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The Philippines is considered as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. With impacts ranging from extreme weather events and periodic inundation to droughts and food scarcity, climate change has been a constant reality that many Filipinos have had to face. Most affected are those living in coastal communities and the lower rung urban communities that lack awareness on proper disaster preparedness measures to take. As it is, climate change impacts have not only intensified from an imbalanced natural eco-system, but every onslaught has become unpredictable. WWF’s Climate Change and Energy Programme focuses its work on increasing the resiliency of vulnerable areas through local stakeholder engagement, capacity-building exercises, public-private cooperation and policy-making that paves the way for the implementation of the country’s National Climate Change Action Plan. Working with the Philippine Climate Change Commission, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the National Economic and Development Authority, and other key agencies, we strive to ensure that adaptation measures are implemented on the ground.