Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
OO RUEHCHI RUEHCN RUEHDT RUEHFK RUEHHM RUEHKSO RUEHNAG RUEHPB
DE RUEHML #0789 1050422
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 150422Z APR 09
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3815
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
RUEHZU/APEC COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS MANILA 000789
EAP FOR AWYCKOFF
BANGKOK FOR REO HHOWARD AND RDMA WBOWMAN
USAID EGAT FOR JHESTER, WBREED; ANE for JWILSON, MMELNYK; MTS/MLS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SENV EAID TPHY TSPL RP
SUBJECT: Climate Change Advisor Alvarez Outlines Priorities
Ref: Manila 00248
¶1. USAID and Economic Officers met with Secretary Heherson Alvarez,
the Presidential Advisor for Climate Change Affairs, on April 13 to
discuss Philippine climate change attitudes and initiatives; brief
him on USAID environmental (and, especially, climate change-related)
projects; and establish a cooperative relationship as international
climate change negotiations intensify.
¶2. Alvarez, who delivered a speech at the U.N. Framework Convention
on Climate Change talks in Bonn, Germany focused on concern about
increasingly intense storms, said he had been impressed by U.S.
Special Envoy Todd Stern’s remarks in Bonn. He will be the
Philippine representative to upcoming climate change talks and
welcomes coordination and cooperation with the U.S.
¶3. Alvarez seemed determined to increase Filipinos’ awareness of
climate change. Two recent Executive Orders have given him and his
office the central role in coordinating climate change policy in the
Philippines, but he does not yet have a budget to fully staff his
office which presently has a staff of 20. He said that President
Arroyo continues to hold Friday meetings to plan for mitigation and
¶4. Alvarez is a Harvard graduate with two U.S. citizen children.
Our meeting with him confirmed our expectation that the Philippine
Government will be open to discussions and coordination of positions
as we continue to articulate U.S. policy leading to the UNFCCC
conference in Copenhagen in December.