By Hon. Ramon J.P. Paje
Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources 

Former Senator Dr. Santanina T. Rasul, Former Sec. Amina Rasul, Hon. Sen Loren Legarda, Sec. Heherson Alvarez, Prof. Nereus Acosta, to all Officers and Members of the Muslim Association for Climate Change, and participants to this Round-Table Discussion, MAKA-DIOS, MAKA-BAYAN, AT MAKAKALIKASANG BATI SA INYONG LAHAT.1

I. Intoduction 

Today, we will witness a forum which has a historical trimming for I believe this is a first event in the long series of discourses and discussions we have in this country on my matters related to environment that a major ethnic aggrupation with strong influence on Philippine politics manifesting united, focused interest on addressing this serious issue of climate change. For this, I congratulate Former Sen. Rasul and Former Sec. Amina Rasul and the rest of the officers of the Muslim Association for Climate Chnge Action or MACCA for the very able leadership they have provided in making this activity came into fruition. For so long a time, sustainable development (SD) has been our government’s key strategic formula in achieving the goal of national socio-economic sufficiency and environmental stability for which national resources, both government and private, have been mobilized and marshaled. But there is a phenomenon that stands on the way – the Climate Change factor, which if passive reaction be continuously demonstrated, our SD agenda could spin to reverse the successes we might have gained. 

Read more: The Philippine Response to Climate Change


The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to show how efforts to limit climate change will affect human health — for better or worse — with a new study that will launch early in 2011.

The WHO’s Health in the Green Economy study will examine climate-change mitigation strategies, including those proposed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Mitigation efforts in sectors such as household energy, transport and housing could help combat major health threats such as obesity and cardiovascular and respiratory diseases in both developed and developing countries. However, others could pose health risks or create trade-offs.

Read more: Could health benefits offset costs of tackling climate-change?


MANILA, Philippines –  Is there a relationship between the distant Himalayas and Philippine food security?

If so, what are the implications on climate change? Let us find out.

First, we review what is being said about the Himalaya-Tibetan plateau as the Third Pole. Second, we will analyze the amount of rice production and surplus from the countries fed by the rivers originating from the Plateau. Third, we will derive implications on ASEAN and Philippine food security.

The Third Pole. The Himalayas, especially the Tibetan Plateau, has vast stores of fresh water in the glaciers. It is of global importance to food security. The Plateau is the source of the several world’s largest rivers and also plays a key role in the Asian weather system.

Read more: Food security, climate change and the Tibetan Plateau


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