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The Philippines and Japan agreed to cooperate to jointly address concerns regarding maritime safety, energy transition and decarbonization. Philippine Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga (front, left) and Japan Minister of Environment Ito Shintaro (front, right) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) that will enable both countries to share available experience and expertise in environmental protection, guided by the goals and principles of sustainable development. The areas of cooperation include climate change mitigation and adaptation; air and water quality management; chemical management; waste management — including plastic and e-waste; and biodiversity conservation. The Cooperation may take the form of regular policy dialogues; capacity-building through meetings, conferences, symposia, workshops, seminars and training; exchange of knowledge, experience, best practices, scientific and technical information and data on environmental policies; and exchange of information and consultations regarding global environmental negotiations processes and Multilateral Environmental Agreements. The MOC, signed during the Japan-Philippines Summit Meeting in Tokyo, is effective for an initial period of five years. ###
(Photo credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Cabinet Public Affairs Office)

Jhorace Tupas (middle), Officer-in-Charge of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Section, Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) discussed the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP) during the side event “Harmonizing Biodiversity and Climate Change Goals through Nature-Based Solutions: Experiences from the ASEAN Region” at the Philippine Pavilion of the 28th Conference of Parties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tupas said national and regional consultations are being conducted to update the PBSAP and ensure that climate change is being discussed in the different sectors and across the different levels of biodiversity - species, ecosystems and up to the genetic level. In the recent Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Philippines advanced its position to integrate nature based solutions (NbS) in its biodiversity agenda to address climate change. By 2030, the Philippines envisions a common language between the government and the private sector in the implementation of NbS with both sectors working together for environmental sustainability, biodiversity conservation and climate action. Other participants in the session were (2nd from left to right): John Vincent Colili of the Non-Timber Forest Products – Exchange Programme Tenure Rights and Governance; Za’iem Halbi, Head of Brunei Climate Change Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, and Dr. Vong Sok, Head of the Environment Division and Assistant Director of Sustainable Development Director at the ASEAN Secretariat. ###

Philippines Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga (left), Head of the Philippine Delegation to the 28th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) discussed the operationalization of the Loss and Damage (L&D) Fund with Steven Victor, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Environment of the Republic of Palau during their bilateral meeting. Secretary Loyzaga and Minister Victor talked about the urgent need for a strong, collective voice in climate financing and the Philippines’ aspiration to continuously represent the most climate-vulnerable countries, including regions in the Pacific Island, as well as the Philippines’ offer to host the Lost and Damage Fund Board. Minister Victor acknowledged the country’s familiarity with international organizations and partnerships and expressed support for the Philippines to host the L&D Fund Board. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga (in podium), Head of the Philippine Delegation to the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) presents highlights of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and the Nationally Determined Contribution Implementation Plan (NDCIP) to various stakeholders during the panel discussion, “Turning the Tide: The Philippines’ Journey to Climate Resilience” on December 2. While still for finalization, the landmark initiatives outline the country’s pathways towards resilience and mitigation, entailing an intensely focused and accelerated multistakeholder process that different departments of the government and various stakeholders are participating in. The NAP and NDCIP provide a strong market signal for priority investment sectors in the coming years and offer a blueprint to guide the work of international partners operating in the Philippines. Apart from the DENR, agency members of the working group for the NAP and NDCIP include the Climate Change Commission, the Departments of Science and Technology, Finance, Energy, Transportation, Agriculture, Health, and the National Economic and Development Authority. These initiatives are being developed through a collaboration with the Government of the United Kingdom, under the British Investment Partnerships, in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga (4th from left), the Head of the Philippine Delegation to the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) led the meeting with the Filipino community representatives in Dubai ahead of the annual COP28 and the 52nd National Day of the United Arab Emirates. She is joined by (from left) Department of Migrant Workers OIC Administrator Undersecretary Hans Cacdac, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Renato Solidum, Department of Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa, Special Assistant to the President Antonio Lagdameo Jr., and Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Alfonso Ferdinand Ver (rightmost). Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Mark Llandro Mendoza and Consul General of the Philippines in Dubai Renato Dueñas, Jr. also joined the event. Around one million Filipinos presently reside and work in different industries in the UAE, the third largest expatriate population in the UAE, spread across several industries including food, engineering and architecture, healthcare, hospitality, and creatives. ###