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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 [...]

‘The impossible has already happened’: what coronavirus can teach us about hope

In the midst of fear and isolation, we are learning that profound, positive change is possible. By Rebecca Solnit,  for The Guardian 7 Apr 2020 (Last modified 11 Apr 2020) Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/07/what-coronavirus-can-teach-us-about-hope-rebecca-solnit Disasters begin suddenly and never really end. The future will not, in crucial ways, be anything [...]

11 Apr 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

ICSC Operations Guidelines in the Time of COVID-19

PDF: ICSC Operations Guidelines as of 13 March 2020 As of 13 March 2020 This Guidance is to cover office operational preparations in relation to the current COVID-19 emergency period. The guidelines will be reviewed and may be amended on a day-to-day basis until the situation stabilizes and the [...]

13 Mar 2020|Categories: Blog, Resources|Tags: , , , |

Solons, DOE support transition to renewable energy

PRESS RELEASE Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities Solons, DOE support transition to renewable energy HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 26 February 2020 – Members of the House of Representatives today convened national government agencies to ensure that they are acting on climate change and fast-tracking the country’s energy transition. Deputy Speaker [...]

Impact of rising sea levels on the Philippines earns global coverage

By Catalina Ricci S. Madarang   February 25, 2020 Published by Interaksyon Homes of millions of Filipinos living in coastal and low-lying areas are at risk of being submerged due to rising ocean and sea levels as an effect of global climate change. The impact on the City of [...]

25 Feb 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Is coal dying, or dead, in the Philippines?

Reposted from BusinessMirror, read original article here. By Viking Logarta & Sara Jane Ahmed Yes to the first, and a nuanced no to the second. President Duterte said in his State of the Nation Address last year: “We recognize the urgent need to ensure the sustainability and availability of [...]

A Crisis Right Now: San Francisco and Manila Face Rising Seas

Somini Sengupta, The New York Times global climate reporter, and Chang W. Lee, a photographer for The Times, traveled to the Philippines and California to see how rising sea levels are affecting two big metropolitan areas. Published Feb. 13, 2020 in New York Times What do you do when [...]

13 Feb 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

OPINION: Is the Philippine national grid vulnerable to cyber-attacks?

by Jessa Ibañez and Kenneth Daniel Quesada, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities Pusblished in ABS-CBN News, Feb 11, 2020 Grid security was identified as an urgent national concern in last week’s Senate energy hearing, given not only that the State Grid Corporation of China's 40 percent ownership of [...]

11 Feb 2020|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Alas ng Bayan exhibit opens in UP College of Fine Arts for Arts Month

QUEZON CITY, 6 February 2020 -- The pioneering art exhibit Alas ng Bayan opened its two-week run today at the University of the Philippines Diliman’s College of Fine Arts, marking National Arts Month. “Alas ng Bayan couldn’t be more timely in these trying times. We look for heroes, we look [...]

Alas Ng Bayan opens in De La Salle University

The Alas Ng Bayan exhibit opened at the De La Salle University (DLSU) on January 27, 2020 and will run up to January 31. Jointly organized by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, the Constantino Foundation, and 350 Pilipinas, the exhibit launched at The Learning Commons of DLSU, hosted [...]

28 Jan 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Post-Ursula updates from Guiuan, Eastern Samar

Text and photos by Orland Quesada Editor's Note: Orland Quesada, a local of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, is ICSC's community outreach officer and gender person under its RE-Charge Pilipinas program. He wrote this letter yesterday to us, his ICSC colleagues, as part of a preliminary rapid disaster needs assessment in [...]

Reality or Utopia: Active Mobility in Metro Manila

By Rosan Verbraak and Kevin Heerema Editor’s Note: Kevin and Rosan are college students taking up Public Administration at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. As ICSC interns, they are working on a research on non-motorized transport in Metro Manila. Our three-week survey on active mobility in Metro Manila [...]

Changemakers

ChangemakersBy Isabella MendozaWhile the Philippines celebrates massive sales on November 11 (11.11), it means something completely different on the other side of the world. 11.11.11., a civil society coalition based in Flanders (the Dutch-speaking Northern part of Belgium), was founded on the 11th day of November (the 11th month) at [...]

11 Dec 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Climate Risks increasing worldwide – even for High-Income Countries

Global Climate Risk Index: Japan and Germany hit hardest by heat waves and drought in 2018 Philippines on rank 2 struck by tropical cyclones Puerto Rico, Myanmar and Haiti with highest weather-related losses 1999 - 2018 Nearly 500,000 people killed as a result of more than 12,000 extreme weather events [...]

05 Dec 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Vulnerable Leaders Call: COP25 must secure 2020 action for survival of nations

Vulnerable nations call for COP25 decision to increase ambition of NDCs in 2020 Aim to mobilize $20 billion in the next two years to finance innovations for vulnerable economies Call for UN Special Rapporteur on climate change backed by new vulnerable nations’ Fund Bangladesh announced as incoming Climate Vulnerable Forum [...]

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

5 Filipina heroines lauded in new ‘Alas ng Bayan’ exhibit

PRESS RELEASE QUEZON CITY, 25 November 2019 – A ‘herstory’ exhibit was opened at the University of the Philippines Diliman’s Asian Center today, featuring the paintings of five Filipinas who resisted national oppression, social injustice, and rank misogyny throughout the country’s history. Dubbed ‘Alas ng Bayan’ the exhibit showcases [...]

Cycling: a way of living in Metro Manila?

Cycling: a way of living in Metro Manila? By Kevin Heerema and Rosan Verbraak Editor’s Note: Kevin and Rosan are bachelor’s students taking up Public Administration at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. They are currently in an internship with ICSC, working on a research on non-motorized transport [...]

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