People’s Journal: P-Noy urged to include LGUs in NCCAP

P-Noy urged to include LGUs in NCCAP
OPINION/BUSINESS
Tuesday, Novemberr 29, 2011
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BUDGET activists welcomed Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s recent approval of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) which will serve as the country’s roadmap in the fight against climate change.

Roland Cabigas, managing director of the La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga) however said, Pres. Aquino, the concurrent chairman of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, his alter-ego in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) should be able to forge and strengthen partnership with local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders, including the private sector, nongovernment organizations, people’s organizations, church and basic subsectors, for the successful implementation of NCCAP.

The NCCAP was drafted by CCC after a series of consultation with various stakeholders.

P-Noy’s approval of NCCAP, it will now be implemented by various government agencies led by the DENR, can now implemented the program. Paje is also chairman of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change.

Cabigas said the President should make sure that these courses of action to be undertaken by the government as part of NCCAP should help strengthen the country’s adaptive capacities and resiliency to extreme weather events such as excessive rains or long season of droughts; super typhoons, flashfloods, landslides, storm surges, or even earthquakes.

He said it should be properly funded by the government, so that it will not just be another unfunded mandate which has yet to be fully implemented because of lack of funds.

According to Cabigas, the CCCC under P-Noy and Vice Chairman Lucille Sering, who coordinates all adaptation and mitigation measures of the government as well as other private sector-partners and the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change led by Paje should formulate mechanism on its localization for adoption by LGUs.

Cabigas said there should be a clear guideline on how the plan will be implemented at the local level by concerned LGUs, who are looking forward to being a part of NCCAP’s implementation in their respective localities.

La liga, a development policy research and advocacy nongovernment organization, is pushing for a more “climate sensitive” National budget for 2012 and is seeking an increase of P17.3 billion for the environment and natural resources sector over and above Malacanang’s budget proposals.

The convening organization of the Alternative Budget Initiative – Environment Cluster and the Caucus to Green the MTPDP, La Liga has also tagged a total of P100 billion potential climate change funds in the 2011 budget, which the government should be able to use appropriately to implement various disaster risk reduction and management plans and strengthen the country’s resiliency to natural disasters.

Cabigas said LGUs are in the best position to identify programs and projects, and take courses of action, that will address the woes of the highly at-risk and vulnerable sectors to the adverse impacts of climate change.

“While some LGUs have recognized the need to integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in their local development plans, it is important that their various initiatives will get the much-needed boost from the national government in terms of programs, plans and more importantly, budget,” Cabigas said.

He noted that LGUs in the town of Pangasinan, namely Alaminos City, Bani, Burgos, and Dasol, have already taken steps to institutionalize funding for DRR and climate change adaptation measures through their integration in the annual investment plans (AIPs), most LGUs still lack the financial resources to be able to respond to the challenges of intensifying typhoons that perennially cause loss of lives, property and livelihood, not to mention massive destruction of farms that affect the poorest of the poor.

During their 3rd Philippine Cities Global Convention and Exposition held at the Resorts World early this month, the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) declared support behind the DENR’S “Adaptayo Campaign: Our Nation’s Call for Climate Change Adaptation.”

In its declaration, the LCP said the climate crisis necessitates that climate change adaptation must be integrated as a key element in local development plans and programs.

It also called on the 122-member cities to integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the local development plans.

The initiative, Cabigas said, should be complemented by the national government by including the LGUs in identifying specific courses of action leading to successful implementation of the NCCAP.

“The LGUs are at the frontline of the war against hunger and poverty, both of which depends heavily on the resiliency and adaptive capacity of local communities to the perennial problems brought about by intensifying typhoons and flashfloods that is severely affecting local economic development,” Cabigas said.

La Liga believes that the NCCAP, being the country’s roadmap to fighting climate change woes should promote inclusive growth, adequately funded, and accessible to the most vulnerable LGUs that needs them most

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Aquino urged to include LGUs, ensure public financing in NCCAP implementation

BUDGET activists welcomed Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s recent approval of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) which will serve as the country’s roadmap in the fight against climate change.

Roland Cabigas, managing director of the La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga) however said, Pres. Aquino, the concurrent chairman of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, his alter-ego in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) should be able to forge and strengthen partnership with local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders, including the private sector, nongovernment organizations, people’s organizations, church and basic subsectors, for the successful implementation of NCCAP.

The NCCAP was drafted by CCC after a series of consultation with various stakeholders.

With Pres. Aquino’s approval of NCCAP, it will now be implemented by various government agencies led by the DENR. The DENR secretary is the chairman of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change.

Cabigas said Pres. Aquino should make sure that these courses of action to be undertaken by the government as part of NCCAP should help strengthen the country’s adaptive capacities and resiliency to extreme weather events such as excessive rains or long season of droughts; super typhoons, flashfloods, landslides, storm surges, or even earthquakes.

He said it should be properly funded by the government, so that it will not just be another unfunded mandates which have yet to be fully implemented because of lack of fund.

According to Cabigas, the CCC led by Aquino and Vice Chairman Lucille Sering, who coordinates all adaptation and mitigation measures of the government as well as other private sector-partners and the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change led by Paje should formulate mechanism on its localization for adoption by LGUs.

Cabigas said there should be a clear guideline on how the plan will be implemented at the local level by concerned LGUs, who are looking forward to being a part of NCCAP’s implementation in their respective localities.

La liga, a development policy research and advocacy nongovernment organization, is pushing for a more “climate sensitive” National budget for 2012 and is seeking an increase of P17.3 billion for the environment and natural resources sector over and above Malacanang’s budget proposals.

The convening organization of the Alternative Budget Initiative – Environment Cluster and the Caucus to Green the MTPDP, La Liga has also tagged a total of P100 billion potential climate change funds in the 2011 budget, which the government should be able to use appropriately to implement various disaster risk reduction and management plans and strengthen the country’s resiliency to natural disasters.

Cabigas said LGUs are in the best position to identify programs and projects, and take courses of action, that will address the woes of the highly at-risk and vulnerable sectors to the adverse impacts of climate change.

“While some LGUs have recognized the need to integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in their local development plans, it is important that their various initiatives will get the much-needed boost from the national government in terms of programs, plans and more importantly, budget,” Cabigas said.

He noted that LGUs in the town of Pangasinan, namely Alaminos City, Bani, Burgos, and Dasol, have already taken steps to institutionalize funding for DRR and climate change adaptation measures through their integration in the annual investment plans (AIPs), most LGUs still lack the financial resources to be able to respond to the challenges of intensifying typhoons that perennially cause loss of lives, property and livelihood, not to mention massive destruction of farms that affect the poorest of the poor.

During their 3rd Philippine Cities Global Convention and Exposition held at the Resorts World early this month, the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) declared support behind the DENR’S “Adaptayo Campaign: Our Nation’s Call for Climate Change Adaptation.”

In its declaration, the LCP said the climate crisis necessitates that climate change adaptation must be integrated as a key element in local development plans and programs.

It also called on the 122-member cities to integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the local development plans.

The initiative, Cabigas said, should be complemented by the national government by including the LGUs in identifying specific courses of action leading to successful implementation of the NCCAP.

“The LGUs are at the frontline of the war against hunger and poverty, both of which depends heavily on the resiliency and adaptive capacity of local communities to the perennial problems brought about by intensifying typhoons and flashfloods that is severely affecting local economic development,” Cabigas said.

La Liga believes that the NCCAP, being the country’s roadmap to fighting climate change woes should promote inclusive growth, adequately funded, and accessible to the most vulnerable LGUs that needs them most.

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DENR’s ‘ADAPTAYO’ campaign against ‘climate change’ gets boost

Center L-R, City Mayors: Lina Montilla,Tacurong City; Linda Gonzalez, Ligao City; Arlene Nazareno, Sta. Rosa City; Oscar Rodriguez, San Fernando City, LCP President; Karen Villanueva, Bais City; Hernani Braganza,  Alaminos City, LCP Secretary General; Jose Montelibano, Silay City.

Back L-R, City Mayors: Evelyn Uy, Dipolog City; Joaquin Chipeco, Calamba City; Ernesto Matugas, Surigao City; James Gordon, Olongapo City; Aniano Antalan, Samal City; Librado Navarro, Bislig City; Evelio Leonardia, Bacolod City; Eric Codilla, Ormoc City; Jonas Cortez, Mandaue City; Sherwin Gatchalian, Valenzuela City; Romeo Ramos, Cavite City; Roland Cabigas, La Liga Policy Institute; Usec. Ana Rebuelta-Teh, DENR; Philip Tan, Tangub City.

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SUPPORT continues to pour behind the ‘ADAPTAYO’ campaign of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Recognizing the adverse impact of climate change to local economic development, the 122-member strong League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) on Friday declared support behind the DENR’s call for climate change adaptation to help strengthen the country’s resiliency to natural disasters triggered by “climate change.”

In a Convention Declaration, the LCP has vowed to adopt and support the DENR’s “ADAPTAYO” Campaign: Our Nation’s Call for Climate Change Adaptation during the 3rd Philippine Cities Global Convention and Exposition held from November 17 – 19, 2011 at the Resorts World Manila, Pasay City.

ADAPTAYO is an information, education and communication campaign project of the DENR within its United Nations MDGF1656 Project implemented in partnership with the La Liga Policy Institute.

With the theme: “Bridging Cities, Transforming Lives” the three-day event, participated in by 1,000 representatives from Philippine cities and international guests, aims to empower cities for green and sustainable development.

DENR Undersecretary Anna Teh, speaking before participants of the event underscored the need for pro-active approach to addressing the impacts of climate change.

She said cities, being engines of growth, should be able to hurdle the stumbling blocks posed by intensifying typhoons, massive flashfloods and even landslides or long season of drought, to ensure sustainable growth and development that will benefit the people.

Teh lauded the LCP for seriously taking into consideration climate change and its impacts to highly-at risk and vulnerable communities.

“Climate change is becoming more apparent and tangible and the devastating impacts, especially to cities and urban center, are increasing in frequency and magnitude. We need to address this challenge to ensure local economic development,” Alaminos City Mayor and LCP Secretary General Hernani A. Braganza meanwhile said.

“As part of the strategy to promote local economic development, LCP believes that climate crisis necessitates the integration of climate change adaptation as a key element in local development planning,” Mayor. Braganza added.

During the “knowledge-sharing” event, experts on climate change adaptation and disaster resiliency such as the City of Yokohama’s Inernational Policy Bureau through Mr. Shiro Hamano will share the initiatives of Yokohama City to enhance their city’s resiliency with regard to earthquakes.
La Liga, a development policy and research non-government organization is taking part in the cities convention disseminating ADAPTAYO campaign materials and collaterals as part of the exposition which features the best practices and products of participating cities.

La Liga promotes disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, as part of its environment and budget advocacies, noting that the Philippines, being one of the highly vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change, needs to prepare itself for the worst kinds of disasters, Roland Cabigas, Managing Director of La Liga said.

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Peoples Journal: ‘ADAPTAYO’ drive vs climate change gets boost

‘ADAPTAYO’ drive vs climate change gets boost
OPINION/BUSINESS
Published : Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Recognizing the adverse impact of climate change to local economic development, the 122-member strong League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) on Friday declared support behind the DENR’s call for climate change adaptation to help strengthen the country’s resiliency to natural disasters triggered by “climate change.”

In a Convention Declaration, the LCP has vowed to adopt and support the DENR’s “ADAPTAYO” Campaign: Our Nation’s Call for Climate Change Adaptation during the 3rd Philippine Cities Global Convention and Exposition held from November 17 – 19, 2011 at the Resorts World Manila, Pasay City.

ADAPTAYO is an information, education and communication campaign project of the DENR within its United Nations MDGF1656 Project implemented in partnership with the La Liga Policy Institute.

With the theme: “Bridging Cities, Transforming Lives” the three-day event, participated in by 1,000 representatives from Philippine cities and international guests, aims to empower cities for green and sustainable development.

DENR Undersecretary Anna Teh, speaking before participants of the event underscored the need for pro-active approach to addressing the impacts of climate change.

Teh said cities, being engines of growth, should be able to hurdle the stumbling blocks posed by intensifying typhoons, massive flashfloods and even landslides or long season of drought, to ensure sustainable growth and development that would benefit the people.

She lauded the LCP for seriously taking into consideration climate change and its impacts to highly-at risk and vulnerable communities.

“Climate change is becoming more apparent and tangible and the devastating impacts, especially to cities and urban center, are increasing in frequency and magnitude. We need to address this challenge to ensure local economic development,” Alaminos City Mayor and LCP Secretary General Hernani A. Braganza meanwhile said.

“As part of the strategy to promote local economic development, LCP believes that climate crisis necessitates the integration of climate change adaptation as a key element in local development planning,” Mayor. Braganza added.

La Liga, a development policy and research non-government organization took part in the cities convention disseminating ADAPTAYO campaign materials and collaterals as part of the exposition which features the best practices and products of participating cities.

 

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The Manila Times: Group tags P100-billion ‘climate change-related’ funds in 2012 budget

Group tags P100-billion ‘climate change-related’ funds in 2012 budget
The Sunday Times Magazine
Published : Sunday, October 09, 2011
Written by : La Liga Policy Institute
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A total of P100 billion has been tagged by budget activists in the 2012 National Expenditure Program as potential climate change-related funds which can be used to strengthen the country’s institutional capacity to adapt to climate change next year.

Jonathan Ronquillo, environment campaigner of the La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga) said the total amount was tagged from different budget line items across 14 different departments, agencies and bureaus with climate change mandates.

The group believes that such budget should be released on time, and used according to their purpose, to strengthen the country’s adaptive and coping capacity to the worse type of natural and man-made disasters.

“Tagging the climate change-related fund in the annual appropriation gives citizens organizations and national line agencies a guide and handle as to how much funds can be tapped or be made available in the NEP for allocation that will finance the implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan,” Ronquillo explained.

The group issued the statement as Typhoon Pedring wrought havoc last week.

According to Ronquillo, the budget tagged by the group provides an important indicator for local governments to understand how much funds for climate change initiatives and programs are allocated in the 2012 NEP, which they can maximize as possible sources to co-finance LGU-initiated local environment projects.

For DRR, the group tagged a total of P143.6; P 15.58 billion for Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; P759.27 million for Renewable Energy; P9.36 billion for Clean and Green Industrial Technology; P1 billion for contingency and P36 billion from the impounded budget or unreleased fund representing 2010 and 2011.

Ronquillo explained that climate change mandates include plans, programs and activities related to various adaptation and mitigation measures, including disaster risk reduction.

According to Ronquillo, La Liga, after a thorough research was able to identify these budget line items that are included in the NEP submitted by Malacañang to Congress for 2012.

“If properly utilized, this budget can be an instrument in strategically addressing the vulnerability of the Philippines to disasters, especially when the country is faced with the worse impacts of climate change,” Ronquillo pointed out.

La Liga, the convening organization of the Environment Cluster of the Alternative Budget Initiative (ABI) and Caucus to Green the MTPDP started budget-tagging last year, to determine a basic baseline on public finance for climate change.

According to Ronquillo, the “tagging” was also adopted by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) in determining the level of government-led climate financing in the processes to develop the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP).

La Liga urged Budget Secretary Butch Abad and Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, who is also the head of the cabinet cluster on climate change, as well as Secretary Lucille Sering of CCC, the over-all coordinating body when it comes to climate change, to initiate coordination efforts to ensure the accountability of climate change-related funds and ensure participation of, and cooperation with citizens groups for climate change budget execution, monitoring and tracking.

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Manila Bulletin: Business, NGO back DENR’s ‘Adaptayo’

Business, NGO back DENR’s ‘Adaptayo’
By MARVYN N. BENANING
National and Metro News Bulletin
October 9, 2011
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MANILA, Philippines — The La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga) and the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) recently forged partnership to push for the integration and enhancement of climate change adaptation measures among ECOP’s network of business partners.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between La Liga managing director Roland Cabigas and ECOP President Edgardo Lacson, to implement the “Adaptayo” project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

La Liga, a development policy research and advocacy non-government organization, was contracted by the DENR to provide technical assistance in implementing Outcome 2 of the Millennium Development Goal-Fund 1656 Joint Program on Strengthening Philippine Institutional Capacity to Climate Change.

‘Adaptayo,’ an information, education, communication and advocacy campaign under the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDGF), aims to promote better awareness and understanding among Filipinos on the threats and adverse impacts of climate change.

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Business Mirror: ECOP, La Liga Partner for climate-change adaptation info drive

ECOP, La Liga Partner for climate-change adaptation info drive
B2-2, Thursday, October 6, 2011,
THE REGIONS

The La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga) and the Employer’s Confederation of the Philippines (Ecop) recently forged ties to push for the integration and enhancement of climate-change adaptation measures among Ecop’s network of business partners.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between La Liga managing director Roland Cabigas and Ecop president Edgardo Lacson in connection with the implementation of “Adaptayo” project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

La Liga, a development policy research and advocacy nongovernment organization, was contracted by DENR to provide technical assistance in implementing the Outcome of 2 of the Millennium Development Goal-Fund 1656 Joint Program on Strengthening Philippine Institutional Capacity to Climate Change.

“Adaptayo,” an information, education, communication and advocacy campaign under the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDGF), aims to promote better awareness and understanding among Filipinos on the threats and adverse impacts of climate change.

La Liga and ECOP, national organization of local businesses, will jointly conduct a series of roundtable discussions this month as part of the “Adaptayo” advocacy campaign, which aims to increase to the level of awareness about climate change and adaptation among policymakers, local executives and other stakeholders, including the private sector and citizens’ groups.

The first of a series of roundtable discussions on “Climate Change and Technology” is scheduled to take place on Oct. 7, 2011 in Ecop’s office in Makati City. This will be followed by the RTD on climate change, Human Resource and

Employment on Oct. 12 also to be held at the Ecop office. The final RTD on Corporate response to Climate Change Adaptation on Oct. 27 will be held at the Oasis Hotel in Clark Pampanga.

Through the series of RTDs, we hope to get the business sector’s support and commitment to enhanceing the country’s adaptive capacity to climate change, recognizing the important contribution and role of the private sector in implementing climate adaptation plans and programs,” Cabigas said.

The series of RTDs will highlight the threats of climate change to the Philippines, one of the most highly vulnerable developing countries to the adverse impacts of extreme weather events such as super typhoons, flashfloods, landslides, and even long seasons of drought.

“The recent spate of disasters brought by Pedring and Quiel highlights the need for our country to adapt to climate change. La Liga therefore joins the nation’s call “Kasali Ako! AdapTayo!” Cabigas said.

Disasters and severe weather and climatic events are bad for business. Ecop believes that climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction make good business sense.

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