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

2020-08-04T16:43:22+08:0004 Aug 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 vehicles and pop-up […]

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

2020-07-22T18:09:25+08:0014 Jul 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 is […]

Media is essential with or without COVID-19

2020-05-07T21:35:23+08:0007 May 2020|Tags: , , , |

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. Media is essential with […]

UN climate summit reactive: Heed the call for urgent climate action

2019-09-24T09:05:13+08:0024 Sep 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

NEW YORK, 23 September 2019 – Reacting to the recently concluded United Nations Climate Action summit here, Renato Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, said:

“We applaud UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for injecting far more urgency into climate action by putting on the spot countries with the means to act […]

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

2019-07-23T11:10:10+08:0022 Jul 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 dependence on traditional energy sources such as coal”, Renato […]

Reactive: Japan fails to drive stronger G20 climate pact

2019-07-01T18:15:31+08:0029 Jun 2019|Tags: , , , |

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 its chance […]

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

2019-06-21T14:55:58+08:0021 Jun 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

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 while avoiding life-threatening pollution and environmental degradation,

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

2019-06-07T11:06:41+08:0006 Jun 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Aksyon Klima Pilipinas
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“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 and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. to the international […]

ICSC: Climate change to worsen water security risk

2019-03-15T15:47:41+08:0013 Mar 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 Climate and Sustainable Cities, commented:

“As a climate policy […]

ICSC hails bicam approval of coal tax hike

2019-03-07T12:12:00+08:0012 Dec 2017|Tags: , , , |

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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 three years.

Reacting to the development, Red Constantino, […]