Sat. Dec 14th, 2019

Palawan LGUs encouraged to tap ‘Green Climate Fund’

Cabinet secretary Karlo B. Nograles delivers keynote address during the Environmental Stewardship and Climate Resilience Conference in Palawan State University. (Photo by Romar Miranda)

Vulnerable municipalities in Palawan and others in the country can access the “Green Climate Fund” to establish programs that will make them “more adaptive” communities, a Palace official said.

Cabinet Sec. Karlo Nograles on Monday encouraged local government units (LGUs) in Palawan that are considered “at-risk” to establish programs that will make them resilient against the ill-effects of climate change.

Nograles said the offer to access the fund is part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s recently created “Climate Change Cluster” in his Cabinet, which is focused on building “more resilient” municipalities amidst climate change threats.

“Green Climate Fund (GCF) is an international fund that is granted for vulnerable countries and cities like ourselves. We recently approved the landmark project and hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy ito sa buong bansa,” he said.

“Green Climate Fund (GCF) is an international fund that is granted for vulnerable countries and cities like ourselves.” – Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

Nograles said that addressing climate change is one of the top priorities of President Duterte.

He said this is manifested in recent activities implemented by the administration such as proscribing open-pit mining, temporary closure of one of the country’s important tourist destinations, and rehabilitation of vital bay systems in the country.

“Focused [si President Duterte] on addressing the issue of climate change. He banned open-pit mining, temporary closure of Boracay, ongoing Manila Bay rehabilitation, at pagbalik ng Pasig Bay rehabilitation sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),” he said.

GCF is an international fund established in 2010 by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that aims to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change.

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