Frontlines of climate impacts, forefront of action

2019-05-24T15:28:53+08:0024 May 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Isabella Ann Mendoza

ICSC’s climate policy team, in partnership with CORDAID, has been working closely with the municipalities of Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu; and Coron, Palawan to help develop their local plans in response to the adverse impacts of climate change.

The biggest […]

Hibabro-an han kalakat (Journey of knowledge)

2019-05-29T18:20:31+08:0023 May 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

by Kenneth Lopez

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) together with the Salcedo, Eastern Samar-based women’s group KAKASA Federation organized a learning visit last April 23-24, 2019 among various women’s groups in their province.

Top photo: ICSC’s Kenneth Lopez (left) and Orland Quesada (right) […]

Accessing and mobilizing climate finance

2019-03-22T17:34:14+08:0022 Mar 2019|Tags: , , , |

by Danica Marie Supnet

Climate change poses both risks and opportunities. Confronting the climate crisis would spur better development and economic growth.

Yet after sitting with hundreds of participants from 55 countries at the 2nd International Conference on Climate Finance (ICCF 2019) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, it seems to me that this mode of thinking […]

Changing the face of leadership

2019-03-18T14:51:15+08:0015 Mar 2019|Tags: , , , |

by Arielle Celine Tabinga

Humans have always relied on innovation in creating transformative changes that improve the quality of life. Collaboration plays a critical role in innovation, it allows ideas, perspectives, and approaches to surface. To fully foster the benefits of collaboration, diversity must first thrive. But how do we encourage diversity across all disciplines if sexist […]

Building on GCFWatch

2019-03-12T11:50:22+08:0009 Mar 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Janssen M. Martinez

Note: Janssen M. Martinez is an ICSC climate policy analyst. He participated in the February 2019 Green Climate Fund board meeting with Angelo Kairos Dela Cruz, associate for climate policy.

Kairos and I attended the twenty-second board meeting of the Green Climate Fund (or B.22) last February 26-28 in Songdo, […]

Lost/Found in Translation

2019-03-12T11:45:56+08:0008 Mar 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Isabella Ann Mendoza

Editor’s Note: ICSC in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission, Visayas State University’s Institute for Strategic Research and Development Studies, and Action for Economic Reforms, organized a forum entitled “Shifting Financial Flows to Low Carbon Development in Eastern Visayas” in […]

Women take the lead in lighting up communities with solar lamps

2019-02-08T14:04:45+08:0012 Jan 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

No mother would ever want to keep her kids waiting, especially when they’re cold, tired, and hungry.

But five years ago, this possibility loomed large for Lorna Ortillo Dela Peña, a senior citizen, single parent, and loving mother who also serves as the leader of a women’s group.

Tacloban, which bore the brunt of the storm, was the […]

End impunity: ICSC statement on Rep. Rodel Batocabe slay

2019-02-08T11:56:31+08:0023 Dec 2018|Tags: , , , , |

23 December 2018 — The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities joins Filipinos in condemning the murder of Philippine legislator and climate advocate Rodel Batocabe and his police escort Orlando Diaz.

Representative Batocabe, who had been serving his third term in the 17th Congress under the Ako Bicol partylist, […]

What soft landing?

2019-02-07T14:58:37+08:0022 Dec 2018|

by Angelo Kairos Dela Cruz

I wrote this while waiting for my Cebu flight’s boarding schedule to be announced by the airline staff last Tuesday, December 18. I didn’t imagine that I would still be travelling for work this close to Christmas.

I am one of the very few people […]

The Story of Marabut through its People

2019-02-20T10:29:19+08:0027 Nov 2018|Tags: , , , , |

By Valentine Temple

Marabut, is a town in Eastern Samar located near San Juanico bridge, home to several fisherfolks, farmers and known for the caves that is used by women mat weavers.

It was sunny when I arrived and whenever I look I saw smiling faces and people offering their […]