Philippines GCF Readiness Programme

Banaue mud-walled rice terraces of Ifugao culture, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cordillera, Luzon, Philippines. Credit: Tony Waltham

Country Background

As an archipelagic country with a tropical climate, the Philippines is particularly susceptible to ocean-based extreme weather events. Flooding and landslides are significant risks in the country.  In response, the Philippines has visibly stepped up ambition on climate change in the past few years.  They have enacted the National Climate Change Action Plan, which has been mainstreamed across sectoral policies and programmes, and includes adaptation and disaster risk reduction plans at the regional level.  A separate body, the Climate Change Commission, is responsible for the coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the Philippines' climate change response strategy.  The Philippines’ climate change policy agenda emphasizes adaptation, with six out of the seven priority areas directly related to adaptation.    

The Philippines has potential to mitigate emissions in the energy transport, waste, forestry and industry sectors, as proposed in its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions submitted to the UNFCCC.  Mitigation projects are already being carried out in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficient buildings, among others, to ensure that the Philippines’ development is sustainable.

Overview of the National Readiness Plan

Based on the needs and priorities of the country, the following work areas have been identified to increase the Philippines' capacity to effectively generate and use climate finance :

  • Technical assistance provided in the selection process of an Accredited Entity (AE) for direct access to the Green Climate Fund, and technical support provided to the selected AE during the GCF accreditation process
  • Preparation of a pipeline of prioritized climate change programmes and projects ready for submission to the Green Climate Fund
  • Support the development of public-private partnerships to implement climate mitigation and adaptation solutions.  The private sector has expressed their desire to build a community of resilient social entrepreneurs who are well equipped to manage climate impacts and develop business opportunities by addressing climate change.

In implementing these activities, the Programme works closely with the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines, as well as other public and private sector stakeholders.