and damage figure of US$525 billion over the past two decades for the 58 vulnerable country members. “These numbers manifest in no uncertain terms, that in the face of worsening climate change, it is our lives, our livelihood, and our collective future at stake. I would like to address my people: Sa nagbabagong klima, buhay, kabuhayan at kinabukasan nating lahat ang nakataya,” Borje stressed. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s administration, he added, has prioritized climate change as a critical national concern, and vowed to embed climate resilience and accelerated climate action into its development agenda, with the expectation of increased resource flow, including Means of Implementation. The Philippines allocated US$8.2 billion, or 9% of its total national budget, for climate change adaptation and mitigation programs this year. Recognizing the magnitude of the climate crisis, Borje called for focused attention on key issues for the SB58 conference. These critical points include utilizing the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), considering emissions avoidance as a mitigation option, accelerating work programs for concrete action, expediting the operationalization of relevant funds and networks, ensuring streamlined access to climate finance, and delivering effective means of implementation. Emphasizing the importance of inclusive participation, he urged the involvement of civil society, indigenous peoples, local communities, women and girls, youth, differently abled, and other stakeholders in developing holistic and multidimensional climate solutions. With only seven critical years remaining until 2030 to mitigate global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius, Borje highlighted the urgent need to translate dialogues into actions with concrete, relevant, and appropriate outputs and outcomes. “We have talked ourselves out these past years, and at times, we were driven to tears. It is time to act on our commitments and deliver what we said we will do – with the highest speed and in the largest scale possible,” Borje emphasized. He added: “This is no longer the time to explore. Now is the time to ensure that we implement and deploy the most appropriate measures so that we no longer need to grieve, but survive and thrive with higher level of adaptive capacities and climate resilience.” Borje rallied the global community to work harder and “save lives, protect livelihoods, and secure a safe, resilient, and sustainable future for all.” SB58, held in Bonn, Germany from 5 to 15 June 2023, gathered representatives from various countries, international organizations, civil society, and other stakeholders to discuss critical issues related to climate change. It provides a crucial platform for dialogue and negotiation leading up to COP28 in Dubai, UAE in November. For updates on the Philippines’ participation in SB58, visit climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/cccphl.
June 08, 2023 Thursday
The Climate Change Commission joins the hearing of the Senate presided by Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda on the proposed consolidated bills introducing the Philippine Ecosystem and Natural Capital Accounting System (PENCAS)   MANILA, 6 June 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) has expressed its strong support for the bills introducing the Philippine Ecosystem and Natural Capital Accounting System (PENCAS), recognizing its potential to enhance the country's ability to address climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution through a whole-of-government approach. The proposed bills, namely Senate Bill No. 9 by Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda, Senate Bill No. 2041 by Sen. Joel Villanueva, and Senate Bill No. 1914 by Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., all seek to institutionalize an environmental-economic accounting system within the government. “As we face an age of changing climate and unprecedented biodiversity loss, the challenge is how we can use our vulnerability as an opportunity to examine the role and impact of natural resources on the economic growth of a developing nation such as our country,” Legarda underscored. During the Subcommittee on Economic Affairs' joint hearing with the Committees on Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change, and Finance, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje expressed that the proposed legislation “will provide the foundation for precise and transparent policy and decision making in environment and natural resources management.” He added, “It can also provide a compelling basis for more targeted investments on programs that will promote a healthy environment, sustainable ecosystem services and resilient people.” Borje also highlighted the alignment of the proposed measure with global and national frameworks, such as the Paris Agreement, National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), National Adaptation Plan (NAP), Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Implementation Plan; and Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028 Chapter 15: Accelerating Climate Action and Strengthen Disaster Resilience. Acknowledging the commendable initiatives of government agencies, Borje also stressed the need for widespread support to develop a comprehensive natural capital account for the entire country. Specific inputs by the CCC include the establishment of natural capital units, valuation of natural capital accounts, involvement of local government units in data collection, implementation of an open data system, and strengthening monitoring, evaluation, and reporting mechanisms. “The CCC hopes that the passing of these bills into law will lead to a systematic and timely accounting of the Philippines’ natural resources, because what is at stake here are the lives, livelihood and the future not just of our nation but of the entire world. Buhay, kabuhayan, at kinabukasan nating lahat ang nakataya,” VCED Borje underscored. Aside from PENCAS bills, the CCC also expressed its support for the proposed “Blue Economy Bill,” which promotes responsible governance of marine resources. Both of these bills were authored by Senator Legarda, which are crucial in ensuring the sustainable economic management of the country’s natural resources. The CCC remains committed to actively participating in discussions to strengthen the proposed bills. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
June 06, 2023 Tuesday
MANILA, 3 June 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) welcomes the new Commission on Audit (COA) regulatory guidelines aiming to strengthen the transparency of the Philippine government’s climate expenditures. The recently issued COA Circular No. 2023-01 provides guidelines to national government instrumentalities  (NGIs) and COA auditors when auditing programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) part of the Climate Change Expenditure Tagging (CCET) process, under the General Appropriations Act (GAA).  The Circular aims to validate that the budget utilization and implementation of PAPs with CCET is in accordance with the law. It also determines the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the implementation of climate change programs.   “The CCC welcomes this audit policy of COA to support the CCET process. The new guidelines ensure not only the efficiency and effectiveness of its implementation, but also the proper utilization of resources intended for climate action,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director (VCED) Robert E.A. Borje.  The COA Circular emphasizes that all climate-related PAPs in the GAA for fiscal years (FY) 2021 onwards are expected to be implemented and delivered. The CCET budget has increased by 64.46% – from PHP 282.36 billion in FY 2021 to PHP 464.50 billion in FY 2023. “This initiative will go a long way in encouraging transparency and accountability from the government in how climate expenditures are allocated. We will work closely with COA and extend the necessary technical assistance for the conduct of post-implementation assessment of climate-tagged programs in our annual appropriations,” VCED Borje assured. The CCET is a tool used to track and monitor climate-tagged budgets in the annual appropriations.  Government programs aimed at building climate resilience and promoting a low-carbon future like the Enhanced National Greening Program, Flood Mitigation projects, and Early Warning Systems are tagged in the CCET. For the CCC, the new COA regulatory guidelines shall serve as a tool to promote a low-carbon future and build resilience to climate-related risks and disasters. For more information about the CCET, visit https://climate.gov.ph/ and https://niccdies.climate.gov.ph/climate-finance/ccet.
June 03, 2023 Saturday
Ceremonial Signing of the Financing Agreement of the five Northern Samar municipalities for the Project Development Grant under the People’s Survival Fund. MANILA, Philippines, 01 June 2023 – The People’s Survival Fund (PSF) Board granted five Northern Samar local government units (LGUs) financing to support their risk assessments and studies with the goal to strengthen their climate adaptation capacities. The municipalities of Bobon, Mondragon, Pambujan, Rosario, and San Jose in Northern Samar received Php 2 million each to pursue project preparation activities and assessments to climate change adaptation proposals through the Project Development Grant (PDG) sub-financing window of PSF. “The CCC welcomes the PDG approval of the five Northern Samar municipalities and lauds the LGUs’ drive to pursue adaptation actions at this crucial time. This is the start of strengthened climate action at the local level through application of nature-based solutions and inclusive approach gearing to a more sustainable and climate-resilient Philippines,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. With the intent to support second-income class municipalities and below to undertake preliminary activities to formulate science- and evidence-based project proposals, the PDG was established in 2016 as a sub-financing window under the PSF. Recipients of PDG are expected to complete necessary activities and studies within two years leading up to the submission of a full-blown PSF project proposal. “Malaking tulong po ito to address the barriers faced by LGUs during project preparation and design by providing fund for different activities that are crucial for climate change adaptation projects,” said Mayor Reny A. Celespara of Bobon, Northern Samar. Among the activities to be financed through the PDG include climate risk and vulnerability assessments, suitability analysis, project technical designs, and environmental studies.   “I look forward and promise to carry out the objectives of this grant, for the purpose of establishing Rosario LGU’s adaptation program. I hope after two years, we can determine programs for our resilience,” Mayor David A. Bido of Rosario, Northern Samar added.   Present in the event are CCC Commissioner Albert P. Dela Cruz Sr., Department of Finance Undersecretary Mark Dennis Y.C. Joven, and Mr. Macario Jusayan of the Philippine Commission on Women. In 2012, the PSF was established through Republic Act No. 10174 to provide long-stream finance for adaptation projects of local government units and local/community organizations aimed at increasing the resilience of communities and ecosystems to climate change. For more information on the PSF, visit the CCC’s website at climate.gov.ph or PSF’s Facebook page at facebook.com/PeoplesSurvivalFund. For more information on the Climate Change Commission’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
June 01, 2023 Thursday
(left) CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director (VCED) Robert E.A. Borje met with Sonia B. Malaluan, Deputy Administrator for Planning of MARINA to discuss potential areas of cooperation in the decarbonization of maritime industry. (right) VCED Borje joins the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Regional Conference on Seizing Opportunities for Green Shipping in Asia and the Pacific. MANILA, 31 May 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) have joined forces to pursue a shared objective of a just and equitable transition to a greener and more sustainable maritime industry. The agencies' collaboration began with a meeting to discuss their objectives and strategies for decarbonization, aligned with MARINA's Maritime Industry Development Program (MIDP) 2019-2028. One of the program's core objectives is the "Promotion of Environmentally Sustainable Maritime Industry." The cooperation between the CCC and MARINA is significant, given that the shipping industry contributes to climate change and accounts for over 3% of the global annual carbon dioxide emissions. From 2007-2012, the shipping industry caused approximately 1.015 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions globally, according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The CCC welcomes the opportunity to work with MARINA in line with the country's Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP). "Shipping is a vital part of our economy, but it also has a significant impact on our climate. Through collaborating with MARINA on green shipping initiatives, we can develop a sustainable maritime industry that benefits both our economy and climate,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. MARINA expressed their target to align their decarbonization strategies in their technical, operational, and economic measures with the country’s mitigation targets. "This is an important step towards our goal of achieving carbon-neutral shipping in the Philippines. We hope that the CCC can support us in developing and implementing policies that will help reduce the carbon footprint of our shipping industry," said MARINA Deputy Administrator for Planning Sonia B. Malaluan. The CCC was invited by MARINA in the recently held IMO Regional Conference on Seizing Opportunities for Green Shipping in Asia and the Pacific in Manila, where key maritime stakeholders from Pacific Islands and Southeast Asian States gathered to discuss energy efficiency, short sea segment, education of seafarers and global regulations. In his closing remarks, CCC VCED Borje emphasized the importance of collaboration and cooperation among international organizations, governments, NGOs, shipping companies, and other maritime stakeholders to enhance the region's capacity to face the challenges of climate change, toward a more sustainable and green sector. “We need a whole-of-world approach in order to effectively address climate change and to modernize the shipping industry—through an investment-led, accelerated, just, and equitable transition. This is the one thing that the CCC asks from all of our stakeholders. There is an existential threat and challenge of climate change and this is the right time for us to integrate all of these concerns, particularly in the shipping industry,” VCED Borje underscored. The CCC is also invited to the Meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80) on 3-7 July 2023 and Meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 15) on 26-30 July 2023. The two agencies committed to strengthening their partnership further through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The CCC will provide technical expertise, including guidance on mitigation and adaptation measures, to support MARINA’s policies and programs on decarbonization, and sharing of scientific studies and data sources on GHG emissions. The CCC is also invited by MARINA to be a member of the Technical Working Group under the National Task Force: Inter-agency Coordinating Committee to Facilitate the Ratification and Accession to and Implementation of Maritime Conventions (ICCFRAIMC). MARINA is an attached agency under the Department of Transportation that is mandated to integrate the development, promotion, and regulation of the maritime industry in the country. The proposed collaboration forms part of the CCC's goal of building and strengthening strategic partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders to influence greater climate action. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
May 31, 2023 Wednesday
MANILA, 30 May 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) emphasized the importance of gender-responsive climate policies and programs  through a Gender and Development (GAD) Agenda Workshop, which will serve as the agency’s roadmap in setting its gender-responsive climate initiatives. As part of its commitment to mainstream gender in climate action, the CCC conducted a series of workshops from February to May of this year for the members of its GAD Focal Point System (GFPS). In her welcome remarks, Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera, CCC GFPS Chairperson, emphasized the importance of gender-responsive climate policies and programs. “The importance of gender-responsive policies and programs cannot be overstated. We need to ensure that our policies and programs are designed with a gender lens, promoting equality, and empowering women and other marginalized genders. We need to recognize and address the unique challenges faced by different genders in our society, especially when these are results of climate change issues,” Commissioner Herrera stressed. During the first leg of the workshop held in February, the GFPS members were introduced to fundamental GAD concepts, with emphasis on the use of the Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) tool which measures the extent of the gender mainstreaming efforts of the Commission. The second leg held this month focused on the integration of gender concerns into the design and subsequent implementation of CCC programs and projects using the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) Design, and the Program and Project Implementation, Management and Monitoring and Evaluation (PIMME) Checklists, respectively. The remaining days of the workshop were solely dedicated to the development of the CCC GAD Agenda. “The CCC shall continue these capacity development programs in order for us to effectively integrate gender considerations throughout the planning, financing, and implementation stages of policies and programs that will strengthen women’s capacity to protect and nurture the well-being of their respective communities from the impacts of climate change,” CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje emphasized. For more information about the CCC’s gender and climate change initiatives, visit https://niccdies.climate.gov.ph/gender-and-development.
May 30, 2023 Tuesday
(Photo courtesy of the Presidential Communications Office) President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. vows to include climate resilience in his administration’s social and infrastructure projects during his speech at a reception hosted by the Asian Development Bank MANILA, Philippines 22 May 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) lauded President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s pronouncement emphasizing the administration’s commitment to climate resiliency and sustainability in all social and infrastructural projects. It is a clear articulation and instructions on the President’s vision for a climate smart and climate resilient Philippines. The President vowed to implement resiliency measures in the Philippines in the areas of water supply, sanitation, energy and transport systems, and agriculture and food production. These areas are among the priorities identified by the CCC in its National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP). NCCAP outlines a long-term program and strategies for climate change adaptation with the national development plan for 2011 to 2028. It focuses on seven thematic priority areas: food security; water sufficiency; ecosystem and environmental stability; human security; climate-smart industries and services; sustainable energy; and knowledge and capacity development. Pres. Marcos said, “Our goal is still to evolve our economy into one that is defined by sustainability, climate resilience, responsiveness and, of course, inclusivity. I also spoke about my administration's eight-point socio-economic agenda, which laid the blueprint for the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for 2023 to 2028.” Under the Marcos Administration, a specific chapter on climate change and resilience was devoted in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP 2023-2028), a whole-of-government approach welcomed by the CCC. In chapter 15 of the PDP (2023-2028), titled Accelerate Climate Action and Strengthen Disaster Resilience, it identifies the goal for communities, institutions, and the natural and built environment to be “more resilient to the impacts of natural hazards and climate change” by 2028. CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director (VCED) Robert E.A. Borje pointed out that President Marcos’ guidance will further strengthen the commitment of the Philippine Government to deliver on key transformative climate actions. “The PDP Chapter 15 reflects the Philippine Government’s commitment and dedication to enhance the nation’s overall resilience to climate change and its impacts, putting a premium on the need for integrated and comprehensive climate action between and among government, partners, and stakeholders,” he said.  For FY2023, P453.1 billion has already been tagged for climate change expenditure by National Government Institutions for their adaptation and mitigation programs. Representing a 56% increase from FY2022’s P289.7 billion budget, this is “an indication of of the priority of the Administration given to transformative climate change agenda, as laid out by President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.,” VCED Borje added. The President made this announcement at a reception hosted for him by the Asian Development Bank on May 22, Monday, emphasizing that “climate change can, will and already is unleashing nature’s fury upon our communities and our people.” The Philippines ranked first in the World Risk Index 2022 among 193 countries, proving our country’s vulnerability to climate change. Pres. Marcos also emphasized the important role of partnerships between the government, private sector and other stakeholders addressing the climate crisis. “We say all hands on deck in order to make the plan work. Whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches, public-private partnerships, international collaborations shall be adopted as necessary,” he said. To which CCC VCED Borje added, “True to the principle of whole-of-nation and inclusive approach in conducting our policy work, we will constantly foster more meaningful convergence among different sectors and stakeholders, so we could all work together, pool our resources, knowledge and expertise. We all need to further scale up climate action, because it is our life, livelihood and future that are at stake.” For more information on the Climate Change Commission’s mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
May 22, 2023 Monday
Climate Change Commission Deputy Executive Director Romell Antonio O. Cuenca presented the CCC's plans and priorities for the years 2023-2027 at the "Carbon Emission Reduction: What Can We Do?" event organized by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines MANILA, 20 May 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) highlighted the important role of private sector in accelerating just and equitable transition towards low-carbon, sustainable development by means of investment-led climate action. In the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines’ (AmCham) “Carbon Emission Reduction: What Can We Do?” forum, the CCC presented the Philippine government’s plans and priorities on climate change, to guide climate investments from private and business sectors. “The Philippine government, through the Climate Change Commission, is ramping up whole-of-government, whole-of-society, and whole-of-world approaches in addressing climate change,” CCC Deputy Executive Director Romell Antonio O. Cuenca said. He added, “Towards more collective and transformative climate action, the CCC further strengthens its collaboration with sectors and stakeholders, including private and business sectors, to catalyze climate investments.” Guided by President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr., the CCC’s priorities include the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) formulation, Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation, and Long-term Strategy development. These priorities are anchored on policies set forth by the Commission, including the National Framework Strategy on Climate Change and its National Climate Change Action Plan, the National Climate Risk Management Framework, and ongoing work on Green Jobs and of the Interagency Task Force on Sustainable Finance. Cognizant of the crucial role of various sectors in further advancing climate action, the CCC established a contact group, ‘CONNECT: Communicating Opportunities to Network, Navigate, and Explore Climate Transformation,’ composed of private sector partners. It creates a venue to discuss potential collaborations on specific climate issues. “The CCC continues to build and strengthen ties with key sectors and stakeholders, so we can collectively advance our pace and level towards national climate resilience,” CCC Deputy Executive Director Cuenca said. He added, “Let us work together to find climate solutions that are sustainable, innovative and transformative, and ensure implementation and deployment of these solutions through adequate and quality climate investments.” One focus area for decarbonization is the power sector. In the World Bank Group’s Philippines Country and Climate Development Report, it was estimated that Php 3.4 trillion pesos of investments are needed for power sector decarbonization. During the event, AmCham members showcased sustainability and decarbonization solutions being implemented by various multinational companies and enterprises in the country, including in areas of energy, transport, and industries. Present were representatives from Unilever and Mondelez, members of Net Zero Carbon Alliance, professional services firm Deloitte, and local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which shared strategies on carbon emissions reduction and transition to cleaner, more sustainable business practices. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit the CCC website at https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
May 20, 2023 Saturday
Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje and Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency Executive Director Donald James D. Gawe during the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement MANILA, 17 May 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) committed to maximize the potential of volunteerism and community participation in addressing climate change in the country in a Memorandum of Agreement. Under the agreement, the CCC and PNVSCA will jointly organize, support, and participate in programs and activities to promote volunteerism in mainstreaming climate change resiliency, aligned with the national government’s whole-of-society approach to sustainable development. CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director (VCED) Robert E.A. Borje expressed enthusiasm over the partnership with PNVSCA. He highlighted the importance of volunteerism in activities that improve community resilience and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "We need a paradigm shift in our mindset towards volunteerism, as it is a tool in building and advancing policies to avoid, minimize, and address climate risks. We must appreciate that volunteerism should be present not only in times of crisis, but also in fostering holistic formation and development. With this, volunteerism serves as a catalyst for realizing progress and creating a sustainable impact," VCED Borje emphasized. Meanwhile, PNVSCA Executive Director Donald James D. Gawe said that the partnership will help mobilize more volunteers and stakeholders to support the country's climate change agenda. “This is also a good opportunity not only to raise awareness, but as we engage more partners from the private sector, civil society organizations, academe, national government agencies, and local government units, this partnership can encourage more stakeholders to create and establish their own volunteering mechanism to build and enhance the climate resilience of their respective communities,” said Dr. Gawe. The collaboration is expected to provide an effective mechanism to ensure that climate change initiatives are integrated across different sectors and communities. The CCC and PNVSCA endeavor to launch activities during the annual celebration of the Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week in November, and International Volunteer Day and the National Volunteer Month in December. The CCC is mandated to formulate and implement policies, plans, and programs related to climate change adaptation and mitigation, while the PNVSCA is tasked with promoting and developing volunteerism as a strategy for national development. The MOA was signed by CCC VCED Robert E.A. Borje and PNVSCA Executive Director Donald James D. Gawe during a ceremony held at the CCC office in Manila. Through this partnership, both agencies will create greater synergy and cooperation among government agencies and other stakeholders towards accelerating the transition to a climate-resilient and sustainable future for the Philippines. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
May 17, 2023 Wednesday
Manila, Philippines, 17 May 2023 — In the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Regional Consultation for Asia, the Philippines underscored the importance of global collective action to transform developing countries’ vulnerabilities to climate resilience. “It is only through global collective action that we can transform our developing countries' vulnerabilities, and avert, minimize and address existing losses and damages in order to achieve climate resilience,” Climate Change Commission (CCC) Vice Chairperson and Executive Director (VCED) Robert E.A. Borje said. Under the Ghana Presidency, the CVF conducted regional consultations in the lead up to the 58th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 28th Meeting of Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC. Prioritizing the following elements: Global Stocktake, accelerated adaptation action, loss and damage, 1.5 degrees Celsius ambition, and climate finance, VCED Borje emphasized the need to anchor climate action on the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, and climate justice. “Allow me to reiterate the importance of working on the principle of climate justice – for those who are least responsible for climate change, those with the least resources, and those who are most vulnerable and at risk, the world has to do more,” said VCED Borje. He added, “Conversely – for those most responsible for climate change, with the most resources, they need to do more. For us, this is climate justice.” The CVF is composed of 58 vulnerable nations including the Philippines, and is currently chaired by the government of Ghana. In 2015, the Philippines chaired the CVF. Under its presidency, the Vulnerable 20 (V20) group was officially founded, and the #1.5 degrees Celsius Campaign was launched ahead of the Conference of the Parties in Paris. During the consultation, the Philippines reiterated its support and commitment to the CVF and V20, as part of collective efforts in attaining the global climate agenda. “The CCC and our allies in Congress, most especially Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda who also serves as a CVF Ambassador for Parliaments, remain committed to the work of CVF and V20 in promoting ambitious climate action to safeguard the world’s most vulnerable, developing nations,” VCED Borje said. The CCC also serves as the CVF National Focal Point of the Philippines, as the Department of Finance in the V20. The CVF Regional Consultation for Asia was held in preparation for the upcoming climate change negotiations in June and November 2023, in Bonn, Germany and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, respectively. For updates on the Philippines participation in international climate negotiations, visit the website of the CCC at https://climate.gov.ph.
May 17, 2023 Wednesday
Paete, Laguna Mayor Ronald B. Cosico submits the town’s Local Climate Change Action Plan for 2021-2026 to CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje MANILA, 10 May 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) continues to work with local government units (LGUs) in a collective effort to address climate change and to work toward a more resilient and sustainable future for the Philippines. The CCC welcomed the local government of Paete, Laguna’s submission of the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) for 2021-2026 and Annual Investment Program (AIP) for 2023, which were handed personally by Paete Mayor Ronald B. Cosico. The LCCAP outlines the LGU's strategies and actions to address climate change impacts on their community, infrastructure, and economy, while the AIP contains the programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) of the LGU, including on climate action. The CCC commended the LGU of Paete for submitting its LCCAP and AIP, and will further collaborate with the town in enhancing its plans and programs, as aligned with the national framework and international commitments on climate resilience. "Patuloy na susuportahan ng CCC ang bayan ng Paete sa pagpapatupad ng mga aksyon sa pagbabago ng klima at matiyak ang katatagan, hindi lang ng Paete, kundi ng buong bansa," said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. According to Mayor Cosico, the submission of the LCCAP is a significant milestone for the town as it demonstrates the LGU's commitment to protect and enhance the well-being of its constituents. "Ang pagbabago ng klima ay isa sa mga bantang kinakaharap ng aming komunidad. Sa pamamagitan ng LCCAP, makakagawa kami ng mga konkretong hakbang upang makapag-adapt at mabawasan ang mga epekto nito," he said. Paete is one of the LGUs in the Philippines that is regularly affected by climate change impacts such as typhoons, flooding, and landslides. By submitting its LCCAP to the CCC, the LGU is now eligible for various technical and financial assistance, including access to the People's Survival Fund (PSF). The PSF is a domestic funding mechanism that supports the implementation of climate resilience and adaptation programs of local communities in various areas such as agriculture, water resource management, and disaster risk reduction and management. Mayor Cosico shared the ongoing initiatives and best practices of the town in climate resilience, including reforestation, sustainable agriculture and investment in renewable energy. Paete was among the awardees of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) in 2019. To further boost its local climate change initiatives, the CCC will connect Paete LGU with relevant development partners. The CCC will work with the local government to create a climate-resilient, climate-smart, and sustainable community in Paete, which can serve as a model for other LGUs in the country. The LCCAP is a key deliverable of the LGUs to the CCC, as mandated by the Republic Act 9729 or the Climate Change Act, and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2021-068. The CCC endeavors to enable all LGUs in the country to develop, implement, and enhance LCCAPs that address the specific climate change risks facing their communities. As of 17 April 2023, 82.57% or 1,416 out of 1,715 LGUs in the country have already submitted their LCCAPs to the CCC. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPHL.
May 10, 2023 Wednesday
CCC Vice Chair and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje and NPC President Fernando Martin Y. Roxas lead the signing of Memorandum of Agreement between CCC and NPC at NPC Headquarters in Diliman, Quezon City. The CCC organizes and participates in various reforestation activities with its partners. QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is ramping up implementation of strategies to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other human drivers of global warming by lessening carbon footprint. The recent signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the CCC and National Power Corporation (NPC) signifies the Commission’s commitment to advance the Philippines’ Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of 75 percent GHG emissions reduction and avoidance by 2030. The partnership further advances the Philippine government’s Carbon Neutrality Program (CNP) – a climate change mitigation strategy through nature-based solutions. The CCC-NPC partnership on carbon neutrality also aims to rehabilitate open and denuded upland forest, including the streambank identified by NPC within the Caliraya-Lumot Watershed Forest Reserve (CLWFR), through the reforestation of 25 hectares of land in Paete, Laguna; protect and maintain established reforestation project in CLWFR; and support other climate change-related initiatives of the CCC. Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide through the process of photosynthesis. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their biomass and soil. This process, known as carbon sequestration, helps to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is a major contributor to global warming. The CNP, formalized in June 2022, aims to facilitate a science-based forestation initiative to increase the country’s carbon sequestration capacity through nature-based solutions, including tree planting and growing. The MOA supports the CNP in advancing carbon neutrality among Filipinos, and implementing climate change initiatives related to forestry and sustainable natural resources management. The MOA signing was led by CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director (VCED) Robert E.A. Borje and NPC President, Fernando Martin Y. Roxas. "We hope that this MOA can be a model agreement that may be adopted by local government units, NGAs, and private sector. This approach has clear and measurable targets, and will help steer all stakeholders towards concrete results through smaller carbon footprints of organizations, agencies, and communities,” said VCED Borje. With smaller carbon footprints or emissions in the atmosphere, global warming may be maintained and slowed down, and climate change impacts particularly on vulnerable developing countries like the Philippines will be reduced. This is the first agreement of NPC with a national government agency. Under the CCC-NPC five-year partnership, at least 15,625 native trees will be planted to sequester around 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (mtCO2e) per year. It will also promote biodiversity conservation, water conservation, and sustainable livelihoods for local communities in Paete, Laguna. With continued efforts, the CCC endeavors to be carbon-neutral by 2032, calculated based on agency-level accumulated GHG emissions. "We believe that this partnership with the CCC is a significant step towards achieving our goals and contributing to the global and national climate change targets," NPC Pres. Roxas highlighted. The CCC already organized and participated in various reforestation activities with its partners. Through the CNP, the CCC expects more agreements and partnerships to be forged between and among government agencies, private partners and stakeholders toward the goal of carbon neutrality. "Achieving carbon neutrality requires a whole-of-nation and whole-of-society approach. It is necessary to mobilize every sector and community to do their share in reducing their carbon footprint and pursue development in a sustainable, climate- friendly manner,” VCED Borje said. Part of the CCC’s Earth Month Commemoration, CCC and NPC signed the MOA on 26 April 2023 at the NPC Headquarters in Diliman, Quezon City. CCC Strategic Partnership Division Chief Alexis Lapiz, NPC Vice President and General Counsel Atty. Melchor P. Ridulme, and NPC Vice President for Corporate Affairs Rene B. Barruela, also joined the event. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/CCCPhl.
May 04, 2023 Thursday
MANILA, Philippines – Interested institutions and organizations may still submit nominations for People's Survival Fund Board Sectoral Representatives until 10 May 2023 (Wednesday). The PSF Board, chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Finance, will onboard three (3) new representatives from the Academic and Scientific Community, Business, and Non Government Organizations sectors. Nominees must: (a) be a citizen and resident of the Philippines for at least two years prior to their nomination; (b) have at least seven years of proven experience, exposure, and participation in research and development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and other climate change-related activities; (c) have at least three years of experience in program/project development and evaluation; (d) have not been previously selected as a sectoral representative to the PSF Board, pursuant to Section 4 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Climate Change Act; and (e) be a person with known probity, integrity, and good moral character. Selection will be based on the competence, experience, and integrity of the nominees, for appointment by the President.   Nominations and inquiries may be sent through the PSF Unit of the Climate Change Commission PH via [email protected]
May 03, 2023 Wednesday
Senator Loren Legarda, CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera, SM Supermalls Vice President for Corporate Compliance Group Liza Silerio, former PCW Chairperson Sandra Montano, Dr. Emma Porio, and BFP Chief Superintendent Belinda Ochave join the launch of Women's International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Philippines MANILA, Philippines – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) underscored the role of women in climate action, particularly in mainstreaming gender-responsive adaptation and mitigation measures such as through increasing women’s participation in decision-making processes. This was highlighted by Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera, also the CCC Gender Focal Point System Chairperson, during the official launch of the Women's International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction-Philippines (WIN DRR PH). “The CCC welcomes the WIN DRR as a galvanizing force of women visionaries and leaders in the continuing work to mainstream gender in our national roadmaps toward climate and disaster resilient development. With women at the forefront, we can be assured that community-based interventions to adapt to climate and disaster impacts are equitable and effective,” Commissioner Herrera said. "We need to integrate gender considerations throughout the planning, financing, and implementation stages of policies and programs on climate change. The CCC will continue to ensure that women's voices are heard, and their needs are addressed in the fight against the climate crisis,” CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje added. In her keynote speech, Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda reiterated that climate change affects men and women differently, with women being more vulnerable due to cultural and societal roles and prevailing gender inequalities. Legarda, one of the founding members of WIN DRR, emphasized the indispensable contribution of women—from grassroots groups to global organizations—which plays a crucial role in climate action and disaster risk reduction, both as leaders and as agents of change. Aside from leadership and decision-making roles, women have unique knowledge and skills in embedding sustainable practices in food production, water collection, and energy management. “Women should be provided the needed support to have the confidence and wherewithal to lead and be at the forefront of efforts to improve Filipino communities and pursue initiatives that will contribute decisive actions towards the nation’s sustainable and equitable progress,” Legarda said. Senator Legarda authored Republic Act 9729, or the Climate Change Act, which mandates a gender-responsive approach in designing and implementing all climate change and renewable energy efforts, plans, and programs. WIN DRR PH is a growing professional network that supports women working in disaster risk reduction in all their diversity. The overall goal of this movement is to empower women and enhance their role in decision-making in disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific region by promoting and supporting women’s leadership. The Philippine Chapter of the WIN DRR, in its primary stage, is being shaped under four pillars: governance, policymaking, education, and community capacity building. Under these pillars, WIN DRR PH aims to coalesce women leaders across multiple sectors under the common goal of disaster risk reduction. SM Supermalls Vice President for Corporate Compliance Group Liza Silerio, former PCW Chairperson Sandra Montano, Dr. Emma Porio, member of the CCC’s National Panel of Technical Experts, and BFP Chief Superintendent Belinda Ochave joined Senator Legarda and Commissioner Herrera in the event. Held on 27 April 2023 at the Director’s Club, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, WIN DRR is supported by the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction, the Australian Government in the Philippines, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., and Asia Pacific College.
May 03, 2023 Wednesday
The National Innovation Council (NIC) announces the call for nominations for the 7th Executive Member with expertise in Climate Change and Innovation.  Pursuant to Section 6 of RA 11293 or the Philippine Innovation Act, the creation of NIC comprising of 18 national government agencies shall include seven (7) Executive Members from the ranks of business, entrepreneur, academe, and the scientific community, and at least one (1) of whom shall be a woman.  During its 4th regular meeting on 21 February 2023, the NIC agreed to endorse 6 nominees as Executive Members to the Office of the President (OP) for appointment.     Recognizing the importance of climate change and its impact on innovations and sustainability, the NIC agreed to fill the remaining seat for an NIC Executive Member with a Climate Change Expert, who will bring an environmental and sustainability perspective to the Council and contribute to the country’s innovation initiatives. Nominees for the 7th NIC Executive Member must be endorsed by a nominating party that is: (a) duly registered or licensed business organization, research development institution, or academic institution; and (b) preferably with nation- or region-wide coverage of services or operations related to addressing climate change.   For more details, please check the documentary and eligibility requirements through this link: bit.ly/NICEMCallFullDetails.
April 24, 2023 Monday
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) conducted the Annual Climate Change Expenditure Tagging (CCET) and Risk Resiliency Program (RRP) Orientation for National Government Agencies (NGAs) to further intensify climate change and disaster risk reduction budget programming by agencies. CCC Commissioner Albert Dela Cruz and Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera highlighted the importance of further strengthening climate actions by NGAs, in view of the country’s increasing climate vulnerability. “The CCC and DBM are working together to build the capacity of government institutions in mainstreaming climate change, through public resources,” said Commissioner Dela Cruz. “Strengthening climate actions through enabling policies, programs and implementing projects is crucial to combat the climate crisis,” Commissioner Herrera added. The Annual CCET-RRP Orientation was held to provide up-to-date information on NGAs’ climate investments and budget tagging. Earlier this year, the DBM issued National Budget Memorandum No. 145 and No. 146 to guide agencies in coordinating their resources toward achieving banner government programs such as climate change and risk resiliency. “Let us intensify climate change planning and programming and increase the convergence and implementation of the climate change and disaster risk reduction programs, activities, and projects through the NCCAP [National Climate Change Action Plan] and Risk Resiliency Program,” said DBM Secretary Amenah Pangandaman. For 2023, the government allocated PHP 464.50 billion for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Sixty-seven percent (i.e., PHP 311.11 billion) are RRP convergence projects. To ensure that the Risk Resiliency Program is aligned with the NCCAP, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) set up a Technical Review Committee that includes the CCC. The CCET tracks and monitors climate-tagged budgets in annual appropriations. For FY 2023, total appropriations for climate change accounts for PHP 464.49 billion, 60.32 percent higher than FY 2022. The event was participated in by 99 NGAs with mandates on climate change and disaster risk management. It was organized by the CCC and DBM, with Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Governance Commission for GOCCs, and DENR, to raise the national government instrumentalities’ (NGIs) capacity to tag, identify, and advance public resources for climate action. These NGIs include GOCCs, NGAs, and SUCs. For more information about the CCET, visit https://climate.gov.ph/ and https://niccdies.climate.gov.ph/climate-finance/ccet.
April 04, 2023 Tuesday
The Department of Finance, as Chair of the People's Survival Fund Board, extended the deadline of LGUs’ proposal submissions until 14 April 2023. To access the People’s Survival Fund, LGUs shall complete the following documentary requirements: 1) Letter of Intent; 2) Accomplished Project Proposal Template; 3) Adaptation references such as Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessments, CCA-DRR-Enhanced Comprehensive Land Use/ Development Plans, and Local Climate Change Action Plan; and 4) the Annual Investment Plan. Submissions shall be made through the PSF Board Secretariat in the DOF through <[email protected]>. For more information about the PSF, visit the CCC’s website at www.climate.gov.ph.
April 01, 2023 Saturday