SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
04 December 2020 07:35:10 PM
In an online meeting held Friday, the House Committee on Climate Change, chaired by Rep. Edgar Chatto (1st District, Bohol), stressed the need for the Philippines to submit its first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in pursuant to the Paris Agreement. The meeting was prompted by House Resolution 1391, filed by Chatto which expresses the sense of the House of Representatives for the Philippines to submit its NDC to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on or before 31 December 2020. “We should determine our degree of preparation or compliance in terms of deliverables for the country’s NDC. We want to know and we want to help so that we can together survive and thrive in this new climate normal,” Chatto said during the meeting. Climate Change Commission (CCC) Commissioner Atty. Rachel Herrera reported that the Philippines is one of three remaining Paris Agreement signatories that have yet to submit their NDCs despite the nearing deadline. Herrera said the submission of the NDC would further demonstrate the country’s commitment and leadership in advancing the global climate agenda. The NDC would also serve as a catalyst for investment opportunities that would advance the country’s socioeconomic goals, she said. Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda challenged the CCC and other government agencies to operationalize the NDC and make it understandable to the average Filipino. “Ang NDC, mahirap intindihin. Hindi mahawakan, hindi makain, hindi maintindihan ng Pilipino, at hindi nagiging prayoridad dahil akala nila ay highfalutin nonsense,” Legarda said.