2 March 2021


15:30hrs SGT


December 11th, 2020 marked the Paris Agreement’s fifth anniversary. While the world remains dangerously behind schedule in slowing down the catastrophic impacts of climate change, recent years have seen incremental—yet, insufficient–progress towards climate action.

As it has cast a spotlight on the terrible impacts of humanity’s neglect of nature, the Covid-19 pandemic has also accelerated much-needed decarbonisation of economic activities.

Amid the pandemic, some local government units (LGUs) have demonstrated major progress in advancing low-carbon development, building resilience, and driving impactful climate action. While the progress has been significant, many more LGUs can be engaged to champion the climate fight.

Last year, Quezon City joined only 88 cities worldwide that earned an A score from global carbon disclosure non-profit, CDP. An A score means Quezon City has a publicly disclosed city-wide emissions inventory and reductions target, and a published climate action plan. It also means that the city has completed a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and put in place a clearly laid out climate adaptation plan.

Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, a region where a massive up to US$ 350 billion pandemic-related stimulus has been channelled, governments have the perfect opportunity to hit the reset button and recalibrate economic development set on a more sustainable, climate resilient path.

Local chief executives are uniquely positioned to start a new chapter in their LGUs’ socio-economic recovery. In various Southeast Asian cities where up to 100 more million people are estimated to move from the countryside by 2030, experts are proposing governments to capture the Covid-linked  green recovery momentum to incentivise green infrastructure projects, such as improving pedestrian and bike lanes, electrifying public transport, and promoting energy-efficient buildings.

This a by-invitation only event for Local Government Units in the Philippines.
Please write to ping.manongdo@eco-business.com to join.


3:30 pm Opening Preliminaries/Welcome Remarks
Gov. Dakila Carlo “Dax” Cua
National President, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines

Ambassador Ken O’ Flaherty
COP26 Regional Ambassador for Asia/ Pacific and South Asia

3:35 pm Introduction of Speakers
Ping Manongdo
Partnerships Manager, Southeast Asia; Country Manager, Philippines, Eco-Business
3:45 pm Draft Nationally Determined Contribution and the Role of LGUs
Sec. Emmanuel M. De Guzman
Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson and Executive Director
3:55 pm Cities Tackling The Climate Crisis
Milag San Jose – Ballesteros
Global South Diversity Lead; Regional Director for East, Southeast Asia and Oceania
4:05 pm Going electric: Learning from Coventry, UK’s best town for electric cars
Shamala Evans-Gadgil
Programme/Project Manager Transport, Infrastructure and Innovation, Coventry City Council
4:15 pm Unlocking finance for cities: Making green investments fast, liquid, and viable
Nicolas Payen
CEO, Positive Energy Ltd
4:25 pm Race to Zero
4:35 pm The great reset: How can cities chart a climate-resilient post-pandemic future?
Joy Belmonte
Quezon City Mayor
4:45 pm Q&A
4:55 pm Concluding Remarks
Rebecca Shah
Political Counsellor, British Embassy Manila