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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|