Philippines cited for ASEAN green-finance leadership

Published onDecember 3, 2020

The Philippines was cited as a regional leader in sustainable finance thanks to the combined efforts of the government, banks, and businesses, according to a report issued by the international non-profit Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI). “The Philippines is a leader in green finance in ASEAN. (It) has been increasingly exploring the use of green debt as well as equity instruments and has been expanding credit enhancement mechanisms and risk sharing options,” according to the Green Infrastructure Investment Opportunities (GIIO) Report 2020. It cited Philippine initiatives in green bonds, green loans, and funds for green infrastructure and renewable energy, among others. The report said the Philippine government helped develop “national and regional policies for facilitating further growth in green finance.” “In 2019, the Philippines became members to the new Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action and its Helsinki Principles, which promote national climate action through fiscal policy and the use of public finance. Prior to this commitment, the government and regulators had long been moving in this direction,” according to the GIIO Report.