Legazpi City (29 October) -- Albay Gov. Joey Saceda was named on Tuesday the Senior Global Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction at the opening of the Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR at Convenzia, Songdo, Incheon Metropolitan City, in South Korea.

United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary General Margareta Wahstrom representing UN Sec Gen Ban Ki Moon handed the award to Salceda as Senior Global Champion of DRR during the opening ceremonies of the Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR on Tuesday.

Salceda in an emailed acceptance speech he said the people of Albay are honored by the award from the United Nations as a recognition of our zero casualty performance for the past 16 years.

He said," The people of Albay thanked the UN ISDR for this award, and we accept the award as a challenge to sustain our disaster risk reduction program in pursuit of Millennium Development Goal."

He claims that given the rising climate risks, no development is possible without adaptation, however it is development that gives meaning to adaptation.

Read more: Salceda named UN senior global champion of disaster risk reduction



...as UN report notes vulnerability of the Philippines to natural calamities

PEOPLE IN Asia-Pacific, including Filipinos, are four times more likely to be affected by natural disasters than those in Africa and 25 times more likely than those in Europe or North America, according to a United Nations (UN) report released at the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Thailand yesterday.

Read more: Asia-Pacific susceptible to socioeconomic impact of disasters


MANILA, Philippines – Two anti-climate change bills discouraging the use of plastic bags and encouraging the use of energy efficient recycling processes have been filed at the House of Representatives.

Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara called on the Aquino government to intensify the country’s climate change mitigation and adaptation capability, as he also urged on other sectors to join the campaign against climate change.

Read more: Twin Bills on Climate Change Filed


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