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BACOLOD. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Board Chairman Jose Layug speaks at the Negros Renewable Energy Summit 2017 on Thursday, July 13, at SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City. (Erwin P. Nicavera)  Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/local-news/2017/07/14/negros-seen-entirely-green-region-2030-552899 Follow us: @sunstaronline on Twitter | SunStar Philippines on Facebook

WITH its abundant renewable energy resources, Negros Island Region is poised to become an entirely “green” region by 2030, an official of the Department of Energy (DOE) said.

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Typhoon season is underway in the Philippines, and some officials warn the funds for handling calamities may not be enough.

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MANILA, Philippines – Are there enough funds for disaster management in 2017?

During the Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness, Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda expressed frustration over the budget of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

"The [calamity fund] for 2017 – from the [National Expenditure Program] to the House and out of the [bicameral conference committee] – was cut down from P40 billion to P15 billion," he said last Saturday, July 8.

Under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) or national budget, a total of P15.7 billion has been allocated for the DRRM fund, a P23-billion decrease from the P38.9-billion allocation in 2016.

The law states that funds for disaster management activities should be sourced from the DRRM fund to respond to urgent needs during emergency situations. (READ: Where can you access disaster funds?)

Read more: Does the Philippines have enough funds to deal with disasters?

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is one of the countries frequently struck by typhoons, earthquakes, and other disaster. But Filipinos can help reduce the impact of these unfortunate events on human lives.

Senator Loren Legarda, a climate change advocate, shared at least 9 adaptation measures that individuals, as well as the government and the private sector, can take to mitigate risks.

Legarda said climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction management should go hand in hand to protect people’s lives.

“For every $1 you invest in disaster risk reduction, you actually save up to $7 of losses. That is scientifically proven. Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction should go together. It should not be one or the other,” Legarda said on the 2nd day of Rappler’s AGOS summit on disaster preparedness held on Saturday, July 8.

“When we invest in disaster risk reduction, we reduce the risks of the adverse impacts of climate change,” she added.

Read more: Legarda shares 9 ways to reduce disaster risks, impact on lives

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