The Philippines became a member of the NDC Partnership in November 2017 and appointed the Climate Change Commission and the National Economic and Development Authority as Focal Points. In its request for support letter, the Philippines provided a list of priority areas where immediate support to accelerate its NDC implementation is needed. This includes crosscutting issues related to policy, strategy, legislation, capacity development, investment, and monitoring and evaluation, as well as specific requests in the forestry, transport, industry and waste, and energy sectors. This request builds upon the outcomes of inter-agency roundtable discussions, sectorial meetings, and training workshops organized by the Climate Change Commission to ensure that the NDC is considered by all sectors at the scientific and technical level. On 12 November 2018, a consolidated response from partners to the request for support was sent to the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission – including responses from the European Union, Food and Agriculture Organization, France, Agence Française de Developpement, Germany, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, International Labor Organization, International Renewable Energy Agency, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund for Nature.
The country is looking at the NDC’s crucial role in the country’s national development plan. Providing that specific legislation and enabling mechanisms are set up, the NDC offers the unique opportunity to mobilize public actors and the private sector around climate action. The roadmap for NDC implementation will be a pivotal tool to raise ambition and mainstream mitigation and adaptation in public policies, at all levels. More particularly, the Government of the Philippines attaches the utmost importance to the ownership of climate issues by local governments, through the development of local climate change action plans. The development of a social preparation framework and NDC communication plan is one of Philippines’ highest priorities. The Government, in cooperation with the NDC Partnership, developed a video on climate change impacts in the Philippines, and the potential of the NDC to contribute to economic growth whilst increasing the resilience of its people. This video aims to raise awareness amongst the population and increase social mobilization in support of climate action.