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USAID selects Batangas City for Climate Change and Clean Energy Project
BATANGAS CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected Batangas City as one of the eight areas in the country to pilot the Climate Change and Clean Energy Project(CCCEP).
To formalize and launch the project, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the city government represented by Mayor Vilma Dimacuha and USAID Philippines representative Divina Chincuanco.
The project funded by USAID Philippines aims to combat the negative effects of climate change through the use of clean and renewable energy in the power and transport sector. The said project started in May 10, 2010 and expected to last until Sept. 28, 2013.
As initial activity, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) led by Oliver Gonzales will conduct a greenhouse gas emission inventory and accounting as basis to know the present condition of the environment and identification of activities necessary for its protection.
Chingcuanco said the implementation of the CCCEP has four parts which include: Improve Policy Implementation, Improve Regulatory, Promote Climate Change Mitigation, and Build Public Understanding and Support.
On the other hand, Mayor Vilma Dimacuha welcomed the partnership with USAID.
"The project will succeed if all the sectors will cooperate to avoid the negative effects of global warming,” she said.
Meanwhile, the industrial partners, the religious and business sector, media practitioners, academe, department heads of different government offices and non-government organizations (NGOs) signed a pledge of support. (Carlo P. Gonzaga, PIA-Calabarzon with report from PIA Batangas)