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Cordillera towns seek more funds to fight climate change

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet— Local government officials from Benguet and Mountain Province banded together today seeking to fund their efforts to protect their harvests and further adapt to climate change.

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) [1], in partnership with Benguet State University (BSU) and the Canadian Embassy, held an orientation and workshop on how to access the People’s Survival Fund (PSF). The fund, which was established in 2012 under Republic Act 10174, grants funds for the climate change adaptation initiatives proposed by local governments and communities.

“The Cordillera region has long been identified as highly vulnerable to climate impacts. Through this workshop, we hope to empower local governments not just to seek a grant from the People’s Survival Fund, but also to craft more informed plans to better protect their people’s lives and livelihoods,” said Kairos Dela Cruz, ICSC Associate for Climate Policy.

ICSC is the civil society representative to the PSF Board, which assesses and approves proposals for funding. The Board already approved last November its first two projects – one in Del Carmen, Siargao, Surigao del Norte and the other in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur – totalling almost P120 million.

About P1.8 billion remains in the People’s Survival Fund, but it can also be replenished by national and international sources.

The Embassy of Canada, which in 2015 committed $2.65 billion in climate finance until 2020 for developing countries [2], also co-sponsored the event.

“Canada is working with countries around the world to demonstrate leadership and take global action on climate change,” said Canadian Ambassador John Holmes. “The Government of Canada is pleased to support this capacity building workshop on climate-inclusive planning to help enable local government units plan, mobilize, and access climate finance from existing sources such as the People’s Survival Fund.”

The PSF orientation-workshop will be held until tomorrow, February 9, in the Cordillera region’s Agricultural Training Institute hosted by BSU.

“Our longstanding research on climate change impacts here in the Cordillera region shows that agricultural production will be even further besieged by more intense typhoons and heavier rainfall. Benguet State University is proud to host this People’s Survival Fund workshop and to provide scientific advice for our farmers and local government planners alike,” said BSU President Dr. Feliciano Calora Jr.

Notes to the editor:

  1. The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities is a policy group in the Philippines promoting low-carbon development strategies, sustainable energy solutions and fair climate policy in vulnerable countries.
  2.  http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/11/27/canadas-climate-finance-commitment

Contact:

  • Denise Fontanilla, Climate Policy Coordinator, +63 917 851 4890, denise@icsc.ngo
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