The GCF Readiness Programme is an ongoing support program for the Philippines to access the GCF. It is funded by the German government and is implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UN Environment Program (UNEP) as development partners.
The GCFRP has supported various activities to capacitate the Climate Change Commission as NDA and to institutionalize the GCF processes including the development of a Country Programme and to support the accreditation of Philippine DAEs, preparation of a public-private partnership (PPP) modality to implement climate adaptation and mitigation, and formulation of the No-Objection procedure for submission of concept notes and project proposals to the GCF Board.
The Country Programme (2019-2022) is a living document that presents the country’s climate change priorities with the GCF, including a pipeline of projects and programs that the country would like to develop and submit to the GCF. It provides an action plan that details how projects and programs are to be developed, the type of entity to partner with, and the readiness and project preparation support required.
After a series of multi-stakeholder consultations to build and prioritize an mitigation and adaptation portfolio, the Philippine Country Programme is now being reviewed by members of the National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) of the CCC, before endorsement to the Commissioners for approval.
A Screening and Evaluation Tool (SET) is used to evaluate and identify a climate change-focused project pipeline in the country and review Concept Notes and Funding Proposals for GCF; it corresponds with the six investment criteria of the GCF. It was approved for adoption by the National Steering Committee (NSC), created through Special Administrative Order of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in its capacity as the former NDA to the GCF on 01 February 2018.
One of the key roles and functions of an NDA is to implement a No-Objection Procedure (NOP) on Funding Proposals submitted to the GCF, to ensure consistency with national climate change plans and priorities. A no-objection from the NDAimplies that:
The government has no-objection to the funding proposal;
The submitted funding proposal is in conformity with the country’s national priorities, strategies and plans; and
The submitted funding proposal is in conformity with relevant national laws and regulations and is in accordance with the GCF’s environmental and social safeguards.