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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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Ruth P. Briones, the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Greenergy Solutions Inc. and Lead Convenor of Zero Waste Philippines Project announced that Greenergy Solutions had sponsored the two-day Workshop of Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ) held on November 5-6, 2010 at the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila, Philippines.

The Journalists’ workshop dubbed as “Too Hot To Handle: Understanding Climate Change” had gathered the best minds of Philippine Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation initiatives and advocacy. Leading the list include the Vice-Chair of the Philippine Climate Change Commission, Heherson Alvarez who delivered the Welcome Address that dealt on Philippine Strategies to combat climate change.

Read more: Greenergy Solutions Sponsors Environmental Journalists Forum On Climate Change

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