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MANILA, Philippines - The Climate Change Commission recently inked an agreement with the Provincial Government of Albay concerning the establishment of a Climate Change Academy in the province that will serve as a center for education and knowledge sharing on climate adaptation.

CCC Secretary Heherson Alvarez said the move is to ensure that aggressive adaptation measures will be applied in all levels of governance to vulnerable communities.

“Adaptation, through risk reduction and disaster management, is vital as the foundation stone to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of the United Nations. Without these foundations, MDG programs cannot move ahead,” he said.

Read more: Commission signs pact with Albay on Climate Change Academy

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The Philippines is taking on the challenge of leading the development of renewable energy (RE) in the region, an energy official said.

In an interview on the sidelines of the Clean Energy Expo 2010 here, Department of Energy Undersecretary Loreta Ayson said the Aquino administration faces a daunting task of meeting the challenges of RE development.

“I see the event as a call for the use of clean energy towards energy security and climate change mitigation,” she said, adding that the Philippine RE program is consistent with what the other countries in the region are doing.

Read more: Philippines takes on challenge of leading renewable energy development in region

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LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines — If much of the world’s ice caps melt, owing to global warming, at least 171 coastal towns in 10 vulnerable provinces in the country will be adversely affected.

A total of 167,290 hectares in these towns will go under water if the sea level rises by one meter, according to an analysis done by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Climate Change Program.

Cagayan, one of the country’s biggest provinces forming Luzon’s northeastern seaboard whip-lashed at times by the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean, will be the most vulnerable if the country’s sea level rises owing to climate change, the study said.

Read more: 171 towns to be flooded if sea level rises - study

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