Frontlines of climate impacts, forefront of action

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 challenge [...]

24 May 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hibabro-an han kalakat
(Journey of knowledge)

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) with Metro [...]

STATEMENT: SC decision portends lower rates for electricity ratepayers

10 May 2019 -- The cloud of uncertainty that hovered over stakeholders in the power sector was lifted by the Supreme Court (SC) decision on the competitive procurement of power supply by distribution utilities, mainly for residential ratepayers, last May 3. The aims and expected results of that decision are [...]

10 May 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cash, political will: Coessential tools vs catastrophic impact of climate change

Reposted from BusinessMirror By Cai Ordinario - May 9, 2019 NADI, Fiji—The greenback may lead to greening the earth, so some believe. However, for experts at a conference here last week, money is just one of the weapons in this perennial contradiction of man against nature as the latter appears [...]

09 May 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

ICSC on ANC: The economic benefits of transitioning from coal to renewable energy

(Posted on Early Edition on ANC, April 16, 2019) ICSC senior policy advisor Atty. Pete Maniego tells Michelle Ong about the economic benefits of transitioning from coal to renewable energy and from centralized to distributed generation systems in today's Early Edition on ANC.

Vulnerable countries and international partners announce collaboration to climate­-proof economic growth

Washington DC, 11 April 2019 — ­­ Finance Ministers from V20 Group of vulnerable economies today announced new financial instruments in collaboration with international partners at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund to ensure continued global economic growth in the face of increasing threats [...]

12 Apr 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

ERC promotes cheaper, more reliable energy through new draft rules: think tank

PRESS RELEASE MANILA, 3 April 2019 – An international policy group commended the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) today for promoting fair competition in pursuit of cheaper, more reliable power in the draft rules it recently issued covering power supply agreements (PSAs). “The ERC is right to protect the public from [...]

04 Apr 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Accessing and mobilizing climate finance

by Danica Marie SupnetClimate 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 [...]

22 Mar 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Changing the face of leadership

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 [...]

15 Mar 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

ICSC: Climate change to worsen water security risk

MANILA, Updated 14 March 2019 – As residents in areas of Metro Manila grapple with water scarcity issues for several days, a climate and energy policy group cautioned that climate change would only exacerbate existing risks and development issues. Renato Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Manila-based Institute for [...]

13 Mar 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Building on GCFWatch

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 [...]

09 Mar 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Lost/Found in Translation

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 Tacloban City from 7-8 March 2019. Isabella [...]

Eastern Visayas leaders meet to secure regional climate investments

PRESS RELEASE TACLOBAN, 07 March 2019 -- Top representatives of local governments, academic institutions, and businesses across the Eastern Visayas region convened today to tackle challenges and opportunities in crowding in climate and clean energy investments in the region. The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), a Manila-based [...]

07 Mar 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Remarkable Women: Helping Yolanda-hit city with solar power

(Posted on Early Edition on ANC, March 06, 2019) MANILA -- Women are helping Tacloban City rebuild from Super Typhoon Haiyan by installing solar panels. "Recharge Pilipinas" not only helps bring renewable energy to the mainstream, it gives the typhoon-prone communities a power source during disasters. [...]

06 Mar 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Consumers should not pay the price for risky coal deals

Sara Jane Ahmed Note: This commentary originally appeared in Business World. The rapid drop in the cost of renewable energy has opened new possibilities in energy systems around the world, including the Philippines. Coal has become toxic, both in terms of its high cost to consumers and the negative financial [...]

Former UN climate chief visits the Philippines to promote green investments

(As published in the Manila Bulletin, 13 February 2019) By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz Former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres is expected to arrive in the Philippines Wednesday evening as part of an Asian tour to draw in more transformative climate investments in the region. Figueres, the architect of the [...]

14 Feb 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Women take the lead in lighting up communities with solar lamps

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, [...]

12 Jan 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

End impunity: ICSC statement on Rep. Rodel Batocabe slay

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, was [...]

23 Dec 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , |

What soft landing?

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 [...]

22 Dec 2018|Categories: Blog|

The Story of Marabut through its People

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 [...]

27 Nov 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Tacloban welcomes opening of renewable energy hub

TACLOBAN, 17 November 2018 – Tacloban Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin led today’s opening of the city’s first ever Renewable Energy Hub (RE-Hub), a community resource center on renewable energy (RE) and sustainable solutions, within the RE-Charge Pilipinas facility of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC). At the [...]

17 Nov 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Women of Solar Scholars as Agents of Change

By Arielle Celine Tabinga On October 25, 2018. I began my training as a Solar Skolar. I had the opportunity to witness the first ever Women-Led Solar Scholars Training held in Marabut, Samar. The initial approach of the workshop is to develop women-leaders from RE-Serve to train community women’s [...]

14 Nov 2018|Categories: Blog|

Five years after Haiyan, survivors light the way for the rest of the country – and the world

by Denise Fontanilla Exactly five years ago today, Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck central Philippines. Today, we remember the over 7,000 people whose lives were lost. We also remember how countless lives and communities were forever changed by the super typhoon. Too often, we gloss over the devastations left [...]

08 Nov 2018|Categories: Blog|

Rising water in Santa Fe

by Isabella Mendoza Bantayan Island—it’s a place one hour off the western coast of mainland Cebu. With white sand beaches and abundant seafood, Bantayan has long been a popular destination of locals and foreigners. Yet behind this fair façade lies a plethora of problems made worse by climate change. ICSC’s [...]

28 Oct 2018|Categories: Blog|

Ahead of fifth Yolanda anniversary: Women lead solar-powered drill in Marabut, Samar

MARABUT, Samar, 27 October 2018 – Women leaders of Marabut lit the way for one hundred residents of this coastal town this afternoon by deploying solar-powered lights and charging devices during their evacuation drill at the Marabut municipal hall. They facilitated the typhoon and storm surge drill with the [...]

27 Oct 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Paying it forward: Haiyan survivors light the way in Mangkhut response

Text and photos by AC Dimatatac As a photojournalist who has experience in documenting humanitarian response, I have witnessed how responders usually focus on water, livelihood, health and living conditions, but overlook energy, no matter how vital it is. I was excited to join the Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) rapid assessment [...]

25 Oct 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Vulnerable economies call for accelerated financial shift

Bali, 14 Oct 2018 – Finance Ministers from the V20 Group of climate vulnerable countries today sought large-scale changes to global finance flows, saying the funding shift needs to happen sooner, covering far larger amounts that can help protect economies from the worsening impacts of climate change. Convening at [...]

14 Oct 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

UN launches landmark climate science report: PHL to survive, thrive if with bold climate action – policy group

MANILA, 8 October 2018 — Immediate and ambitious action to limit global warming is not only crucial for the Philippines to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, it is also key to unlocking economic growth, according to the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), citing the [...]

08 Oct 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Community Centred Climate Change

by Sarah Lukaszczyk Our intern Sara Lukaszczyk writes about her recent trip with the climate policy team to Baybay, Leyte, where locals were discussing the proposed new disaster risk reduction law and its implication on slow onset events research. One of the major things that attracted me to working in [...]

13 Sep 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

PHL, Pacific island nations meet to ramp up public health, climate action

Editor's Note: Below is the press release of the Climate Change Commission on President Rodrigo Duterte's statements urging for global climate action. He and Health Secretary Francisco Duque spoke on the need for public health promotion and disaster and climate resilience in vulnerable communities across the Pacific.   DAVAO CITY, [...]

26 Jul 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Tracking climate finance in Vietnam

by Danica Marie Supnet I recently went to Vietnam for the first time to convene a three-day skillshare on the Adaptation Finance Accountability Initiative (AFAI) with a few colleagues from ICSC. AFAI is an international research initiative tracking how climate finance committed by donor countries and organizations has been received [...]

19 Jul 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Powering Tacloban City’s quake drill with solar energy

by Arturo Tahup Tacloban City’s earthquake drill yesterday (21 June 2018) was powered by the sun, thanks to a team of humanitarian responders with portable solar-powered equipment. Two radio base stations used during the drill were powered by a TekPak, a portable solar suitcase developed by the Institute for Climate [...]

22 Jun 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Where turtles go

by Rio Constantino Editor’s Note: Rio Constantino is a Grade-12 student at the Philippine Science High School — Main Campus. He volunteered to join ICSC's Francis Dela Cruz and Janssen Mozar Martinez in a trip to the Turtle Islands earlier this month in cooperation with the Turtle Conservation Society of [...]

23 May 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |


by Sarah Lukaszczyk Editor’s Note: Sarah is an intern of RE-Charge Pilipinas. A Canadian of Filipino and Polish heritage, she is concurrently pursuing an Honours BES degree in Geography and Environmental Management, with a specialization in Climate Change, and BA degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Applied Conflict Resolution stream, [...]

15 May 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Climate change science and Philippine governance

by Danica Marie Supnet Last week, I presented our report on slow onset events, or the creeping impacts of climate change, at the international conference of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA). The conference, held in Davao City this year, focused on multilevel governance in the 21st century. Most participants [...]

12 Apr 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

NGO hails Duterte admin approval of P192M for local climate action

PHOTO: Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez signs local climate fund agreements with 4 LGUs on March 7. (c) AC Dimatatac/ICSC   REACTIVE MANILA, March 7, 2018 – A Manila-based international climate policy group applauded the Duterte administration’s move granting close to P200 million in climate funds to four local governments. The [...]

07 Mar 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Policy group lauds Duterte signing of tax reform law including coal

©parys/123rf Historic coal tax hike targets imported coal from Indonesia, Australia MANILA, 19 December 2017 -- A policy group lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law today the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill, which includes excise and value added taxes on imported coal from Indonesia and [...]

19 Dec 2017|Categories: News|

ICSC hails bicam approval of coal tax hike

REACTIVE MANILA, 12 December 2017 — The bicameral conference committee agreed yesterday to increase the coal excise tax under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill, from its current rate of ten pesos (P10) per metric ton to P50 up to P150 per metric ton over the next [...]

12 Dec 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Policy group backs Senate’s P0.10/kg coal tax hike proposal for TRAIN

MANILA, 5 December 2017 – The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) today called on Congress to adopt the former’s proposed coal tax hike of P0.10 per kilogram in the bicameral conference committee for the tax reform bill. The Senate and House of Representatives are expected to tackle today [...]

05 Dec 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Slow onset impacts gaining more focus

We began preparing for the UNFCCC Fiji COP in Bonn in early 2017. It was easy to decide what we’d focus on for public engagement; we helped arrange side events for the Philippine delegation, and the suggestion was to train our sights on slow onset climate events and innovative finance. [...]

10 Nov 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

$21B worth of coal plants in the Philippines face imminent stranding – report

PRESS RELEASE MANILA, 12 October 2017 – The Philippine’s financial sector is massively exposed to the imminent stranding of proposed coal plants in the country, which amount to over 10,000 megawatts or US$21 billion (PHP1.05 trillion at PHP50 to US$1), according to a report released today by the Institute for [...]

12 Oct 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Philippines’ first solar factory promises bright energy future

By Ping Manongdo, Eco-Business, 25 August 2017Project developer Solar Philippines opened the country’s first photovoltaic (PV) panel factory on Wednesday, a facility which was inaugurated by President Rodrigo Duterte and hailed by observers as a step forward in helping ease the Filipinos’ energy woes and advancing the country’s climate fight. Solar Philippines’ factory [...]

25 Aug 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Understanding slow-onset climate impacts on a local scale

by Danica Marie Supnet It is easy to blame the occurrence of typhoons, heavy rainfall, or prolonged drought to climate change, but it’s never easy to understand why these phenomena happen and why we need to know about them. It is easy to say what the communities and government should [...]

18 Aug 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

RE-Charge Pilipinas tests solar water pump prototype in Tacloban farm

by Francisco Gabriel Nuñez Editor’s Note: Kiko, one of our current RE-Charge Pilipinas interns, is a mechanical engineering student at De La Salle University. He is doing applied research on solar-powered water pumps and wind turbines for potential application in communities. This is his first blog for ICSC. -- Urban [...]

26 Jul 2017|Categories: Blog|

David meets Goliath: First ever V20 – G20 meeting highlights the mutual benefits of climate action

by Gerrit Hansen, Policy Advisor - Global Low-Carbon Transformation, Germanwatch Editor's note: ICSC is the technical advisor to the CVF/V20 Secretariat and a team was in Washington D.C. during the recently concluded Spring meetings to help organise the V20-G20 Dialogue. The climate vulnerable forum (CVF), now uniting 49 of the [...]

04 May 2017|Categories: Blog|

A giant step towards a brighter future in Suluan Island

by Marie Cosse Editor’s Note: As of this writing, Marie was a third-year political sciences student at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Rennes in Brittany, France. She interned for six months with ICSC, doing policy research and advocacy on renewable energy. This is her first blog post for ICSC. -- [...]

27 Feb 2017|Categories: Blog|

Strengthening local partnerships through the climate finance ecosystem

by Danica Marie F. Supnet and Janssen Mozar Martinez Today is the second and last day of ICSC’s Knowledge Exchange on the People’s Survival Fund, which contained the bulk of the concept brainstorming and proposal writing. Almost all of the officials which participated in our writeshop - hailing from fourteen [...]

09 Feb 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Cordillera collaborations for climate finance

by Isabella Mendoza Naimbag nga rabii sa Benguet! Good evening from Benguet! Earlier today, the ICSC policy team in partnership with Benguet State University (BSU) and the Canadian Embassy launched the two-day orientation and workshop on the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) at the BSU campus in La Trinidad. The PSF [...]

08 Feb 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Readying the Philippines for climate finance

by Danica Marie Supnet Last Tuesday, we launched the South-South Knowledge Exchange on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Climate Finance with three international organizations. It was completely overwhelming as over sixty participants from eight Asian countries shared their experiences and challenges in setting up their finance departments and institutions [...]

08 Dec 2016|Categories: Blog|

Asian anecdotes on accessing climate finance

by Janssen Mozar Martinez Yesterday, the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) in partnership with the World Resources Institute (WRI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), launched an international climate finance event entitled South-South Knowledge Exchange on Approaches Towards Strengthening Country-Wide and [...]

07 Dec 2016|Categories: Blog|

COP22: National processes should come first

by Angelo Kairos T. Dela Cruz Editor’s note: The author is the Associate for Climate Policy of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities. This is the second part of series from Kairos’s dispatches from Marrakesh, Morocco, where he is participating in his first major UN climate conference. I felt [...]

17 Nov 2016|Categories: Blog|

COP22: Notes from a first-time delegate

by Angelo Kairos T. Dela Cruz Editor’s note: The author is the Associate for Climate Policy of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities. This is the first of series from Kairos’s dispatches from Marrakesh, Morocco, where he is participating in his first major UN climate conference. I arrived at [...]

15 Nov 2016|Categories: Blog|

Lanuza’s PSF proposal reflects good local governance

by Janssen Mozar Martinez After the two-day People’s Survival Fund (PSF) field appraisal in Del Carmen, Siargao Island, ICSC joined officials from the PSF secretariat and Municipal Development Fund Office (MDFO) in travelling farther south of the CARAGA region to the quiet surfing town of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur. [...]

24 Oct 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Del Carmen, Siargao Island and the realities of adaptation

by Danica Supnet Denise, Janssen and I represented ICSC in a field visit to Del Carmen in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte to take part in the appraisal of the municipality’s proposal to the People’s Survival Fund (PSF). The institute is the non-governmental representative to the PSF board, which was [...]

21 Oct 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Is it really difficult to access the People’s Survival Fund?

by Kairos Dela Cruz On August 16, 2012 the Philippines passed its first legislated national climate fund dedicated to supporting the adaptation action plans of local governments. Many know it as the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) or Republic Act 10174, which amended the Climate Change Act of 2009, or RA [...]

26 Sep 2016|Categories: Blog|

Sulu-an State of Mind

by Arturo Tahup I arrived in Sulu-an Island last Monday and stayed there for four and half days with Glinly, Jessie and Jason, my colleagues from RE-Charge Philippines, to carry out Household Survey in preparation for the Solar Home System Project funded by Christian Aid Sulu-an, home of the mystical [...]

11 Sep 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Solar energy: The best energy option for the Turtle Islands

by Beau Baconguis One of our main tasks in the trip to the Turtle Islands was to replace a damaged unit of a Solar TekPak that iCSC donated a year earlier to Baguan Island for the use of the wardens. The Turtle Islands is almost 100% dependent on diesel or [...]

09 Aug 2016|Categories: Blog|