Filipina Changemakers: Champions For Climate Resilience Forum and Panel Session

April 29, 2024

Ladies and gentlemen,
Good afternoon. I welcome all of you to this distinguished gathering where we are to put a spotlight on topics close to my heart – the convergence of policymaking, science, and the arts, and the vital role of women in shaping our country and building our climate resilience.

Today, we celebrate the Filipina changemakers who are leading the charge in combating climate change and building resilient communities.

Our world is facing unprecedented challenges. The effects of rising temperatures are felt across the planet, threatening our people and our ecosystems.

In the face of this crisis, it is important that we harness the collective wisdom of our communities, and, in particular, recognize the invaluable contributions of women in driving climate action.

Throughout history, women have been at the forefront of ecological protection and sustainability. From grassroots activists to policymakers, women have played pivotal roles in championing sustainable practices and policies that promote climate resilience.

Any climate adaptation plan should recognize that while women are uniquely attuned to the needs of their communities, they are also the most vulnerable to climate disasters.

The Philippines is blessed with a wealth of changemakers who are leading the way in climate action. From farmers implementing sustainable practices to activists advocating for clean energy, Filipina changemakers are driving innovation and inspiring change.

Let us look at Ms. Nida Collado, the brave conservationist and driver of sustainable forest management in San Vicente, Palawan, and Ms. Mila Bogñalbal of Joroan of Tiwi, Albay, the tireless promoter of resilient food systems and sustainable livelihoods. Both of these remarkable women won last year’s Philippine Resilience Awards. Both are proof that gender is not a barrier to leadership and that women have a unique perspective to offer.

But while we celebrate these achievements, we must also acknowledge the challenges. Women in vulnerable communities, who bear the brunt of climate change, are excluded from decision-making and leadership roles. We must instead empower them as climate actors, give them access to education and resources, and ensure that they are heard and their contributions valued.

Let us reaffirm our commitment to creating a world where women and girls are given the chance to realize their potential. If we do this, together, we can build a more sustainable and resilient future for all. Thank you. Isang luntiang Pilipinas sa ating lahat.