The roundtable discussion features representatives from both national agencies (Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board-HLURB) and select local government units of Metro Manila, Philippines.


Pasig City, 18 March 2016 – National and local governments in the Philippines gathered today to discuss greenhouse gas inventory processes and climate actions needed to reach the nationally determined contribution (NDC) which sets emission reduction target of 70 per cent by 2030.

Representatives from seven cities of Metro Manila and five national government agencies attended the roundtable discussion, which aimed to facilitate local and national partnerships, increase interaction and highlight issues.

The event was organized by UN-Habitat, as part of the Vertical Integration and Learning on Low Emission Development (V-LED) project, in partnership with adelphi research and supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI)- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). The event was co-hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB).


Mr Albert A. Magalang, Chief of the Climate Change Division of DENR-EMB provided an overview of the Paris Agreement and the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) of the Philippines.

The event featured speakers from the national and local level:

  • Mr Albert A. Magalang, Chief of the Climate Change Division of DENR-EMB provided an overview of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) and actions specifically related to solid waste management, which is predominately an activity of the local government units.
  • City of Santa Rosa’s Environment and National Resources Officer, Ms Erlinda Creencia, shared good practices of the city and the processes and outcomes of conducting GhG inventories.

The roundtable discussions highlighted the need for increased capacity building to conduct greenhouse gas (GhG) inventories at the local level, including making it a mandatory requirement for local government units (LGUs) to have a focal point on GhG emissions within the LGU’s environmental office.

Training activities could focus on how to use the guidebooks of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR, enhancement of the current guideline on Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) preparation, good  practice exchange series, MRV or measurement, reporting and verification as well as monitoring and evaluating inventory processes.

In the Dialogue Event, it was  explained that there were onlyt 40 LGUs that  have completed trainings on GhG inventories out of more than 1,400nationwide (as part of an USAID capacity building project). LGU representatives highlighted the difficulties of gathering data for GhG inventories, particularly from industry and the private sector. LGUs requested support from the national government to give greater authority to LGUs to request data from industry or to make it a requirement of businesses to submit, disclose and report their GhG emissions. The need for increased consultations by the national agencies at the local level was raised, as well as increased IEC and knowledge management activities.

The cities represented at the event included Caloocan, Malabon, Novotas, Valenzuela, Pasig, Santa Rosa and Quezon. At the national level, DENR-EMB, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, Local Government Academy, National Solid Waste Management Council and National Economic Development Authority.


Santa Rosa Briquetting Facility

The City of Santa Rosa will showcase their charcoal briquette production, as an example of a low-emission development project within solid waste management.

Santa Rosa, 16 March 2016 — Local-level low-emission development projects are being showcased to city governments, during a Good Practice Exchange organized by UN-Habitat and Adelphi and hosted by the City of Santa Rosa.

Held on 16 March 2016, the Good Practice Exchange involves representatives from nine local government units (LGUs) in CALABARZON region, as well as DILG Regional Office of CALABARZON, DENR-EMB Climate Change Division and National Solid Waste Management Council.

The focus of the event is low-emission development projects related to solid waste. Participants will gain insights into the ways LGUs can implement solid waste projects that can contribute to emission targets outlined in the country’s ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ – submitted to the United Nations in October 2015. The Republic of the Philippines’ submission pledges to cut carbon emissions by 70 per cent by the year 2030.

Santa Rosa Compost Facility

The City of Santa Rosa’s bio-reactor with processed compost, which will be a part of the site visit during the Good Practice Exchange.

During the Good Practice Exchange, Senior Environmental Management Specialist, Ma. Delia Valdez, of the National Solid Waste Council will brief LGUs on the INDC and solid waste GHG inventories. Following this, the City of Santa Rosa officials will present low-emission and mitigation projects related to solid waste in their city, as examples of good practices, in particular the city’s centralized composting and charcoal briquetting facilities. The event will include a site visit to the facilities. Other cities will have an opportunity to share their examples through a photography/poster exhibit.

The event aims to provide an opportunity for LGUs to learn from each other, with regards to local climate change action planning for adaptation and mitigation, as well as share insights on how mitigation projects can be enhanced.

The Good Practice Exchange is an activity within the V-LED Project – a three-year endeavour to strengthen vertical policy coordination between national and local level governments, and capacities to mainstream climate change concerns into urban-related policies. This project is being implemented by the United Nations-Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in partnership with Adelphi research GmbH, with support of the International Climate Initiative of Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

In the Philippines, many local level governments are complying with their mandates to formulate their comprehensive plans and mainstream local climate change actions into such mandated plans. The project supports local efforts by linking to national programs and policies, and inspiring LGUs to implement mitigation and adaptation projects.

More than 30 participants will attend the event. Information gathered and shared will inform the development of a guide for LGUs to integrate low-emission development projects into local-level planning processes.



Mr. Rodel Falcasantos, a city architect, presents the proposed urban design integrating the planned city extension area and economic development drivers.

UN-Habitat has continued to provide technical and specialist support to Zamboanga City, with a three-day workshop held to refine and enhance the plans for a city extension.

Held 2-4 March 2016, the workshop focused on local economic development – specifically assisting the city to refine the planned city extension (PCE) in a way that best supports and expands local economic opportunities.

More than 25 heads and officers from various Zamboanga City and local government unit departments participated in the workshop, as well as representatives from the United Architects of the Philippines Zamboanga City Chapter.

The discussions identified value chains and the inter-related links with existing development plans, laws and financial opportunities. Specifically, the workshop focused on:

Regional connections and industry mapping. This forged links between the comprehensive land use plan (CLUP), local economic development (LED), and the PCE.914

Value chain analysis and spatial translation of industry components. This exercise brought out economic support components that were integrated with the PCE land uses, including projections for labor market and skills requirement.

Magnets and paper clips of economic activities. This exercise took a closer look at the PCE clusters and identified the growth drivers (magnets) and expected subsequent developments (paperclips).

Design charettes, where an urban transect and architectural and estate perspectives visualized the expected socio-economic state of the PCE.915

Investment and marketing portfolio, where participants capitalized the identified economic magnets and created sample descriptions to market the PCE. This exercise provided prioritization of investment components based on financial and spatial feasibility.

The workshop was held at the Garden Orchid Hotel, Zamboanga City. Additional support will be provided to the city in the coming months.