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13 October 2022, Kinshasa, DRC. In the lead-up to the COP27 in Egypt, the Philippines was chosen to co-facilitate and lead discussion on global agenda for climate finance, including on urgent actions needed to bolster assistance to developing countries based on commitments by developed countries.   The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat and the Arab Republic of Egypt, as the incoming Presidency of the 27th Session of Conference of the Parties (COP27), requested the Philippines to co-facilitate a session on climate finance.   Robert E.A. Borje, Climate Change Commission (CCC) Vice Chair and Executive Director, as Philippine representative at the recently held PRECOP27 Meeting in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), co-facilitated the sessions on climate finance with Poland.   The session was attended by 17 countries, namely, Angola, Argentina, Chad, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Japan, the Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States of America and Zambia, as well as the European Union Commission.   The discussions were steered towards ideas and strategies to move forward the agenda on climate finance. This includes the fulfillment of the $100 billion financial commitment by developed countries under the Paris Agreement, and the need to set a higher climate finance target through the New Collective Quantified Goal of the Glasgow Climate Pact.   In his report-back session at PRECOP27, VCED Borje presented the outcomes of the discussions, highlighting the recommended strategies of countries to expeditiously mobilize climate finance.   On the $100 billion commitment, Parties stated that contributions are being made to immediately fulfill the delivery of climate finance obligations by developed countries. It was also pointed out, however that there remains a need to go beyond the $100 billion to provide sufficient support to at-risk developing nations.   As co-facilitator, the Philippines helped ensure that discussions were anchored on the commitments of developed nations to support developing nations, particularly those at risk and vulnerable nations, as provided in the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement.   Towards substantial progress in climate finance delivery by 2025, VCED Borje highlighted that discussions stressed that the New Collective Quantified Goal on Climate Finance must be anchored on the needs of the developing nations, and entail key elements on transparency, responsiveness, and scale.   VCED Borje also mentioned that countries pointed out the need to be “innovative, creative and flexible” in tapping financial resources both from public and private sources toward low-carbon and climate-resilient development, consistent with Article 2 of the Paris Agreement.   After the report-back session, the Philippines was approached by representatives of Argentina, Brazil, the Czech Republic, the Maldives, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (COP26 Presidency), commending the facilitation and the reporting of the session outcomes.   Mr. Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), likewise lauded the Philippines for its “very active role in the PRECOP27,” as co-facilitator on climate finance, and in “understanding the divergence, the outcome, and how to bring Parties together to move the agenda forward.”   The Democratic Republic of the Congo, in partnership with the Arab Republic of Egypt as the incoming COP27 Presidency, and the UNFCCC, convened 60 countries in Kinshasa for PRECOP27 to advance the discussions on major climate issues ahead of COP27.   The CCC, as the National Focal Point to the UNFCCC, represented the Philippines in said preparatory meeting for COP27.   The PreCOP27 was held on October 3 to 5, 2022 in Palais de Peuple in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.   In the lead to COP27, the COP27 Presidency and the UNFCCC will be convening the Heads of Delegations to an informal consultation on mitigation and finance on 13-15 October 2022 in Alexandria, Egypt.   COP27 will be held on 06 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
October 13, 2022 Thursday
08 October 2022, Kinshasa, DRC – The Philippines pressed anew for stronger global agenda for climate action for developing vulnerable, at-risk states at the PRECOP27 Meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Robert E.A. Borje, Vice Chairperson and Executive Director (VCED) of the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission (CCC), stressed the importance of reaching agreement and urgent collective action to address climate change and its impacts. He pointed out that developing nations suffer the most while contributing the least to climate change.   “PRECOP27 in Kinshasa provides parties and partners a vital opportunity to discuss at length what is important for all in order to make significant headway in addressing climate change and its impacts, particularly for developing at-risk and vulnerable states like the Philippines,” said Borje.   On adaptation, Borje said that the Philippines pushed for fast-tracking finance, technology and capacity development to build adaptive capacities, improve resilience, and reduce vulnerabilities of developing countries, in accordance with the Global Goal on Adaptation.   On mitigation, the Philippines stressed that emissions avoidance must be part of the mitigation action to accelerate just transition to low carbon development in developing nations, while underscoring that the global Mitigation Work Programme must be operationalized with due regard for developing countries’ need for accelerated provision of support for just transition.   On the other hand, for climate finance, the Philippines pointed out that the New Collective Quantified Goal must include the key elements of transparency, responsiveness, and scale. The Philippines likewise emphasized that climate finance must be accurately reported while being needs-based, and commensurate to the need of potential recipients.   From the $100 billion climate finance commitment of developed countries under the Paris Agreement, the New Collective Quantified Goal must set a higher target for climate finance to help implement climate change-related strategies and measures.    With a view to realizing climate justice for vulnerable and at-risk developing nations, the Philippines underscored that access by least developed and developing countries to financial mechanisms must be streamlined and simplified.   On loss and damage, the Philippines raised concern that least developed and developing countries can no longer absorb and afford the cost of further losses and damages due to climate change and its impacts.   In this regard, the Philippines argued that there must be an agenda item on loss and damage, as well as dedicated space to discuss the operationalization of the Santiago Network.   The Santiago Network is established to catalyze technical support of organizations, bodies, networks and experts for developing countries to avert, minimize, and address climate change-related loss and damage.   The Santiago Network is targeted to be fully operationalized by 2023.   Additionally, the Philippines underlined that dedicated discussion space must be provided for the financing for loss and damage, and the governance structure of the Warsaw International Mechanism as established to implement approaches to loss and damage. All of this is in line with the Paris Agreement and the Glasgow Climate Pact, among other international frameworks and commitments.   The Democratic Republic of Congo, in partnership with the Arab Republic of Egypt as the incoming COP27 Presidency, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), convened 60 countries in Kinshasa for PRECOP27 to advance the discussions on major climate issues ahead of COP27.   The CCC, as the National Focal Point to the UNFCCC, represented the Philippines in said preparatory meeting for COP27.   The PreCOP27 was held on October 3 to 5, 2022 in Palais de Peuple in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.   COP27 will be held on 06 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
October 08, 2022 Saturday
MANILA, 28 September 2022 — For Episode 5 for the “Stories for a Better Reality (SFABR),” the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Climate Reality Project Philippines - Youth Cluster will feature youth-led initiatives on circular economy.   In celebration of the National Clean-Up Month, the episode will tackle innovations by youth organizations, promoting new and creative ways to achieve a circular economy and reduce plastic waste.   Youth organizations will present alternative solutions to reduce and resolve plastic pollution through technological and communication strategies: Ms. Mary Jane Lamoste of Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) Asia and Ms. Tiara Samson of Break Free From Plastic Movement.   In the #ExpertsExplain segment, Mr. Carlo Delantar, founding partner of Core Capital, will discuss circular economy and available funding support for related innovation.   From the government, Ms. Juvinia P. Serafin, Senior Environmental Management Specialist and OIC-Chief at the Solid Waste Management Division, Environmental Management Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), will serve as a reactor.   The circular economy is a model of production and consumption which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling of existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended.   Citizen-led efforts such as clean-up drives have been instrumental in leading local efforts to reduce waste. In particular, young people have played an important role in promoting the circular economy as a model to reduce waste.   The upcoming episode will underscore that while there is no single solution to plastic pollution, rapid and concerted action can contribute towards the solvability of this global problem.   Episode 5 of SFABR will be streamed this Friday, 30 September 2022, 10:00 AM through the Facebook pages of the CCC (https://www.facebook.com/CCCPhl) and the Climate Reality Project Philippines.   “Stories for A Better Reality” is a monthly webcast series that tackles climate issues, promotes initiatives and solutions, and informs policy and action by framing the discussion from the perspective of youth.   SFABR is organized in partnership between the CCC and the Climate Reality Project Philippines, with support from the Department of Education, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Youth Commission, and Kids for Kids and Wavefarers.
September 28, 2022 Wednesday
Photo courtesy of : President Bongbong Marcos' Facebook Page 21 September 2022, Manila – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) lauded President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.'s rallying call for climate justice and unlocking climate finance for vulnerable and at-risk nations, saying the President’s speech at the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77) sets the groundwork for principled global climate action. In the UNGA77 High-Level General Debate, President Marcos underscored the need to address climate injustice with “those who need to do more must act now.” President Marcos called on industrialized countries to ‘cut greenhouse gas emissions’ and provide ‘climate finance’ and ‘technology transfer’ for the most vulnerable and developing nations, including the Philippines. CCC Vice Chair and Executive Director (VCED) Robert E.A. Borje highlighted the importance of President Marcos’ clear articulation of the Philippine positions in UNGA77: attain climate justice, unlock climate finance, while being a responsible member of the international community. “The Philippines has a strong and resonant voice for climate justice to make sure that the global community urgently responds to the needs of the times,” said VCED Borje. With limited resources to implement mitigation and adaptation strategies, VCED Borje pointed out President Marcos’ call to “unlock climate finance” for at-risk and vulnerable nations was crucial. VCED Borje added that the Philippines is working with other nations to ensure allocation for adaptation is doubled, and that climate change-related losses and damages are funded by developed nations based on commitments under the Paris Agreement. These principled positions by the Philippines have also been articulated by the CCC in relevant fora in the lead up to the 27th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP27), including at the UN’s Third Technical Expert Dialogue on Climate Finance in Manila, and the Informal Consultation on Loss and Damage in Cairo, Egypt. For the COP27, the Philippines will continue to push for the delivery of climate finance that is needs-based, anchored on the principles of climate justice and equity, and guided by President Marcos’ statement in UNGA77. The COP27 will take place on 06-18 November 2022, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
September 21, 2022 Wednesday
September 21, 2022 Wednesday
Manila, 9 September 2022 – The Philippines called for climate equity and justice through the delivery of climate finance at the opening of the Third Technical  Expert Dialogue (TED3) on Climate Finance of the United Nations Framework  Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 6 September 2022.   Robert E.A. Borje, Climate Change Commission (CCC) Vice Chair and Executive Director (VCED), said that the dialogue is an “opportunity to advance inclusive  climate finance” driven by a process that ensures “balanced geographical participation, particularly of developing states in the Asia-Pacific region.”   As vulnerable countries like the Philippines bear the brunt of climate change,  VCED Borje emphasized the need for methodological approaches that will  produce pragmatic solutions to address the impact of climate change.   VCED Borje also said that the Philippines will continue to do its part, consistent  with the pronouncement of President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr.   VCED pointed out that under President Marcos’ administration, there is a  proposal to increase national budget allocation for climate change-related  programs, projects and activities.   The Philippines will also pursue stronger collaboration with partners and  stakeholders “to implement more climate actions with results,” added VCED Borje   VCED Borje emphasized the need for and the importance of all nations working  together to fight the impacts of climate change. “But we, the at-risk developing  nations, cannot do it alone. And even if any of us can, we should not do it alone. We should work together for our One World, for One Humanity.”   The 3rd TED, as a gathering of global climate finance experts, was described as an important venue to call on the NCQGCF to look beyond what specific countries can afford.   According to the Germanwatch Index, the Philippines ranked 4th most vulnerable country to climate change. The country faces an average of 20 typhoons a year, with losses and damages in the past decade amounting to a 0.5% loss in the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP).VCED Borje pointed out that the NCQGFC should focus on providing financial assistance to more vulnerable and less endowed countries, in fulfillment of the Paris Agreement.   TED3 likewise provides the opportunity “to be influenced by the best available  science, to rectify past mistakes on not considering uncertainties, costing for  externalities, and affording ample space to innovate – so that rehabilitation is not  the norm.”   VCED Borje closed his speech by challenging participating climate finance experts to focus on a paradigm shift for climate finance and investment: “This is what we mean by Build Right at First Sight: to build justly and efficiently at first sight, with a long-term horizon in mind. Our discussions will go beyond dollars and cents.   It will be recommendations for actions that will affect the lives and livelihood of  nations. Today is an opportunity to get things right. To secure climate equity and  justice for all.”   The Ad Hoc Work Programme on New Collective Quantified Goal on Climate  Finance (NCQGCF) created under the Paris Agreement is tasked to conduct four  (4) TEDs annually until 2024. The first and second TEDs were hosted by South  Africa and Germany, respectively.   As the UNFCCC National Focal Point for the Philippines, the CCC is co-hosting  the TED3, in partnership with the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Asian  Development Bank.   In the lead up to the 27th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP27) to the  UNFCCC in Egypt this November, the four-day TED3 is expected to identify the  needs and priorities of developing countries, including their scope, and  quantitative and qualitative aspects for equitable and resilient climate action.   TED3 is also seen to advance discussion on the roles of public and private sectors  toward efficient delivery and mobilization of climate finance, for low carbon and  climate-resilient development.   For more information about the TED3 and the Philippine Government’s  preparation for COP27, visit www.climate.gov.ph.
September 09, 2022 Friday
MANILA, 2 September 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) renewed its commitments toward gender-mainstreamed climate actions, and inclusive and safe workplace for CCC employees.   CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje recently signed two (2) administrative issuances to further scale-up in-office gender and development (GAD) efforts.   These include the reconstitution of the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS), and the creation of the Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CoDI).   “The reconstitution of GFPS will catalyze and accelerate gender mainstreaming within the Climate Change Commission, with women heavily engaged in the delivery of mandates,” VCED Borje said.   “Accordingly, the creation of CoDI will help assure all CCC employees, regardless of rank and status, that they are safe from any forms of sexual harassment in the workplace,” VCED Borje added.   At present, the CCC has more than 65% female employees, with half of the Management Committee comprised of women.   The reconstituted GFPS will be chaired by Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera, the lone female Commissioner of the CCC.   “With the new CCC GAD Focal Point System, we will work further to mainstream gender-responsive policies in our climate programs, activities, and projects, and ensure a strong gender support system within our institution,” said Commissioner Herrera.   The ceremonial signing of the administrative issuances was attended by VCED Borje, Commissioner Herrera, and Commissioner Albert P. Dela Cruz, Sr., together with Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Deputy Executive Director Maria Kristine Josefina G. Balmes.   “Women’s power is not just for nation-building, but also for the family as the basic unit of the society. Women are the teachers and leaders of our children, which have significant impacts on families’ ability to reduce carbon footprint,” Commissioner Dela Cruz said.   The PCW welcomed and supported these developments which will contribute to the holistic GAD mainstreaming performance of the CCC.   “Rest assured that PCW is willing to provide the utmost support to your agencies’ needs to recognize and surface gender issues in order to formulate the necessary interventions in our institutions to further influence our communities," said PCW Deputy Executive Director Balmes.   The CCC is committed to strengthen the aspect of gender empowerment in climate action as enshrined and demonstrated in the international and national policies, systems, and processes.   "We hope that we are engaging our women to be equal partners in nation-building, the vision that we have set for the country and the battle that we hope to win for a climate-resilient country and healthy communities,” said Commissioner Herrera.   Know more about the gender mainstreaming initiatives of the Climate Change Commission by following its social media handles, @CCCPhl, and by visiting its official website at www.climate.gov.ph. 
September 05, 2022 Monday
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August 11, 2022 Thursday
BERLIN, 18 July 2022 — Upon the invitation of Germany’s Foreign Federal Office and the Goethe Institut, Climate Change Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera and seven other experts participated in the learning exchange program “Climate Policy for 2050” held in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany from 19 to 25 June 2022.   Participants from Costa Rica, Finland, Israel, Japan, Kurdistan region of Iraq, Mozambique, and Romania joined Commissioner Herrera to the roundtable discussions and meetings with German ministry units, research institutes, and universities to explore German policies toward reducing carbon emissions and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Germany has set ambitious targets of 80% greenhouse gas reduction by 2045 and renewable energy and energy efficiency will be the standard for investments to keep their economy competitive in a decarbonizing world.   “I thank the German Government for extending the invitation to the Philippine Climate Change Commission (CCC) to this learning workshop. The relationship between Germany and Philippines remains strong and positive. We are already working on many fronts, import of exchanges and sharing of experience towards increased climate change capacities,” said CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje. “Rest assured that we will sustain this international engagement to address the existential threat of climate change and its impacts,” he added.   Forging ahead on climate action, the Philippines has always taken on important leadership roles in international climate diplomacy and in crafting more effective and more equitable international climate policies. As a country most vulnerable to climate change, the Philippines can learn a great deal from Germany in a wide range of fields from transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate adaptation such as through flood protection, disaster risk reduction, and sustainability.   “We hope to count on Germany as a strong partner in this particular endeavor for climate justice and equity, bound not just by our shared goals for a more sustainable future, but by our shared understanding that no nation is safe from the climate crisis until all nations are,” Herrera said in a meeting with German officials.   The group was hosted by Ambassador Hinrich Thölken, Federal Foreign Office Special Advisor on International Climate and Energy Policy in a roundtable discussion on international climate efforts and partnerships, and met with Dr. Martin Weiß, Head of Division KB1 Climate Protection Programme at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action to learn about the country’s specific policy and market-based mechanisms towards targeting net-zero emissions by 2045.   They also engaged with subject matter experts such as Dr. Oliver Richters of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; energiewaechter GmbH (energy and building sector industry consultants) representatives led by Prof. Dr. Eckhart Hertszch, Professor for Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods at the Technische Universitat Berlin; and Spreeakademie Managing Director Sebastian Zoepp, on climate risk management and socioeconomic research, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and just transition from coal mining in the Lusatia region.   In Hamburg, they visited the Climate Service Center (GERICS) where Dr. Peer Seipold, Head of Department, and Ph.D student Mr. Cristóbal Reveco presented the extensive work of GERICS worldwide to assess the impact of climate change on private sector planning and investment. Thereafter, the group toured the Hamburg port city waterfront, together with the Ministry of Transport and Mobility Transition Agency of Roads, Bridges and Waterways (LSBG) where Mr. Jan-Moritz Müller of the Water Bodies and Flood Protection Division, Hydrology and Water Management Department presented the city’s latest programs to protect against floods and storm surge.   The tour also provided more opportunity to learn about climate-resilient hydrology studies through discussions with Dr. Horst Sterr, geographer and Professor Emeritus of the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel together with his team of experts on sea level rise and flood risk management in the context of the Baltic Sea and North Sea, with aspects of nature-based solutions and information and education campaigns targeting the community.   Herrera also paid a courtesy visit to the Philippine Embassy in Berlin Chargé d' Affaires Lilibeth Pono to urge continued cooperation between Germany and the Philippines in pursuit of productive exchanges on science-based climate planning and programming.
July 18, 2022 Monday
MANILA, 18 July 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) underscored the importance of managing climate risks in order to build climate resilience, but urgent and drastic changes must be made to avert the worst of the climate crisis and limit global warming to 1.5˚ Celsius.   The climate body explained that climate-related risks are potential negative impacts that we may experience because of climate change—from extreme weather events like floods, typhoons, and heatwaves to slow-onset events like rising sea levels, ocean acidification, desertification, and the loss of biodiversity.   “We have to make it clear that resilience is not just about withstanding disasters again and again. It’s about being able to anticipate and adapt. It’s about preparing, not just about responding,” said Climate Change Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera in a webinar organized by the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) during the Philippine Sustainability Month in June. “As a developing country, there are risks for the Philippines because we are more vulnerable to hazards, the greater majority of our people also have less means to cope and to bounce back in the event of disasters. With climate change accelerating, these risks will only multiply and worsen”, she added.   To urgently build resilience capacities of our communities, CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje stressed that climate policies, programs and projects, and promotions must be anchored on the principle of Building Right At First Sight. This is to ensure the optimal use of our limited resources to science- and evidence-based priority climate change programs.”   Herrera further explained that there are four broad approaches in managing climate risks. First is through mitigation, which means cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions, by using renewable energy or biking and walking instead of using cars, as well as refusing single-use plastics. Second is through adaptation, which means improving our capacity to prepare, respond, and recover from climate impacts, by establishing multi-hazard early warning systems, rainwater harvesting, starting seed banks, reforesting mangroves, cultivating rooftop gardens, building roadside ditches and sea walls, and having practice drills for disaster response and preparedness.   Herrera also mentioned geoengineering or climate engineering, which is the large-scale modification of our climate, through solar radiation management and carbon sequestration. And finally, expanding knowledge base to learn and understand more about our climate and to bring science up to policymaking tables and to our communities, in order to manage climate risks better.   Herrera also cited the Department of Science and Technology’s HazardHunterPH, which is the country's one-stop shop for seismic, volcanic, or hydrometeorologic hazards, as one of the best examples of how we can improve the way we manage the risks we face, whether as individuals, as institutions, or as communities.   “The challenge now is to bring this kind of awareness, this kind of proactive action on addressing climate risk, to a wider scale, reaching especially our last mile communities. We face immense challenges; the hazards ahead threaten our lives and our livelihoods, our families and our futures; but we are not helpless. We in the CCC are hopeful that we can ramp up our capacity to manage climate risks wherever we are. In doing so, we can chart a path towards a safer and truly more resilient future for all Filipinos,” Herrera concluded.
July 18, 2022 Monday
MANILA, 13 July 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and various transport groups vowed to accelerate the transportation sector’s transition towards low-carbon and sustainable development in pursuit of the country’s commitments under the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).   In the Climate and Transport Forum co-organized by the two agencies, participants from the national government, public and private transport stakeholders, businesses, enterprises, and civil society organizations signed a Pledge of Support to further mainstream climate-responsive and low-carbon ways in the transport sector.   The pledge include finding and implementing sustainable pathways to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the sector, gathering of relevant transport data, promotion of clean and green technologies, and employing low-carbon strategies, policies, and programs not only to reduce or avoid GHG emissions, but to realize the common vision of sustainable transport, among others.   Based on the 2010 National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, the transport sector ranked as the third-largest emitter sector in the country with 24.17 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e). These emissions are caused by land transportation (87.88%), water-borne navigation (9.18%), and domestic aviation (2.95%).   In his welcome remarks, CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje emphasized the progress the Philippine government has made in transitioning to a sustainable and low-carbon transportation system.   He recognized the DOTr for empowering low carbon initiatives for transport, being one of the first sectoral agencies that institutionalized the greenhouse gas inventory team and first to submit quantified mitigation measures for the NDC to the CCC.   Despite steps taken to fulfill the country’s commitments to sustainable development, Secretary Borje stressed that “the growing population, rapid urbanization, and worsening climate conditions require us to do more. More than build back better, we must Build Right at First Sight.”   This entails averting disasters, working smart, having adequate resources, and anchoring policies and programs on universally accessible climate science and technology.   “We need to be transformative as we transition the transport sector to low carbon development. We need to forge partnerships, unlock access to finance and technology, and operate in a whole-of-nation approach towards an effective and transformative low carbon transport sector - a transformation that would benefit everyone,” Secretary Borje said.   On the other hand, then DOTR Secretary Arthur Tugade underscored the need to ensure that no one will be left behind in the transformation of the transportation sector.   “We would like to move forward with a common vision of equitable access of transport across all income groups, genders, and abilities to ensure that no Filipino shall be left behind. This forum has been organized in partnership with the Climate Change Commission to celebrate the success that we had and to start our conversation on how to further mainstream climate-responsive and low-carbon ways in the transport sector,” said former Secretary Tugade.   The forum featured panel discussions on low-carbon transportation from various sectors, including the academe, Dr. Jose Bienvenido Biona of De La Salle University; development partners, Mr. Jose Alfonso Maria Cua from UNDP Low Carbon Transport Project Team; private sector, Mr. Yuri Sarmiento from Electric Vehicle Expansion Enterprises, Inc. and the Federation of Electric Vehicle Operators, Inc; public transport operators and cooperatives, Mr. Leonardo Bautista from Pagunova Transport and Multi-purpose Service Cooperative; and transport sector civil society organizations, Mr. John Leo Algo from Aksyon Klima Pilipinas.   The event was held in anticipation of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) in July, which emphasizes the importance of collaboration in addressing the challenges of climate change and disaster risk reduction and management. This year’s NDRM theme, “Sambayanang Pilipino, Nagkakaisa tungo sa Katatagan at Maunlad na Kinabukasan” highlights the unifying efforts of all sectors and communities towards sustainable development.   This forum supports the Philippine Government’s inclusive approach to policy development which includes avoidance, mobility efficiency, and low-carbon solutions as part of the transition of the transportation industry to a low carbon future.   Watch the replay of the Climate and Investment Forum through this link: https://fb.watch/dXnVR1ryKj/.
July 13, 2022 Wednesday
LAGUNA, 13 July 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños - School of Environmental Science and Management (UPLB-SESAM) have committed to collaborate on harnessing science and humanware in climate policies and recommendations toward climate resilience.   CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje and UPLB-SESAM Dean Dr. Rico C. Ancog formalized the partnership through a Letter of Commitment (LOC) highlighting the importance of analytics- and science-based approaches in formulating climate policies.   In his message, Secretary Borje emphasized that addressing climate crisis is an “intergenerational responsibility”, and that the academe and educators have a critical role to play in developing human and community capacities for climate change and sustainable development.   Citing the local experience and expertise that can be tapped and “moved forward” to the next generation, Secretary Borje said, “We our doing our part. We're harnessing not just the hardware, not just the software, but what we call humanware,” said Secretary Borje.   Stressing the need for specialized training on the sciences to increase the Philippines’ resiliency and development capacities, Secretary Borje recognized the UPLB-SESAM for its interdisciplinary academic programs that will address “humanware” requirements for Philippine climate resiliency.   Secretary Borje also lauded the availability of UPLB-SESAM’s extension programs and support to government agencies like the Climate Change Commission formalized now through the LOC.   The CCC is embarking on strengthening partnerships with stakeholders such as the academic and scientific community to bolster science- and evidence-based policies and recommendations while maximizing and optimizing domestic resources.   The Commitment between CCC and UPLB-SESAM is in line with the ongoing case study on local climate risk profiling of vulnerable communities, to assist in the identification of adaptation and mitigation initiatives anchored on site-specific risks and vulnerabilities.   Also present during the LOC signing were Dr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez, and UPLB Professors, Dr. Maria Victoria O. Espaldon and Dr. Evaristo T. Cando. 
July 13, 2022 Wednesday
MANILA, 6 July 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is set to meet bilateral and multilateral development partners to push for broader, results-oriented collaboration for stronger Philippine climate change resiliency.   CCC will convene ‘Strengthening Partnerships for Climate-Resilient Philippines’ on 7 July 2022 to take stock of existing climate change partnerships and determine ways to optimise international partnerships for a more climate-resilient Philippines.   “This will be the first meeting with Philippine development partners since the inauguration of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. who made clear his guidance regarding national responsibility and international engagement in order to address the challenges of climate change,” said Secretary Robert E.A. Borje of the Climate Change Commission.   “President Marcos has  recognized the principle of “Common But Differentiated Responsibilities” of States and, while stating that the Philippines is a responsible member of the international community, stresses that it’s the responsibility of States responsible for climate change to do more,” said Secretary Borje.   “This is climate justice in no uncertain terms. It’s a principled position because, as President Marcos said, the Philippines has a relatively small carbon footprint but we bear the impact of climate change. The CCC will be guided by President Marcos’ guidance and vision of building a more climate-resilient Philippines through stronger international partnerships,” he added.   CCC Secretary Borje will lead the meeting highlighting the importance of building and fostering multilateral and bilateral partnerships for climate resilience.   He will be joined by Finland’s Ambassador Juha Marku Pyykkö.   Representatives from the embassies of Canada, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America will also be present.   The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), NDC Partnership, United Nations Development Programme Philippines (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United States Agency for International Development Philippines (USAID), and the World Bank are also sending representatives, to share  the status and progress on their climate change initiatives in the Philippines.   Currently, the Philippines has ongoing partnerships with GGGI for the ‘Climate-Resilient and Inclusive Green Growth’, and IOM for ‘Accelerating Implementation in the Agricultural Value Chain in Oriental Mindoro’, both in the form of technical assistance amounting to US $519,094.   “We are hopeful that the meeting will provide fresh impetus to collaborative climate change efforts aimed at delivering results,” said Secretary Borje.   As the lead policy-making body of the government on climate change, the Commission recognizes the importance of coordinating and synchronizing climate change programs with national government agencies and other stakeholders, such as foreign embassies and development partners.
July 06, 2022 Wednesday
MANILA, 2 July 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Society of Filipino Foresters Inc. (SFFI) established a partnership to boost efforts for a carbon neutral Philippines through science-based reforestation initiatives.   The Carbon Neutral Program (CNP) Convergence, signed in June 2022, led to several activities, including a nationwide tree planting activity in commemoration of the Philippine Arbor Day with a pledging session targeting to plant ten (10) million trees by 2030.   The CNP Convergence will facilitate a series of forestation initiatives to increase the carbon sequestration capacity of the Philippine forests.   CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje underscored the importance of the partnership, and highlighted that government agencies and professional organizations must lead in promoting and achieving carbon neutrality.   Secretary Borje thanked the PRC, DENR, and the SFFI for a partnership that will further enhance the country’s climate change initiatives related to forestry and natural resources management. He emphasized that “together, we make things happen.”   “The PRC is one with the DENR, CCC, and SFFI in recognizing forests as a carbon sink that could sustain the development of economic growth of the country. Thus, we must act now to avert further harm to our surroundings,” said PRC Chairperson Pilando.   Secretary Borje also cited the roles of the SFFI and its members in helping inform and raise the level of awareness on planting and growing trees in order to achieve carbon neutrality for the Philippines.   In a seminar prior to the tree planting activity at La Mesa Ecopark, SFFI highlighted that a tree that is three years old and above is expected to sequester about ten (10) kilograms of carbon dioxide per year in its lifespan. With every individual estimated to contribute around one (1) ton of carbon in a lifetime, each person should plant and grow at least one hundred (100) trees to be carbon neutral.   The United Nations Environment Programme defined carbon neutrality as achieving close to zero carbon emissions “by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset.”   In the nationwide tree planting activity spearheaded by the PRC, about 32,000 saplings of different tree species were planted.   During the pledging session led by the Million Trees Foundation Inc. at the Million Trees Nursery Eco Learning Center, the Philippine Government and professional organizations and groups committed to plant 1.7 million more trees this year.   The CNP Convergence, through its National Steering Committee, will augment existing initiatives towards a more robust realization of our carbon emission reduction targets under the 2021 Nationally Determined Contribution.   To know more about the CNP Convergence, follow the social media accounts of the Climate Change Commission, Professional Regulatory Commission, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc.
July 02, 2022 Saturday
MANILA, 28 June 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are set to bring together stakeholders from various transport groups and industry, civil society organizations, national government agencies, and local government units to discuss ways to further mainstream climate-responsive and low-carbon practices in the transport sector.   The ‘Climate and Transport Forum: Sustaining Initiatives for Low Carbon Transport Systems and Services’ will be held in Pasig City. CCC Secretary Robert E.A. Borje and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, Jr. will lead the Forum highlighting the importance of ushering low carbon measures for the transformation of the transport sector.     Dr. Jose Bienvenido Biona of De La Salle University; Mr. Jose Alfonso Maria Cua from United Nations Development Programme Low Carbon Transport Project Team; Mr. Yuri Sarmiento from Electric Vehicle Expansion Enterprises, Inc. and the Federation of Electric Vehicle Operators, Inc.; Mr. Leonardo Bautista from the Office of Transportation Cooperatives, and Mr. Rodne Galicha from Aksyon Klima will share their insights on various subtopics on low-carbon transportation throughout the program.   Based on the 2010 National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, the transport sector is responsible for an estimated 24.17 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e), making it the third-largest emitter sector in the country. These emissions are caused by land transportation (87.88%), water-borne navigation (9.18%), and domestic aviation (2.95%).   This forum supports the Philippine Government’s inclusive approach to policy development which includes avoidance, mobility efficiency, and low-carbon solutions as part of the transition of the transportation industry to a low carbon future.   The Climate and Transport Forum will be held on 29 June 2022 (Wednesday) in Pasig City, and will also be streamed live via Facebook pages of the CCC at www.facebook.com/CCCPhl and the DOTr at www.facebook.com/DOTrPH.   For more information, visit the social media pages of CCC and DOTr.
June 28, 2022 Tuesday
MANILA 22 June 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Climate Reality Project Philippines (TCRP) invite the public to watch the second episode of “Stories for A Better Reality,” this Thursday, 23 June 2022, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live, in time for the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month.   The episode, entitled, “Tayo at ang Natatanging Mundo: Sustainable Actions for the Planet” will underscore the importance of sustainable lifestyles and environmental practices that help protect our #OnlyOneEarth.   This will be streamed live via the Facebook pages of the Climate Change Commission (https://www.facebook.com/CCCPhl) and the Climate Reality Project Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/climaterealityphilippines).   The episode will feature youth leaders and sustainability advocates Mr. Prince Jimdel Ventura, 2021 Climate Ambassador of the Global Youth Climate Network and Youth 4 Sustainable Cities Ambassador; and Ms. Dana Marie Perez, CEO and Founder of Sustainability Hero and Content Creator at Sustainable Living by Dana to share their sustainable strategies to protect our planet.   Climate change and sustainability are interlinked. While sustainability is a broad concept that encompasses different aspects, this is also a form of climate action that can help address the impacts of climate change.   As youth play an important role in addressing climate change, they must be at the forefront in developing models and best practices for a sustainable future.   The upcoming episode endeavors to encourage more young people to be advocates for climate action through storytelling that breaks down the complexities of climate change issues.   “Stories for A Better Reality” seeks to tackle climate issues, promote initiatives and solutions, and inform policy and action by framing the discussion from the perspective of the youth.   NPTE Member Dr. Maria Angela Zafra will also join us for the #ExpertsExplain to give sustainability tips addressing climate change. This will be followed by a response from Assistant Director Diane Gail Maharjan of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).   This monthly webcast series is organized in partnership between the Climate Change Commission and the Climate Reality Project Philippines, with support from the Department of Education, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Kids for Kids, and Wavefarers.
June 22, 2022 Wednesday
BONN, GERMANY, 19 June 2022 — In its strongest statement yet, the Philippines scored the inaction and “delaying tactics” of several key nations that held back results-oriented work of the United Nations for the mandated global climate change agenda, particularly for developing and vulnerable nations.   At the closing plenary of the 56th Session of Subsidiary Bodies (SB56) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, Climate Change Commission (CCC) Secretary Robert Borje pointed out that key issues, including financing for climate loss and damage and improved modalities to access technology and build capacities, did not gain further traction despite previous pronouncements of commitments by parties to the UNFCCC.      Secretary Borje likewise expressed serious concerns over the impact of inaction on global trust in the work on climate change.       “While key stakeholders engage in dismaying delaying tactics disguised as discussions, we are undermining global trust in multilateralism and eroding the confidence of our people and the youth in the work that we do,” stressed Secretary Borje.   SB56 was envisioned to conclude with decision points ready for adoption and implementation in the next session of the Conference of Parties (COP) particularly on financial support to address, avert and minimize climate loss and damages to developing and vulnerable nations.   “The Philippines calls for concrete results from our engagements. We must be open, transparent and accountable to this process, ramp up not just plans and processes but adaptation and mitigation actions – up to the smallest unit of governance,” underscored Secretary Borje.   Emphasizing the need for climate justice, Secretary Borje said, “We cannot fail our world. Climate justice demands this from all of us. For those who are most responsible for climate change, you have to do more.”   Secretary Borje highlighted the importance of giving space “not just for loss and damage dialogue but action” and urged the meeting to “unlock climate finance” for the developing world and developing nations.   In separate statements, members and subgroups of the G77 & China Group namely the African Group of Nations (AGN), Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Least Developed Countries (LDC), Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDC), Independent Alliance of Latin American and the Caribbean (AILAC), Brazil-South Africa-India-China (BASIC), Argentina-Brazil-Uruguay (ABU), Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), the Arab Group, Coalition for Rainforest Nations, and Parties including Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Ghana, Türkiye, Marshall Islands, Nepal, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Panama and Timor Leste, expressed “concern,” “frustration” and “disappointment” over developments at the SB56.   With challenges faced by Parties and non-party stakeholders during SB56, Secretary Borje stressed that the demonstrated commitment of the global community to the multilateral process is critical.   “While we encountered challenges in SB56, the Philippines remains committed to engage all Parties and non-party stakeholders,” said Secretary Borje. “For us, this multilateral process is crucial to draw in all stakeholders together toward actions that deliver results.”   He also underscored that the principle of climate justice must move the world to achieve results, urging nations and the international community to anchor their work and actions on climate justice in the lead up to the 27th Session of the COP to the UNFCCC (COP27).   “As we prepare for COP27, we need to ensure that it becomes an energized platform for implementation—as COP27 is aptly described,” said Secretary Borje.   COP27 will be held on 6-18 November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. This year’s theme is “Together for Implementation: Uniting the World to Tackle Climate Change”.   “Before we leave these halls, Excellencies, let us recommit ourselves to a COP27 that must be the legacy of decisive action by the global community, a defining moment for much-needed human leadership,” Secretary Borje concluded.    Secretary Borje headed the Philippine Delegation to SB56, with National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Mercedita Sombilla as Deputy Head of Delegation.   Comprising the onsite Philippine delegation to SB56 are key officials and representatives from CCC, NEDA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Department of Science and Technology.    Watch the full speech of Secretary Borje through this link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=721533739131877.
June 19, 2022 Sunday
BONN, GERMANY, 18 June 2022 – The Philippines stressed anew the need for urgent “actions with results” towards a more effective and efficient global strategy to address climate change.   Delivering the Philippines’ National Statement at the opening of the 56th Session of Subsidiary Bodies on Climate Change (SB56), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Mercedita Sombilla underlined that the entire international community needs to “transform theories and rhetoric into practical and pragmatic solutions applicable to the smallest, isolated, and disadvantaged communities to achieve holistic and sustainable development.”   Undersecretary Sombilla further emphasized that what is needed for developing and vulnerable nations are “actions with results” particularly loss and damages, climate finance, capacity development and technology transfer and development.   Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert Borje said this results-oriented approach and demand is critical for developing and climate change vulnerable countries, and is “firmly anchored on the principle of climate justice.”   “To give our people the environment we deserve, we – the global community - need to do more—for the least responsible for climate change, those with the least resources, and those who are most vulnerable and at risk,” said Secretary Borje. “Conversely, for those most responsible for climate change, with the most resources, you – the developed and industrialized countries need to do more. This is climate justice,” explained Secretary Borje.   “SB56 determines the road ahead and the pace with which the international community takes towards addressing climate change and enhancing climate resiliency. The agenda and the results expected must, therefore, be clear,” added Secretary Borje.   The National Statement at SB56 further amplified the call for greater sense of urgency by the Philippines during the Stockholm+50 International Meeting held on 2-3 June 2022 in Sweden and the Dushanbe Water Process Conference held on 6-9 June in Tajikistan where Secretary Borje also expressed the need to push the work and results-oriented climate agenda as “existential threats leave the Philippines and the developing world very vulnerable and at greater risk.”   SB56 is the lead up to the 27th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is scheduled on 6-18 November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. On the road to COP27, the Philippines is working on immediate and substantial progress on the Global Goal on Adaptation and National Adaptation Plans, the Glasgow-Sharm El-Sheikh Work Program, on addressing and financing loss and damage, and accessing climate finance and other means of implementation for developing and most vulnerable countries.   The Philippine delegation to SB56 comprises 17 key officials and representatives from CCC, NEDA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Department of Science and Technology.   For updates on the participation of the Philippines to SB 56, follow the social media accounts of the CCC at /CCCPhl.
June 18, 2022 Saturday
LOOK: Secretary Robert Borje of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) met with Tajikistan Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Hon. Juma Daler Shofaqir, at the sidelines of the Dushanbe Water Process in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. From the 4th Asia Pacific Water Summit held in Kumamoto City Japan, the two officials advanced the discussion on water and energy resources management and climate-resilient infrastructure. Both explored opportunities to accelerate sustainable solutions to interlinking world challenges, including water and climate change, which may be adopted by the developing world. The Philippines and Tajikistan look forward to strengthening partnership and collaboration in pushing the agenda on water resources, amidst worsening climate challenges. The Dushanbe Water Conference was held on 6-9 June 2022 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte designated Secretary Borje as the Head of Delegation and the President’s personal representative to the Conference.
June 17, 2022 Friday
LOOK: Secretary Robert E.A. Borje of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) met with the Rector of Tajikistan Agrarian University, Mr. Mahmadyorzoda Usmon Mamur, at the Dushanbe Water Process Conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Secretary Borje and Mr. Mamur highlighted the role of academic institutions in strengthening national capacities to deliver climate action with results, such as defining inclusive approaches on water and agriculture, among other sectors and ecosystems. The Dushanbe Water Conference was held on 6-9 June 2022 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte designated Secretary Borje as the Head of Delegation and the President’s personal representative to the Conference.
June 17, 2022 Friday