Philippine Country Programme
The Country Programme contains a portfolio of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects and programs for submission to the Green Climate Fund for the period 2019-2023. These potential investments are seen as instrumental for the Philippines to achieve its goal of climate resilience and green growth. The Country Programme is a living document, to be revisited periodically and revised, if necessary.
Together with the Climate Change Commission (CCC), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) based in the University of the Philippines-Los Baños facilitated a stakeholder engagement process, through which focus areas for GCF support were identified.
The first step toward developing the Country Programme, scoping involved an extensive literature review to identify the country’s priorities on climate change and its climate financing landscape. Results of scoping were then presented at the Forum on Climate Finance in the Philippines and GCF Country Programming. The first of a series of consultation workshops, the forum was attended by national government agencies (NGAs), civil society organizations (CSOs), development partners, and the private sector. Discussed at the forum were potential institutional arrangements for mobilization and delivery of climate finance. Proposed as well were policy reforms to improve governance of financing for climate change and to mainstream sectoral climate-resilient investments.
Defining Focus Areas
Following the forum was a multi-sectoral consultation workshop that aimed to define focus areas for climate financing. Focus areas refer to the climate priorities of the Philippines to be articulated in its Country Programme. Proposed at the workshop were resolutions on how to select programs, activities, and projects (PAPs). A longlist of 187 PAPs submitted by NGAs was also trimmed down to include 163 PAPs, which were then clustered into nine focus areas for potential funding.
Developing the Portfolio
The next consultation workshop intended to enhance focus areas toward developing the country’s portfolio. Attended by development partners, CSOs, and the private sector, the workshop also served as a venue for environmental organizations to propose additional climate-related PAPs for funding. Present with their proposals were representatives from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Conservation International (CI), the Haribon Foundation, and Forest Foundation Philippines. Common to their proposals were projects relating to forestry and indigenous peoples.
Formulating the Country Programme
Results of the consultation workshops were presented at a high-level meeting that rounded up the engagement process toward formulating the Country Programme. Led by the Climate Change Commission (CCC), the meeting sought for comments from representatives of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Finance (DOF), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and the Performance and Project Management Office of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary (PPMO-OCS).