AFTER President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) a year into his tenure, climate advocates are not satisfied with the climate change policies implemented so far during his administration.

Read more: Advocate calls for stronger climate policies


Extreme weather and conflict have a particularly acute impact on female farmers in the Philippines. Credit: PWRDF, CC BY-SA

Heavily exposed to increasing incidence of extreme weather events, the Philippines is among one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change in the world.

Climate-induced disasters in the Philippines frequently disrupt fruit and cash-crop production, resulting in income loss and higher food prices. Over the past four years, weather events have cost the Philippine economy an annual average of 0.3% of GDP.

Typhoon Haiyaan alone caused crop loss of 1.1 million tonnes and destroyed 600,000 hectares of farmland in 2013, costing the Filipino agriculture industry and small farmers an estimated US$724 million.

Read more: In the Philippines, climate change and conflict conspire against rural women


The Climate Change Commission is set to train faculties of state universities and colleges (SUCs) and national government agencies to mentor local chief executives and development planners as they prepare and update their Local Climate Change Action Plans or LCCAPs. As required by Republic Act No. 9729 or the Climate Change Act of 2009, the LCCAPs will help LGUs to effectively prepare and respond to the adverse effects of climate change in their communities.

Read more: Climate Change Commission to Train Trainers on Local Climate Action Planning


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