DENR Secretary Gina Lopez together with Senator Loren Legarda hosted a dinner reception for the GCF Secretariat headed by its Executive Director, Ambassador Howard Bamsey. Sec. Lopez welcomed the GCF Secretariat to the Philippines and thanked them for including the country in their itinerary. She further urged the GCF officials to visit more of the country's protected areas where they can witness the country's rich biodiversity resources. The GCF, once accessed by the Philippines will be a vital source of support in conserving the country's biodiversity. This will enable communities increase resilience and cope with the impacts of climate change.

The dinner reception was held on 15 February 2017 at the Musem of Anthropology Building, National Museum. Also in the photo from right are Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Mundita Lim;  Mr. Titon Mitra, UNDP Country Director; Mr. Javier Manzanares, GCF Chief Financial Officer; and Mr. Demetrio Innocenti, GCF Adapation Specialist.