Climate group urges bicam to fill climate adaptation fund


MANILA, 10 December 2013 — Climate advocates called on today’s bicameral panel to set funds in the 2014 budget for climate change adaptation, particularly for the People’s Survival Fund (PSF).

“As our senators and representatives revisit the budget today in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, we challenge them to give the gift of hope and resilience to the nation. We urge them to fund the People’s Survival Fund to enable our communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change,” said Voltaire Alferez, national coordinator of the climate network Aksyon Klima Pilipinas.

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Open letter to the members of the Bicameral Conference Committee for the 2014 General Appropriations Act


Despite all of the above, the People’s Survival Fund for the General Appropriations Act of 2013 was placed under UNPROGRAMMED FUNDS. It waits for government savings and new sources of income in order to support much-needed activities for local climate-proofed plans.

Now, the 2014 General Appropriations Act is under deliberation. WE, THEREFORE, DEMAND THAT PHP1 BILLION BE ALLOCATED AS PROGRAMMED FUNDS FOR THE PEOPLE’S SURVIVAL FUND IN THE 2014 GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT TO FINALLY MAKE THE PSF OPERATIONAL.

Your collective action will greatly spell the difference between life and death for our fellow countrymen especially in areas where hazards and risks aggravated by climate change are extremely likely to happen.

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OPEN LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO III


Nagbabago na po ang panahon, ginawa na po dapat ang mga ito kahapon!

Despite this, your remaining years in office will now define how you will turn over our country to the next administration, whether or not it will be ready for great upheavals of weather made more intense by the warming of the seas.

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Philippine climate groups join mass CSO walkout in Warsaw climate talks


Over 800 observers in the Warsaw climate talks, including members of Philippine climate groups, walked out of the negotiations yesterday over the lack of substantial progress in the negotiations, a day before they were set to end.

Aksyon Klima and the Peoples’ Movement on Climate Change represented Philippine civil society groups in the joint statement which was also signed by ActionAid, the Bolivian Platform on Climate Change, Construyendo Puentes (Latin America), Friends of the Earth (Europe), Greenpeace, Ibon International, the International Trade Union Confederation, LDC Watch, Oxfam International, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, and WWF.

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Group calls for gov’ts to honor compensation in UN climate talks


Climate network Aksyon Klima Pilipinas urged ministers in the international climate talks to address loss and damage due to climate change.

The call came as the Group of 77 (developing countries) and China walked out of negotiations on loss and damage at 3:55 AM Warsaw time (almost 11 AM Manila time) over the draft negotiating text seen as insufficient in meeting the needs of developing and vulnerable countries.

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