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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). 

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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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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

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