Top 10 Sulong Pilipinas 2021: Climate Change and the New Normal with the Youth Sector recommendations

  1. To promote sustainable agriculture, especially among the youth and in the domestic economy, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and other national government agencies (NGAs) should support small-scale agribusiness through extension programs, training, financing and upskilling;

  2. To reduce the use of single-use plastics, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and local government units (LGUs) should impose guidelines on alternative sustainable options, such as giving consumers the option to remove plastic packaging in favor of paper-based packaging, and avoiding the use of plastic bubble wrap for non-breakable products;

  3. To achieve a circular economy, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and DTI along with the private sector should implement proper solid waste management and promote recycling facilities that will be available and accessible to businesses by 2022 onwards;

  4. To help our country become climate- and disaster-resilient, the Departments of Finance (DOF) and of Budget and Management (DBM), Climate Change Commission (CCC), and DTI should implement policies that will encourage green financing, promote green bonds, and look for and tap whatever international aid is available by 2021 onwards;

  5. To encourage the Filipino people to invest in Energy Security, the Department of Energy (DOE), DENR, and DOF should conduct an awareness campaign to inform people about Energy Security and how to invest properly in things that are needed by 2025;

  6. To encourage research and development (R&D) focused on climate change, the DENR, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and higher education institutions (HEIs) should set aside funds for conducting strong and efficient programs (e.g., nationwide competitions) and revisit the existing R&D agenda of HEIs by 2022;

  7. To promote sustainable tourism and help protect, preserve and conserve our natural resources, the Department of Tourism (DOT) should collaborate with the private sector to implement necessary policies (e.g., land use plans and zoning) and provide funding to train local communities by 2025;

  8. To promote sustainable transport, the government through the Departments of Transportation (DOTr) and of Science and Technology (DOST) and other relevant agencies should facilitate and promote programs and policy reforms to reduce carbon emissions through public transport modernization, promotion of active transport, redistribution of public spaces, and the use of alternative energy for transport;

  9. To reduce household waste and implement sanitary landfills, the LGUs, in cooperation with the DENR, should increase training on alternative waste processing techniques (vermicomposting, arts and crafts from otherwise waste materials, community gardens) and encourage sustainability; and

  10. To promote the conservation of our remaining forests, the DENR and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) should conduct documentation of the various Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP) of indigenous peoples (IPs) on forest resource management and integrate the best practices in relevant national to local programs and policies.

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