SGV Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) Director Ricardo “Ricky” S. Maulion, Jr. was one of the panelists at the “Panel Discussion for the Research Project: Are city climate plans adequate for mitigating weather extremes? An investigation of Southeast Asian cities” organized by the Disaster Risk Management Unit of the Philippine School of Business Administration - Manila, the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP SURP), and the Planning and Development Research Foundation, Inc. (PLANADES) on 25 January 2023 at the Cariño Hall, UP School of Urban and Regional Planning, Diliman, Quezon City. Ricky talks about mitigating climate change Ricky talked about the importance of accurate, verifiable, and comparable data to track the country’s progress against its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). He said that as the main driver of economic growth and transformation, the private sector plays a critical role in achieving the government’s objectives. To support this statement, he discussed the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Memorandum Circular No. 4, Series of 2019 or the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines for Publicly Listed Companies, as well as Circulars 1085 (Sustainable Finance Framework) and 1128 (Environmental and Social Risk Management Framework) released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Ricky receives a token of appreciation as panelist Ricky also briefly touched on SGV’s own Sustainable Actions for Value Creation and Enablement (SAVE) Council and the recently formed Philippine Sustainability Reporting Committee (PSRC) chaired by SGV Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) and CCaSS Partner Benjamin N. Villacorte (BNV). Ricky poses with his co-panelists and guests for a group photo after the panel discussion The panel discussion aimed to draw the panelists’ insights on climate change variations, their impact, and whether city climate plans are adequate for mitigating extreme weather events. The discussion also served as a venue to communicate policy practice gaps and discuss their extent with the objective of identifying barriers to and drivers of more effective urban climate change policies. The panel discussion was conducted by a consortium of academic institutions comprising Curtin University (Australia), Murdoch University (Australia), the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), the Philippine School of Business Administration (Philippines), the National Research and Innovation Agency (Indonesia), and the University of Technology Malaysia.