CONTACT INFORMATION


Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Department

  • CCESD
  • 6th Floor, Civic Center D (BRO bldg.), Quezon City Hall Compound
  • 8988-4242 locals 8348 / 8349 / 8359 / 8360
  • EPWMD@quezoncity.gov.ph

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT


MS. ANDREA VALENTINE A. VILLAROMAN
Department Head

The Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability) is tasked to develop, update and implement policies, programs, projects, systems and strategies on climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as environmental sustainability while ensuring efficient and sustainable resource allocation through advocacy driven campaigns, environment-friendly technological advances, environmental education and community engagement.

Divisions


CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION DIVISION

Formulates and implements policies, programs, projects and activities for the improvement of the City’s air and water quality as well as the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions covering stationary energy, transport and waste sectors.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION DIVISION

Formulates and implements policies, programs, projects and activities that increase the City’s climate resiliency through biodiversity management and sustainable food systems as well as promoting water sufficiency and conservation, sustainable consumption and production, and circular economy.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Formulates and implements policies, programs, projects and activities that enhance climate change and environmental sustainability consciousness through strategic awareness campaigns, multi-stakeholder participation and inclusive climate action.

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION

Provides for the administrative and operational requirements of the office, particularly on management of personnel, properties, supplies, and finances.

Programs


CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

C40 Good Food Declaration and the Quezon City Healthy Public Food Procurement Project

In October 2019, Quezon City committed to the C40 Good Food Declaration which aims to:

  • Align food procurement to the Planetary Health Diet, ideally sourced from organic agriculture
  • Support an overall increase of healthy plant-based food consumption by shifting away from unsustainable, healthy diets
  • Reduce food loss and waste by 50% from a 2015 baseline
  • Address food insecurity by encouraging citizens to cultivate their own food
  • Develop a joint strategy for implementing good food measures and achieve through inclusive and equitable stakeholder participation and incorporation of strategies into the City’s Climate Action Plan

A partnership with ImagineLaw on the Quezon City Healthy Food Procurement Project was formalized to establish a nutrition criteria policy that encourages healthy diet and/or limits/prohibits food that contributes to unhealthy meals.  This project is under Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies which is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Zuckerberg-Chan Foundation. ImagineLaw is a public interest law organization that develops and advocates for evidence-driven policy solutions to enable all people to live healthy and meaningful lives.

Through this initiative, a Policy on Healthy Public Food Procurement will be institutionalized for all food-related procurement to be done by City Departments and Barangays.

Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

Quezon City is a member of the Global Lead City Network (GLCN) on Sustainable Procurement, a group of 15 cities committed to advance sustainable consumption and production. The City is regularly reporting its Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) initiatives at the GLCN website.

The City Government is also developing policies and strategies to institutionalize Green Public Procurement using the outputs from the engagement with the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI) beginning with the four (4) identified commonly procured goods and services which include: (1) Events (Lights, Sounds and Air-conditioning); (2) Food Packaging; (3) Computers and Laptops; and (4) Motor Vehicles.

 Urban Farming and the Food Security Task Force

Food Security is one of the seven pillars of the National Climate Change Action Plan of the National Government. The objective of food security is to achieve availability, stability and accessibility and affordability of safe and healthy food amidst climate change.

With the pandemic further highlighting the importance of food security especially in cities, urban agriculture is seen as one of the solutions to achieve this which is considered both a climate change adaptation and post-COVID 19 initiative.

The EPWMD partnered with the Office of the Mayor through their Joy of Urban Farming (JOUF) Project to assist and support the enhancement of the urban farming initiatives of the City Government. This is also aligned with the EPWMD’s role as part of the Food Security Task Force, wherein food waste management will be implemented to process and convert wastes into compost/soil enhancer.

Responsible Water Use Campaign and WASH Project

As early as October 2019, the City Government has launched its Responsible Water Use Campaign which aims to involve all stakeholders to practice water conservation measures. A data base is currently being established on water consumption starting with all city-owned facilities which will eventually move on to other sectors such as households and businesses for proper monitoring of success indicators.

Quezon City also partnered with the water concessionaires for the installation of Handwash Facilities in several strategic points in Quezon City as part of the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Program. This project aims to ensure that people have access to clean water, especially in this time of the pandemic.

Biodiversity Management

As part of the implementation of the City’s Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP), the EPWMD is now developing the Quezon City Biodiversity Strategic and Action Plan for the improvement and management of the City’s biodiversity.  

Quezon City Qualitative Climate Risk Assessment

Under the C40 Climate Action Planning (CAP) Programme, the Qualitative Climate Risk Assessment (QCRA) was undertaken to better understand current and future climate risks for Quezon City covering three effects of climate change namely, heat, typhoons & flooding, and drought. From this, eleven hazards were identified to be included in the City’s Digital Climate Story Map. Quezon City’s ‘digital climate story map’ is an online platform that provides interactive visualizations of climate information, hazard maps and key climate risks, communicating the impacts of climate change.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

Plastic Bag Ban and Single-Use Plastics/Disposable Materials Ordinances

The Quezon City Government is implementing two landmark Ordinances on plastics enacted by the City Council.

First is Ordinance No. SP-2868, S-2019 which imposed a total ban on the distribution of plastic bags by all Shopping Malls, Supermarkets, Department Stores, Grocery Stores, Fast Food Chains and Food Stalls, Restaurants, Drug Stores, Pharmacies and other similar retailers. By January 1, 2022, the Ordinance would also impose a ban on brown/paper bags.

Second is Ordinance No. SP-2876, S-2019 otherwise known as the Single-Use Plastics/Disposable Materials Ban Ordinance which prohibits the utilization of various single-use plastics and disposable materials for dine-in transactions in restaurants such as plastic spoons, forks, knives, among others. In addition, the Ordinance prohibits hotels from distributing soap, shampoo, shower gels, liquid soap, conditioners and other items used for hygienic purposes in sachets and single used containers.

The two Ordinances were enacted to change consumer behaviour and dependence on plastics as well as to change the throw away attitude and instead employ sustainable and environment friendly practices.

On March 1, 2021, the Quezon City Government resumed the implementation of the Plastic Bag Ban while the Single-Use Plastics/Disposable Materials Ban Ordinance is scheduled to be implemented on July 1, 2021.  

Complementary Programs to the Plastic Ordinances

As part of the City’s promotion of sustainable practices, food establishments and food delivery services are encouraged to implement the By Request Protocol. With this protocol customers are asked if Single-Use Plastics (SUPs) should be included in their take-out/delivery order. Said protocol promotes awareness to customers that allows them to refuse SUPs thus minimizing disposable wastes that end up in the landfill.

In order to promote a sustainable lifestyle, the City Government is also distributing reusable eco bags, bayongs and dining wares to discourage reliance on single use plastics and disposable materials.

Lastly, the Bring Your Own Bottle or BYOB is an initiative of the Quezon City Government in an effort to reduce plastic wastes wherein residents can bring their own clean and dry bottles to the BYOB store if they want to buy vinegar, soy sauce and cooking oil at a discounted price.

Our City 2030: Youth Vision and Solutions Project

The “Our City 2030: Youth Visions and Solutions” is a three-year project in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature- Philippines (WWF) and Plan International.  It aims to use the power of the youth in contributing to cities in becoming climate smart, resilient and sustainable and that partnered local governments are committed to have developed roadmaps for trajectories toward the 1.5oC including mitigation and adaptation as well as guided solutions and visions presented by students.

Three partner schools (Balingasa High School, Judge Feliciano Belmonte High School and Justice Cecilia Munoz-Palma High School) and selected schools under the Alternative Learning System (ALS) participated in this initiative and formulated projects on various problems related to climate change and how they can contribute in resolving the issues using the youth vision and proposed solutions.

The formulated vision of the students is “We, the youth of Quezon City, dream of a progressive and peaceful city, wherein the citizens are content, respectful, disciplined, and united towards freely achieving equal rights to clean and safe environment and quality education by 2030”.

Trash to Cashback

The City Government through the EPWMD has partnered with Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies Inc. (BEST) for the Trash to Cashback program as part of the City’s plastic waste reduction and circular economy initiatives. The Trash to Cashback program was implemented to promote waste segregation and recover recyclable materials such as plastics, paper, cartons, metals, etc. It allows participants to trade and convert said recyclables into “Environmental Points” or EP which can be used to purchase goods and services from bXTRA merchant-members through the bXTRA Customer Loyalty Platform.

The following are the step by step information on how to enter the program:

CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan

For a more responsive climate action, the Quezon City Government participated in a two-year capacity building program under C40 Cities’ Climate Action Planning (CAP) Technical Assistance Programme. The programme was designed to assist the City Government in enhancing its Local Climate Change Action Plan to comply with the City’s international commitments and align its program and targets with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

Quezon City’s Enhanced LCCAP is inclusive, ambitious and evidence-based that sets the City’s climate action roadmap up to 2050 for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increased climate resilience. The City committed to reduce its GHG emissions by 30% in 2030 under a Business-as-Usual Scenario and will continue to pursue carbon neutrality until 2050. The said plan is also compliant with the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and the National Framework Strategy on Climate Change (NFSCC).

The completion and finalization of the Enhanced LCCAP was made possible through the collaboration of various City Departments and Offices and assistance from C40 Cities and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability.

City-to-City Collaboration between Osaka City and Quezon City

Quezon City and Osaka City, Japan committed to a City-to-City Collaboration focusing on low-carbon development in connection with the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM). The areas of cooperation include (1) Climate Change Mitigation for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction, (2) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, (3) Wastewater Management, (4) Water Supply, (5) Solid Waste Management, and (6) Environmental Conservation.

In the past 3-years, feasibility studies on potential low carbon projects such as promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy were conducted that can significantly help in the City’s climate change mitigation efforts.

Solar Energy Project in Fifty (50) Public Schools

With Quezon City transitioning towards a low carbon and sustainable city, the Quezon City Government intends to maximize the utilization of solar energy systems in city-owned buildings and facilities. With more than 140 public schools across the City, solarization of these schools offers enormous potential in terms of reducing electricity consumption, cost, and greenhouse gas emissions. It will also raise the awareness of the students on sustainable initiatives and practices.      

With Technical Assistance from the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) together with GIZ and INTEGRATION Environment and Energy, Quezon City is preparing to install grid-tied solar PV systems in 50 public schools. The project has an estimated annual GHG reduction of 1,691 tCO2e and cumulative reductions of 50,730 tCO2e from 2021 to 2050. 

Green Building Code Amendment

The Quezon City Government is amending the City’s Green Building Code to raise minimum energy efficiency requirements for new buildings and increase the rate of compliance towards a robust Building Energy Code. This initiative is being conducted with the collaboration of the Quezon City Green Building Code Technical Working Group (TWG) and the C40 Cities through their Adviser for New Building Efficiency and Building Energy Efficiency Data Specialist.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

Quezon City is regularly reporting its environmental and climate data in the unified reporting platform, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), to capture the impact of the City’s collective actions through standardized measurement of emissions, climate risks, and mitigation efforts.

For 2020, Quezon City has been recognized by CDP as one of the eighty-eight (88) global cities to receive an A score in the 2020 CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System, citing Quezon City  as among the A-List Cities based on the environmental data disclosed in 2020. Quezon City and Iskandar Regional Development Authority are the only two A listers in Southeast Asia.

ESCAP-UNEP SDG7 Localization Project 

The EPWMD is currently working with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific – United Nations Environment Programme (ESCAP – UNEP) on an inter-Departmental review of the Sustainable Development Goal 7 Localization Snapshot Report. This is part of accelerating local sustainable energy policies and projects as well as the establishment of effective dialogues among national and local level of governance. 

One Planet City Challenge

Quezon City has signified its intent to participate again in the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) 2021-2022, a platform to raise the City’s global visibility in terms of climate actions and environmental sustainability.

The OPCC is an initiative of the World Wide Fund for Nature to recognize leading cities on climate action and Quezon City is continuously participating in this challenge by reporting climate change data, information and initiatives.

In 2020, Quezon City received a plaque of recognition as one of the participants in the 2020 One Planet City Challenge and was cited as among 13 cities in the Philippines with best practices in climate mitigation.

Quezon City Local Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program

The EPWMD and the City Planning and Development Department have been tasked to monitor the compliance of the City Government to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (RA 11285). In 2020, the City submitted its Local Energy and Conservation Plan (LEECP) to the Department of Energy (DOE) signed by the Honorable Mayor.

The LEECP aims to implement energy efficiency and conservation initiatives at the local level as well as accelerate and align energy efficiency and conservation into the green building code and other low carbon developments in Quezon City.

C40 Clean Air Cities Declaration

In October 2019, the Quezon City Government became a signatory to the C40 Clean Air Cities Declaration which aims to (1) establish an air quality monitoring network to enable the development of targeted and effective policies and programmes to reduce air pollution in line with national standards and World Health Organization guidelines, (2) develop a monitoring and information system to allow real-time sharing of air quality data with the public, and (3) develop an air quality management plan through engagement with various governmental and non-governmental agencies to integrate and coordinate pollution-reducing policies and programmes.

With this, Quezon City is in the process of formulating its Air Quality Management Plan with the assistance from C40 Cities and Clean Air Asia through the C40 Air Quality Technical Assistance Programme (C40 AQ TAP). Small-to-medium-cost air quality sensors will be installed in strategic locations to establish baseline air pollution characteristics and a roadmap will be produced as well for the development of an air quality monitoring network.

Clean Air for a Sustainable Future: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Mitigate Emissions of Black Carbon in Metro Manila, Philippines (TAME-BC)

Quezon City established a Cooperation Agreement with various international non-governmental organizations, national government agencies, and the academe under the “Clean Air for a Sustainable Future: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Mitigate Emissions of Black Carbon in Metro Manila, Philippines (TAME-BC) as a step to define and assess the extent of black carbon pollutants in Quezon City.

Breathelife Campaign

The Quezon City Government joined the Breathelife Campaign, a global movement that addresses air pollution to protect our health and the planet. The campaign is led by the World Health Organization (WHO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

Adopt an Estero Water Bodies Program – San Juan River Rehabilitation

On 29 September 2020, the Quezon City Government entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with National Government Agencies, Cities of San Juan and Mandaluyong, and Manila Water Company, Inc. for the Adopt and Estero Water Bodies Program. 

In order to streamline the rehabilitation efforts on San Juan River, the Honorable Mayor signed Executive Order No. 42, Series of 2020 for the creation of the Committee on Quezon City-San Juan River Rehabilitation Project which is a sub-committee under the Task Force Manila Bay. The Committee is composed of the Heads of the EPWMD, CPDO, BCRD, Engineering Department, CArD, PDAD and HCDRD.

DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY


Office of the Head
Vincent Ferdinand Paul G. Vinarao
Acting Assistant Department Head
8988-4242 local 8349

Administrative Division
Vanessa Claire B. Vinarao
Acting Chief, Administrative Division
8988-4242 local 8360

Climate Change Mitigation
Joemar Capili
Environmental Management Specialist II
8988-4242 local 8348 & 8349

Climate Change Adaptation
Vanessa Claire B. Vinarao
Senior Environmental Management Specialist
8988-4242 local 8348

Climate Change and Environmental Education
David John Vergara
Environmental Management Specialist II
8988-4242 local 8359

Resources


EPWMD Services 2020