Newsletter of the PARTNERSHIP FOR CLEAN AIR, INC. (PCA)
Philippines Country Network
Issue No. 9 (November – December 2011)
Compilation of Partnership for Clean Air, Inc.
Included in this issue:
• Philippines adopts National Climate Change Action Plan
• Business World: Climate change action plan approved
• Rich nations ‘give up’ on new climate treaty until 2020
• ‘ADAPTAYO’ drive vs climate change gets boost
• PNA: 200 join run for climate and economic resiliency
• President Aquino: Geo-hazard maps to help identify disaster-prone areas
• Sen. Legarda: Durban Outcome Lacks Ambition for Safe Climate Future
• Lead-free paint for city playgrounds
• Mandaluyong Tricycle Upgrading Program gets P1M boost
• DENR, partners strengthen campaign vs smoke belchers
• PCA Board holds Operational Planning Session
1. Philippines adopts National Climate Change Action Plan
President Benigno S. Aquino III convened the Climate Change Commission to adopt the National Climate Action Plan in compliance with the country’s international commitments especially to the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention.
President Aquino chairs the Climate Change Commission, an independent and autonomous body that has the similar status of a national government agency.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, who met President Aquino at the Palace Tuesday, said the plan is about adaptation to climate change and mitigating its impact particularly on the economy.
2. Business World: Climate change action plan approved
PRESIDENT BENIGNO S. C. Aquino III has approved a comprehensive plan to address the impact of climate change that will be submitted to a United Nations forum by the end of the month in a bid to access global aid, an official said yesterday.
Climate Change Commission Vice-Chairman Mary Ann Lucille L. Sering announced that the President had approved the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) yesterday.
“The President has signed the very first plan of the government to address climate change… He wanted to see how these details can be operationalized as soon as possible,” she told reporters in Malacañang.
3. Rich nations ‘give up’ on new climate treaty until 2020
Governments of the world’s richest countries have given up on forging a new treaty on climate change to take effect this decade, with potentially disastrous consequences for the environment through global warming.
Ahead of critical talks starting next week, most of the world’s leading economies now privately admit that no new global climate agreement will be reached before 2016 at the earliest, and that even if it were negotiated by then, they would stipulate it could not come into force until 2020.
4. ‘ADAPTAYO’ drive vs climate change gets boost
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.
The 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.
5. PNA: 200 join run for climate and economic resiliency
MANILA, Nov. 24 (PNA) — Almost 200 individuals representing different sectors on Wednesday gathered at the People’s Village in Tiendesitas Pasig to kick off a year-long 2012 campaign to help local communities gain resiliency against climate change and economic challenges.
Organizers said the “Run for Your Life!” Campaign aims to trigger community action towards installing harmonized ecological and economic (“Eco-Eco”) strategies and mechanisms for developing resiliency.
6. President Aquino: Geo-hazard maps to help identify disaster-prone areas
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—People can now rely on geo-hazard maps and not horoscopes to divine the best locations for homes and commercial centers, President Benigno Aquino III announced here Friday.
The President, who was in this southern Luzon city to inaugurate the first Climate Change Academy at the Bicol University campus, announced that 65,000 geo-hazard maps identifying disaster-prone areas were being distributed to local governments.
“In order that we can avoid danger, we will not let our people rely on horoscopes—we now have geo-hazard mapping that would identify flood and landslide-prone areas in all cities and municipalities,” the President said in the speech he delivered at the First National Media Conference on Climate Change Adaptation here at the Bicol University.
7. Sen. Legarda: Durban Outcome Lacks Ambition for Safe Climate Future
Senator Loren Legarda today expressed disappointment over the agreements made in Durban, particularly on industrialized countries’ commitments for deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
Legarda stressed the slow progress of international climate treaty negotiations, including the recently concluded 17th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Durban, South Africa, which “was salvaged before its near collapse”.
“Industrialized countries have a historical responsibility for climate change and are morally obliged to financially and technologically assist developing countries in their efforts to reduce their vulnerability and adapt to its consequences, while reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, the Durban Platform lacks ambition–political will failed to match the call of climate science,” she stressed.
AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT
8. Lead-free paint for city playgrounds
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim on Saturday ordered a probe into reports of lead content in paint used in the city’s playgrounds even as he directed his officials to search for paint free of the chemical for use in other facilities.
Lim directed his chief of staff and media bureau chief Ric de Guzman and city administrator Jay Marzon to form a team, composed of the city hall’s different units, to conduct an investigation
and to come up with recommendations should problems be found.
Lim cited reports indicating that lead exposure is high if the paint has been scraped and that there is no threat from lead content if the paint is new.
TRANSPORT AND ENERGY
9. Mandaluyong Tricycle Upgrading Program gets P1M boost
A micro-financing program in Mandaluyong City has successfully assisted drivers to replace two-stroke tricycles with four-stroke engines. In 2009, twenty tricycle drivers each received an interest-free loan from a revolving fund provided by the Petroleum Institute of the Philippines through the Partnership for Clean Air (PCA), a CAI-Asia Country Network in the Philippines.
Fund management of the capital investment provided by the Petroleum Institute of the Philippines is handled by the Rizal Technological University – Kawani Multi-purpose Cooperative (RTU-KMPC). Drivers’ training on preventive maintenance and technical assistance was provided by the Don Bosco Technological College.
10. DENR, partners strengthen campaign vs smoke belchers
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is stepping up its campaign against air pollution in Metro Manila, and has gained more partners to do it.
The step-up campaign was launched Friday (Dec. 9) at the Sulo Hotel with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among the DENR, represented by Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje; Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) represented by Undersecretary Oscar Moncupa, and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Other signatories were Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Chairman Herman Basbaño, Philippine Medical Association (PMA) President Dr. Oscar Tinio, Pateros Mayor Jaime Cruz Medina and representatives of the other 16 local government units of Metro Manila.
11. PCA Board holds Operational Planning Session
The PCA Board held a Planning Session in Kuhala Bay Resort at Cardona, Rizal on December 12 – 13, 2011. Almost all the members of the Board attended the two-day session facilitated by Ms. Marie Marciano of SALIKA.
The Board came up with strategies on how to raise resources and implement projects. To facilitate monitoring of programs, the Board clustered the plan into four, namely: Organizational Sustainability, Policy Advocacy, Demonstration Projects and Ensuring the Niche of PCA as the Coordinating Network for Clean Air Concerns. Among the distinct projects mentioned are: ensuring Environmentally Sustainable Transport that includes: Non-Motorized Transport System (NMT), Walkability and the Technology Appropriate Tricycles. The Board also acknowledged the need to look into the impacts of LPG on public health.