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MANILA, Philippines—A “gaping disconnect” between government claims and reality on the ground is putting disaster preparedness in the Philippines on the brink of disaster, a multinational risk consultancy firm said in a recent report.

In a weekly report submitted to its clients, Pacific Strategies and Assessments (PSA) said it found no basis for President Benigno Aquino III to proclaim success in the government’s handling of emergency and relief operations prompted by Supertyphoon “Juan” (international name: Megi).

Shortly after Juan struck Isabela, Cagayan and other parts of northern Luzon, Mr. Aquino was quoted as saying he was “happy to report to the public that everyone has delivered.”

Read more: Think-tank says gov’t courting major disaster

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One of the highlights of the LGU Summit +3i was the formal launching of the Climate Change Academy through the signing of the MOU among Climate Change Commission represented by Hon. Heherson Alvarez, UN System in the Philippines represented by UNDP Country Director Renaud Meyer and the Provincial Government of Albay by Governor Joey Salceda. 

The academy will essentially be a repository of knowledge and expertise on local adaptation practices and as a venue for their propagation and extension. Its academic partners will be the Bicol University and UPLB (and most probably DAP) who are expected to sign on to the MOU. 

Read more: Climate adaptation academy officially launched

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Philippines—The province has more reasons now to beef up its disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation measures following an assessment that found it as the country’s second most vulnerable area to climate hazards, next to Metro Manila.

According to the recently released study, “Hotspots! Mapping Climate Change Vulnerability in Southeast Asia,” Benguet’s vulnerability was based on its record of being frequently hit by typhoons and floods.

Dr. Herminia Francisco, director of the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), bared the study’s findings to reporters who attended a climate change workshop in Manila last week.

Read more: Benguet 2nd ‘most vulnerable’ province

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