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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine’s Climate Change Commission (CCC) signed an agreement with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to gain access to an international climate fund that will ensure the country’s adaptation to the effects of climate change.

The signing of memorandum of agreement (MoA), led by CCC Vice-Chairman Heherson Alvarez and LBP president Gilda Pico, instates Land Bank as the country’s National Implementing Entity (NIE) nominee.

Read more: Accord signed on 'climate' fund access

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BOLINAO, Pangasinan—Bolinao a town at the northwest tip of Pangasinan, is gifted with hectares of coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangrove forests, plus mariculture areas that produce tons of “bangus” (milkfish) yearly.

But like all coastal areas around the country, the town is vulnerable to the impact of erratic weather and global warming.

If coastal areas feel the impact of climate change, the first casualty would be food security, said Dr. Nora David, an oceanographer from the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute based in Bolinao.

Read more: Typhoons + global warming = food woes

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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.

Read more: Barangays eyed as first line of defense vs climate change

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