ORIENTAL MINDORO, PHILIPPINES – March 9, 2016 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in partnership with the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro, today launched the province-wide Climate Resilient Green Growth (CRGG) Planning Project through a two-day Inception Workshop in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.
“The implementation of the CRGG Planning Project in the Province of Oriental Mindoro provides us a very good opportunity to cooperate and demonstrate that together we can come up with innovative strategies and concrete actions that will allow us to respond effectively to climate change risks and work together towards sustainable growth – one that is presently inclusive and looks to the interests of our future generations”, said Mr. Alexis Lapiz, Division Chief, Strategic Partnership Division of CCC.
The Inception Workshop was attended by over 130 participants including technical personnel from the Provincial Government, representatives from the local government units, academia, the private sector, non-government organizations, and civil society organizations.
In the face of severe weather that frequently impacts the province, such as the recent Typhoon Nona, the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro recognizes the importance of the Planning Project.
“We have to move fast as we might run out of time and, hopefully, this Project will help us come up with a solutions that would minimize the adverse effects and impacts of climate change in our province,” said Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso V. Umali Jr.
The results of the workshop will be used by FREEDOM, Inc., a consulting firm engaged by GGGI to deliver the Project as basis to develop project activities and facilitate the implementation of the Project.
“The CRGG Planning Project delivers equal focus to climate resilience and green growth and supports a larger set of local government units that includes the broader spatial coverage and economic influence of province”, said Mr. HyoYoul Kim, GGGI Philippines Country Representative.
GGGI has been supporting green growth in the Philippines since 2011, through the Ecotown project that has helped implement sustainable development in the Municipality of San Vicente, Palawan.
The CRGG Planning Project was launched province-wide on Palawan Island in February 2016.
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