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The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) and JSAPMDD conducted an "Embassy Caravan" on October 13 demanding that the World Bank not be allowed to manage the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Before riding in a convoy of seven jeepneys, the rallyists were first blessed by Running Priest Fr. Robert Reyes inside the compound of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. The caravan then proceeded to the US embassy before heading to the three other embassies located in Makati City.

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power-off picture-1We are happy to announce that our call for a National Day of Protest on October 11 against the skyrocketing cost of electricity in the Philippines is gathering more and more support from many sectors throughout the country. On this day, from 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm, there will be a Power-Off – communities, offices and households in various parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will switch their lights off and hold noise barrage.

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Around 30 women leaders in Manila gathered for a Trainor's Training on Climate Change at the office of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) on October 5. Organized by JSAPMDD and FDC, the training sought to familiarize women leaders with the international and national discourse on climate justice as well as the gender dimension of issues on climate change. The activity aimed to equip the women with sufficient knowledge so they can undertake climate justice campaigns in their respective localities.

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Labor leaders coming from a range of labor parties, federations and local unions participated in a forum on climate change organized by JSAPMDD on September 21 in Mandaluyong City.

The forum sought to familiarize the leaders of the various labor organizations on the issues and developments concerning climate change and to encourage them to actively participate in the campaign for Annex 1 countries to cut their carbon emissions and pay their climate debts as well as to demand that the World Bank and the private sector not have a role in climate finance.

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Various sectors in the Philippines committed to participate in several actions to demand adequate climate finance to developing countries as well as to prevent the World Bank and the private sector from exercising a greater role in the Green Climate Fund.

In separate planning meetings on climate organized by JSAPMDD in September, representatives of the youth, women and labor sectors agreed to mobilize their network for a protest action in October at the embassies of South Africa, Mexico, and Norway, which are the countries chairing the Transitional Committee of the GCF.