Parañaque City gears up to develop ambitious local climate action plan

The workshop gathered key stakeholders in Parañaque City to introduce the Ambitious City Promises project; scope existing policies, programs, projects, and activities (PPPAs); and map actors relevant to the project implementation.

Local government officials and representatives from the community and private sector gathered at the Parañaque City Hall last 13 July 2018 for the Ambitious City Promises (ACP) City-Level Technical Workshop. Themed “Mobilizing Stakeholders for Ambitious Local Climate Actions,” the workshop convened pertinent stakeholders to officially introduce the project; scope existing local policies, programs, and activities related to climate change and low emission development strategies (LEDS); and map significant actors that the city can engage with in its climate actions.

Ms. Pamela Cabacungan, Project Officer for Mitigation in ICLEI Southeast Asia, gave a brief introduction of the project. She explained that ACP is a 3.5-year international project which supports large cities in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam to operationalize local climate action through an active and inclusive stakeholder engagement strategy.  ACP builds on the Promise of Seoul, a comprehensive climate action plan implemented by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG).

Launched before a global audience on 20 October 2017 at the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change, ACP is implemented by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability in coordination with the Seoul Metropolitan Government. ACP is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) program. In the Philippines, Parañaque joins Pasig City and Marikina City as participating project cities.

Committing to inclusive and participatory climate action planning

Assistant City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Head Mr. Isabelo “Boi” Mojica, Jr. reiterated Parañaque’s pride for being chosen as one of the project cities in the country. He enjoined local government staff and officials in attendance to share this honor and use this as a motivation for their utmost cooperation and involvement in project implementation. He also noted that since ACP promotes active and inclusive citizen engagement, representatives from the communities, private sector, and development partners should take this opportunity to participate and be involved in the project.

CENRO Assistant Head Isabelo “Boi” Mojica, Jr. reports on current activities and strategies that address environment-related pressures and challenges in Parañaque City.

Officer-in-Charge (OIC) City Administrator Fernando Soriano graced the event on behalf of Mayor Edwin Olivarez. The Administrator reported that the city recognizes the need to look at development in a holistic manner and environment issues should not take a backseat to other development woes.

“We are glad to say that Parañaque is taking active steps to integrate environment-friendly practices in our development plans,” he said.

Identifying priority urban sectors and actors in the pursuit of LEDS

Working in breakout groups, participants discussed and reported existing local policies, programs, projects, and activities (PPPAs) that their organization, unit, or office is implementing based on the 10 urban sectors identified in the Promise of Seoul. Participants also ranked the sectors and subsectors based on perceived relevance to Parañaque City’s pursuit of LEDS. The top five urban sectors that surfaced from this activity were energy, air quality, resource circulation, water, and transportation.

Participants discuss and explore possible collaboration for the different programs and activities reported during the scoping workshop.

While strongly anchored on implementing LEDS, the project puts premium on citizen engagement. One project activity is to collect stakeholders’ pledges for local climate actions. Toward this end, workshop participants listed stakeholders that they think should be involved in the city’s pursuit of climate-related actions. Participants also prioritized actors based on their level of influence and involvement. Actors identified ranged from city departments, national government agencies, academic institutions, private sector, civil society organizations, and community representatives.

Ms. Val Bugnot (center), ICLEI SEAS Communications Officer facilitated a participatory Stakeholder Mapping exercise to identify and prioritize local actors relevant to ACP project implementation and Parañaque’s pursuit of climate actions.

The ACP project also works toward ensuring alignment of local climate action plans with each country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). INDCs outline a country’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change. The Philippines is currently undertaking a technical review of its submitted INDC.

 

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