Komunidad joins policy forum on Climate and Disaster Emergency

Komunidad sat down with fellow experts and government officials as the Philippine government crafts policies under its climate and disaster agenda during a national forum held at Discovery Primea Hotel in Makati City from September 21 to 22.

Komunidad founder and CEO Felix Ayque was among the panelists for the discussion on Whole-of-Society Mobilization – The Key Imperatives for Making the Philippines Resilient at the Disaster and Climate Emergency Policy Forum.

Others who sat as panelists are Climate Change Commissioner Albert Dela Cruz; University of the Philippines Resilience Institute-NOAH Center Executive Director Mahar Lagmay; League of Provinces of the Philippines National President, Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo; Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation President Rene Meily and Aksyon Klima National Convenor Rodne Galicha.

Ayque represented Whole-of-Private Actions during the panel discussion. Komunidad aims to provide SMART solutions to industries and communities to manage climate change through up-to-date and relevant environment data. Among its clients are utility and Business Process Outsourcing companies, schools and local government units.

Recently, Komunidad partnered with the government to launch a climate and weather information hub in a coastal town in Camarines Norte to help empower affected at-risk communities to become more prepared and resilient amid the face of climate risks.

 The Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, sitting at the fourth sport on the 2021 Global Climate Risk Index. Talks on addressing climate and disaster risk impacts were also highlighted in the United Nations report in April 2022 that stated that “unless governments everywhere reassess their energy policies, the world will be uninhabitable.”

To this end, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda (2nd District), also chairperson of the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, led the Disaster and Climate Emergency Policy Forum that aims to draw a policy roadmap for 2023-2028.

The event was held to chart the urgency of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s climate agenda and the Philippines’ contribution to achieve the global goal of net-zero 2030 and 2050 budgets.

Others who spoke at the forum are Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas government Felipe Medalla, Energy Secretary Raphael Perpetuo Lotilla, Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr, Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman and other officials from the Climate Change Commission and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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