Mainstreaming Climate Change Mitigation in Philippine Local Plans

Policy Brief No. 01

The Philippines’ Republic Act 9729 and National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) serve as policy framework and guide in mainstreaming low emission development strategies (LEDS) for local governments. However, only a handful are able to include LEDS initiatives in their development plans. Several local governments, particularly cities, have existing initiatives on energy, transport, solid waste management, and urban planning that relate to LEDS. Strengthening national policies on climate change mitigation will catalyze the upscaling of LEDS at the local level because this can translate to better allocation of both human and financial resources.