Philippine Recent Legal Developments on Adapting to Climate Change
The Philippines is a global and regional leader in climate change law and has been active in domesticating its international obligations. In the 1990s, the Philippines created an Inter-Agency Committee on Climate Change to draft policies and prepare strategies for climate change negotiations. The creation of this committee was an early signal of the government's commitment to its duty to protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature as provided for by the Philippine Constitution. In 2009, the Philippines enacted the Climate Change Act (cca), the first standalone climate change law in Southeast Asia.