Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines, October 12 – Palawan Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez bestowed upon the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) the Provincial Plaque of Appreciation to recognize the support of the GGGI in pursuing climate resilience and green growth in the Province of Palawan.
On the occasion of the launch of the New Banua Institute for Resilience and Green Growth, Governor Alvarez noted that, “the partnership between the Province of Palawan and the GGGI has taken the course of three productive years and has contributed significantly to the awareness of our people on the importance of climate resilience and green growth, which we taking forward through tangible interventions that include project proposal preparation, policy development, and institutional strengthening such as the New Banua Institute”.
The Provincial Government of Palawan, under the leadership of Governor Alvarez is committed to promoting inclusive and pro-poor green growth to ensure that the economic momentum of the Province, the highest in the MIMAROPA Region, benefits also its indigenous and marginalized communities where poverty incidence is estimated to reach as high as 57%.
Ms. Jin Young Kim, GGGI OIC Head of Programs for Asia and the Pacific, receiving the award for GGGI, emphasized that “GGGI values the partnership that we have forged with the Provincial Government and the people of Palawan. As a development organization, we are grateful for the trust that has been accorded to us and we appreciate that the Province has local champions, with Governor Alvarez at the helm, who proactively own and lead our partnership towards the direction that will best address the need of its people. We look forward to building on the results of our partnership towards development projects that will create transformational impacts in Palawan and replicable models that we can share with others.”
For 2019, the Province of Palawan will implement the “Palawan Climate Resilient and Green Growth Framework”, developed under the Climate Resilient and Green Growth Planning (CRGG) Project) to ensure that the development plans and projects of its twenty-four municipalities are aligned with this. “We are cascading the Palawan CRGG Framework to our municipalities to facilitate vertical and horizontal coordination of plans, programs and projects in the Province and we look forward to our continued collaboration with the GGGI in this priority initiative”, added Ms. Ninfa Rubio who is the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and Head of the Palawan CRGG Provincial Project Team.
GGGI is an international organization dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. It implements the Climate Resilient and Green Growth Planning Project in Palawan in partnership with the Palawan Provincial Government and the Climate Change Commission (CCC).