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Philippine Daily Inquirer: Groups slam ‘lack of green’ in dev’t plan

Groups slam ‘lack of green’ in dev’t plan

By Riza T. Olchondra Philippine Daily Inquirer

First Posted 19:43:00 03/30/2011

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Groups belonging to the so-called Caucus to Green the MTPDP [Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan] have criticized the recently approved plan for 2011 to 2016, saying that members’ inputs were “mysteriously omitted.”

MANILA,Philippines—Groups belonging to the so-called Caucus to Green the MTPDP [Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan] have criticized the recently approved plan for 2011 to 2016, saying that members’ inputs were “mysteriously omitted.”

Led by the private think tank La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga), the Caucus to Green the MTPDP apparently presented inputs in the following areas: (1) food self-sufficiency based on sustainable, ecological and organic agriculture; (2) disaster risk reduction and management; (3) improved ecosystem, soil and water management; and (4) sustainable, off-grid, decentralized, community-based, efficient and new renewable energy systems.

These inputs were noticeably absent in the MTPDP that was approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) board, La Liga environment campaigner Jonathan Ronquillo said in a statement.

“We were particularly distressed that the proposal for a ‘Green Audit’ that will allow for a continuing review and adjustment of the country’s development plan in terms of its consistency with environment sustainability was also omitted,” Ronquillo said.

The provision for a “Green Audit” originally formed part of the draft chapter on environment and natural resources. It was, however, unilaterally excluded in the final draft of the MTPDP, Ronquillo said.

Ronquillo said that disaster risk reduction, mitigation and recovery projects were also delisted from the Investment Priorities Plan for 2011 based on short economic returns.

“We have implored President Aquino’s administration time and again not to relent in pursuing conservation, protection and rehabilitation of our environment and natural resources as it is the best socioeconomic safety net for our largely ecologically dependent and highly vulnerable communities,” he said.

According to Ronquillo, in its relentless pursuit of growth, the previous administration failed to recognize the already overstretched carrying capacity of the environment and natural resources.

“More than anything, the previous MTPDP failed to consider that the environment is the social security system of the poor, and without environment sustainability, millions of Filipinos would be denied the opportunity for sustainable growth,” he said.

Ronquillo said that because of environmentally unsustainable growth strategies, poverty has not been curbed, food security has not been achieved and the country’s vulnerability to climate change has increased.

Clearly, the last decade was a lost decade for environment sustainability and sustainable development and more could have been done toward this end.

“This is the challenge that President Aquino’s MTPDP should address,” Ronquillo said.

The Caucus to Green the MTPDP includes, among others, Action for Economic Reforms, World Wildlife FundPhilippinesand Zero Waste Recycling Movement of thePhilippines, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Haribon Foundation, EcoWaste Coalition, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, Movement for the Advancement of Sustainable Agriculture, Partnership for Clean Air, and Earthday Network Philippines.

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The Daily Tribune: MTPDP omitted provisions on ecological protection

MTPDP omitted provisions on ecological protection

By Ayen Infante

03/31/2011

Environmental groups assailed the recently approved Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for 2011-2016 released by the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) the other day for supposedly lacking provisions to concretize President Aquino’s social contract with the Filipino people.

At a press briefing held inQuezon City, groups belonging to the Caucus to Green the MTPDP expressed apprehension that the key inputs by citizens’ groups to “Green the MTPDP” were omitted.

Led by the private think tank La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga) they said citizens’ groups inputs in the areas of food self-sufficiency based on sustainable, ecological and organic agriculture, disaster risk reduction and management, improved ecosystem, soil and water management, and sustainable, off grid, decentralized, community based, efficient and new renewable energy systems were noticeably absent in the MTPDP that was approved by the Neda Board.

“We were particularly distressed that the proposal for a ‘Green Audit’ that will allow a continuing review and adjustment of the country’s development plan in terms of its consistency with environment sustainability was also omitted,” Jonathan Ronquillo, environment campaigner of La Liga, stressed.

The provision for a “Green Audit” originally formed part of the draft Chapter on Environment and Natural Resources. It was, however, unilaterally excluded in the final draft MTPDP, Ronquillo stressed.

Worse, Ronquillo said that disaster risk reduction, mitigation and recovery projects, were also delisted from the Investment Priorities Plan for 2011 based on short economic returns.

“It seems that our pleas for President Aquino to lead the path toward ‘greening’ the MTPDP, to break free from the failed development track of the previous administration, was not considered, or worse, ignored,” he said.

“We have implored the Aquino administration time and again not to relent in pursuing conservation, protection and rehabilitation of our environment and natural resources as it is the best socio-economic safety net for our largely ecologically-dependent and highly vulnerable communities.

According to Ronquillo, in its relentless pursuit of growth, the previous administration failed to recognize the already over-stretched carrying capacity of the environment and natural resources.

“More than anything, the previous MTPDP failed to consider that the environment is the social security system of the poor, and without environment sustainability, millions of Filipinos would be denied the opportunity for sustainable growth,” he lamented.

He said because of this, poverty has not been curbed, food security has not been achieved, and our national vulnerability to climate change has increased. Clearly, the last decade was a lost decade for environment sustainability and sustainable development and more could have been done towards this end. This is the challenge that President Aquino’s MTPDP should address, the groups added.

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NEDA-approved development plan lack principle of sustainability, reforms – groups

GREEN groups belonging to the Caucus to Green the MTPDP expressed alarm that the recently approved Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for 2011-2016 by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) lacks the principles of sustainability and reforms to concretize President Aquino’s Social Contract with the Filipino People.

At a press briefing held in Quezon City a day after the approval of the MTPDP, the Caucus to Green the MTPDP expressed apprehension that the key inputs by citizens’ groups to ‘Green the MTPDP’ were mysteriously omitted.

Led by the private think tank La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga) they said citizens’ groups inputs in (1) the areas of food self sufficiency based on sustainable, ecological and organic agriculture, (2) disaster risk reduction and management, (3) improved ecosystem, soil and water management, and (4) sustainable, off grid, decentralized, community based, efficient and new renewable energy systems were noticeably absent in the MTPDP that was approved by the NEDA Board.

“We were particularly distressed that the proposal for a “Green Audit” that will allow for a continuing review and adjustment of the country’s development plan in terms of its consistency with environment sustainability was also omitted,” Jonathan Ronquillo, environment campaigner of La Liga stressed.

The provision for a “Green Audit” originally formed part of the draft Chapter on Environment and Natural Resources.  It was, however, unilaterally excluded in the final draft MTPDP, Ronquillo stressed.

Worse, Ronquillo said that disaster risk reduction, mitigation and recovery projects, were also delisted from the Investment Priorities Plan for 2011 based on short economic returns.

“It seems that our pleas for Pres. Aquino to lead the path towards “greening” the MTPDP, to break free from the failed development track of the previous administration, was not considered, or worst, ignored,” he said.

“We have implored President Aquino’s administration time and again not to relent in pursuing conservation, protection and rehabilitation of our environment and natural resources as it is the best socio-economic safety net for our largely ecologically-dependent and highly vulnerable communities.

According to Ronquillo, in its relentless pursuit of growth, the previous administration failed to recognize the already over-stretched carrying capacity of the environment and natural resources.

“More than anything, the previous MTPDP failed to consider that the environment is the social security system of the poor, and without environment sustainability, millions of Filipinos would be denied the opportunity for sustainable growth,” he lamented.

He said: Because of this, poverty has not been curbed, food security has not been achieved, and our national vulnerability to climate change has increased. Clearly, the last decade was a lost decade for environment sustainability and sustainable development and more could have been done towards this end. This is the challenge that President Aquino’s MTPDP should address.

Knowing fully that this situation must be reversed, we, the Caucus to Green the MTPDP ask the government: Where are the principles of sustainability and reforms in the 2011-2016 MTPDP?”

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 The “Caucus to Green the MTPDP” includes Action for Economic Reforms (AER), Alternative Budget Initiative-Environment Cluster (ABI-ENVI), Angkan ng Mandirigma UP Diliman Chapter, Asia Intercontinental Networks of Organic Farmers, Batas Tomasino, UST, Bluewater Consultancy, Convergence for Community-Centered Area Development, Earthday Network Phils., EcoWaste Coalition, Education for Life Foundation (ELF), Go Organic! Phils., Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Haribon Foundation, Haribon Foundation, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), Institute for Philippine Cooperative and Social Enterprise Development (IPCSED),Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organizations (INOFO Philippines), Interface Development Interventions, Inc (IDIS) of Davao, Mindanao, KAAKBAY, Movement for the Advancement of Sustainable Agriculture (MASA), One Organic Movement (OOM), Partido Kalikasan (PK), Partnership for Clean Air, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), RESILIENCE, Nurturing Disaster Ready Cities and Communities, Rice Watch and Action Network (RWAN), Saganang Buhay sa Liga ng Bayan Foundation, Inc., Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society, Inc. (SSMESI), Sibol ng Agham at Technolohiya, Inc. (SIBAT), Sierra Tourism Consultancy, Social Watch Philippines (SWP), World Wildlife Fund Philippines and Zero Waste Recycling Movement of the Philippines.

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Statement of the Caucus to Green the MTPDP on the approval of the 2011-2016 Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP)

Where are the Principles of Sustainability and Reforms in the 2011-2016 MTPDP that was recently “approved in principle” by President Aquino?

Statement of the Caucus to Green the MTPDP on the approval of the 2011-2016 Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP)

March 30, 2011

The crafting of the new MTPDP under President Aquino’s leadership provided renewed interest from a broad range of citizen’s groups and other stakeholders such as the Caucus to Green the MTPDP to meaningfully participate in both formal and parallel processes with the aim of pursuing and concretizing reforms contained in the President’s Social Contract with the Filipino People.

We are concerned over the ever-increasing vulnerability of our country to climate change and disasters even as we are already experiencing its ill effects.  Any plan for the country’s growth and development will unfortunately be an exercise in futility IF it does not integrate concerted, extraordinary and urgent actions on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and on our strategic transformation to a low-carbon economy. This is the reason why in all the processes, we have insisted on the need to “green” the MTPDP, to make the MTPDP climate change responsive.

We express apprehension that in the recently approved 2011-2016 MTPDP, key inputs of citizen’s groups were noticeably absent, particularly in the following arenas:  a) food self sufficiency based on sustainable, ecological and organic agriculture; b) disaster risk reduction & management; c) improved ecosystem, soil and water management; and, d) sustainable, off grid, decentralized, community based, efficient and new renewable energy systems.

We are particularly distressed that the proposal for a “Green Audit” allowing for a continuing review and adjustment of the country’s development plan in terms of its consistency with environment sustainability that originally formed part of the draft Chapter on Environment and Natural Resources were unilaterally excluded in the final MTPDP.

We are alarmed that disaster risk reduction, mitigation and recovery projects were delisted from the Investment Priorities Plan for 2011 based on short economic returns.

We have humbly urged President Aquino to lead the path towards “greening” the MTPDP, to break free from the failed development track of the previous administration.

We have implored the government time and again not to relent in pursuing conservation, protection and rehabilitation of our environment and natural resources as it is the best socio-economic safety net for our largely ecologically-dependent and highly vulnerable communities.

Looking at the situation we face today, it is apparent that the previous MTPDP did not go far enough. In its relentless pursuit of growth, it failed to recognize the already over stretched carrying capacity of our environment and natural resources.  More than anything, it failed to consider that the environment is the social security system of the poor, and without environment sustainability, millions of Filipinos would be denied the opportunity for sustainable growth.

As a result, poverty has not been curbed, food security has not been achieved, and our national vulnerability to climate change has increased. Clearly, the last decade was a lost decade for environment sustainability and sustainable development and more could have been done towards this end.

Knowing fully that this situation must be reversed, we, the Caucus to Green the MTPDP ask the government, Where are the Principles of Sustainability and Reforms in the 2011-2016 MTPDP?

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 The “Caucus to Green the MTPDP” includes Action for Economic Reforms (AER), Alternative Budget Initiative-Environment Cluster (ABI-ENVI), Angkan ng Mandirigma UP Diliman Chapter, Asia Intercontinental Networks of Organic Farmers, Batas Tomasino, UST, Bluewater Consultancy, Convergence for Community-Centered Area Development, Earthday Network Phils., EcoWaste Coalition, Education for Life Foundation (ELF), Go Organic! Phils., Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Haribon Foundation, Haribon Foundation, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), Institute for Philippine Cooperative and Social Enterprise Development (IPCSED),Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organizations (INOFO Philippines), Interface Development Interventions, Inc (IDIS) of Davao, Mindanao, KAAKBAY, Movement for the Advancement of Sustainable Agriculture (MASA), One Organic Movement (OOM), Partido Kalikasan (PK), Partnership for Clean Air, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), RESILIENCE, Nurturing Disaster Ready Cities and Communities, Rice Watch and Action Network (RWAN), Saganang Buhay sa Liga ng Bayan Foundation, Inc., Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society, Inc. (SSMESI), Sibol ng Agham at Technolohiya, Inc. (SIBAT), Sierra Tourism Consultancy, Social Watch Philippines (SWP), World Wildlife Fund Philippines and Zero Waste Recycling Movement of the Philippines.

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Green groups demand for ‘green audit’, inclusion in MTPDP 2011-2016

ENVIRONMENTAL groups belonging to the Caucus to Green the MTPDP expressed serious concern over the removal of the “green audit” provision in the latest draft chapter on Environment and Natural Resources of the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for 2011-2016.

Led by the nongovernment organization La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga), the group wants the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to reconsider its unilateral decision to omit the provision for a “Green Audit” in Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s MTPDP, saying such may again lead to another lost decade for environment sustainability suffered by the country during the previous administration.

The group has been calling for Pres. Aquino to make a clean break from the failed development track of his predecessor, which, among others, disregarded the country’s overstretched carrying capacity that led to a decade of environmental blight.

They said that the continuing degradation of the environment that heightens our vulnerability to disasters adversely affecting the Philippines, make a business-as-usual attitude in national development planning very dangerous for a country already feeling the brunt of climate change.

Jonathan Ronquillo, environment campaigner of La Liga, said the new administration can address the environmental challenges faced by thePhilippineshead-on though the conduct of a “Green Audit”.

Conducting a “Green Audit”, he said, will mainstream conservation, protection and rehabilitation of the environment and natural resources as it will allow for a continuing review and adjustment of the country’s development plan in terms of its consistency with environment sustainability.

The proposal was already included in previous drafts of the MTPDP, as proposed by citizens’ groups engaging the MTPDP processes but the said proposal mysteriously went missing in the latest draft released by NEDA as of last month.

“The conduct of a “green audit” should be institutionalized and be made integral in the MTPDP 2011-2016.  We need to know where we stand as far as the country’s carrying capacity is concerned and we need to know which path our MTPDP will lead us to,” Ronquillo stressed.

Earlier, the Caucus to Green the MTPDP, through a letter, asked Pres. Aquino to issue the necessary directive that will start the “Green Audit” as provided in the Environment Chapter of the MTPDP 2011-2016.

Aside from the “Green Audit” in the Environment Chapter, the members of the Caucus to Green the MTPDP have also recommended that the same be institutionalized in the other chapters of the MTPDP, to ensure that they comply with citizens’ group’s demand to give premium to conservation, protection and rehabilitation efforts.

“Clearly, the last decade was a lost decade for environment sustainability.  Pres. Aquino should lead the path towards “greening” the MTPDP by breaking free from the failed development track of the previous administration,” Ronquillo said.

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The “Caucus to Green the MTPDP” includes Action for Economic Reforms (AER), Alternative Budget Initiative-Environment Cluster (ABI-ENVI), Angkan ng Mandirigma UP Diliman Chapter, Asia Intercontinental Networks of Organic Farmers, Batas Tomasino, UST, Bluewater Consultancy, Convergence for Community-Centered Area Development, Earthday Network Phils., EcoWaste Coalition, Education for Life Foundation (ELF), Go Organic! Phils., Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Haribon Foundation, Haribon Foundation, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), Institute for Philippine Cooperative and Social Enterprise Development (IPCSED),Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organizations (INOFO Philippines), Interface Development Interventions, Inc (IDIS) of Davao, Mindanao, KAAKBAY, Movement for the Advancement of Sustainable Agriculture (MASA), One Organic Movement (OOM), Partido Kalikasan (PK), Partnership for Clean Air, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), RESILIENCE, Nurturing Disaster Ready Cities and Communities, Rice Watch and Action Network (RWAN), Saganang Buhay sa Liga ng Bayan Foundation, Inc., Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society, Inc. (SSMESI), Sibol ng Agham at Technolohiya, Inc. (SIBAT), Sierra Tourism Consultancy, Social Watch Philippines (SWP), World Wildlife Fund Philippines and Zero Waste Recycling Movement of the Philippines.

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Business Mirror: ‘Green’ medium-term development plans, group urges Aquino

‘Green’ medium-term development plans, group urges Aquino

FRIDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2011 JONATHAN L. MAYUGA / CORRESPONDENT

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PRESIDENT Aquino was dared yesterday to “define clearly and reveal” the country’s growth and development “blueprint” for the next five years through a well-crafted Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for 2011-2016.

The challenge was hurled by leaders of citizens groups that included former members of the Cabinet, as well as experts from academe under the “Caucus to Green the MTPDP.”

Led by the private think tank La Liga Policy Institutes, the group wrote the President to express its deep concern that the MTPDP being crafted by the National Economic and Development Authority, would not be able to address the challenges posed by climate change.

The group said the draft “needs improvement” particularly in the areas of food self-sufficiency that should be based on sustainable, ecological and organic agriculture, disaster-risk reduction and management, improved ecosystem, soil and water management, sustainable, off grid, decentralized, community-based, efficient and new renewable-energy systems, expressing concern over the increasing vulnerabilities of the country to climate change.

Plans and programs around these areas, they said, should ensure that growth and poverty-reduction strategies contained in the MTPDP are not just climate change-responsive but sustainable as well. They said there was a need for the Aquino administration to “green the MTPDP,” which integrates concern for the environment in the overall development plans of the government.

They said this would effectively give the country a clear break from the failed development path taken by the previous administration which, they said, disregarded the country’s “carrying capacity” against the backdrop of continuing environmental degradation and the worst impacts of climate change, such as typhoons, floods and even drought.

Among those who signed the letter were former Agrarian Reform secretary Horacio “Boy” Morales, former Tesda director General Edicio G. de la Torre, former Environment secretary Elisea “Bebet” Gozun, former National Treasurer Leonor “Liling” Magtolis-Briones, dean Oscar B. Zamora, UPLB Graduate School; dean Rex Victor O. Cruz of the UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources; dean Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon, UPLB School of Environmental Science; and dean Domingo E. Angeles, UPLB College of Agriculture.

Their call to “Green the MTPDP” was made as the nation commemorates the 25th anniversary of Edsa People Power revolution on February 25. They said Edsa’s promise of a better future was something to look forward to, with the President taking the lead.

They asked the President to issue the necessary directive that would start the “Green Audit” provided under Chapter 9 of the draft MTPDP, which covers the environment and natural resources, allowing for a continuing review and adjustment of the country’s development plan in terms of its consistency with environmental sustainability.

“Any plan for the country’s growth and development will unfortunately be an exercise in futility if it does not integrate concerted, extraordinary and urgent actions on climate-change adaptation and on our strategic transformation to a low-carbon economy. Together we must insist to ‘green’ the MTPDP, to make the MTPDP climate-change responsive,” the letter said.

“Looking at the situation we face today, it is apparent that the previous MTPDP did not go far enough.In its relentless pursuit of growth, it failed to recognize the already overstretched carrying capacity of our environment and natural resources,” they said.

The previous MTPDP, they said, failed to consider that the environment is the social-security system of the poor, and without environment sustainability, millions of Filipinos would be denied the opportunity for sustainable growth.

“As a result, poverty has not been curbed, food security has not been achieved, and our national vulnerability to climate change has increased. Clearly, the last decade was a lost decade for environment sustainability and sustainable development. This situation must be reversed,” they said.

They lauded the President’s logging plan, which they said was an indication that he has the political will to do things. “We hope you do not relent in pursuing conservation, protection and rehabilitation of our environment and natural resources as it is the best socioeconomic safety net for our largely ecologically dependent and highly vulnerable communities,” they said.

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‘Green the MTPDP’ – Aquino asked to ‘break free from failed development track’ of GMA administration

LEADERS of various citizens groups and individuals on Thursday called on Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to clearly “define the directions and the blueprint” for the country’s growth and development in the next five years through a well-crafted Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for 2011-2016.

Groups belonging to the “Caucus to Green the MTPDP” led by the La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga) which now includes former cabinet secretaries and members of the academic community expressed concern over the increasing vulnerability of the country to climate change, thus issuing the resounding call to urgently “green the MTPDP.”

They include former Agrarian Reform Secretary Horacio “Boy” Morales, former TESDA Director General Edicio G. dela Torre, former DENR Secretary Elisea “Bebet” Gozun, former National Treasurer Leonor “Liling” Magtolis-Briones, Dean Oscar B. Zamora, UPLB Graduate School, Dean Rex Victor O. Cruz, UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Dean Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon, UPLB School of Environmental Science, and Dean Domingo E. Angeles, UPLB College of Agriculture.

The call to “Green the MTPDP” was made as the nation commemorates the 25th anniversary of EDSA People Power on February 25, which saw the fall of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos and the rise to power of the country’s first ever woman president, the late Corazon C. Aquino, mother of P’Noy.

“We look forward to the fulfillment of its (Edsa People Power) promise of a better future for all Filipinos. Let us build together, a greener, more sustainable, resilient and climate change readyPhilippines,” they told Aquino.

They also called on Pres. Aquino to issue the necessary directive that would start the “Green Audit” provided under Chapter 9 of the draft MTPDP, which covers the environment and natural resources, allowing for a continuing review and adjustment of the country’s development plan in terms of its consistency with environmental sustainability.

“Any plan for the country’s growth and development will unfortunately be an exercise in futility if it does not integrate concerted, extraordinary and urgent actions on climate change adaptation and on our strategic transformation to a low-carbon economy.  Together we must insist to “green” the MTPDP, to make the MTPDP climate change responsive,” they said in a press statement.

The current MTPDP draft, they said, needs improvement particularly in the areas of food self sufficiency that should be based on sustainable, ecological and organic agriculture, disaster risk reduction and management, improved ecosystem, soil and water management, sustainable, off grid, decentralized, community based, efficient and new renewable energy systems.

Plans and programs around these areas, they said, will ensure that growth and poverty reduction strategies contained in the MTPDP are not just climate change-responsive but sustainable as well.

“Looking at the situation we face today, it is apparent that the previous MTPDP did not go far enough. In its relentless pursuit of growth, it failed to recognize the already over stretched carrying capacity of our environment and natural resources,” they argued.

In fact, they stressed that the previous MTPDP failed to consider that the environment is the social security system of the poor, and without environment sustainability, millions of Filipinos would be denied the opportunity for sustainable growth.

“As a result, poverty has not been curbed, food security has not been achieved, and our national vulnerability to climate change has increased. Clearly, the last decade was a lost decade for environment sustainability and sustainable development.  This situation must be reversed,” they said.

They appealed to Pres. Aquino to lead the path towards “greening” the MTPDP, by breaking free from the failed development track of the previous administration.

They said in recently effecting a national logging ban, Pres. Aquino has exercised political will.

“We hope you do not relent in pursuing conservation, protection and rehabilitation of our environment and natural resources as it is the best socio-economic safety net for our largely ecologically-dependent and highly vulnerable communities,” they said.

The “Caucus to Green the MTPDP” includes Action for Economic Reforms (AER), Alternative Budget Initiative-Environment Cluster (ABI-ENVI), Angkan ng Mandirigma UP Diliman Chapter, Asia Intercontinental Networks of Organic Farmers, Batas Tomasino, UST, Bluewater Consultancy, Convergence for Community-Centered Area Development, Earthday Network Phils., EcoWaste Coalition, Education for Life Foundation (ELF), Go Organic! Phils., Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Haribon Foundation, Haribon Foundation, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), Institute for Philippine Cooperative and Social Enterprise Development (IPCSED), Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organizations (INOFO Philippines), Interface Development Interventions, Inc (IDIS) of Davao, Mindanao, KAAKBAY, Movement for the Advancement of Sustainable Agriculture (MASA), One Organic Movement (OOM), Partido Kalikasan (PK), Partnership for Clean Air, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), RESILIENCE, Nurturing Disaster Ready Cities and Communities, Rice Watch and Action Network (RWAN), Saganang Buhay sa Liga ng Bayan Foundation, Inc., Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society, Inc. (SSMESI), Sibol ng Agham at Technolohiya, Inc. (SIBAT), Sierra Tourism Consultancy, Social Watch Philippines (SWP), World Wildlife Fund Philippines and Zero Waste Recycling Movement of the Philippines.

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Climate change necessitates reform in energy sector to reduce risks, vulnerabilities – La Liga Policy institute

Energy efficiency, or more broadly, energy sector reform is necessary considering the risks and vulnerabilities the country face because of climate change, Roland Cabigas, managing director of the La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga) said.

The challenge was issued by Cabigas during an energy forum called “Addressing Climate Change through Energy Efficiency Investments” jointly organized by the British Embassy in Manila, the local government of Makati in partnership La Liga at the Makati City Hall last week.

Stakeholders in the energy sector, particularly the government and the private sector that invests in it should rethink how energy should be viewed in relation to national development, Cabigas said

During the forum, experts talked about the profitability of energy efficiency investments for big businesses in thePhilippines, the issue of fossil fuel subsidies in Southeast Asia, including thePhilippines, the energy efficiency initiatives that are good for local government units (LGUs) and the benefits from sustainable construction.

La Liga, a development policy research and advocacy nongovernment organization, is pushing for public financing of green, renewable energy as part of its budget advocacy.

Cabigas said the forum came at a critical time, with the Aquino administration currently in the process of formulating its MTPDP.

The development path of the country for the next six years, he said, will be defined in the MTPDP, the main policy document being crafted by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA.

“Contentious issues in the country’s energy plan in support of the country’s development path that shall be defined in the MTPDP.  On one hand, opportunities for investments in the energy sector may be clearly cutout. On the other hand, various stakeholders including citizens’ groups, businesses as well as local government units are expressing concern, not just on whether energy security will be achieved but also on the sources for the country’s energy mix,” he explained.

He asked: “Will the country’s energy mix take on a business-as-usual route? Or will the MTPDP process pave the way for a more climate-sensitive and climate-resilient approach for the energy sector?”

According to Cabigas, various studies such as those presented during the forum as well as the ensuing discussions can contribute to the continuing discourse on energy and energy efficiency with the view of providing broad perspectives.

He stressed that after the MTPDP process, the MTPIP or the financing part of the country’s medium term development plan comes next.

“Equal vigilance and participation must be given to this process, considering that this will chart the investment and financing twin of the MTPDP,” he said.

“Energy efficiency or more broadly, energy sector reform is necessary considering the risks and vulnerabilities that the country faces amidst the climate crisis. Clearly, a rethinking of how we view energy in relation to national development is an imperative. This, to my mind is the challenge we must all face,” he said.

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Manila Bulletin: Bid to intensify organic farming draws support

Bid to intensify organic farming draws support

By MARVYN N. BENANING

January 25, 2011, 6:19pm

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MANILA,Philippines— Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala’s bid to promote organic farming nationwide has drawn support from Go Organic!Philippines.

Go Organic!Philippinesis comprised of environmental defenders and farmers who have been promoting the use of natural materials for fertilizer, like bokashi, farm waste and manure, as substitute for petroleum-based agricultural inputs.

Roland Cabigas, Go Organic! convenor, said his group is supporting Alcala’s campaign. They said they are likewise calling for the incorporation of sustainable, organic and ecological agriculture in the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for 2011-2016 as part of the government’s over-all anti-poverty strategy.

Cabigas said President Aquino himself should take the lead in pushing for the adoption of a sustainable, organic and ecological agriculture as a climate change action strategy in view of the unfavorable weather conditions triggered by climate change, such as La Nina, which causes massive landslides and severe flooding, and El Niño, which causes agricultural drought.

La Niña has been battering the country with severe rains since October.

On the other hand, El Niño has been tagged as the culprit behind the long dry spell that had gripped the country for nine months before being replaced by La Niña.

Both climactic aberrations would affect the country’s food production output and threaten to wreak havoc on the food security targets of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Cabigas said sustainable, organic and ecological agriculture promotes broad-based growth through food and nutrition security and increases farmers’ incomes.

He said it is also part of the strategy against climate change since organic farming reduces carbon emissions and blunts the impact of both La Niña and El Niño.

“It also addresses our vulnerability to climate change. Hence, it creates an improved policy environment coupled with investment priority for sustainable, organic and ecological agriculture. By supporting it, organic farming can actually be one of President Aquino’s legacies,” Cabigas said.

Together with its partner non-government organizations and people’s organizations under the “Caucus to Green the MTPDP,” La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga) also crafted a paper containing some recommendations to Alcala.

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The Manila Times: Citizens’ groups urge Aquino: Green the MTPDP!

Citizens’ groups urge Aquino: Green the MTPDP!

Sunday, 19 December 2010 00:00

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CITIZENS groups called on President Benigno Aquino 3rd to integrate environmental sustainability, climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction plans in the overall anti-poverty program of his administration. The “Caucus to Green the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan [MTPDP]” initiated by the La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga) issued the call during a press conference in Quezon City on Friday, saying that President Aquino could actually make Christmas truly happy for the Filipinos not only this year, but for the next five years, by “greening” the MTPDP. The Caucus to Green the MTPDP includes the following individuals and organizations: Lawyer Elpidio Peria, lawyer Jun Quicho, Alternative Budget Initiative-Environment Cluster (ABI-ENVI), Education for Life Foundation (ELF), Go Organic!Philippines, Haribon Foundation (Haribon), Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), KAAKBAY, La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga), NGOs for Fisheries Reform (NFR), One Organic Movement, Partido Kalikasan (PK), Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) and World Wildlife Fund Phils. (WWF).

The participants to the caucus agree that the President should be able to make a clean break from his predecessor’s tradition of disregarding the carrying capacity of the Philippine environment, the impacts of global warming and climate change, and the havoc that it brings in the event of disasters and calamities that eventually wipe out clean whatever little economic “gains” of the government in one typhoon day, such as Ondoy and Pepeng.

Roland Cabigas, managing director of La Liga said the President’s promise was to make the MTPDP process transparent by allowing meaningful citizens’ participation.

Cabigas said that “while the draft MTPDP chapters on agriculture and environment already includes proposals from La Liga and the Caucus to Green the MTPDP, citizens’ groups must continue to be vigilant to ensure that gains on these chapters will not be overturned or cancelled out in the other chapters of the MTPDP. He also added that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), which is crafting the MTPDP, should be able to recognize the diversity of Philippine nongovernment organizations for the process to be inclusive and be called a broad citizens’ participation.

“Every Filipino has a stake in the MTPDP. Kailangang makialam ang lahat dito [Everyone should act on this],” Cabigas said, adding that the MTPDP will directly affect the lives of 90 million Filipinos in the next five years under Mr. Aquino’s watch.

As such, the group calls for increased participation and vigilance in the MTPDP process, urging the NEDA to allow more inputs based on citizen groups’ perspectives of the “needs, more than wants” of a favored few.

More importantly, a broad citizens’ participation in the MTPDP process, he said, will ensure that the next MTPDP will be more coherent and consistent with President Aquino’s “daang matuwid” battle cry during the presidential campaign, which saw citizens’ groups rallying behind him.

The group vowed to engage the NEDA and national line agencies by submitting specific recommendations for agriculture and environment and natural resources chapters of the MTPDP entitled Ensuring Environmental and Natural Resources Sustainability to Increase Climate-Resiliency and Adopting Sustainable, Organic and Ecological Agriculture as a Priority Strategy for broad-Based Growth.

The recommendations are product of a series of continuing parallel process by citizens’ groups under the Caucus to Green the MTPDP.

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