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Stories2019-06-11T15:06:57+08:00

Linking human mobility to climate change

Text and photos by Danica Marie Supnet Last June, I was fortunate to be part of the Philippine delegation of the global programme on Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change (HMCCC) to Germany, where we joined a three-day working group discussion and an international conference. The German Development [...]

20 Aug 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

In memoriam: ICSC statement on Gina Lopez’s passing

Former DENR Secretary Gina Lopez passed away today, 19 August. Sec. Lopez was embraced fully by communities, environmental groups, and progressive enterprises for her courage, principled life and activism. ICSC executive director Renato Redentor Constantino issued the following statement: ICSC had the extraordinary pleasure and privilege of working with [...]

19 Aug 2019|Categories: News|

DOF Sec. Dominguez underscores need for climate-smart insurance in vulnerable economies

MANILA, 16 August 2019 – “The Philippine government is keen on strengthening its policies on climate financing,” Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez stated in his remarks for today’s forum on climate-smart micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) insurance in vulnerable and emerging economies. “The challenges posed by [...]

16 Aug 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Adapting Together

by Isabella Mendoza Photos by AC Dimatatac/ICSC Time and again, we have emphasized that locals can and should take the lead in making their communities more climate resilient. We are proud that ICSC’s partnership with CORDAID has continued to cross political and geographic boundaries in working together towards this [...]

14 Aug 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

How to invest in ‘green’ financing?

(Published by ANC, 1 Aug 2019) Philippine companies raised around P1.5 billion from so-called "green bonds" since last year. Marlon Apanada, managing director of Allotrope Partners gives tips on how to invest in green financing.

02 Aug 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Renewable energy tack in SONA lauded

by Rhodina Villanueva (published by The Philippine Star,  July 25, 2019)  READ THE FULL STORY HERE MANILA, Philippines — Environmentalists lauded President Duterte for emphasizing the need “to fast-track renewable energy (RE) resources to reduce the country’s dependence on traditional energy sources such as coal” in his fourth State of [...]

26 Jul 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Duterte’s SONA call for renewable energy confirms PH energy transition underway

Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities REACTIVE: Duterte’s SONA call for renewable energy confirms PH energy transition underway MANILA, 22 July 2019 — Reacting to President Rodrigo Duterte’s statements in his fourth State of the Nation Address today calling for “to fast-track renewable energy resources to reduce the country’s [...]

The battle of reaching consensus and what we should be focusing on

Published in GCFWatch on July 7, 2019 by Claire Miranda-Balba In view of the magnitude of climate change and the extensive work done over the years to address the crisis, it is distressing to know that these various international climate negotiations that we as Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have [...]

08 Jul 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Reactive: Japan fails to drive stronger G20 climate pact

Reacting to the G20 Summit’s conclusion in Osaka, Renato Redentor Constantino, Executive Director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities said: “As G20 Chair, Japan’s failure to drive a stronger outcome in support of climate action exposed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s weak leadership in the global stage. Japan wasted [...]

29 Jun 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Japan seeks climate leadership at G-20 summit but can’t kick its coal habit

By Simon Denyer (Published June 27 in The Washington Post) TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to burnish his green credentials. Japan, he said, will exercise “firm leadership” on climate change at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka this week, with a focus on “disruptive innovation” that [...]

28 Jun 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

PHL shift to clean energy will spur economic growth, development – report

Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities REACTIVE: PHL shift to clean energy will spur economic growth, development –report MANILA, 21 June 2019- The Philippines along with other countries in South and Southeast Asia can transition to renewable energy to fuel economic growth, boost sustainable development and achieve energy security [...]

Kairos Dela Cruz on ANC: Sea level rise and climate action

Kairos Dela Cruz, ICSC's associate for climate policy, talks to Migs Bustos of Early Edition on ANC about sea level rise projections worldwide and in the Philippines, and how the country can ramp up its efforts to respond to this and other climate change impacts. [...]

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

“Radical action” on climate needed both in UN talks, PH – civil society groups

Aksyon Klima Pilipinas REACTIVE “Radical action” on climate needed both in UN talks, PH - civil society groups MANILA, 6 June 2019 — Aksyon Klima Pilipinas, a network of civil society groups working for a robust climate policy for the country, is taking up the challenge of President Rodrigo Duterte [...]

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

Young metro mayors challenged to make World Bike to Work Day everyday

DOWNLOAD PDF PASIG, 3 June 2019 -- An international think tank issued today a challenge to Metro Manila's newly elected young mayors, calling for working class-biased solutions to climate change in celebration of World Bicycle Day. "We call on Metro Manila's new leaders to come together and make everyday [...]

03 Jun 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

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.