USAID rolls out P750-M climate resilience project in PH

Published October 29, 2021, 7:17 PM

by Betheena Unite

A five-year project that will help the Philippines become a more climate-resilient country has been rolled out by the United States (US) government.

(Photo from Department of Environment and Natural Resources)

Under a P750-million Climate Resilient Cities project, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will help cities in the country–which is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries– adapt to, mitigate, and endure the impacts of climate change by increasing their access to climate financing and tools to build resilience.

The US Embassy in the Philippines said Friday, Oct. 29, that the project was officially launched on Thursday, Oct. 28.

The USAID will support local government units and other stakeholders to better understand, use, and disseminate climate information to local communities.

The project will also help cities and non-governmental organizations access climate financing to increase community resilience and contribute to communities’ economic and social development, as well as support natural climate solutions that increase cities’ resilience to climate change impacts.

“Over the past 60 years, we have been proud to partner with the Philippine government and local stakeholders to achieve shared development goals,” said USAID Philippines Acting Mission Director Sean Callahan.

“Addressing the climate crisis, and particularly the vulnerability of cities, is crucial to helping build a more prosperous, resilient Philippines for current and future generations,” Callahan said.

The Climate Resilient Cities project supports the Philippine government’s National Climate Change Action Plan, Nationally Determined Contributions, and National Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Roadmap, and advances the US government’s goal of tackling the climate crisis around the world.

Climate Resilient Cities will also receive support from the government of the Republic of Korea, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency, as part of a joint partnership between the US and Korean governments.