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Nov. 24, 2020 (9:30 to 11:00 a.m.)


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project works with local governments of partner cities under the Cities Development Initiative (CDI) to strengthen climate change mitigation through Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction. Since 2019, USAID’s SURGE Project has been supporting the cities of Tagbilaran and Zamboanga in formulating their GHG Management Plan, and the cities of General Santos and Legazpi in developing their GHG Inventory Reports. These cities were also assisted in accounting the GHG reduction potentials of their Programs, Projects, and Activities (PPAs). These efforts are very critical in promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation through low emission development.

With this, USAID SURGE Project proposes to co-organize with Climate Change Commission (CCC) an online video conference to showcase the CDI cities’ good practices on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM). The partner cities, through the city mayors or representatives, will deliver a 3-5-minute AVP presentation describing their ongoing efforts and plans for climate change adaptation and mitigation (e.g. Low-Emission Development strategies, mainstreaming DRR-CCA in development planning, etc.). To conclude the event, the city mayors will share a statement of commitment to continue their efforts on climate change adaptation and mitigation as part of their strategies to adapt to a sustainable future. The city mayors will be joined by key officers from CCC, USAID, USAID’s SURGE Project, Congressman Edgardo Migriño Chatto of 1st District of Bohol, and other key participants. This online videoconference will be held in commemoration of the Global Warning and Climate Change Consciousness Week (November 19-25, 2020) being organized by CCC annually.


USAID’s SURGE Project proposes to co-organize this video conference with the Climate Change Commission (CCC). The participation of CCC as co-organizer is important for the following reasons:

a. CCC is the lead government agency mandated to address climate change in the country. By co- organizing the event, CCC is recognizing the importance of CCAM initiatives and will inspire USAID’s partner cities to continue their efforts.
b. Through CCC’s nationwide network, the efforts and good practices of USAID’s partner cities can be shared to other cities and municipalities.

USAID’s SURGE Project also proposes that CCC, as a co-organizer of the event, live stream the event on their official Facebook account and help in inviting other cities and municipalities to watch the event.


The intended participants include the following:
a. Mayors, city officials, and members of Technical Working Group (TWG) on Greenhouse Gas Management Planning and Inventory of the cities of General Santos, Legazpi, Tagbilaran, and Zamboanga;
b. Climate Change Commission (CCC) headed by Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman (Vice Chairperson and Executive Director);
c. Congressman Edgardo Migriño Chatto, Chairperson, Committee on Climate Change, House of Representatives;
d. Representative from the Department of the Interior and Local Government
e. Representatives from ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS)
f. USAID/Philippines Representative; and
g. USAID’s SURGE Project headed by Mr. Sergio Andal Jr., Chief of Party


This activity will be facilitated via Zoom and is proposed to be aired via Facebook Live.


9:30 – 9:40 a.m.       Opening Ceremonies
Opening Prayer
Acknowledgement of Participants
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Rosalinda Paredes
City Program Coordinator, Tagbilaran City

9:40 – 9:45 a.m.       USAID SURGE Project’s Initiatives and Support for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
Mr. Sergio Andal Jr.
Chief of Party, USAID SURGE Project

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.     Messages

USAID Representative


Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman
Vice Chairperson and Executive Director
Climate Change Commission

Congressman Edgardo Chatto
Congressman, 1st District of Bohol
Chair of the Climate Change Committee of the House of Representatives

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.   How can cities and municipalities contribute to the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction
Climate Change Commission Representative

10:15 – 10:40 a.m.   Sharing of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation efforts of CDI Cities
General Santos City
Legazpi City
Tagbilaran City
Zamboanga City

10:40 – 10:45 a.m.   Statement of Commitment to Adapt for a Sustainable Future

10:45 – 10:50 a.m.   Recorded Video Presentation: Cultural Performance on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation of Tagbilaran City

10:50 a.m                  End of Program