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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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Cordillera elders, who performed the opening ritual of International Conference on Indigenous Peoples Rights, Alternatives and Solutions to Climate Change, said the conference is favorable to their ancestors.

According to Samuel Anongos of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), the International Indigenous Peoples (IP) Conference on Climate Change that formally opened with an opening ritual on 6 November [2010] at the Ridgewood Residence Hotel [in Baguio City, Cordillera] will surely be blessed and fruitful as the reading of the chicken bile was “likeb” (covered). He explained that the bile is covered by the liver which is translated as the ancestors protecting the conference and the participants.

Read more: Cordillera: Conference on Climate Change Promotes International Dialogue

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