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QUEZON CITY, 21 November 2023 – At the Climate Investment Forum (CIF) 2023 held yesterday at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, key stakeholders from the public and private sectors sought to establish conducive conditions for climate-related investments aligned with national policies and sectoral needs. Stronger collaboration between the government and private sector is necessary to scale up sustainable and green investments that propel economic growth, as laid out in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028.  In a keynote address, Department of Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno outlined the country's first Sustainable Finance Roadmap which sets the stage for a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach to promote sustainable finance. The roadmap includes strategic plans such as integrating risk management, encouraging climate related disclosures, and participating in international initiatives.  "We are laying the groundwork for enabling a just transition where every sector, every community, and individual can thrive," he emphasized. Diokno highlighted the crucial role of the “Green Forces” alluding to the Inter-agency Technical Working Group for Sustainable Finance. This body reviews the sustainable finance landscape, addresses policy gaps, and integrates sustainability into microeconomic policies.  Director Nieva Natural of the National Economic and Development Authority presented enabling mechanisms for climate investment, including the PDP 2023-2038, emphasizing the need for investments from the private sector to augment public investments and funds. The World Bank, through its Country Climate and Development Report, explained the benefits of investing in climate solutions. The report states that “the cost of climate adaptation is substantial but easily outweighed by the economic benefits of reduced climate damage. Mitigation measures would increase GDP by about 0.5 percent in 2040 and generate 80,000 jobs.” For his part, Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, reiterated UNDP's commitment to supporting the country's efforts in climate-resilient development and accelerating climate investment and financing.  Emphasizing the need for increased private sector engagement, Dr. Ramachandran stated, "Together, we can forge a path towards sustainable development, harnessing the strength of bayanihan for positive change." The event also featured a presentation on the Strategic Investment Priority Plan by Director Sandra Marie Recolizado of the Board of Investments.  Panel discussions ensued. The first session was moderated by Mr. Bonar Laureto of SyCip, Gorres, Velayo and Company.  It featured Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Leonel Cray De Velez and Department of Energy Director Willian Quinto addressing topics on steering investments towards a low-carbon pathway.  The second panelists included  Ms. Maria Christine Ponce Garcia of Nestle Incorporated, Mr. Peterson Fernandez  of Globe, Mr. Edwin Carrie of UNDP and Mr. Marcel Silvius of the Global Green Growth Institute who delved into the theme of advancing adaptation actions. Discussions followed during the open forum, covering topics such as security concerns in climate programs, private sector thoughts on new technologies, and challenges faced by organizations in investing more in climate action. Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera concluded the forum, summarizing key insights and emphasizing the need for collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors to address climate challenges. In her closing remarks, she expressed optimism for the country’s sustainable future, noting that the Philippines is poised to lead the region in sustainable finance, fostering innovation and prioritizing climate-related investments. “With sustained support of our partners from the private sector and business community, we shall be leveraging on boosting collaboration aimed towards maximizing opportunities and available resources beyond the defined landscape of climate financing,” she pointed out.  Commissioner Herrera said that in line with the pronouncements upheld by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., “we must mitigate, adapt to, and be part of the solution – embark on advocacies, programs, and initiatives that will help us preserve our home.”  “This year’s CIF serves as a testament that through our strong collaboration, we can achieve and accomplish more. We hope to further strengthen our linkages beyond this forum, in the aim of carrying out fit-for-purpose and transformational climate interventions,” she concluded. The CIF 2023 is part of the 16th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week happening from November 19 to 25, 2023. It serves as a platform for enhanced collaboration between the government and private sector, addressing challenges and capitalizing on opportunities in climate  investments. The forum seeks to expedite the transition towards a climate-resilient and low-carbon future. For updates on the CCC Week commemoration visit the Climate Change Commission’s website at and
November 21, 2023 Tuesday
QUEZON CITY, 20 November 2023 – At the opening of the 16th Annual Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week (CCC Week), President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. emphasized the need to unite and be involved in addressing climate change and global warming impacts. "We all have a role to play in this mission. Let us work together to take a stance in support of our planet and be involved in creating solutions to mitigate the effects of global warming and climate change," the President said. Under Republic Act 9729, the President chairs the CCC, who further stressed: "Isa lamang po ang ating layunin – ang magkaroon ng isang Bagong Pilipinas na matatag sa mga pagsubok, payapa at ligtas para sa mga mamamayan, at puno ng pag-asa tungo sa magandang kinabukasan. Tuparin po natin ito para sa mga kapwa natin Pilipino. Hangad ko po ang tagumpay ng okasyong ito." This year’s theme for the week-long commemoration, “Bayanihan para sa Klima: Bagong Bansang Matatag," is anchored to the President’s vision of a low-carbon economy and climate-resilient country. The opening ceremony was graced by representatives from national government agencies, development partners and civil society organizations. In his message, Pavit Ramachadran, Country Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), expressed support for the Philippines' commitment to reducing GHG emissions, particularly in mobilizing both public and private finance.  Dr. Selva Ramachadran, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), acknowledged the Philippines' vulnerability to the climate crisis and stressed the need for collective action, underscoring the role of local government and communities as catalysts for change. Senator Loren Legarda, in her message, emphasized aligning policies with national and international frameworks and legislative commitment to climate resilience.  Bohol 1st District Representative Edgar Chatto also underscored the need for awareness and cooperation in the fight against climate change, calling for a whole-of-nation approach. Edicio Dela Torre, President of Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), emphasized the importance of participatory local governance and the overarching goal of climate change within rural reconstruction, using communicative actions like music and statistics for policies. He underscored the importance of storytelling, focusing not only on problems but also on initiatives that contribute to a larger collective. Silvestre Barrameda, Jr., Executive Director of the National Resilience Council, emphasized the significance of unlocking low-carbon investments and building community involvement, as well as developing science-based practices and investments. Ambassador Majid Al Sulwaidi, Director-General and Special Representative of the COP28 Presidency expressed his support for the commemoration of CCC Week. “I want to express my profound support and solidarity with the goals and activities of your Climate Change Consciousness Week. The theme "Bayanihan Para Sa Klima: Bagong Bansang Matatag" ("Community Cooperation for the Climate: A New, Strong Nation") resonates deeply with the ethos of COP28. The science is clear. It is telling us that we need to take urgent action by 2030 and reduce emissions by 22 gigatons. I strongly encourage the participants and stakeholders involved in the CCC Week to engage actively with COP28 and its related initiatives. The insights and experiences you gather and share during this week are invaluable in our collective journey towards a more sustainable and climate-resilient world,” Ambassador Al Sulwaidi said. Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, extended a warm welcome, deeming the theme a call to collective action. He envisioned the possibilities when each individual contributes to the fight against climate change, emphasizing a commitment to a unifying cause for people and society.  "The CCC Week is more than a series of events; it's about cultivating a mindset and awareness that extends beyond these commemorative days. It's a call to unite in purpose for the well-being of our nation and our planet," he pointed out. Stories of Resilience: An Art Exhibit In a parallel event, an art exhibit, "Stories of Resilience," opened with a collection of photographs and poetry capturing the resilience, hope, and inspiration of Filipinos in the face of climate change and disasters. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended and witnessed by Leyte 3rd District Representative Anna Victoria Veloso-Tuazon; Marcel Silvius, Philippines’ Country Representative of GGGI; Jon Villasenor, WASH in Schools Officer at Unicef Philippines; and National Panel of Technical Experts: Dr. Jimmy Masagca, Dr. Eduardo Mangaoang, Dr. Gay Defiesta, Dr. Emma Porio, Dr. Richard Muallil, Dr. Zenaida Andrade and Dr. Angela Zafra. The exhibit runs from November 20 to 24 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. For updates on the CCC Week commemoration visit the Climate Change Commission’s website at and
November 20, 2023 Monday
The Climate Change Commission is joined by the local government units of Laguna and other stakeholders to kick off CCC Week 2023 with a tree planting and growing activity at the Caliraya-Lumot Watershed PAETE, Laguna | 19 November 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) commenced the commemoration of the 16th Annual Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week 2023 (CCC Week 2023) with a tree planting and growing activity dubbed “Net Zero Challenge” at the Caliraya-Lumot Watershed in Paete, Laguna today.  The Net Zero Challenge (NZC) is part of the CCC’s Carbon Neutrality Program in the Caliraya-Lumot Watershed, which aims to offset carbon emissions through nature-based solutions. This initiative is projected to sequester 75.5 tons of carbon dioxide from 2023 to 2027. The tree planting and growing goes beyond commitments to achieving zero carbon emissions. It also offers advantages in disaster risk reduction, where trees stabilize slopes to minimize the likelihood of landslides and flash floods in the area. Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, led the activity, which was attended by Paete Mayor Ronald Cosico, Paete Vice Mayor Vergilio Madridejos Jr., and representatives of Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez, Laguna 2nd District Representative Ruth Hernandez, and Municipality of Kalayaan Mayor Sandy Laganapan. In his speech, Borje emphasized the significance of 5Ps: planet, people, plant, partnership and prosperity.  “We are here for our planet. We are here for the people who are affected the most by climate change. We need to plant more trees dahil malaki ang naitutulong ng mga puno bilang carbon sinks. Bukod dito, ang mas maraming puno ay nakakatulong sa pagsigla ng ating watershed, nakakatulong din ito sa pagpigil ng baha at pagguho ng lupa. Partnerships with other national government agencies, LGUs, civil society organizations and communities will give us a better chance of achieving our goal of resiliency and prosperity, lalo na kapag inalagaan natin ang ating kalikasan.” Mayor Cosico expressed his support for the CCC’s net zero initiative, emphasizing the need to promote and utilize renewable resources. “Sa mga ganitong gawain, ang inyo pong linkgod ay very supportive. Tama talagang dapat na natin pagtuunan ng pansin ang climate change. Iba’t iba na ang nangyayari sa ating bansa. Tayo, sa bayan ng Paete, nararanasan na rin natin (ang epekto ng climate change). Talagang tayo’y kinakailangan nang magtanim, magtanim, at magtanim dito sa ating bayan ng Paete,“ Cosico said. Together with various organizations and stakeholders, including the Philippine Red Cross and the Net Zero Carbon Alliance, the CCC spearheaded the planting of 625 seedlings across a one-hectare expanse within the Caliraya-Lumot Watershed. In partnership with the National Power Corporation (NPC) and the Paete Sagip Sigla Palay Farmers Association Inc, the Climate Change Commission, through the NZC, targets to plant 15,625 seedlings across a 25-hectare area in the Caliraya-Lumot Watershed, covering the municipalities of Lumban, Kalayaan, and Cavinti, Laguna.  This initiative offers disaster risk reduction as well as adaptation and mitigation co-benefits that will reduce the damage caused by natural hazards to lives and livelihoods, and bring positive effects on air quality, biodiversity and greenhouse gas emission reduction. The CCC works continuously to achieve a carbon-neutral, sustainable future, and hopes to replicate similar partnership and resource arrangements with other NGAs. Borje said, “We hope to replicate the partnership and resource arrangements with other NGAs and LGUs. Ito pong cooperation agreement between the National Power Corporation and the Climate Change Commission makes it possible for partnerships with LGUs like Paete to achieve mitigation targets and build adaptive capacities.” The 16th Annual Climate Change Consciousness Week (CCC Week) is a week-long event that underscores the importance of community collaboration and collective action to address climate change. It runs from November 19 to 25 with the theme "Bayanihan Para sa Klima: Bagong Bansang Matatag.
November 19, 2023 Sunday
UN Climate Change High-Level Champion H.E. Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature at the “Accelerating Collaboration on Nature to Close the Climate Action Gap to 2030,” one of the activities conducted for Pre-COP28 MANILA, 10 November 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) highlighted the importance of enhancing collaboration on nature-based solutions to address the climate action gap, at the Pre-COP28 event “Accelerating Collaboration on Nature to Close the Climate Action Gap to 2030” held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera stressed the importance of carbon sequestration as a fundamental aspect of nature’s climate role in reducing greenhouse gas concentrations.  “Ecosystems, including forests and wetlands, act as vital carbon reservoirs that stock and sequester carbon. They also serve as buffers for storm surges made more dangerous by the rising sea level and as havens for the spawning of fish to ensure food security. By accounting for and valuing these ecosystem services, new financial flows may be generated from carbon and biodiversity credit systems that also manage climate risks locally and globally,” she said. The Philippines is developing a geospatial database in support of a new system of natural capital accounting to recognize its real economic and social contributions to sustainable development.  In the National Adaptation Plan, which provides a clear picture of our gaps and needs and the actions we need to take to minimize climate change losses and damage, scaling up of nature-based solutions is a key adaptation strategy. Measuring progress will require the use of standardized metrics and MRV systems for nature-based solutions, including robust scientific research, data transparency, and accessibility to assess the performance and impact of these solutions.  “It is only by recognizing the interconnectedness of human, natural and engineered systems, that we can collectively drive transformative change and close the climate action gap by 2030,” Herrera concluded. “Accelerating Collaboration on Nature to Close the Climate Action Gap to 2030,” a Pre-COP28 event, was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 30-31 October and hosted by UN Climate Change High-Level Champion, H.E. Razan Al Mubarak who also serves as President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Philippine Delegation to the event is composed of Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates H.E. Alfonso Ferdinand A. Ver, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary and Official Representative of the Chairperson to the CCC Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga, DENR Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, and Commissioner Herrera. For more information about the CCC’s mainstreaming activities, visit the website of the CCC at and
November 10, 2023 Friday
UNEP Programme Management Officer Dr. Parimita Mohanty, CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje and UN Women Portfolio Lead Maria Holtsberg join forces to empower women against climate change. MANILA, 10 November 2023 —  The Climate Change Commission (CCC), UN Women, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) affirmed their shared commitment to further strengthen women in the Philippines in climate change representation, adaptation and mitigation, and climate-resilient livelihood formation. In a meeting, Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, welcomed Maria Holtsberg, Portfolio Lead for Humanitarian Action, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Climate Change at UN Women, and Dr. Parimita Mohanty, Programme Management Officer from UNEP. The meeting primarily revolved around the EmPower project, a joint initiative of UN Women and UNEP, supported by the Government of Sweden, dedicated to creating climate-resilient societies in the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on gender equality and human rights. The project aims to empower women and marginalized groups in the face of climate change through capacity building, technical assistance, and renewable energy activities. Borje emphasized the necessity of addressing the uneven impacts of climate change on women and marginalized communities in the country.  “Women and marginalized communities have less access to resources, finance, technologies and information, leaving them more vulnerable to climate change challenges. They are also underrepresented in decision making related to climate change, disaster risk reduction and energy transition,” he said. He shared the CCC's commitment to collaborate with Barangay Health Workers, ensuring their role as vital climate change leaders. “Our partnership with UN Women and UNEP signifies a shared commitment to creating sustainable solutions. Collaborating with diverse stakeholders, including local leaders and communities, can unlock transformative change, building a future where every woman has the resources and support to thrive amidst environmental challenges,” Borje said. CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera highlighted the need for gender-responsive policies and gender equity models to support women and girls in climate action. “Through tailored policies and inclusive approaches, we can harness the full potential of our communities, ensuring no one is left behind,” Herrera said. Through strategic partnerships and targeted interventions, the three organizations vowed to further enhance the implementation strategies and ensure the successful execution of the EmPower project. For more information about the CCC’s gender mainstreaming activities, visit the website of the CCC at and
November 10, 2023 Friday
CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje (center) meets with Landbank of the Philippines officials to discuss harnessing the Climate Technology Centre Network funding facility for low carbon and climate resilient development. MANILA, Philippines | 9 November 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) met with Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) to discuss technical assistance required by LBP to access the Climate Technology Centre and Network’s (CTCN). In a meeting held last Tuesday, LBP officials presented their proposal for setting up a technology model for proper livestock waste management which will serve as training and learning medium for interested parties. It will focus on exploring potential waste-to-energy processes as an emerging power generation technology, transforming livestock manure into biogas.  The project seeks to propose a comprehensive plan to improve the efficiency of biogas production, which will establish a stable power supply chain for communities surrounding the facility. It is aligned to the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) with a related target NCD in agriculture sector to achieve 100% adoption of biodigester and nature-based solutions in livestock manure management. The CCC, as the National Designated Entity (NDE) of the Philippines to the CTCN, is tasked to facilitate technical assistance requests submitted to the CTCN, and ensure that support provided by CTCN is coordinated at the national level with other processes that address climate change. Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, emphasized the value of forging stronger cooperation on facilitating technology transfer to support climate change mitigation. “This initiative will bolster the participation of the agriculture and energy sector and other stakeholders towards cooperating on innovation and technology transfer that collectively contribute to the commitments we have in mitigating climate change impacts.  These joint efforts will bring us closer into realizing our Nationally Determined Contribution of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent by 2030,” Borje said. Representing the Landbank of the Philippines were Prudencio Calado III, Assistant Vice President of the Environmental Program and Management Department (EPDM), and Amelito Segarra Jr., EPDM Program Assistant. They also presented the accomplishments of the LBP's pioneering work with the Carbon Finance Support Facility and proposed an upscaling of their on-going projects that significantly contribute to accruing of carbon credits for the Philippines.  “Our proposal is not merely a financial endeavor; it embodies the LBP's unwavering commitment to sustainable technologies, synchronized with the nation's climate action objectives, and bolstering the National Determined Contribution for the agriculture sector,” Calado said. Climate Technology Centre and Network is the implementation arm of the Technology Mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and hosted by the UN Environment Programme. It facilitates accelerated transfer of ecologically sound technologies requested by developing countries for low carbon and climate resilient development. The meeting is a testament to the resolute dedication of both CCC and LBP in combating the global climate change challenges and to bolster cooperation across government agencies and other crucial stakeholders in harnessing cutting-edge technology solutions.  The collaboration between CCC and LBP has the potential to establish an unprecedented benchmark for proactive climate mitigation initiatives, showcasing the formidable potential of cross-sector cooperation, where public and private sectors can synergize their resources to confront one of humanity's most pressing predicaments. For more information about the CCC’s mainstreaming activities, visit the website of the CCC at
November 09, 2023 Thursday
CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, Department of Foreign Affairs - Office of United Nations and International Organizations Assistant Secretary Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, and UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Context of Climate Change Dr. Ian Fry at the Entry Conference Programme for Dr. Fry’s official visit to the Philippines MANILA, 9 November 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) underscored the need to actively address both climate change and human rights, recognizing the interconnectedness of these challenges. In the Entry Conference Programme for Dr. Ian Fry, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Context of Climate Change, Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, highlighted the crucial interconnection between climate change and human rights, emphasizing that these two essential governance areas are not mutually exclusive.  Borje, who chaired the meeting, stated, "To achieve climate justice, it needs to be acting on and for both, certainly not an 'either-or' proposition." The discussions delved into the global, historic and systemic aspects of climate change and human rights issues, aiming to find innovative solutions rooted in the principles of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDRRC) and climate justice. During the conference, Borje emphasized the Philippines’ commitment to a holistic governance model that integrates human rights into climate action. “The Philippines is a democracy under the rule of law, and under the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., human rights and climate change are recognized priorities, including their nexus. Advancing support for and strengthening of the nexus under the ambit of the UN is both an object and policy instrument of the Philippines in pursuit of global consensus and action on climate change and human rights,” he said. Borje highlighted the collaboration of various government agencies in adopting a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to address climate change and uphold human rights. He also stressed the importance of localizing climate science, supporting vulnerable communities, and ensuring intergenerational justice and equity. In closing, Borje stated, "Working together, it is our hope and commitment that we will be able to make inroads and generate progress towards transformational climate action that is founded strongly and deeply on upholding human rights." Meanwhile, Department of Foreign Affairs - Office of United Nations and International Organizations (DFA-UNIO) Assistant Secretary Maria Teresa T. Almojuela emphasized the practical and concrete approach the Philippines has taken, focusing on real-time, empowering climate action.  Acknowledging the significant role of Dr. Ian Fry, she stated, "We look forward to an interactive exercise, in this meeting and in Dr. Fry’s program for this week, to expand understanding of how climate change impacts the rights of the Filipino people, our policy framework, and our multi-stakeholder approach."  The Entry Conference Programme marks the beginning of the 10-day official country visit of Dr. Ian Fry in the Philippines. This will serve as an opportunity for the country to champion the climate change-human rights nexus, paving the way for innovative solutions and collaborative actions on a global scale. Relevant government agencies attended the entry conference. Lead discussants for respective thematic areas were Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Loss and Damage); Department of Social Welfare and Development (Climate Change Displacement); Department of Justice (Litigation and Intergenerational Justice); National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (Protection of Environmental Human Rights Defenders); and Philippine Commission on Women (Gender). Present also were National Economic and Development Authority; Department of Finance; Department of Agriculture; Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration; Department of National Defense - Office of Civil Defense; Department of Health; Department of the Interior and Local Government; Council for the Welfare of Children; National Commission of Senior Citizens; National Youth Commission; National Council on Disability Affairs; Supreme Court - Office of the Court Administrator; Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat; Presidential Communications Office; and Presidential Management Staff. For more information about the CCC’s mainstreaming activities, visit the website of the CCC at
November 09, 2023 Thursday
(left) Delegates of the Pre-COP28. (right) DENR Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, DENR Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga, and CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera, representatives of the Philippines to the Pre-Cop28. MANILA, 7 November 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) stressed the need for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) and 1st Global Stocktake to address the urgency, adequacy, and clarity of support for adaptation, mitigation, climate finance, and loss and damage. At the Pre-COP28, the Philippines emphasized: Nations and leaders must acknowledge that we are currently off-track on the agreed path to 2030 and that we must immediately operationalize the means of implementation of the Paris Agreement, most especially for adaptation, to equip the most vulnerable communities and sectors. CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera, with Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga, who is concurrent Official Representative of the President to the CCC, and DENR Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, represented the Philippines to mobilize support for the country and other developing countries for climate action and to keep global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as committed in the Paris Agreement.   Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Alfonso Ferdinand Ver also addressed fellow developing countries and called for streamlined and simplified procedures to access finance and enable resilience against the intensifying impacts of climate change. Leading up to the COP28 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) where the first Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement will take place, the Philippines reiterated its call for all Parties to deliver on their commitments and to uphold the principles of climate justice, common but differentiated responsibilities, and equity in order to enable a sustainable and resilient future for all. The Pre-COP28 is the preparatory conference prior to the 28th Conference of the Parties in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates hosted by COP28 President Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber on October 29 to 31, 2023.  For more information about the CCC’s mainstreaming activities, visit the website of the CCC at and
November 07, 2023 Tuesday
CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje meets with FAO’s Country Representative Dr. Lionel Dabbadie to discuss areas of cooperation on climate action and food security. MANILA, 4 November 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Food and Agriculture Office (FAO) yesterday vowed to take resolute action, further cementing their cooperation to strengthen the country's food system against the impacts of climate change. The discussion revolved around the Philippines’ agriculture sector, which contributes approximately 8.9% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and the challenges it faces due to climate change. Severe typhoons and prolonged droughts have resulted in substantial loss and damages to the agricultural landscape, amounting to PHP 260.45 billion from 2012-2022.  These adverse weather events have not only impacted the livelihoods of 4.5 million Filipino farmers and fisherfolks but have also disrupted the country's food supply chain, posing a threat to food security. Considering these challenges, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje emphasized, “It’s important to recognize the link between food, agriculture, and climate change. Our focus is to ensure that our stakeholders are climate-resilient, and this can be achieved through the delivery of means of implementation, particularly technology development and transfer. This strategic approach is pivotal in building a climate-resilient agriculture sector and safeguarding the livelihoods of millions of Filipinos.”  The CCC aligns its efforts with the Philippines' National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), which addresses climate change impacts, including food security. The NCCAP outlines comprehensive strategies to enhance the country's adaptive capacity and resilience, emphasizing the importance of sustainable agriculture and food systems in the face of climate change. The CCC and FAO discussed possible areas for partnerships, such as enhancing the capacities of local government units and improving the country’s climate reports. Joining FAO Philippines Country Representative Dr. Lionel Dabbadie were Ms. Suzette Simondac-Manilay, Environmental Programme Coordination, and Ms. Nikki Antonette De Vera, Programme Coordination Specialist. The FAO is an agency of the United Nations that focuses on eliminating world hunger. The Philippines is one of the founding members of FAO since its establishment in 1945, and a Representation was established in 1978. FAO works closely with the Philippine government in the areas of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food security, nutrition, and rural development. For more information about the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit the website of the CCC at and
November 04, 2023 Saturday
(left) CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje together with officials and representatives from BARMM Ministries in the Capacity Building Program. (right) CCC and the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy release turtle hatchlings in Aboitiz Cleanergy Park, Davao City.   MANILA, 25 October 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), conducted the Capacity Building Program for Ministries in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to foster climate resilience in the region. Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, highlighted the immense challenges faced by the BARMM region, emphasizing the need for transformative governance to combat climate change effectively. “We may face the same storm, but our vessels differ. Some have advanced radars and engines; we have the most basic. We must transform ourselves into the most resilient, the most capable vessel so that we can proceed with our journey not just for peace, not just for development, but for sustainability, progress, and full prosperity for our people,” said Borje. BARMM Minister Akmad Brahim echoed Secretary Borje's sentiments, emphasizing the need for proactive planning and building resilience in the face of climate change. “By engaging in proactive national and local planning, we can improve our ability to prevent future disasters and adapt to the changing climate. This requires good governance informed by sound climate science,” said Brahim. UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Edwin Carrie stressed the interconnectedness of climate change, peace and development issues, and emphasized the importance of prioritizing financing to effectively tackle climate change impacts at the local level. “Development is not a checklist of separate development issues such as climate, such as peace, such as poverty reduction, such as effective governance. Those are interconnected development issues that interact and impact into the development trajectory of any country,” said Carrie. The Capacity Building Program, attended by technical representatives from 15 ministries, covered topics such as Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP), People's Survival Fund (PSF) project proposals, and the conduct of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and climate change expenditure tagging (CCET). The CCC thanked BARMM ministries, LGUs, and all stakeholders for their active participation in the Capacity Building Program. This collaborative effort marks a significant milestone in the region’s journey towards a sustainable, climate-resilient future. Conserving marine biodiversity In a parallel event, the CCC joins hands with BARMM’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy in releasing turtle hatchlings in Aboitiz Cleanergy Park, Davao City. The activity underscores the CCC's dedication to safeguarding marine biodiversity and protecting vulnerable species from the impacts of climate change. Sea turtles, essential to our oceans particularly in maintaining healthy coral reefs, were released as part of a crucial conservation effort. "By participating in the release of these hatchlings, we are not just conserving a species; we are contributing to the overall health and resilience of our marine environment," Borje emphasized. The CCC encourages the public to join in this endeavor by learning more about sea turtles and supporting local conservation initiatives for a sustainable environment. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and
October 25, 2023 Wednesday
The People’s Survival Fund Board approves project proposals endorsed by the Climate Change Commission. Photo courtesy of the PSF Board Secretariat.   MANILA, Philippines | 25 October 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) lauds the approval of projects geared toward increasing the adaptive capacity of local government units (LGUs) through climate change adaptation by the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) Board.   In its 20th meeting held on Monday, the PSF Board approved five climate change adaptation projects endorsed by the CCC amounting to Php 540.3 million. “The PSF Board’s approval of these five projects signals a pivotal message on the value of advancing adaptation measures at the local and community level, especially at a time when risks and challenges posed by climate change demand immediate and urgent actions,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. He thanked Department of Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, PSF Board Chair, for his leadership and commitment in advancing the objectives of the PSF. Borje also thanked the PSF Board members for their sustained effort and collaboration throughout the review and evaluation, and field validation exercises, which led to CCC endorsement and PSF Board’s project approvals. These projects are submissions of LGUs from the PSF Board-issued Call for Proposals in February to April 2023. Adaptation interventions to be implemented by LGUs include establishment of climate field school for farmers, flood protection, river ecosystem management, installation of solar-powered pumps, and mangrove rehabilitation. “With the benefits to be provided by these projects, the PSF will be able to demonstrate effective and sustainable practices on local climate actions, championing the resilience of the most vulnerable sectors to climate change,” Borje added.  During the same meeting, the PSF Board approved a Php 2-million Project Development Grant (PDG) for the Municipality of Besao, Mountain Province to undertake project preparatory activities such as hydrological and geotechnical studies to establish rationale of the LGU’s adaptation intervention. The said approvals enabled 17 LGUs to receive support from the PSF and its PDG. Among the previously approved projects are from Lanuza, Surigao del Sur; Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte; Gerona, Tarlac; Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte; Sarangani Province; and San Francisco, Camotes Island, Cebu. The CCC, in coordination with the DOF, is working on further streamlining the accession of PSF through enhancement of the processes entailed by project proposals from submission until the approval stage.    Created through Republic Act No. 10174, amending the Climate Change Act of 2009, the PSF is a long-stream finance for adaptation projects of local government units and community organizations. Its goal is to enhance the resilience of communities and ecosystems to climate change. The CCC is likewise mandated to conduct the Climate Rationale Review and Evaluation (CRRE) of project proposals submitted for PSF, convening the National Panel of Technical Experts to look into the climate rationale of projects. The CRRE process takes into consideration the historical and present data, ensuring that projects are fit-for-purpose and responsive to specific climate risks and vulnerabilities of an LGU. For more information on the PSF, visit the CCC’s website at or the People's Survival Fund Facebook page.
October 25, 2023 Wednesday
CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje and UST Rector and President Fr. Richard Ang sign the official collaboration for climate innovation and sustainability MANILA, 24 October 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) have officially signed a Cooperation Agreement, solidifying their commitment to advance climate innovation and sustainability in the country. As the lead government agency mandated to coordinate and monitor climate change programs in the Philippines, the CCC has teamed up with UST, one of the country's top educational institutions, to strengthen efforts in addressing the impacts of climate change and enhancing climate resilience of local communities. Through lectures, seminars, and workshops, the CCC-UST partnership will facilitate knowledge exchange and capacity building to enhance climate literacy, nurturing future leaders in the field of climate science. The collaboration will also serve as a platform for sustainable entrepreneurship, fostering collaborations and initiatives that will promote environmentally conscious business practices. “Through capacity building and education, the CCC and the UST will collaborate to create educational programs that equip our youth with the knowledge and skills needed to raise awareness about climate change and empower them to take action towards a more sustainable future – making that all-important link between technological development, innovation, research and development from the academic community to the local communities,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje. “Our key areas of collaboration include research, knowledge sharing, and expert exchanges through academic lectures, seminars, training workshops, and even short courses. We can make a big difference in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies through our joint efforts,” said UST Rector and President Fr. Richard Ang. Following the signing of the Cooperation Agreement, the CCC gained firsthand insights into the restoration efforts and witnessed the dedication of UST experts working towards preserving historical library collections, which falls under non-economic loss and damage. Non-economic loss and damage refers to the intangible and irreplaceable cultural, historical, and social heritage that is lost or damaged due to climate change impacts. “Our partnership with UST can go beyond research and development. It can also include preserving our cultural heritage in the face of climate challenges. Witnessing the restoration efforts firsthand reinforces our determination to safeguard our historical collections, ensuring that they will be seen by the generations to come,” Borje said. The historic collaboration brings together the CCC's expertise in policy formulation and program implementation and UST's renowned faculty and research community. Both institutions endeavor to drive transformative climate actions, supporting local communities and fostering a more sustainable future for all. For more information about the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit the website of the CCC at and
October 24, 2023 Tuesday
Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje addresses NGOs and other stakeholders at the Facing the Impact of Climate Change on Sustainable Development forum   MANILA, PHILIPPINES | 19 October 2023 – The Climate Change Commission highlights the crucial role of collaboration with civil society organizations (CSOs) in pursuing climate action, particularly in resilience-building efforts, in a public forum yesterday. “Our gathering today marks an initial step towards our partnership to further contribute to climate action. For climate change, no task is too big or too small. Participation in programs and activities, like tree and mangrove planting and coastal cleanups – when done together, simultaneously – can make a huge difference,” said Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, in a public forum held to commemorate the Social Development Week 2023. With the theme, “Facing the Impact of Climate Change on Sustainable Development,” the forum was sponsored by the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), one of the country’s largest groups of CSOs, composed of 12 national and regional networks representing 1,600 non-government organizations, people’s organizations, and cooperatives. Borje pointed out that the CCC, under the guidance of President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr., has established and strengthened partnerships with stakeholders, including civil society organizations, development partners, the private sector, and local government units through various coordination mechanisms, including the "Working to Empower Climate Action Network” or “WE CAN", tailored specifically for civil society organizations. “The Commission counts on your active involvement in this resilience-building effort. But we can do more if we continue to work together. The CCC champions advocacies where all of you can take part. May we continue to be part of the solution to this global governance challenge of our generation,” he said. “In the end, all our actions and initiatives will count as means to save lives, protect our livelihoods, and secure our future. As partners, sama-sama tayong magkaisa tungo sa isang bagong bansang matatag,” Borje added. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga also emphasized the importance of multistakeholder collaboration and partnerships. “We aim for inclusive processes recognizing that every voice needs to be heard, and for partners to secure co-benefits and build resilience for a truly whole-of-society effort in addressing climate change,” she said. For updates on the Philippines’ climate mainstreaming activities, visit the Climate Change Commission’s website at and
October 19, 2023 Thursday
Pasay City, Metro Manila, 10 October 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) underscored the mitigation and adaptation benefits of nature-based solutions in urban areas at the Philippine Urban Forum 2023 held on October 5-6, 2023 in PICC, Pasay City. Nature-based solutions involve working with nature to address societal challenges, like climate change. These include actions that are broadly categorized as the protection, restoration, or management of natural and semi-natural ecosystems; sustainable management of working lands and aquatic systems; and the creation of novel or human-built ecosystems. “Our cities are facing unprecedented challenges due to the triple planetary crises of pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss. Urban areas compound these crises but have a fundamental role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through nature-based solutions that offer innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions and enhance overall climate resilience,” said CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera. Urban development experts presented existing and potential applications of nature-based solutions, including the sustainable management project of the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL) led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Renewable Energy Technologies (RETS) project of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) which assists seaweed farmers in Tawi-Tawi, and the biodiversity conservation programs funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of Germany. The UN-Habitat also presented its Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative focusing on circular economy and nature-based solutions in the urban environment. Commissioner Herrera acknowledged the tremendous potential of nature-based solutions, but also recognized the challenges surrounding their implementation. “Urban spaces that are suitable for nature-based solutions depend on the topography, physical structure, and urban density, therefore projects must be contextualized to the local environment. Governance for nature-based solutions requires the active cooperation and coordinated action between multiple stakeholders with different priorities and interests, as well as adequate knowledge and resources,” said Herrera. Since nature-based solutions are mostly components of wider scope climate adaptation and urban greening projects, Commissioner Herrera also encouraged local government units to tap the Green, Green, Green Program under the Local Government Support Fund, which provides funding for the construction, rehabilitation, repair, or improvement of projects for green open spaces, such as public parks and plazas, arboretum, and botanical gardens. “We need to strengthen our efforts that would champion the benefits of nature-based solutions as viable measures in saving our future and our planet. Nature-based solutions are an integral piece to the whole picture of our efforts on climate action,” Herrera concluded. The Philippine Urban Forum 2023 (PhUF), with the theme “Transforming our Cities and Building Resilient Communities,” is spearheaded by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. The PhUF is the country’s largest multi stakeholder platform for knowledge and technology exchange on sustainable human settlements and urban development, highlighting the Philippine New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals 2030. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and
October 16, 2023 Monday
Global and national leaders convene for the launch of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2024   PASAY CITY, 14 October 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) supports the Philippines in its role as the host country for the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) in 2024. The official launch of the conference was held today, coinciding with the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. Key figures such as Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., and Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, formally inaugurated the conference. Scheduled from October 14 to 17, 2024 in Manila, the APMCDRR will serve as the primary regional platform where global leaders convene to identify solutions to disaster risk issues and promote coordination and cooperation on the implementation of the Sendai Framework in Asia and the Pacific. The launch witnessed the signing of a partnership agreement by representatives from national government agencies, the private sector, and development partners. The CCC, one of the member agencies of the 2024 APMCDRR Inter-Agency Committee, recognizes the importance of this conference, especially in the context of the escalating climate crisis. "The Climate Change Commission fully supports the Philippines hosting of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The APMCDRR places the Philippines firmly at the locus of regional and global convergent action on climate change, disasters and biodiversity loss through improved governance and strengthened collaboration toward resilience," CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje said. Alongside the APMCDRR launch, the CCC actively participated in the Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Exhibit (Market Place) held as part of the 10th Top Leaders Forum. Mostly students,  the visitors explored the CCC's booth, which showcased local climate resilience efforts and initiatives. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and
October 14, 2023 Saturday
The Awardees of the Philippine Resilience Awards for Women together with the members of the Selection Committee.   MANILA, 12 October 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC), in collaboration with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, Philippine Commission on Women, Carlos P. Romulo Foundation, National Resilience Council, ARISE Philippines, WIN DRR Philippines, and SM Prime Holdings, Inc., honored exceptional women leaders during the Philippine Resilience Awards for Women - Awarding Ceremony held today. The event recognized the following awardees, each hailing from diverse backgrounds and demonstrating commitment to building climate and disaster-resilient communities: 1. Hon. Maria Josefina Belmonte - Mayor of Quezon City, for championing resilient food systems and sustainable livelihood through the City’s Community-based Urban Farming Program. 2. Ms. Alicia Ilaga - Director of the Climate Resilient Agriculture Office of the Department of Agriculture, for her commitment to community-based resilience in vulnerable farming communities through the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) Program. 3. Hon. Maria Catalina Cabral - Undersecretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), for championing critical infrastructure resilience in the implementation of DPWH infrastructure projects. 4. Dr. Shirley Agrupis - University President of Mariano Marcos State University, for her dedication to green technological innovations, including enhancing sustainable local bioethanol production using nipa sap. 5. Ms. Maria Vicente Jalandoni - President of the Base Bahay Foundation, Inc., for her efforts in promoting sustainable, resilient, and ecological housing through Cement-Bamboo Frame Technology (CBFT). 6. Dr. Urduja Alvarado - University President of Cagayan State University, for her community-based resilience initiatives, focusing on ecological development and empowerment of mangrove communities in Gonzaga, Cagayan. 7. Dr. Joy Mirasol - University President of Bukidnon State University, for championing bio-cultural diversity conservation and resilience through the strengthened and empowered management of Mindanao Protected Areas. 8. Ms. Nida Collado - Farmer and President of the Macatumbalen Community Based Forest and Coastal Management Association, for her leadership in community-based sustainable forest management and environmental conservation in San Vicente, Palawan. 9. Sr. Arcelita Sarnillo - Hospital Administrator of St. Paul's Hospital of Iloilo, Inc., for recognizing the link between human health and environmental conditions, championing green, sustainable, and climate-resilient healthcare through the Green and Healthy Hospital Program. 10. Ms. Mila Bogñabal - President of Joroan Farmers and Fisherfolks Association, for her efforts in promoting resilient food systems and sustainable livelihood in Joroan Tiwi, Albay, through the implementation of climate-resilient agricultural practices. Additionally, the CCC provided the Accelerator Fund for Grassroots Organizations to Ms. Collado and Ms. Bogñalbal, supporting their projects focused on teaching sustainable practices, enhancing disaster preparedness, and promoting eco-friendly technologies at the community level. These exceptional women leaders are a testament to the power of resilience, dedication, and innovation in addressing the challenges posed by climate change and disasters. "As environmental warriors, your influence and dedication will drive positive change, foster collaboration, and build a resilient world for future generations," said Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda. "It is your role to give Filipinos hope that together, we can work toward a safer planet, free from the devastating impacts of natural disasters and climate change," she added. CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director  Robert E.A. Borje emphasized, "These  women exemplify the spirit of resilience that our nation needs. Their actions echo a powerful message – that the collective efforts of individuals can indeed transform communities and safeguard our environment." CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera added, "Today’s awardees showcase the impactful intersection of dedication and innovation. We celebrate their achievements and are inspired by their commitment." Established in 2013 by Senator Loren Legarda, the Philippine Resilience Awards have been an inspiration for local leaders striving to build climate and disaster-resilient communities. Today’s ceremony highlighted the remarkable initiatives and projects undertaken by outstanding women leaders in the field of resilience. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and
October 12, 2023 Thursday
The Climate Change Commission, represented by Deputy Executive Director Romell Antonio O. Cuenca (left), and Japan International Cooperation Agency, represented by Philippines’ Chief Representative Takema Sakamoto (right), signed a Letter of Understanding for the Data Collection Survey for Climate Change Measure and Green Transformation.   MANILA, PHILIPPINES | 6 October 2023 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) has partnered with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to further enhance the country’s climate change initiatives and programs. This collaboration was formalized through the signing of a Letter of Understanding (LOU) last October 3. This partnership, centered on the Data Collection Survey for Climate Change Measure and Green Transformation, marks the first direct and official collaboration between the CCC and JICA. CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje emphasized that JICA has been a "proven bilateral partner in climate change initiatives." With JICA's vast experience in addressing climate-related challenges, Borje said the collaboration "presents valuable opportunities to enhance our programs, to fine-tune our strategies, and to build the capacities to broaden knowledge and skills." Through the Data Collection Survey, the Philippines can count on JICA for fit-for-purpose and needs-based technical support and capacity-building, crucial for the timely and effective implementation of policies and measures set out in the Nationally Determined Contribution. The Philippine NDC underscores the country’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75%, aligned with global mitigation goals and sustainable development aspirations. Historically, the Philippines found support from esteemed bilateral partners like JICA, emphasizing the significance of international collaboration in confronting climate and environmental challenges. "Japan has already committed, in the “ASEAN-Japan Climate Change Action Agenda 2.0,” to collaborate with ASEAN countries, including the Philippines, to achieve a decarbonized and resilient society," said  Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative of JICA Philippines. “We are very keen to support your efforts for the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, considering the concept of the Paris Agreement,” he added. The CCC conveyed its appreciation to JICA for their "steadfast support over the years and in the upcoming years, and for entrusting the Climate Change Commission to lead this cooperative data collection effort alongside various Philippine government agencies stakeholders." "We recognize that climate policies and actions are most successful when stakeholders and partners actively participate in the development, implementation and monitoring. When we effectively engage and actively work at every stage, we bridge gaps, and create a coherent and effective approach to climate change, and this is when we make a difference,” Borje added. JICA is an established bilateral partner in climate change initiatives, offering multiple collaborative opportunities that significantly benefit the Philippines’ government programs. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and
October 06, 2023 Friday
Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje meets with His Excellency Ahmed Saad N. Al-Homidi, Qatar's Ambassador to the Philippines, to explore avenues for collaboration in transformative climate action.   MANILA, PHILIPPINES | 5 October 2023 — The Philippines and the State of Qatar have pledged to leverage each other's strengths and expertise in building the skills and capacities of key stakeholders, including local communities, to adapt to and mitigate climate change and its impacts. Climate Change Commission (CCC) Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje expressed thanks to His Excellency Ahmed Saad N. Al- Homidi, the State of Qatar's Ambassador to the Philippines, for Qatar’s continuing support to the Philippines over the years. Borje recognized Qatar’s partnership with the Philippines, citing that continued support, including climate change initiatives, would be an important dimension of bolstered, mature and modern bilateral relations. “We are working closely with Qatar in line with President Marcos' vision to address the climate crisis through collaboration with the international community. Qatar's expertise and support can greatly benefit the Philippines to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change,” Borje said. Highlighted in the discussions were potential areas of cooperation between the two countries, and the need to establish a formal cooperation agreement focusing on technical assistance and policy development, particularly in areas under the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The CCC extended an official invitation to Qatar to become a member of the contact group “Empowering Nurtured Alliance for Climate Action and Transformation,” or ENACT. It is the CCC’s coordination mechanism with development partners and embassies to facilitate regular dialogue and enhance the exchange of ideas and best practices between the two nations on climate-related issues. Ambassador Al-Homidi emphasized Qatar's long-standing relationship with the Philippines and conveyed their willingness to further cooperate in achieving the country's climate agenda. “The Philippines is a very important country for Qatar, and we want to explore engagement opportunities to make the bilateral relationship stronger. Our countries are working on signing a Memorandum of Understanding that will benefit both of us and serve as a catalyst for more bilateral partnerships,” Ambassador Al-Homidi said. The Philippines and the State of Qatar affirmed the importance of strengthening partnerships and working together towards transformative climate action. For more information on the Climate Change Commission’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and
October 05, 2023 Thursday
CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje, CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera, NRC Executive Director Silvestre Z. Barrameda, Jr., and Samantha Bacaron, NRC Program Officer signed the Memorandum of Agreement between the two agencies for the Philippine Resilience Awards 2023: Category for Women.   MANILA, 27 September 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC), together with the National Resilience Council (NRC), formalized its commitment to gender-responsive climate action in the Philippines through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the 2023 Philippine Resilience Awards (PRA): Category for Women. The PRA, a collaborative initiative by the CCC, NRC, the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, SM Cares, the Philippine Commission on Women, and the Women International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (WINDRR)-Philippines, celebrates and acknowledges the outstanding resilience-building efforts of local women leaders across the country. Envisioned as an annual event, the PRA aims to honor and document best practices in Gender and Climate Action. The call for nominations for the 2023 PRA Awards was initiated on 22 August 2023, and concluded on 23 September 2023, garnering a total of 62 nominations. Guided by Republic Act 9729 or the Climate Change Act of 2009, the CCC has been steadfast in incorporating a gender-sensitive, pro-children, and pro-poor approach into the design and implementation of the government’s climate change efforts, plans, and programs. In his remarks, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje emphasized the vital role women play in climate action. “For our climate action to be truly reflective of the various needs of our communities, and truly make these initiatives transformative, we need women, we need them to be part of leadership, of decision-making, and of the critical mass that will move our nation towards greater climate resilience,” Borje said. Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera underscored the importance of collaboration among agencies to achieve climate goals. She said, “We recognize that achieving resilience requires massive transformation in our individual and societal behavior, enabled by an environment that fully embraces and practices sustainable and resilience-building initiatives, and we know that we need help from partner agencies and organizations to accelerate actions within our sectors and communities.” In parallel, the NRC, mandated to strengthen disaster resilience across the country, recognizes the pressing need to reinforce gender mainstreaming in climate change and disaster resilience work through the PRA. “Through the establishment of a network of resilience champions, this partnership empowers others to embark on similar journeys. It nurtures mentorship, fostering a culture of knowledge and experience that is shared and the inspiration of resilience is kept alive,” said NRC Executive Director Silvestre Z. Barrameda, Jr. To showcase the first Philippine Resilience Award for Local Women Leaders, the CCC and NRC will spearhead a learning session with the 2023 PRA awardees in November 2023 as part of the 16th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week. Both the CCC and NRC affirmed their commitment to expand the partnership beyond the PRA, working towards strengthening institutions and local governments to advance gender equality and climate resilience in the Philippines. “Our ultimate goal, after all, is to uplift the lives, livelihoods, and the future of every Filipino. Importante at mahalaga na ang partisipasyon ng bawat Pilipina ay maipasok natin sa mga ginagawa nating aksyon,” Borje added. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and
September 27, 2023 Wednesday
CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje addressing the real estate and housing industry stakeholders at the 50th Chamber of Real Estate and Builders' Association Inc. National Convention and House Expo   PASAY CITY, 27 September 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) underscored the critical impact of climate change on the real estate and housing industry at the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders' Association Inc.’s (CREBA) 50th National Convention and House Expo. In his address to industry stakeholders, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje commended the remarkable achievements of CREBA over the past five decades and emphasized the organization's fundamental role in driving social and economic growth in the Philippines. However, Borje also highlighted the climate challenges facing the Philippines. Typhoons alone have caused significant losses and damages amounting to Php673.30 billion, affecting the lives, livelihoods, and future of millions of Filipinos. “Adequate housing means having a safe, secure, and affordable place to live with access to basic services. Therefore, measures for climate change adaptation and mitigation must consider this fundamental human right,” he emphasized. Borje outlined several government initiatives aimed at climate-smart adaptation and mitigation, including the National Adaptation Plan (NAP), the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), and Green Jobs. Likewise, he stressed the importance of incorporating climate-smart standards in buildings and construction to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “We must decarbonize the building and construction sectors, reduce the waste they generate, and build with less. Collaboration throughout the building sector's lifecycle, involving everyone from architects and designers to contractors and operators, is vital to the success of these efforts,” he added. Borje called for collaborative efforts between the government and the private sector in addressing climate change. He urged CREBA members and industry stakeholders to prioritize the development of climate-resilient and green communities to protect people and properties from the impacts of climate change, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “Every brick we lay, every beam we set, carries the hopes and dreams of our nation. As leading figures in the real estate sector, you possess both the influence and the responsibility to mold a brighter, eco-conscious future. Let us pledge to shape a greener, more sustainable tomorrow for every Filipino,” Borje concluded. The National Adaptation Plan serves as a long-term support mechanism to enhance community resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts, while the Nationally Determined Contribution reflects the Philippines' commitment to progressive climate change mitigation, fostering low-carbon, sustainable, and climate-resilient development. Through Green Jobs, the CCC and other government agencies incentivize environmentally friendly practices within businesses, contributing to job creation and green investments. CREBA convened the Golden Jubilee National Convention and House Expo to celebrate its 50th founding anniversary. The event aimed to reaffirm CREBA members' commitment to drive land and housing development as a catalyst for economic and social progress. For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and
September 27, 2023 Wednesday
CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera with the students of Philippine Science High School - Southern Mindanao Campus (PSHS-SMC)   DAVAO, 18 September 2023 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) congratulated students and parents at the Philippine Science High School - Southern Mindanao Campus’s (PSHS-SMC) 35th Recognition Day Program, and encouraged them to take an active role in addressing the critical issue of climate change. In her address, CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera shared a comprehensive overview of climate change, highlighting its profound impacts on both local and global scales. She shared poignant examples, including Davao’s own experience. It is a region historically unaffected by floods and typhoons, but in 2012, it was not spared from the wrath of Typhoon Pablo – the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit Mindanao, destroying villages and killing over 1,000 people. Highlighting the urgency of addressing the climate crisis, Herrera drew attention to the recent record-breaking heat in July 2023, recognized by the World Meteorological Organization as the hottest month ever recorded. She echoed the words of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, stating that "the era of global warming has ended, and the era of global boiling has begun." She underscored that vulnerable communities, including youth, children, and women, are disproportionately affected by climate change, with severe floods, droughts, and temperature increases wreaking havoc on lives and livelihoods. Commissioner Herrera emphasized the transformative power of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in addressing the pressing challenges facing the nation and the world, including climate change. She urged the students to recognize their significant role in climate action, emphasizing that climate change is a challenge that we are already facing and must be addressed head-on. In closing, Commissioner Herrera, an esteemed alumna of PSHS-SMC, encouraged students not only to engage in discussions about climate change within the classroom, but also to actively participate in decision-making processes within their school organizations and local and national government bodies to drive climate action. She gave them a powerful message: “You are not just the future, you are the present. Start small if you must, but create a ripple effect through your contributions. Reshape the world through science. Embrace your role as Earth’s stewards.” For more information on the CCC’s climate mainstreaming activities, visit and
September 18, 2023 Monday