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Joins gov't effort to alleviate effects of global warming

BUTUAN CITY – Evidently concerned with the effects of global warming and climate change, the city government in Butuan City joined the national government in its mitigation program by allocating funds in an effort to plant one million trees in various areas of the city.

As this developed, the city government has started looking for wide areas for massive tree-planting, not only at the Mount Mayapay area but also in other watershed areas around this city.

“We (city government) are very much concerned about by the global warming and climate change, that’s why we are allocating funds for this tree-planting project,” said City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima.

“We urged the public especially the Butuanons to join and support this program,” added Culima.

Read more: Butuan set to plant 1 M trees

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BAGUIO CITY – The putting up of a “reward fund” to mitigate the effects of climate change especially in vulnerable local governments and villages has gained considerable support in Northern Luzon, officials said Saturday.

Seeing the Mindanao-wide support for the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) or HB 3528 encouraging, Angelo Kairus dela Cruz of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) said: “Time is essential to already establish the measure otherwise it might be too late.”

Read more: North Luzon backs P.S.F initiative

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MANILA, Philippines - Local governments can expect better resiliency and protection against natural disasters with the establishment of its first-ever Climate Change Academy, which was launched recently at the LGU Summit +3i Luzon Convention of the League of Provinces of the Philippines in Legazpi City. According to Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, the academy will be a repository of knowledge and expertise on local adaptation practices and venue for the propagation of best practices.

The Academy’s academic partners are the University of the Philippines in Los Baños and the Bicol University where the academy will be housed.

Read more: RP's first Climate Change Academy launched

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