Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, in cooperation with the Philippine Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Department of Energy (DOE), conducted an operational planning workshop under the “Support to the Philippines in Shaping and Implementing the International Climate Regime” (SupportCCC II) on February 2-5, 2016 at the Sierra Madre Hotel and Resort in Tanay, Rizal.

Operational Planning Workshop Feb2-5 Tanay Rizal
Participants during the four-day operational planning workshop showed support for the 1.5 degree temperature target with hand sign made famous during the COP21 in Paris last December 2015. For more information on the #1o5C Campaign, check: (Photo courtesy of CCC)

The four-day workshop identified the various activities for the 2016 implementation of the project based on the strategic planning with key stakeholders held in November 2015. The Project Steering Committee, chaired by Emmanuel M. De Guzman, Secretary and Vice-Chairperson of the Climate Change Commission, and co-chaired by Dr. Bernd Markus Liss, Director & Principal Advisor of the GIZ Climate Program, was also convened for the first time. The PSC approved the 2016 operational plan of the project subject to minor revisions mainly referring to adjustment in timeline considering the May 2016 national and local elections.

Other members of the PSC are the Department of Energy D (DOE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Finance (DOF), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Aksyon Klima.

Building on the success of the first phase of the project, SupportCCC II will continue to facilitate the coordination of key agencies toward the effective implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and ensure the alignment of the Philippine government’s climate change initiatives with its development goals and international commitment.

Capacity building efforts will be initiated throughout the year for national and local governments on key areas– implementation of the country’s climate change policy, adoption of climate-smart land-use planning and climate financing. At the same time, information and knowledge sharing will be strengthened among key stakeholders.

Through the technical assistance, the Philippine government will also promote the use of renewable energy nationwide.

Other partners that joined the operational planning workshop included representatives from key government agencies namely the DOE’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB), Energy Policy and Planning Bureau (EPPB) and Electric Power Industry Management Bureau (EPIMB), DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB),  Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), HLURB, NEDA and DOF, and civil society groups such as Aksyon Klima and Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC). The CCC and GIZ were also well represented by technical staff and advisors in charge of the project’s five components.

The SupportCCC II Project is part of the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).