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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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Legaspi City, Philippines - Twenty Philippine Governors joined the Making Cities Resilient: My City Is Getting Ready! campaign at a summit of local government leaders from 4 to 6 November in Albay. 

The Local Government Unit SUMMIT+3i has the theme “Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in the Philippines.” Participants will discuss how climate change adaptation at local government level is critical for meeting the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG). 

Read more: Twenty Philippine governors sign up to make provinces resilient to disasters

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Hundreds of country planners, technocrats, local government leaders, legislators, academicians, scientists, civil society movers and other development partners across the country gather here Wednesday for the start of a three-day summit towards mainstreaming the country’s climate change adaptation (CCA) program.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, a topnotch economist and financial analysts who was recently named senior global champion of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) by the United Nations (UN), will lead the province in playing host to the affair, dubbed LGU (Local Government Unit) Summit+3i.

This year’s title of summit carries along the symbol “+3i” to signify that the CAA program started by Albay in 2007 is radiating in all three main islands of the country — Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao –, Salceda, who had also assumed the title “green economist”, explained.

Read more: Salceda gathers stakeholders to mainstream RP’s climate change program

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