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NegOcc cited for climate action, governance

Published on 24 June 2017 Philippines

Negros Occidental Provincial Government, including its local government units, received the Seal of Climate Action and Governance from The Climate Reality Project Philippines for its efforts to address the challenges of the climate change crisis through a comprehensive and holistic approach in environmental governance.

Rodne Galicha, country manager of The Climate Reality Project Philippines, conferred the citation to Negros Occidental officials led by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. in rites held at SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City yesterday.

The activity is part of the 25th Year and Awarding of the Seal of Good Environmental Governance of the Provincial Environment Management Office.

Galicha said the province is leading the way in the country, and the governor has strong stand against coal as a “dirty” source of energy.

“Dubbed as the renewable energy capital of the Philippines, Negros Occidental leaves a legacy of sustainable future for all because the province got it all clean,” he added.

The Climate Reality Project is a non-profit organization composed of community of hundreds of Filipino climate leaders trained personally by former United States Vice President Al Gore, the project founder.

The organization is advised by the country's top climate scientists, policymakers, professors, and campaigners.

Galicha said it is working to accelerate the global shift from the dirty fossil fuels driving climate change to renewables so people can power their lives and economies without destroying the planet.

“Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society,” Galicha said.

For his part, Marañon said environment protection is the concern of everybody as the climate change is getting worst.

Marañon added that marine resources is the richest source of the country’s assets, and “if properly preserved and managed it could even feed the whole Asia.”

The governor also urged continued support from all partner-stakeholders in the environment protection movement.

“Let us continue to protect mother earth, let us unite in preserving our natural resources,” he said, adding that despite being hit by strongest typhoon in the world, “there is still a greener future if all will work together for the environment.”

Source: Sun Star Bacolod | 24 June 2017