Representatives from various departments and offices of the Quezon City Government mapped out strategies to strengthen climate change adaptation, mitigation, climate finance and stakeholder engagement during the Climate Action Planning (CAP) workshop organized by the QC Environmental Policy and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group last March 14 at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas.
Funded by the United Kingdom Government’s Global Future Cities Prosperity Fund, the CAP programme is a two-year engagement designed to enhance the city’s climate action plan and deliver action consistent with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, and address both the need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to the impact of climate change.
Through this partnership, Quezon City joins more than seventy C40 cities around the world who have made a commitment to deliver transformative and inclusive climate actions to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
During the workshop, the participants mapped out the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) associated with Quezon City’s socio-economic and environmental context, climate governance structures, capacity and policies, climate targets, and baseline information. The participants exchanged ideas on how to strengthen climate change adaptation, mitigation, stakeholder engagement and climate financing to achieve bold climate action.
Mr. Marvin Lagonera, C40 City Adviser for Quezon City, explained that the workshop output will provide focused recommendations and an evidence base to guide the delivery of CAP. It will feed into the Strategic CAP Appraisal report, which is a comprehensive technical document defining the climate actions baseline, capacity gaps, and strategic recommendations for the climate action planning process.
The CAP Programme will cover a wide range of technical support including trainings, workshops, peer-to-peer collaboration, stakeholder engagement, planning tools, regional exchanges and others.
Technical partners for the CAP Programme, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability-Southeast Asia Secretariat together with the Manila Observatory, facilitated the conduct of the workshop. They also presented their initial findings and recommendations based on the Strategic Appraisal draft report. As technical partners, ICLEI Southeast Asia and the Manila Observatory will support the delivery of CAP in Quezon City.
During the workshop, social, environmental and economic benefits from climate action, such as health benefits, energy savings and improved air quality, were also discussed. Ms. Milag San Jose-Ballestero, C40 Regional Director for East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, highlighted the importance of an inclusive climate action approach to ensure that vulnerable groups and sectors benefit from climate action and no one gets excluded in the process.
One of the objectives of CAP is to measure the social, environmental and economic benefits expected from implementing the plan, and improve the equitable distribution of these benefits across the city’s population.
Quezon City’s social hygiene and sundown clinics, and the Quezon City Protection Center, received recognition and certification as Gender and Development (GAD) Local Learning Hubs (LLH) by the Philippine Commission on Women during a ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) March 8, 2019.
The Quezon City Government, led by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista together with city officials, opened a new museum at the Quezon Memorial Circle on March 4, 2019, which highlights the contribution of ordinary Filipinos in the struggle to attain freedom and democracy in the country.
Quezon City’s Bistekville Housing Project has attracted students of the Housing Development Management (HDM) of Lund University in Sweden, who recently visited the city for their field study for the Urban Shelter Course: Architecture in Extreme Environments Housing in Metro Manila.
Newly-appointed Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz visited Quezon City and made a courtesy call to Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista on February 13, 2019.
All private and public establishments located within Quezon City are now required to designate and provide courtesy seats for persons with disability (PWDs), pregnant women and senior citizens, under Ordinance SP No. 2804, series of 2018.
Solo parents in Quezon City can now avail of the 20 percent discount in the city’s restaurants and food establishments as part of the assistance and benefits granted by the City Government to single parents.
There were no challengers submitting comparative proposals for Quezon City’s Waste-to-Energy project, as of submission deadline of February 4, 2019 at 3pm. The City Government’s Public Private Partnership Selection Committee (PPP-SC) has therefore moved to endorse to Mayor Herbert Bautista, the proposal of the lone proponent, the consortium of Metro Pacific Investment Corporation, Covanta Energy LLC, and Macquarie Capital Ltd. The next move is a request for the City Council to grant authority to the mayor to sign the contract with the consortium.
The consortium submitted an unsolicited proposal to the QC-LGU and was recognized by the QC PPP-SC as the Original Proponent. The QC-LGU thereafter launched a Swiss Challenge, in accordance with PPP rules, inviting other proponents to match the offer. The empty bid box shown last February 4 confirmed that no other bid proposals were received, announced PPP-SC head City Administrator Aldrin Cuña.
This opens the doors to a lasting legacy that will be left by the Bautista Administration to a project that will continuously provide lasting benefits to the people in Quezon City. The project involves Biodegradable Source Separated Waste Treatment and Residual Combustible Waste Treatment Technologies capable of processing up to 3,000 metric tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day and generating 36 MWe (net) of electricity. This, according to the MPIC, is twice the current electricity needs of the local government. The project will make the need for maintaining landfills unnecessary, while generating a project with high potential for new employment opportunities. In turn, this will lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, because of the avoidance of a landfill.
The Philippine PPP Center, which has guided the Quezon City PPP-SC and its technical working group all through its processes. The technical working group was led by the city government’s Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department headed by Ms. Frederika Rentoy, which is directly in-charge of the waste management program of the city.
It is a pioneering program, the first in the Philippines, according to the PPP Center. Calling Quezon City a very progressive local government, Ms. Mia Mary Sebastian of the PPP Center said, “We commend the local government for looking at the long-term future as well as the use of innovative technologies for the long-term solution to solid waste management,”. “This is the first local government that we have assisted that has closed in terms of its Swiss challenge process for an unsolicited proposal.”
This is a Php 22 billion project which will involve the provision of the following infrastructure facilities: biodegradable source separated organics facility, residual combustible waste treatment facility, monofill for fly ash disposal, and other ancillary facilities like continuous emission monitoring system, transmission lines and other support facilities. The concession period is 35 years.
Quezon City Government is set to hold a Comparative Proposal or Bid Submission, along with the Opening of the Qualification Document, for the Quezon City Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility (ISWMF) project will on February 4, 2019, 3:00 pm onwards at the EPWMD Conference Room, 6th floor of the Building Regulatory Offices (Civic Center D) Quezon City Hall compound.
The ISWMF project is now on Stage 3 of the Competitive or Swiss Challenge where potential challengers can submit comparative proposals for the project, pursuant to the provisions of the QC Public-Private Partnership Code and its implementing rules and regulation.
The PhP15-billion worth Waste to Energy project is Quezon City’s first public-private partnership project.
The project is seen as a major step toward a long-term and sustainable solution to Quezon City’s solid waste management challenges. This world-class and modern waste management technology system can process up to 3,000 metric tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day.
The project is expected to increase health benefits to QC residents, which could result in reduced hospitalization cost and medical fees associated with exposure to biohazards and pests.The project is also expected to create additional employment during its construction, operation, and maintenance phases.
In addition, the project will help reduce GHG emissions and improve the air quality of the city.
Lastly, the project will generate additional savings as it would require lesser amount of fossil fuels to generate the same amount of electric power.
Other LGUs like Cebu and Naga City are also considering the implementation of similar projects.
The Quezon City Government bared plans to acquire more electric tricycles to be used in areas with insufficient transportation system following the release of the study by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that showed the successful result of QC’s e-trike pilot program.
The City Government plans to acquire additional units of e-trike in the future to be used in areas not covered by the routes of traditional tricycles, according to the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) chief Gen. Elmo San Diego.
In the past two years, the City Government conducted test runs of the e-trikes in two route areas: Maginhawa Loop and the Scout area in South Triangle. In the Maginhawa Loop, only five units were used, which run from April to June, 2017 and from July to September 2017 or a total of 4 months. On the other hand, in the Scout area, about 15 e-trike units were deployed and ran for 3 months, from September 24 to December 22, 2018.
The results of the JICA study also showed that e-trikes received high customer satisfaction as many commuters enjoyed the comfortable ride and the affordable fare of the e-trikes. Each e-trike unit can accommodate a maximum of 8 passengers and the fare cost PhP 8 to PhP 10.
The study also identified possible areas where e-trike operation may be introduced. These include the highly populated area around the City Hall, area along the MRT-3, Cubao district and the highly-populated area in the northern part of the city.