LCF Environment Committee holds back-to-back session on Climate Change


Extreme weather changes experienced in the Philippines made Filipinos more aware of the country’s vulnerability to global warming. During the ninth LCF CSR Expo, the LCF EnviComm held back-to-back breakout sessions on climate change.

Lawrence Ang, Technical Consultant of Energy, REDD+ and the Climate Change Commission, focused on the government’s reaction to global warming: the Climate Change Act (2009) and the Disaster Reduction Act (2010). He also discussed business risks and emphasized the private sector’s role through corporate behavioral change in relation to environmental issues.

Lisa Antonio, Executive Director of the Philippine Business for the Environment, discussed how to measure and what to do with one’s carbon footprint. She suggested practical and personal ways of reducing one’s carbon footprint such as switching to fluorescent bulbs, investing on rechargeable batteries, etc.

Atty. Ma. Ronely D. Bisquera-Sheen, Executive Director, Tanggol Kalikasan, shared the case of the widest remaining tropical rainforest in Luzon, the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park. In her presentation, a major threat to Sierra Madre’s aesthetic and cultural values is the rampant illegal logging. She added that the Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Task Force which was created, composed of the Provincial Government of Isabela, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the academe, non-government organizations, and the Church, there is still the need for political will, a strong community /stakeholder participation, and that enforcement should be accompanied by creation of livelihood opportunities.

How should the Philippines respond to Climate Change? Reinero Medrano, Manager, CSR and Policy Advocacy Department, Energy Development Corporation, presented a mitigation strategy that involved the selection of which trees to plant, thus adding value to tree planting.

Neil Aldrin Mallari Ph.D., Country Representative, Fauna and Flora International (FFI), discussed an NGO response, citing the FFI-Philippines’ response to local climate change: The National Carbon Programme. Lastly

Butch Meily, President of PLDT-Smart Foundation and Executive Director of the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF), presented PDRF’s projects which are geared towards adaptation through disaster preparedness and disaster recovery.

Extreme weather changes experienced in the Philippines made Filipinos more aware of the country’s vulnerability to global warming. This increased threat pushed several communities and organizations to respond to climate change through reforestation, aforestation and adaptation. There were lessons and examples on how different sectors and corporations can be involved such as through sponsorships of green events, waste reduction and other green innovations.

The LCF CSR Expo aims to provide corporate citizens with skills, knowledge, and relevant experience to increase their awareness and empowerment as they work to achieve enhanced goodwill in doing sustainable and relevant business with society. LCF is a network of over 70 operating and grant-making corporate foundations and corporations seeking to provide business solutions to social and environmental problems in the Philippines.