By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to provide a learning platform for cities that are committed to take action on climate change through the reduction of carbon emissions and promotion of renewable energy.
This will be carried out through the Ambitious City Promises (ACP), a three-year regional project supporting cities in Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam in developing and implementing low emissions strategies.
The project emphasizes community engagement across all stages of this process and will help cities establish lasting mechanisms to share knowledge and use participatory, bottom-up models for climate action.
Three Philippine cities, namely Pasig, Parañaque and Marikina, have been chosen as project sites that will receive assistance from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)-Local Governments for Sustainability and the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG).
DENR Assistant Secretary Corazon Davis expressed the country’s gratitude to ICLEI and SMG for choosing the Philippines as one of the ACP country-recipients.
Speaking on behalf of DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu during the launch last week, Davis described the project as “very timely” as it came at a time when the country was reviewing its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the landmark Paris agreement on climate change.
“As the country reviews its strengthened NDC, it will include cities at the forefront of implementing transformative low emission development projects,” Davis said.
“We at the DENR could provide a platform on how we could cascade the learnings of these three cities,” she added.
Davis expressed hope that more vulnerable and high-risk cities in the world will learn from the country’s “trailblazers to natural resources conservation and environment protection.”
Tags: 3 Metro Manila cities chosen as ACP sites, action on climate change, Ambitious City Promises, DENR, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, learning platform, Seoul Metropolitan Government