ICLEI formally hands over green building solutions, citizen pledge platform to Pasig City

in photo (from left) Head of Pasig City CENRO/CSWMO Mr. Allendri Angeles; Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto; ICLEI SEAS Regional Director Vic Aquitania; and Pasig City Councilor Editha Santiago signed the handover MOU for the Pasig EcoPledge Platform last 5 July 2021 at the Barangay Hall of Sta. Rosa, Pasig City.

Pasig City, Philippines – As part of the Ambitious City Promises (ACP) project, the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) formally handed over green building infrastructure solutions and an online citizen climate action pledge platform to Pasig City, Philippines last 5 July 2021.

Conducted under the ACP sub-component “Pasig RECharge! Pilot Implementation of the Local Green Building Ordinance of Pasig City,” the infrastructure project located in Barangay Sta. Rosa, Pasig serves to demonstrate various climate action steps that exemplify the city’s commitment to low-carbon development.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (rightmost) inspects the 12.16 kWp rooftop solar energy system installed at the Barangay Hall of Sta. Rosa, Pasig City.

During his acceptance speech, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto emphasized the importance of the city’s present climate action steps. He said “Climate change and environmental issues have a real impact on everyone. For example, when there’s flooding. If we don’t change our ways, this problem will only worsen. We need to do what we can now to solve this.”

Specifically, the following infrastructure measures were implemented as project activities: (1) 12.16 kWp rooftop solar energy system, (2) 2,000L portable biogas digester located in the barangay’s materials recovery facility (MRF), (3) efficient LED lighting and air conditioning system, and (4) rainwater harvesting facility. These will help Barangay Sta. Rosa be more efficient in its energy and resource use.

The rainwater harvesting facility provides an alternative water source for some of the barangay’s facilities, including water closets, faucets, and the like.

Barangay Sta. Rosa Captain Mr. Arcel Umipig, said during his acceptance of the project, “Being the pilot area is a great deal. We commit ourselves to sustaining this project. We will maintain and take care of it so we can help in reducing local greenhouse gas emissions.”

Currently, the energy sector is the most significant contributor to the overall GHG emissions of Pasig City. In 2017 alone, this sector was responsible for 86% or 1,275,277.99 tCO2e of the city’s overall emissions.

Making local climate action inclusive

Moreover, the handover ceremony also served as the venue for the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing for the Pasig EcoPledge Platform between the Pasig local government and ICLEI SEAS. The MOU formally hands over the administration and maintenance of the citizen-oriented EcoPledge platform to the Pasig local government.

Pasig City Ecology and Environmental Protection Committee Chair Councilor Editha Santiago highlighted the importance of this inclusivity, saying “Let us all join forces and unite for environmental action.”

The 2,000L portable biogas digester located in Barangay Sta. Rosa’s materials recovery facility allows the barangay to utilize waste materials in the production of methane, which can then be used as an LPG alternative for cooking.

The Pasig EcoPledge Platform allows citizens to promise their own climate actions under three categories: energy efficiency and conservation, solid waste management, and transport and air quality. It enables Pasig’s overall climate targets to be cascaded to individual stakeholders, encouraging them to live a more sustainable lifestyle alongside their city’s sustainable development thrusts.

“This project started in 2017 and I’m happy to see that our partners remain committed to inclusive climate action. We hope that these project outputs can help Pasig City flourish as it pursues low-carbon development. Ultimately, we are excited and looking forward to the next chapters of your climate action journey,” concluded ICLEI SEAS Regional Director Vic Aquitania. 

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