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LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines  – To cope with high cost of economic losses due to natural disasters, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) wants the barangays as the first line of defense against global climate change.

Coastal barangays should be given priority since they are the most vulnerable to rising sea level rise, UNISDR said.

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A study by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) said that “lack of awareness on the global challenge climate change and low adaptive capacity levels” can put communities in the Philippines at risk when primary causes of vulnerability strike.

A press statement released by Dr. Linda M. Peñalba of the UPLB to the journalists who attended a two-day Understanding and Reporting Climate Change Workshop at the Bayview Park Hotel, Manila on Friday said the conclusion was reached following a study they did with EEPSEA, an initiative of the International Development Research Center (IDRC).

Read more: Lack of climate change awareness puts communities at risk — study

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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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