‘We determine our own needs’

Philippine mayors and children join hands in climate change fight. Local governments need to strengthen their absorptive capacity to manage climate change funds. Photo by: UNISDR / CC BY-NC-ND

The Philippines has attracted significant attention from the donor community in recent months, mainly in response to the devastation Typhoon Haiyan caused in November 2013.

Haiyan mobilized bilateral and multilateral agencies to provide reconstruction and rehabilitation support for the worst-hit areas. It also increased donor interest in funding climate change activities in the country, one of the most vulnerable to the effects of disasters and climate change.

But while there have been offers of support — both solicited and not — the Philippines does not actually accept them all.

“We determine our own needs,” Lucille Sering, vice chairperson of the Philippine Climate Change Commission, told Devex in a video interview. “It’s really up to us whether we want [the support] or not.”

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