Jun04

Green Lawmakers

Written by // Christopher Estallo

A short film following Filipino legislators from the Reforestation Committee as they go on a fact-finding tour of Catanduanes, an island off the east coast particularly vulnerable to typhoons.

Green Lawmakers

"GLOBE believes that legislators are accountable for the policies we've passed, oversight and holding our executive and governments accountable for the work we're doing is crucial," said GLOBE Philippines Chair Congresswoman Susan Yap.

Through Congresswoman Susan Yap and the story, the film will make clear how an international organisation like GLOBE facilitates the two-way flow of information between the International and the domestic. We see how international agreements influence domestic legislation and local action. Working in the other direction, we see how local issues can set the agenda for national legislation that in turn can set the framework for constructing effective international agreements.

Mar05

PHILIPPINES’ CLIMATE CHANGE COMMISSIONERS MET WITH CLIMATE LEGISLATORS

Written by // Christopher Estallo

Climate Programs and Outputs of COP19 Discussed

PHILIPPINES’ CLIMATE CHANGE COMMISSIONERS MET WITH CLIMATE LEGISLATORS

The House Committee on Ecology chaired by Rep. Amado Bagatsing convened a meeting with the Climate Change Commission held last 05 March. This meeting is a response to House Resolution 451 authored by GLOBE Philippines' Vice Chair for the House of Representatives Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City), co-authored by Rep. Maximo B. Rodriguez (Abante Mindanao Party-List).

Legislators belonging to the House Committee on Ecology and member legislators of GLOBE Philippines were briefed by Sec. Mary Ann Lucille Sering of the Climate Change Commission on the efforts and initiatives that the Commission has been undertaking in order to combat the effects of climate change.

While Commissioner Naderev Saño discussed the results of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) held in Warsaw, Poland. He said, "Warsaw failed to cement the required mitigation commitments and financial pledges. We fell short of convincing the world with absolute clarity that developed countries can provide financial resources of $100 billion by 2020."

In the meeting, GLOBE Philippines' Chair for the House of Representatives Congresswoman Susan Yap stressed the importance of assessing the country's climate change related laws and see how they are being implemented. She adds that, "A number of resolutions were filed at the House of Representatives by founding members of GLOBE Philippines to create an Oversight Committee on Climate Change."

"There is an urgent need for the Climate Change Commission to inform Congress, as mandated by Republic Act 9729. We are racing against time," concluded Congressman Rufus Rodriguez.

Mar01

PHILIPPINES TOOK PART IN GLOBE 2ND CLIMATE LEGISLATION SUMMIT

Written by // Christopher Estallo

Congresswoman Susan Yap Shares the Philippines' Climate and Forests Legislation Initiatives

GLOBE Philippines’ Chair Congresswoman Susan Yap and Vice Chair for Luzon Congressman Agapito Guanlao with GLOBE International Secretary General Adam C.T. Matthews.

GLOBE Philippines' Chair Congresswoman Susan Yap of Tarlac, 2nd District leads the Philippine delegation at the 2nd GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit held in the US Senate and World Bank in Washington DC on 27th to 28th February 2014. Over 132 legislators from 32 countries participated in the summit.

The Philippine delegation also includes GLOBE Philippines' Vice Chair for Luzon Congressman Agapito Guanlao of Butil Party list; and Chris Estallo, Director for the Philippines of GLOBE.

The Summit was part of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) Climate Legislation Initiative and received the findings of the 4th Edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study as well as overseeing the launch of the Partnership for Climate Legislation, a GLOBE initiative supported by the United Nations and the World Bank. US Senator Edward Markey hosted the opening high-level session.

Feb19

UK SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE SIR DAVID KING VISITS MANILA

Written by // Christopher Estallo

Speaks at the First Joint Forum of Senate and House on Legislators Role In Climate Action

UK SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE SIR DAVID KING VISITS MANILA

The UK Special Representative for Climate Change Sir David King made a presentation at the joint Forum of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and the House Committee on Ecology entitled "Politics of Climate Change and 21st Century Challenges" held at the National Museum February 19, 2014.

Feb05

6 SENATORS JOIN GLOBE PHILIPPINES

Written by // Christopher Estallo

Senator Loren Legarda Elected as Chairperson for the Senate

6 SENATORS JOIN GLOBE PHILIPPINES

GLOBE Philippines' formation at the Philippine Senate took place on February 5. Senator Loren Legarda initiated the formation meeting where Senators Benigno Aquino IV, Juan Edgardo Angara, Vicente Sotto III, and Cynthia Villar attended said meeting. On the other hand, Senator Gregorio Honasan signified his interest to join the organisation through Senator Legarda.

Senator Legarda was voted as Chairperson for the Senate, Senator Villar as Vice Chairperson for the Senate, Senator Aquino IV as Chairperson for Research and Policy Development, Senator Angara as Chairperson for Capacity Building and Education, and Senator Sotto as Chairperson for Media and Communications.

Thus, completing the leadership structure of GLOBE Philippines,

"Now, we have 6 Senators and 24 members of the House of Representatives, cross-party legislators, that are committed to finding legislative solutions to the challenges posed by climate change and sustainable development. This is major development in terms of organising GLOBE in the country," said Chris Estallo, GLOBE Director for the Philippines. "And so far, GLOBE Philippines has the most number of members across GLOBE chapters worldwide," he added.

Senator Legarda in the meeting emphasized the critical role of legislators, especially the Senators, in taking climate action.

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