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Policies, measures and actions on climate change and
environmental protection in the context of COVID-19 recovery.

The Philippines The Philippines

Last update2 Sept. 2020

Categories

Response
Emergency measures in the short term (a few months to one year) to address concerns that have directly emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and may include forced action.
Recovery
Socioeconomic measures in the medium term (one to a few years) with an environmental and climate focus to “build back better” from COVID-19, and usually involves planned, intentional action.
Redesign
Paradigm shifts and measures in the long term (more than a few years to a few decades) toward redesigning current socioeconomic and sociocultural systems to be sustainable and resilient.

1.Climate mitigation measures

  • Others

    Recovery
    Implementation of the Enhanced National Greening Program and the Adoption of Family-based Approach
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Others

    Redesign
    Adoption of the Philippine Master Plan for Climate Resilient Forestry Development
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Others

    Redesign
    Strengthening of agroforestry development, forest protection, reforestation and watershed management especially in critical watersheds
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Others

    Recovery
    Low-carbon path to recovery by sustaining the investments on renewable energy and energy conservation programs
    ContactDepartment of Energy
  • Sustainable transportation

    Recovery
    Implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program
    ContactDepartment of Transportation
  • Sustainable transportation

    Response
    Opening of bike lanes in major thoroughfares
    ContactMetro Manila Development Authority

2.Climate adaptation measures

  • Water

    Recovery
    Implementation of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Infrastructure

    Recovery
    Investment to sustainable and resilient infrastructures
    ContactDepartment of Public Works and Highways
  • Infrastructure

    Recovery
    Implementation of Green-Grey Infrastructure (conservation and restoration of mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass and coastal wetlands, with traditional “grey” engineering structures such as breakwater or coastal armouring)
    ContactConservation International

3.Cross-cutting measures

  • Citizens' lives (behaviour change) / employment

    ResponseRecovery
    Adoption of urban agriculture, backyard/ household edible gardening, and community farming through the Plant, Plant, Plant Program
    ContactDepartment of Agriculture
  • Citizens' lives (behaviour change) / employment

    Recovery
    Promotion of Biodiversity-friendly and sustainable alternative livelihood programs for local communities to avoid over-extraction of natural resources
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
    Department of Agriculture
  • Others

    Response
    Regular sanitation of public places such as wet markets, parks, and informal settlements
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
    Department of Health
  • Citizens' lives (behaviour change) / employment

    Response
    Pursuit of policies on: (a) permanent adoption of telecommuting work arrangement both for private and public sectors, as applicable; (b) more open and green urban spaces to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions and to improve human health and well-being; (c) more jobs in the waste management sector; and (d) mass media campaign to promote environmental and public health awareness and positive behavioral change.
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources

4.Other environmental measures

  • Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumption

    ResponseRecovery
    Amendment the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act to bridge the policy gap between municipal waste management and health care waste management and streamline the management of health care and infectious wastes, especially at the community and household levels during COVID19 outbreak
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
    Department of Health
  • Others

    ResponseRecovery
    Conversion of Philippine International Convention Center, and Qurino Grandstand into a COVID-19 facilities
    ContactDepartment of Health
  • Others

    ResponseRecovery
    Intensifying of surveillance and enforcement activities to protect wildlife and their habitats to combat habitat encroachment and illegal trade of wild animals to prevent the emergence and spread of zoonotic infectious diseases
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumption

    Response
    Construction and accreditation of additional Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities for handling pathogenic /infectious wastes
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
    LGUs
    Private sector
  • Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumption

    Response
    Provision of technical assistance to LGUs in establishing clustered Materials Recovery Facilities and Sanitary Landfills with proper health and safety protocols to ensure that no untreated healthcare wastes are processed in these facilities
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumption

    Recovery
    Assessment of existing technologies or processes on waste storage and treatment to manage new viruses
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Others

    ResponseRecovery
    Development of alternative water sources, including rain water harvesting facilities and implementation of water conservation and efficiency measures
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
    Department of Public Works and Highways
    Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
  • Others

    Recovery
    Implementation of Water Demand Management Program through: (a) conduct of intensive public education campaign on water demand management; (b) formulation of policies and strategies for efficient water supply system; and (c) conduct researches on water storage and collection system, including efficient irrigation
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Others

    Recovery
    Development and implementation of the National Roadmap for Water Security
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Others

    RecoveryRedesign
    El Nino Contingency Planning Guide Formulation
    ContactTechnical Working Group for El Nino with National Economic and Development Authority as the lead

5.Others

  • Access to Information

    Recovery
    Upgrading of existing data infrastructure in the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center such as geographic information system, monitoring instruments, forecasting and early warning, geo-location technologies, etc.
    ContactOffice of Civil Defense
    Department of Science and Technology PHIVOLCS and PAGASA
    DENR-Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau
    National Mapping and Resource Information Authority
  • Research and Development

    ResponseRecovery
    Enactment of Bayanihan To Heal as One Act (Republic Act 11469)
    Research & Development on the utilization of natural resources for disease prevention and cure
    ContactInter -Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases
    Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • IEC

    ResponseRecovery
    Conduct of mass media campaign on proper disposal and management of health care wastes, especially masks and gloves
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
    Department of Health
  • IEC

    Recovery
    Conduct of information campaigns on water conservation in traditional and social media platforms
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources
  • IEC

    Recovery
    Launch of a massive cultural and behaviour change campaign on environmental protection and climate change
    ContactDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources