The PPP Center met with the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) consultants for their first field mission in the Philippines last November 17 to 25, 2022, as part of the technical assistance program on mainstreaming climate and disaster risk resilience aspects in Philippine PPP projects. The program officially commenced with the inception phase in October 2022.

This two-year program’s objectives are to strengthen the PPP Center in assisting local and national agencies in preparing, structuring, and appraising environment-friendly and sustainable PPPs, as well as improving the latter’s capacities to better integrate disaster resiliency and climate change adaptation and mitigation in their portfolio of PPP projects.

Furthermore, it aims to contribute to the identification, selection, prioritization, and preparation phases of PPP projects, specifically in the sectors of water and sanitation, waste management, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and urban and public transport, to make them compatible with a low-carbon trajectory commitment made by the Philippines under the Paris Agreement and to promote the dissemination of a carbon footprint tool.

Pierre Etienne, Project Coordinator; Pierre Biedermann, Climate and Environment Expert; David Desforges, Legal Expert; and Anne-Claire Voin, Project Leader and PPP Expert, comprised the TA program team from Phoenix Consulting International.

The TA program team also met with other relevant national agencies in the country that are involved in approving, vetting, assessing, and/or developing PPPs and mainstreaming climate and disaster risk resilience in the country including, among others, the National Economic and Development Agency (NEDA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Climate Change Service (DENR-CCS), Climate Change Commission (CCC), and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

For more than seventy years, AFD has been working to fight poverty and promote development by capacitating and financing projects and programs that support sustainable and shared economic growth, improve the living conditions of the poorest, contribute to the preservation of the planet, and help stabilize fragile or post-crisis countries.

The PPP Center, on the other hand, has also been directing its efforts on building resilience in PPP infrastructure projects through capacity building, policy assistance, and project assistance.

In terms of capacity building, the PPP Center rolled out its development program to address knowledge gaps on climate change mitigation, adaptation, resiliency, and disaster risk management readiness factors and challenges for PPP projects.

Aside from instituting policies that safeguard and mainstream environmental, displacement, social and gender concerns in PPP projects, the preparation of assessment tool on the inclusion of climate change and resilience in the evaluation criteria for PPP projects, preparation of sectoral guides (e.g., PPPs in Protected Areas), and preparation of Resilience Roadmap and the Investment Portfolio for Risk Resilience were being done by the PPP Center as well with partner agencies like the DENR and other development partners.

Other ongoing and completed efforts on integrating resiliency in the Philippine PPP Program are the Renewable Energy PPP Business Model Development, E-Learning Module on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Resilience, Resiliency Guide Questions for Project Development, and Toolkit on Mainstreaming Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management, and Resiliency in the PPP Process.