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MMDA Counts

A joint statement by MNL Moves and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities Today we mark with the rest of the world the very first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, a declaration by the UN General Assembly that underscores the importance of clean air to [...]

Experts back DOE, Meralco lead in energy transition

MANILA, 24 August 2020 – Energy policy experts today affirmed an energy transition is well underway in the Philippines, thanks to bold moves from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the country's largest utility, Meralco. "Debates on pandemic-related power bills are far from resolved but we also believe it's [...]

24 Aug 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Energy experts, DOE to discuss future-proofing the Philippine energy market in Aug. 24 press briefing

CONTACT: AC Dimatatac, ICSC Media Coordinator: +63 998 5469788, media@icsc.ngo WHAT: Online press briefing on the current status of the Philippine energy transition and future-proofing the energy market amid the COVID-19 crisis, in line with the opinion piece published in BusinessMirror last August 15, authored by Sara [...]

Is DOE at the tip of the energy transition spear?

Published in Business Mirror, 15 August 2020 by Sara Jane Ahmed & Alberto Dalusung III IN recent days, the country’s energy sector has been abuzz with talk from the energy managers of a drive to accelerate indigenous energy development. This is driven by the experience of the real fears of [...]

ICSC echoes doctors, transport advocates’ call for safe mobility for majority

QUEZON CITY, 4 August 2020 — Medical professionals led by the Philippine College of Physicians today called for safe and sufficient public transportation for health workers and frontliners, echoing recommendations by the Move As One coalition of mobility advocates and transport groups to prioritize service contracting for public utility [...]

NGO reacts to Duterte statement that coal to be used for 30 more years, solar still not feasible

MANILA, 14 July 2020 – In a recorded speech aired this morning, President Rodrigo Duterte told military troops in Jolo yesterday he was “ready to open the borders” for trade, including for “big time coal.” He added that “coal will be used for the next 30 years” and solar technology [...]

14 Jul 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Redefining resilience in the “new normal”: A homecoming

by Francis Joseph Dela Cruz Early this year, I was approached to be part of a project in Bulacan province with Cordaid and the Partners for Resilience (PfR), to advocate for local climate action planning in the city of Malolos and the town of Paombong. Immediately, I said yes. [...]

ICSC joins distribution of hygiene kits in Bulacan amid COVID-19

CITY OF MALOLOS, 30 June 2020 – Over 1,400 households in Malolos and Paombong town in Bulacan received hygiene kits last weekend as part of the COVID-19 response of Partners for Resilience and Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid (Cordaid) with the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) [...]

“Liberate the 88%!”: Rep. Legarda echoes experts’ calls to prioritize Metro Manila majority of non-car owners

QUEZON CITY, June 11, 2020 – On the eve of Independence Day, Antique Representative and Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda headed a multisectoral call for government to move people, not cars, as the mobility talks she co-organized with the Climate Change Commission [1] revolved around research that 88% of households [...]

Covid-19: Lessons for the Philippine power sector

Published in Business Mirror, 08 June 2020 DOWNLOAD PDF By Sara Jane Ahmed, Alberto Dalusung III, Jose Logarta Jr., and Pete Maniego Jr. WHEN the novel coronavirus first appeared in China late last year, nobody expected that the new disease, officially dubbed Covid-19 by the World [...]

Flatten the COVID-19 and climate curves

Below is the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities' statement at the 04 June 2020 hearing of the House of Representatives' Committee on Climate Change, as delivered by ICSC executive director Renato Redentor Constantino. The Committee, chaired by Rep. Edgar Chatto, considered House Resolutions 724 and 761, calling for the declaration of [...]

04 Jun 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Mercedes Fabros, in memoriam

by Renato Redentor Constantino The mourning after, when life is at its most quiet, is the most difficult. Despite a lifetime of insights generated by the woman whose all too early passing orphaned so many -- lessons that spanned life, impermanence, and unfettered love -- we are reminded of [...]

25 May 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

ICSC calls on executive to support Legarda’s call to move people, not cars

QUEZON CITY, 22 May 2020 – Antique Representative and Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda today called on the Metro Manila Council under the Metro Manila Development Authority to set up protected bike lanes and develop a bike masterplan. This was followed by Col. Edison ‘Bong’ Nebrija, MMDA traffic operations chief, [...]

Media is essential with or without COVID-19

MANILA, 7 May 2020 – Responding to the shutdown of ABS-CBN last Tuesday, Renato Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, said: “We have always considered media as part of a category that's been made popular today by the pandemic: media performs essential work. [...]

07 May 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Roberto “Obet” Verzola, in memoriam

Renato Redentor Constantino, 7 May 2020 As we step through the portal created by the pandemic, connecting us to an array of potential new worlds, some of which are nasty and brutish and others gentle and just, it is troubling to realize we will not have the likes of [...]

Philippine central bank signs sustainable finance framework

30 April 2020 — The Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) signed yesterday its Sustainable Finance Framework recognizing that “physical and transition risks arising from climate change could result in significant societal, economic and financial risks affecting the banks and their stakeholders.” [...]

30 Apr 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Together against climate change

Reposted from südostasien, read original article here. By Denise Margaret Matias & Danica Marie Supnet Southeast Asia/Philippines: Although the region is strongly affected by the consequences of climate change, representatives from Southeast Asia are hardly present in international climate committees. Cross-sectoral cooperation from local to international level is essential [...]

OPINION: Bicycles, bayanihan, and beyond

Feature Photo: Medical frontliners from St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City test their new bikes donated through the Life Cycles PH community. © Monaliza Bermudez by Aldrin Pelicano Published in ABS-CBN News, 21 April 2020 https://news.abs-cbn.com/blogs/opinions/04/21/20/opinion-bicycles-bayanihan-and-beyond The COVID-19 pandemic and the response of governments worldwide have exposed [...]

Heherson Alvarez, in memoriam

by Renato Redentor Constantino, 20 April 2020 To friends he was Sonny Alvarez, a man who carried many titles in his storied life. Senator and congressman, oppositionist and cabinet secretary, human rights advocate and environmentalist. As politicians go, he was imperfect, as pretty much all politicians are, especially those [...]

20 Apr 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Bike sharing and donation drives

Health workers and other frontliners particularly in Metro Manila struggle to reach their places of work (and get back home) given the suspension of public transport particularly in Luzon amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Philippine General Hospital, The Pasig City Government’s City Transport Development and Management Office, Life Cycles [...]