Employees and officers of Pasig City Hall, led by Mayor Bobby Eusebio, former Mayor Maribel Andaya Eusebio, and officials of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) celebrated the Ambitious City Promises (ACP) Day during the Flag Raising ceremony last February 26 at Pasig City Hall.
Starting the first workday of the week with an energetic note, Mayor Bobby gave a message of thanks to ICLEI for choosing Pasig City as Philippine’s model city for ACP. Rallying support from City Hall employees for the successful implementation of the program, the Mayor said, “Kailangan ang tulong ng bawat isa sa atin dahil ito ay malaking proyekto, hindi lang po sa kagustuhan natin maging bahagi ng ICLEI kundi dahil din sa ating pangangailangan na maging Green City. Inaasahan ko ang 100% na suporta sa programa ng ICLEI at ng CENRO, (We need everyone’s help because this is a huge project—not only because we wanted to be part of ICLEI’s initiative but also because we need to strongly position Pasig City as a Green City. I look forward to 100% support for this program.)”
Present during the event are ICLEI SEAS representatives: Regional Director Victorino Aquitania, Regional Program Manager Ranell Martin Dedicatoria, Project Officers for Mitigation Marvin Lagonera and Pamela Cabacungan, Project Officer for Adaptation Jose Bernardo Gochoco III, and Communications Officer Val Bugnot.
Mr. Dedicatoria gave a brief overview of the ACP project, explaining its goals, objectives, and activities. He also congratulated Pasig City for being chosen as one of the national finalists of World Wide Fund for Nature’s One Planet City Challenge (OPCC).
Echoing Mayor Eusebio’s call for support and cooperation from City Hall staff and officers, Mr. Dedicatoria quipped, “Naniniwala kami na bawat department; bawat office ng city government ay may maiko-contribute sa pag-i-implement ng project na ito. (We believe that every department and office of the city government can contribute to the project’s implementation.)”
To highlight the importance of citizen engagement in scaling up local climate action, Mr. Dedicatoria left a challenge to the City Hall staff and officers: Commit to performing one green act a day.
“I challenge you to do one green act a day; sabi nga nila it takes 21 days to form a habit. What are these green acts? Pwede po sa bahay, pwede po sa workplace. It could be turning off air conditioning if no one is in the room, teaching our kids to segregate waste, or biking or walking to work. Simple gestures like these if taken collectively can lead to big acts to address climate change. (I challenge you to do one green act a day; they say it takes 21 days to form a habit. What are these green acts? They could be done at home or in the workplace. It could be turning off air conditioning if no one is in the room, teaching our kids to segregate waste, or biking or walking to walk. Simple gestures like these if taken collectively, can lead to big acts to address climate change.)
After the Flag Raising Ceremony, a workshop was conducted to introduce the ACP project to department heads, local technical staff, and representatives of Pasig City. This was also organized to scope existing local policies, programs, projects, and activities on low emission development (LED).
Mandates, perceived roles in climate change and low emission development, and capacity needs specific to each department were also discussed during the workshop. Likewise, Ms. Cabacungan presented a review of Pasig’s current Greenhouse Gas Inventory and facilitated an open forum to take on questions and discuss strategies on how to update the inventory.
A session was also held to map relevant internal and relevant stakeholders that the City can engage with to develop and achieve City Promises.
Launched before a global audience on October 20 at the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change, ACP is a three-year regional project supporting cities in Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam to operationalize local climate action through an active and inclusive stakeholder engagement strategy.
Through ACP, Pasig, Parañaque, and Marikina will receive assistance from ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability and Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) in establishing and implementing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions strategies, taking into account the cities’ development pressures and local context while also emphasizing the importance of citizen engagement and working with relevant national ministries.
ACP is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) program.