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CCC and a power company support local governments’ climate change action plans.

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A memorandum of arrangement (MOA) between the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the electricity company First Gen Corporation aims to support local government units (LGUs) in putting their climate change adaptation and mitigation plans into action.

The ceremonial signing of the MOA took place on Tuesday at the Eugenio Lopez Center in Antipolo, Rizal, under the direction of CCC vice chairperson and executive director Robert Borje and First Gen president and chief operating officer Francis Giles Puno, the commission announced in a news release on Wednesday.

The MOA, according to the CCC, will enable LGUs to access the People’s Survival Fund (PSF), an annual fund for the implementation of climate change adaptation projects, and will equip them to incorporate climate change adaptation into national development.

Representatives from the following communities will benefit from the CCC’s partnership with the First Gen, according to the CCC: Maria Aurora Town in Aurora Province; Pantabangan and Carrangalan Towns in Nueva Ecija; Alfonso Castaneda in Nueva Vizcaya; Lobo in Batangas; Caramoan and Garchitorena in Camarines Sur; Baungon, Impasug-ong, Libona, Manol

The agreement would improve the LGUs’ Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAPs), including the updated climate and disaster risk assessments and greenhouse gas inventories, the CCC noted. It would also produce PSF project ideas.

According to the CCC, “this partnership is a part of both the CCC and First Gen’s common advocacy for enhancing local communities’ resilience to climate change and its effects.”

1 399 out of 1,715 LGUs had submitted their LCCAPs to the CCC as of Jan. 19, or 81.57 percent.

The CCC expressed confidence that the LGUs’ “100 percent compliance” can be achieved by 2024 through collaborations and capacity-building efforts.

“Our LGUs, all the way down to the barangays (village officials), are seeing the effects of climate change firsthand. They require metamorphosis as well as all the assistance they can obtain if they are to stand a chance, according to Borje.

“This particular agreement—through the formation of LCCAPs and capacitating them to access the PSF—will exactly do that,” he continued. “We don’t want them to just adapt; we want them to thrive and expand.”

Puno stated that the MOA with CCC was signed in keeping with First Gen’s pledge to combat climate change.

We simply cannot accomplish our aim of creating cooperative paths for a decarbonized and regenerative future on our alone. In order to solve a major challenge that lies ahead of us, climate change, signing an agreement with the Climate Change Commission is totally in line with what our organization is attempting to do, he said.

In accordance with the MOA, the CCC and First Gen will also support activities involving significant stakeholders in order to encourage risk assessment based on science and evidence and to maintain climate-smart leadership and governance among the intended beneficiaries.

Defending the national interests, which encompass the “life, livelihood, and future” of all Filipinos, is the partnership’s ultimate purpose, according to Borje.

“That’s all we need to prepare for, but this requires more than a community. This relationship is essential to achieving our goal of working closely together, he said.

Narra, Ipil, Banuyo, and Supa tree seedlings were planted in the BINHI Arboretum after the MOA was signed to officially launch the cooperation.

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