Every March 22, we raise the profile of water in the global agenda, challenging us to spur action on ensuring the safety and sufficiency of freshwater and sanitation for all. This year's World Water Day is about tackling the water crisis and the reasons why so many people are being left behind. Safe water and sanitation are both necessary for societies to achieve resiliency and sustainability. To echo the statement of the United Nations Water, water is the primary medium through which we will feel the effects of climate change. Water availability is becoming less predictable in many places, and increased incidences of flooding threaten water sources and sanitation facilities. Population growth, rapid urbanization, and climate change have aggravated the already strained water resources. On this day, we rise to the challenge of Leaving No One Behind, the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The theme highlights the importance of advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources and advancing initiatives aligned with the goal of the Paris Agreement of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 °C. As stated in the IPCC Special Report, limiting global warming to 1.5°C is projected to lower the impacts on terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems, and will retain more of their services to humanity. Pursuing this Paris goal also reduces the proportion of the world population exposed to climate change-induced·water scarcity by up to 50%. With this, the Climate Change Commission calls on government agencies, stakeholders, development partners and individuals to go beyond raising awareness and to make a remarkable difference in our communities and our planet through collective climate actions. SECRETARY EMMANUEL M. DE GUZMAN Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Climate Change Commission
On March 21, the world observes the International Day of Forests with the theme, “Forests and Education.” The observance seeks to raise awareness on how sustainably managed forests provide a wide array of contributions to building a climate-resilient human society and a sustainable future for all. Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world. According to the United Nations, around 1.6 billion people including 2,000 indigenous cultures depend on forests for their livelihood. On this momentous day, we, in the Climate Change Commission, encourage all national and local government officials, stakeholders, and development partners to double their efforts and to raise awareness on the importance of sustainably managed forests. With strong leadership, sense of urgency, and true commitment to a decisive multilateral response, we could save our deteriorating forests. We should recognize that maintaining the pristine state of our forests and its multiple economic and environmental values is crucial in attaining climate resiliency and sustainable development. Now more than ever, enhancing understanding and awareness on the importance of forests through education defines the future of the people and the planet. May this celebration inspire us to take a more active role in our collective mission of advancing education on protecting and preserving our forests towards achieving a climate-resilient Philippines. SECRETARY EMMANUEL M. DE GUZMAN Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Climate Change Commission
On March 21, 2019, delegates from Bhutan, Mongolia, Philippines, and Vietnam signed a Declaration on South-South Cooperation to access climate finance, particularly the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and to combat climate change. The declaration was signed during the South-South Learning Exchange towards Accessing the GCF, which was organized by the Climate Change Commission (CCC), through the GCF Readiness Programme and in partnership with the Resources, Environment and Economics Center for Studies (REECS), held in Quezon City on March 20-21. “Through this declaration, we express our commitment to address climate change and pursue green growth by sharing knowledge and best practices among fellow climate-vulnerable countries, and as one, to call for increased project and programme development support from the GCF for adaptation and mitigation priorities of our communities,” said Climate Change Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera. Read the declaration in full.
Climate Change Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera said that shifting investments towards low carbon development is an opportunity for growth that is already encouraged by our laws and national plans. Herrera made the statement in her keynote speech at the Shifting Financial Flows to Invest in Low Carbon Development in Energy in Eastern Visayas, held in Tacloban and organized by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission (CCC), Visayas State University’s Strategic Research and Development Studies, and Action for Economic Reforms. “The Philippines should exercise leadership by not further contributing to global warming and this climate crisis. Shifting towards low carbon development is not detrimental to our economy, but in fact, an opportunity for growth to those willing to take it,” Herrera said. Herrera mentioned that an estimated $4.12 billion is required to carry out the low carbon development initiatives under the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) in the areas of green technology innovations, energy efficient technologies, climate-smart infrastructures and designs, and green urban transport systems. She also cited laws that already encourage low carbon development, such as the Green Jobs Act of 2016, which supports the transformation of sectors through the creation of green jobs and just transition towards a green economy; and the Renewable Energy Law of 2008, which advances the development and use of renewable energy in the country. Herrera also commended the Eastern Visayas as a region whose energy mix has significant contribution from geothermal and a growing share from solar energy, as well as the recent declaration of Negros Occidental as a source of clean and renewable energy and a coal-free province. “Let us use these good practices as a stepping stone in creating small island RE grids and in diversifying our energy mix even more by replacing fossil and coal with cleaner energy technologies,” Herrera said. Herrera also assured that the Climate Change Commission, as the lead agency for the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) process and as the National Designated Authority (NDA) to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), will further enable the transition towards a low carbon economy, but noted that the help from all sectors will be crucial to its success. “Your government cannot enable this shift alone. As we put in place the right conditions to attract domestic and foreign low carbon investments, our financial institutions and private banks must sustain and escalate this green growth to reach new heights,” Herrera concluded. For reference: Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera's Keynote Speech
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (21 February 2019) – Employees of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) participated in the “duck, cover and hold” exercise on Thursday afternoon (February 21, 2019) for the first quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill. The simultaneous earthquake drill was initiated by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to raise awareness on what to do and what to avoid during and after an earthquake to prevent injury and eventualities as well as to test the response plans of agencies should an earthquake occur. Led by CCC Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman, all employees were also instructed to move out of the building upon hearing the siren, which lasted for about 30 seconds. They moved at the nearest exit in an orderly manner and gathered in a safe area for evacuation and head count. CCC Secretary De Guzman said that through this exercise, it would further strengthen disaster preparedness through public participation to minimize risks during an earthquake.
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