Climate Change and Infrastructure in the Philippines

Projects prioritized by the Build Build Build programme

The Philippines government’s Infrastructure program has just reprioritised its infrastructure plans. While retaining 92 flagship projects that amount to over PHP 4.1 trillion or US$84.4 billion, the government has also added 13 new projects to the list. One of these projects is the Virology Institute in New Clark City, which is designed to prepare the country for the next pandemic. While this is a relatively small project, it does show that the government is responsive to the post-pandemic needs of the country.

The government is now seeking proposals for a total of P4.687 trillion in infrastructure Philippines projects. Approximately half of the projects are underway, with the remainder scheduled to begin construction in the next few years. The remaining half of the list consists of projects that will be finished by 2022. Twenty-one projects are already underway, while another 28 are scheduled to begin construction in the near future. Of the projects that will be finished by 2022, four have already been completed.

Impacts of climate change on infrastructure

The Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, and if this issue is not addressed, there could be devastating consequences. A study by Climate Central found that the intensity of typhoons and tropical storms will increase, with sea levels in the vicinity rising by 0.48 to 0.65 meters by 2100. Stratification will also increase the frequency and severity of droughts, landslides, and flooding. These conditions will exacerbate the threat to infrastructure and human health.

Although climate change affects all regions differently, this paper focused on South-East Asia, particularly the Philippines. In this section, the changes in climate resulting from global increases in atmospheric carbon will be discussed. The impacts are expected to vary across sectors, but these changes will undoubtedly affect the Philippines’ status quo. In the Philippines, climate change will most likely affect energy infrastructure. There is an urgent need to make changes now to meet this challenge and avoid causing more damage to our environment.

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