Launched in 2020, the Climate Resilience Challenge seeks to surface innovative interdisciplinary and solution-oriented ideas that can address the climate risks of a vulnerable sector or community.
It is intended to become an annual program of the Center, with Challenge themes (including priority areas, target sectors, target actors) and target applicants varying per year.
For the maiden Challenge, the call for solutions focused on transformative national, provincial, or local strategies that Private Sector Actors can take on to address challenges in Food and Water Security, Livelihood and Essential Services, and Climate-Health Systems. The challenge was opened to individual researchers, departments, and centers or groups within higher educational institutions (HEI) in the Philippines.
Eligible submissions participated in ideation and development sessions that provided an opportunity to pitch their initial ideas to relevant public, private, and civil society sector representatives and improve upon their final submissions. The ideation and development sessions featured the following reactors:
- Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip, Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI)
- Ms. Kathleen Almonte, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP)
- Dr. Rex Cruz, National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)
- Dr. Catriona Devanadera, Society for the Conservation of the Philippine Wetlands, Inc.
- Prof. Moises Dorado, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology
- Mr. Engellau Flores, Energy Development Corporation (EDC)
- Ms. Amy Lecciones, Society for the Conservation of the Philippine Wetlands, Inc
- Mr. Jose Nuno Meira, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
- Dr. Pedcris Orencio, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
Final submissions were reviewed and evaluated by a panel of science, private sector, and development aid representatives composed of National Scientist Dr. Lourdes J. Cruz, First Philippine Holdings’ Ms. Agnes de Jesus, First Gen Corporation’s Ms. Janice Dugan, UNDP Philippines’ Ms. Floradema Eleazar, and Climate Change Commission – National Panel of Technical Experts’ Ms. Lourdes V. Tibig.
Of the proposed solutions received from various HEIs, two solutions garnered enough scores to qualify for recognition as finalists.
“The MisOr Akay Fund: The Pathway to Sustainability and Resiliency” seeks to establish a concrete, sustainable and inclusive disaster risk financing for the province of Misamis Oriental. The proponents, who made the submission as students of the Asian Institute of Management, include Mr. Augustus Caesar B. Esmeralda, Mr. Tristan Lindsey Ares, Mr. Jonathan S. Biagtan, Mr. Randell Kitt Botero, Ms. Sheryl Joy Anne Gutierrez, and Mr. Walter Panganiban, seek to help farmers, low-income families, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and flood-prone communities in the province.
“COWET: A Nature-based Solution to Water Security” aims to address water scarcity, while also treating wastewater for the agricultural sector, using constructed wetlands. The solution, submitted by Engr. Ma. Hazel T. Castillo, Engr. Donny Rey D. Camus, Engr. Alvin Joseph S. Dolores, and Engr. Victor Mikael de Padua from the University of the Philippines – Los Baños (UPLB) endeavors to provide an affordable and sustainable system for small-scale and commercial farmers. Their proposed system also has potential applicability in urban and residential settings.