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DBM to agencies: Include any budgetary programs that deal with the environment

Amenah Pangandaman, secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), has urged government organizations to include environmental programs and projects in the national budget as a part of ongoing efforts to combat climate change.

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During the Annual Climate Change Expenditure Tracking (CCET) Virtual Orientation on Tuesday, Pangandaman made this statement.

She cited the November 2022 release of the World Bank Group’s Country Climate and Development Report for the Philippines to argue that it is “critical” for climate change adaptation and mitigation to integrate climate considerations into public financial management.

Our efforts will be ineffective if we are unable to address climate change, according to Pangandaman, even though we are making progress on our Agenda for Prosperity. “Climate change continues to pose significant risks to our economic development,” he added.

Additionally, she urged all planning and budget officers and technical representatives on climate change to provide tracking of climate change expenditures “efficiently and effectively.”

“May we never forget that we are doing all of these to make sure that our economic progress is moving towards a truly inclusive and sustainable economy — one that will benefit every person, family, and organization in the nation and will benefit not only citizens in the world today but also in the generations to come,” she continued.

The national government has set aside PHP464.5 billion, or 8.8% of the total national budget, to address climate change this year, according to a news release from the DBM.

Compared to the PHP289.7 billion allotted for 2022, this amount is significantly higher by 60.1%.

Programs for reducing the effects of climate change and adapting to them that are in line with the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) are likewise high on the government’s priority list.

With nearly 80% of the budget allocated to climate change projects, the government is also giving water-sufficiency projects a top priority. Next in line are sustainable energy, food security, ecosystem, and environmental stability, climate-smart industries and services, human security, and knowledge and capacity development.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRMF), with PHP20.50 billion, the Rapid Response Fund, with PHP17.15 billion, and the Flood Management Program, with PHP182.99 billion, all place a high priority on disaster resilience.

A total of PHP2.39 billion has been allotted for the National Greening Program, of which PHP1.86 billion will go toward the Protected Areas Development and Management Program, PHP1.56 billion toward the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, and PHP246 million toward the management of coastal and marine ecosystems.

The 8-point Socioeconomic Agenda of the Marcos administration and the implementation of the climate change measures in the Philippine Development Plan 2023–2028 are both supported by the CCET Virtual Orientation, which was arranged by DBM and the Climate Change Commission.

It provided clear, concise, and up-to-date information for national government planning and budget officers, as well as for climate-change technical representatives, to understand climate change and CCET as an integral part of the national budget preparation. It also explained to government agencies the necessity of intensified climate change planning and programming.

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