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US, South Korea ink partnership to boost PH’s climate resilience

The United States and South Korea have signed a P111.5 million partnership to boost the capabilities of the cities in the Philippines to manage the impacts of climate change and natural disasters, according to the US Embassy in Manila on Wednesday.

Under the agreement, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will support the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) five-year Climate Resilient Cities Project.

The project will benefit the cities of Batangas, Borongan, Cotabato, Iloilo, Legazpi, and Zamboanga, the US Embassy said.

This will also enhance the capacity of the local government units (LGUs) to develop guidelines and use of climate adaptation technology, it added.

Six LGUs and other stakeholders will also be supported to effectively disseminate climate-related information to local communities, increase access to climate financing for economic and social development, and promote natural climate solutions that strengthen cities’ resilience to climate change.

The embassy also said that the US and South Korea will launch a partnership to prevent and reduce maritime pollution in Manila Bay.

“As the US and South Korea are among the largest bilateral donors in the Philippines, this momentous partnership of USAID, KOICA, and the Philippine government will bring together our accumulated experience and technical expertise to build climate change and disaster resilience in the country,” KOICA Country Director Eunsub Kim said in a statement.

This was the latest agreement between the USAID and KOICA following the signing of a memorandum of understanding in April 2021, in which two leading development agencies agreed to strategically collaborate on priority programs, including climate change-related initiatives, to advance development in the Philippines, according to the embassy. —Richa Noriega/KBK, GMA Integrated News