Second of two parts
(Presentation delivered at Our City 2030: Youth Visions and Solutions, a youth forum co-organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines and Plan International Philippines.)
Climate Change Commission in action
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) has been a visionary and bold leader in climate risk governance. Undoubtedly, it can even be bolder if it asserts its authority and mandate under the law. It can even be stronger as a science-based agency if its panel of experts will be fully engaged in the delivery of its work.
The CCC has led the framing and drawing of the national plan for climate action, which it is now updating and complementing with our Nationality Determined Contributions (NDC). The body has worked hard to breathe life to the law that created it as well as the amendatory law that created and lodged the People’s Survival Fund in the commission.
It has also led in exploring new ways of thinking and doing in order to build the capacity and the climate resilience of our local communities. It has been piloting in the countryside a number of innovative and transformative ideas in their unrelenting search for sustainable solutions to the persistent problem of risk.
As early as 2015, it conceived the idea of the Philippine Climate Change Resilience Center, the South-South Center of Excellence for Climate Information Services. It continues to pursue this exciting idea.
And with the adoption of the various global frameworks of action in the same year, the CCC, pursuant to its mandate, initiated the convergence of key agencies and stakeholders to rollout the Communities for Resilience (CORE) initiative that has endeavored to set standards and systems for capacity building, risk financing, and education on climate change.
The CCC has been working closely with key government agencies and development partners in adopting standard modules for promulgating concepts and methodologies for risk assessment, greenhouse gases inventory, enhancing local plans with ecosystems-based adaptation and mitigation framework, to be quality assured against a set of standards soon to be adopted jointly with the Department of the Interior and Local Government. These are among the dozen standard CORE modules it continues to develop.
And for the delivery of trainings to the local government units, the CCC has been engaging with the academe, with higher education institutions, as implementing partners.
Just last week, the CCC relaunched its CORE Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan Training in Region 8, the ground zero for super typhoon “Yolanda,” to further strengthen its resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change. This endeavor paved way for the signing of the CORE Resolve.
Local chief executives in the Yolanda corridor resolved to strengthen cooperation between and among the national and local governments and the science and academic community on mainstreaming climate change adaptation and mitigation in local development planning.
They also pledged to promote community-led climate change adaptation practices through peer-to-peer learning exchanges to accelerate and scale up climate resilience-building efforts at the local community level throughout the country.
In line with the ask of the Republic Act 9729, the local chief executives also vowed to enhance their Local Climate Change Action Plans to become science-based and risk-informed, more responsive to the prevailing and emerging needs of our local communities for climate change adaptation and mitigation, relevant to the pursuit of climate-resilient and low carbon investments.
The CCC is also in constant interaction with finance and banking institutions and professionals on risk insurance, risk transfer and mobilizing climate finance.
The CCC has been advocating and articulating convergence, linking and integrating the post-2015 global frameworks way ahead of anyone else in the country as well as in the international community.
As the country’s climate policy landscape continues to change, the CCC is always quick to rise to the challenge — such is the case with the implementation of Green Jobs Law, the social preparation and sectoral action planning for the NDC, the alignment of our national plans with the 1.5 degrees Celsius climate goal, and many other revolutionary work for transforming our industries and sectors in this era of climate change and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The CCC has done so much, but much remains to be done.
Ladies and gentlemen, in closing, allow me to affirm the importance of this forum and its theme.
As youth leaders emerge in these trying times, “solution revolution” should inspire our young people in heeding the global clamor for action in this era of climate change.
To all our youth present here today, we fervently hope that you will join and help the CCC in making a difference sooner than later in strengthening the climate resilience of our communities.
All these policies and capacity building initiatives I have mentioned will be nothing without your full support and cooperation.
Do know that I am excited to hear you and learn from you? Through this event, may we renew and strengthen our collective resolve to act and to foster more meaningful convergence like this among all sectors for a safer, greener and more secure future for the Filipino nation.
Thank you and Mabuhay.”
The author is the executive director of the Young Environmental Forum. He completed his climate change and development course at the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom) and executive program on sustainability leadership at Yale University (the United States). He will be one of the speakers for the annual student leadership training for Sultan Kudarat State University on September 8 and the Philippine Association of Campus Student Advisers National Capital Region (Metro Manila) Mid-Year Convention on September 14. He can be emailed at [email protected]