Quezon City, Philippines – On April 24-26, 2019, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of the Philippines participated in a training on Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) for Sustainable Transport conducted by the GIZ Transport and Climate Change (TCC) Project together with the University of the Philippines National Center for Transportation Studies (UP NCTS). Twenty-five (25) participants from Department of Transportation’s GHG Inventory Technical Working Group (TWG) representing the 4 transport sectors – road, rail, maritime, and aviation – as well as from central and sectoral planning units, were equipped with theoretical knowledge on climate change and its relation to sustainable transport policies and the elements needed for assessing impacts of transport mitigation actions. The regional training course, developed by GIZ, also includes introduction of principles of data management and monitoring, uses interactive presentations and real-life examples, and incorporates games and hands-on calculations. ASec. Paul Adrian Visaya, DOTr Assistant Secretary for Planning, participated in the training and encouraged all participants to continuously apply the concepts they learned from the 3-day MRV training specially as the Department is on its way to finalizing its transport Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). At the same time, ASec. Visaya expressed his appreciation for and gratitude to GIZ for supporting the Department of Transportation in its efforts to promote sustainable transport in the Philippines.
The MRV training was a follow up to the 2-day pilot training that was conducted by UP NCTS and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) together with GIZ in October 2018 to provide basic background about the relationship between transport and climate change and build the capacity of the Department of Transportation in terms of emissions inventory. In 2018, UP NCTS participated in a training of trainers together with other trainers from Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Later in November 2018, UP NCTS signed a Cooperation Agreement with GIZ to implement the regional training course in the Philippines in order to make the knowledge available to more transport policymakers in the country. During the signing ceremony, Mr. Friedel Sehlleier, Deputy Director for Sustainable Transport for GIZ ASEAN/Thailand, mentioned that even if the TCC Project is ending, he is “happy that NCTS has taken on the course and will be able to continue sharing the knowledge on MRV for sustainable transport to more transport planners and policymakers”.
Dr. Sheilah Napalang, Director of UP NCTS, highlighted that MRV in the Philippines is “both an opportunity and a challenge” which NCTS is looking forward to and that they are “thankful to the support of GIZ in helping them provide the Centre’s second course related to environment and sustainability”. UP NCTS has also included elements of the MRV training in its existing course on Emission Inventory for Smaller Cities, in partnership with Clean Air Asia. The training modules for the regional course on MRV for sustainable transport are available at UP NCTS and could be offered to any interested government partners in the Philippines or in ASEAN.
Having a knowledge of actual emissions from various transport modes and of GHG reductions resulting from the implementation of transport mitigation actions will later help the Department of Transportation develop policies and targets towards more sustainable and energy-efficient transport for the Philippines.
More information about the regional training course can be found here: