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10 CCC personnel now Certified BERDE Professionals
January 04, 2022 Tuesday

MANILA, 4 January 2022 —  The Climate Change Commission (CCC) welcomes a new set of Certified BERDE Professionals within the agency after ten staff passed the comprehensive BERDE Professionals Basic Training Course and Qualifying Examinations.   BERDE, short for ‘Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence’, is a tool to assess, monitor, and certify the performance of green building projects, above and beyond existing national and local building and environmental laws, regulations, and mandatory standards.   The BERDE Course was developed by the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) and aims to increase capability of professionals and project proponents in implementing green building projects. The training includes sustainability in buildings and in-depth discussion on the BERDE Green Building Rating System.   To advance the greening of Philippine healthcare facilities and implement relevant green building initiatives as part of the country’s climate action response, the CCC, along with 16 staff from the Department of Health (DOH) as the lead implementing agency for the climate-smart hospitals project, participated in the said training program.   Advancing green buildings is one of the priorities of the Commission as a crucial adaptation measure to the impacts of climate change in the most vulnerable communities, and to mitigate carbon emissions from built infrastructure.   To know more about BERDE and its courses, click the link: https://philgbc.org/become-a-certified-green-building-professional-2/. 

CCC, ODSL to air second part of The Best of Stories For A Better Normal
January 03, 2022 Monday

MANILA, 3 January 2022 — For its New Year special, The Best of Stories for a Better Normal Part 2 will air this week, focusing on the importance of reducing single-use plastic consumption.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 6 January 2022, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl and facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda.   Selected segments from previous episodes and conversations with Czarina Constantino of WWF Philippines from our Episode 29 Uniting Against Single-Use Plastic episode; Marian Ledesma of Greenpeace from our episode 47 Uniting Against Single-Use Plastic episode; and Adeline Almelor from Iriga City, Camarines Sur from our Episode 49 Zero-waste and Innovative Community Pantries episode, will be featured, along with an introduction by Rachel Anne Herrera, CCC Vice Chairperson.   The Philippines is one of the major sources of plastic trash in the world's oceans, contributing almost three million metric tons of plastic wastes and 500,000 metric tons of plastic waste leakage per year. This special episode will feature organizations that seek to raise awareness on the scale of plastic pollution, and an online store focused on reducing single-use plastic.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.

NICCDIES: CCC presents its climate info portal
December 30, 2021 Thursday

MANILA, 30 December 2021 —  As part of technological innovations to address the climate crisis, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) had set up its climate information portal, tagged as the National Integrated Climate Change Database and Information Exchange System (NICCDIES).   Launched in May 2018, NICCDIES, which can be accessed through https://niccdies.climate.gov.ph/, is the Philippines’ first digital transparency system intended to serve the general public by providing climate data on climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation, climate finance, climate reports, and many more.   The lack of access to and understanding of climate information has been a major challenge not just in assessing and responding to similar climate hazards, but in enabling effective climate action. Access to climate information has been found to enable households and communities to take action to protect lives, livelihoods, and assets.   The NICCDIES portal is the CCC’s primary enabling platform for consolidating and monitoring data and information on climate change and climate action from public and private sector sources, allowing decision-makers to access, share, and exchange these data for policy-making, development planning, and investment decision-making. It includes database and information systems on the Philippine Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management & Reporting System; Adaptation; National and Local Climate Change Expenditure Tagging (CCET); National Climate Change Action Plan Monitoring and Evaluation; Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAP) database for monitoring and tracking; and Gender and Climate Change.   The CCC likewise highlights the importance of addressing inequity in access to climate information, which is often rooted in gender inequality and other sources of marginalization. To provide key information on the distinct impacts of climate change on women and gender-diverse persons, the CCC launched the “NICCDIES Gender and Climate Change” corner earlier this year.   The corner features an overview of Gender and Climate Change, and includes reference resources, international and local plans for mainstreaming gender into climate action, Philippine reports on Gender and Climate Action, and CCC’s efforts to mainstream gender into its mandate—including its Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point Systems, its GAD Plan and Budgets, its GAD Accomplishment Reports, and its Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework Report. Moving forward, the Commission continues to enhance the content of the corner, and works to develop a sex-disaggregated database on climate change.   Apart from the CCC’s official website, NICCDIES also serves as an enabling platform for consolidating and monitoring data and information on climate action from public and private sector sources, as well as other stakeholders, allowing decision-makers to access, distribute, and exchange these data for use in policymaking, development planning, and investment decision-making.   As part of the regular updating and enhancement of NICCDIES, the CCC plans to include the measurement, reporting, and verification of the Philippine Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), as the tool and system for tracking information necessary for transparency, clarity, and understanding.   NICCDIES is one of the Commission’s efforts to improve access to relevant climate information and intensify climate information, education, and communication strategies of all sectors, as well as to improve the government’s e-governance and online presence amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

CCC urges stronger, community-based adaptation against extreme weather events linked to climate change
December 22, 2021 Wednesday

MANILA, 22 December 2021 — Following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) in central Philippines, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) urged to strengthen adaptation actions at the local level in order to build community resilience against extreme climate-related events and minimize loss and damage.   In the latest report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Typhoon Odette affected 1.1 million Filipinos in 3,238 barangays, claimed 156 lives, and incurred damages to houses, infrastructure, and agriculture amounting to PHP390,587,949. The typhoon also cut off power, water, and communication lines. At least 12 cities and municipalities were declared under a state of calamity.   Along with other tropical cyclones experienced by many Filipinos as the strongest in their lifetime, Typhoon Odette is a stark reminder of how extreme weather can destroy entire towns and cause the suffering of millions in several hours of landfall.   Odette flattened houses and damaged critical infrastructure including airports, municipal halls, and evacuation centers, toppled electric posts and telecommunication towers, and crippled energy supply and the delivery of critical services.   As the level of global warming continues to increase, these extreme weather events and other climate impacts are becoming severe, and may be irreversible, threatening to further set back our growth as a nation. The rise in temperature intensifies the water cycle, bringing more intense rainfall and associated flooding, as well as more intense drought in many regions.   As stated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their 6th Assessment Report released in August  2021, “it is likely that the global proportion of category 3-5 tropical cyclone instances and the frequency of rapid intensification events have both increased globally over the past 40 years”.   National agencies and local government units must have stronger consideration of climate science in crafting policies and implementing projects and programs for our most vulnerable regions, as well as for companies, businesses, and households to be more aware of the specific climate risks and hazards in their area. A systems-wide transformation is essential to climate-proof our future and will entail a shift in every aspect of planning and investing for development.   In order to adapt to the intensifying effects of climate change, as part of long term recovery and rehabilitation, the climate body and its National Panel of Technical Experts raised the following points:  Building the capacity of our local governments and communities to understand climate-related risks and hazards and therefore prepare and implement climate and disaster action plans with systems redundancy to save lives and minimize loss and damage; Raising the minimum standards in building homes and critical infrastructure to withstand strong winds from extreme weather events, as well as creating green spaces within urban infrastructures that can help mitigate floods; Improving early warning systems by providing impact-based forecasting that is more understandable and actionable for communities in order to prepare and heed call for evacuation before calamities strike, especially for those residing in high-risk areas; Conducting nationwide regular typhoon preparedness and response drills similar to those for earthquakes; Adopting a "sister cities and municipalities" program for exchange of urgent relief and assistance between two or more towns; andTranslating climate information into knowledge products and further integrate climate action into our education curriculum across all levels.  As the country reels from the aftermath of Typhoon Odette, the Commission underscored the non-negotiable goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius—our climate threshold for survival. 

CCC, ODSL to air The Best of Stories For A Better Normal Part 1
December 15, 2021 Wednesday

MANILA, 15 December 2021 — Part 1 of “The Best of Stories for a Better Normal” will be aired this week, focusing on efforts to preserve nature and promote backyard food gardening.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 16 December 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl and facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda.   The new Vice-Chairperson and Executive Director of the Climate Change Commission, Rachel Anne S. Herrera, will join as co-host.   Highlights from previous episodes and interview clips from Lee Ann Canals-Silayan, Founder of Kaleekasann nursery from our Planting Native Trees episode; Diding Libao of Inang Maria’s Garden from our May Pagkain sa Bakuran episode; and Karen Hizola, Executive Director of Global Seed Savers Philippines from our Saving Seeds and Growing with Nature episode, will be featured.   Almost two years into the pandemic, many Filipinos have turned to planting and cultivating more greenery for their food source, or as a hobby to cope with stress from the sudden isolation. This upcoming episode will put a spotlight on the importance of food security, native trees propagation, and saving seeds.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.