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PBBM welcomes int’l aid pact to help PH on climate change adaptation

February 29, 2024 People's Journal 84 views

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. welcomed on Monday the assistance of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) to help the country in climate resilience and promote green growth strategy through the Host Country Agreement (HCA).

President Marcos relayed this to Former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, President of the Assembly & Chair of the Council of GGGI, during the latter’s courtesy call in Malacañang.

Ban told President Marcos of his organization’s support to the efforts of the Marcos administration to address climate change.

In December last year, the President approved the HCA signed by the Philippine government with the GGGI that will establish its office in the Philippines. The Agreement needs to be ratified by the Senate.

Marcos expressed his appreciation for the assistance being offered by GGGI, hoping for the Senate to ratify the HCA soon.

“We welcome any assistance or any advice on the subject (climate change). I’m certain that after you meet with the Senate President and you will speak with the senators, the ratification of the agreement will follow very quickly,” President Marcos said.

“I think it is something we are all, all of us in government or out of government have really put a great deal of emphasis on simply because it has been… it has affected us greatly. I hope that we can come with some strategies that will help us,” the President stated.

The President said the world can no longer avoid the bad effects of the changing weather pattern, particularly with the continuous warming of the Earth’s atmosphere.

The President lauded the Asia Development Bank’s (ADB) mitigation strategy, which he said plays an important role in the Philippine’s climate mitigation and adaption efforts. He stressed the significance of anticipating future needs in the face of this new situation.

The former UN leader had taken notice of the fact that the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries in terms of natural disasters caused by climate change.

Ban said the GGGI looks forward to working with the Marcos administration for the country to adapt to changing climate situation. He added that they are ready to work with the Philippines’ foreign, environment, and economy ministers.

Aside from meeting the senators, Ban is scheduled to give a speech on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

With headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, the GGGI was established as an international intergovernmental treaty-based organization in 2012 at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies.

Since the Philippines’ membership in 2012, GGGI has been providing the country technical assistance and capacity building programs, amounting to more than US$13 million, to help the country attain its sustainable development goals, particularly in promoting climate resilience and green growth development strategy.

GGGI also provided interventions towards building green finance portfolios for the Philippines and unlocking access to international climate finance.

GGGI’s notable projects and local actions in the country include the Provincial Agriculture Center (PAC) and four agri-MSME production facilities in Oriental Mindoro for incubation, facility rentals, and aggregator services linking local farmers to market and green job creation, off-grid solar home systems deployment in disaster vulnerable low-income communities in the Surigao Islands, and upscaling the Bataan Electric Public Transport Program, among others.

GGGI’s current projects and activities in the Philippines amount to US$130.3 million.

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