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Published on 29 April 2015
In a blog post, Saño wrote, “Today, I wish to announce that I am stepping down as a Commissioner of the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission. I will be working with different faith groups across the world, as part of the larger global climate movement.” Saño expressed gratitude to the Philippine government and the Filipino people for the opportunity and honor of serving his country…
Published on 13 April 2015
The results of the study were presented in a forum here by Silliman University and the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation Inc. Conducted from 2011 to 2014, the Business Risk Assessment and the Management of Climate Impact covered Laoag, Baguio, Dagupan, Santiago, Angeles, Batangas, Naga and Puerto Princesa in Luzon; Cebu, Iloilo and Tacloban in the…
Published on 13 April 2015
The findings said the warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented in decades to millennia; the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased; each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth's surface than any preceding decade since 1850; and 1983–2012 was likely the warmest 30-year period of the last…
Published on 31 March 2015
Paje said the government’s climate change cluster was still working out the numbers to determine the volume of carbon emissions the Philippines would be able to reduce before it commits to cuts in December at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. The cuts will be painful because the commitment will require the public to moderate energy use and utilize energy-saving or clean-energy…
Published on 16 March 2015
The Asian archipelago, whipped by about 20 typhoons and storms each year, is now in the grips of the "El Niño" phenomenon that can make storms "stronger" and more "erratic", weather service Chief Vicente Malano said. "El Niño may cause the behavior of tropical cyclones to become erratic, affecting (their) tracks and intensity," he said in an advisory, adding that the same number of…
Published on 9 March 2015
The action is a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) option that intertwines policy, economic incentives, and education to ensure lasting and transformative change. This NAMA is the result of collaboration between the Philippine government and The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and is an exceptional model of scalable, replicable action to address climate change in the context of sustainable development. The need for…
Published on 9 March 2015
An offshore residence in Beton, Palawan. Mavic Matillano/WWF "We like fiestas, and we like coming together and celebrating meaningful things," Ibay said, noting that the Philippines has topped participation records from 2009 to 2013.The switch-off will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. The WWF urged attendees to come in sporty attire and bright colors for a…
Published on 5 November 2014
Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) chairman Rosendo So said that unlike in urban areas where people can immediately continue with their daily routine when floods subside, people in rural communities have to bear the brunt of lost livelihoods, lost income, and the difficulty of rebuilding their homes. As such, he said there is an urgent need to increase private investments and public expenditures to protect…
Published on 15 October 2014
In a press forum held at the University of Immaculate Conception Saturday, CCC vice chair Lucille Sering said the move was one of many options that local government units can tap. She said the commission and the Department of Interior and Local Government had issued a joint memorandum mandating LGUs to track and tag climate change related expenditures in the local budget. Sering was referring…
Published on 15 October 2014
Spanning 40 days and covering 1,000 km, participants will walk from Luneta to Tacloban, the site where supertyphoon Yolanda made landfall. They aim to arrive there on November 8, exactly one year since Yolanda hit. According to a press release, the Walk is expected to continue even after participants reach Tacloban, onto Cebu, Negros, Panay Island, and Palawan. These provinces were also damaged during supertyphoon…
Published on 15 October 2014
Climate Change Commission vice chair Lucille Sering told a Senate panel deliberating the agency's proposed 2015 budget on Wednesday, October 1, that the initiative is to be major undertaking of the commission. The Senate approved that day the agency's proposed budget of P78.25 million (US$1.7 million*), which the House of Representatives approved on September 26. Nearly half of this amount, or P37.5 million ($834,000), will…
Published on 15 October 2014
The 3rd Year Round of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction – Battle of the Brain, Talents and Skills was launched last August 12 – 13, 2014 at Santiago Beach Resort, Santiago, San Francisco, Cebu in which different competitions were highlighted and education campaign was integrated. This activity is in line in preparation for the forthcoming celebration for the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day on October…
Published on 19 September 2014
The Pangasinan leg of the campus tour last September 10 was part of the climate change advocacy campaign of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) with the theme “Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na Para Magbago.” The DENR and PIA also partnered with Pilipinas Natin, the volunteer arm of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCCO), to help…
Published on 19 September 2014
In the study titled “Contributors to the Frequency of Intense Climate Disasters in Asia-Pacific Countries,” the ADB said an increase in average rainfall would amplify the frequency of strong typhoons and floods in the Philippines. “If the increase in average precipitation hits 12 mm per month, greater increases in the frequency of these disasters can be expected: one additional event every four years in Indonesia…
Published on 26 August 2014
(https://www.ipcc.ch/organization/organization_history.shtml). Almost three decades have passed but the phrase “global warming and climate change” still has to create real significance in the minds of the Filipino majority. Climate Change Commissioner Vice Chairperson Lucille Sering noted this in her talk in August last year during a seminar on “Building Critical Mass Awareness of Climate Change – engaging Media, Advertising and Entertainment Sectors”. While some Filipinos had…
Published on 26 August 2014
“Organic agriculture works in harmony with nature rather than against it,” said DA-6 Regional Technical Director Dr. Joyce Wendam during the 2nd Regional Organic Agriculture Summit Opening Program held Monday at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol. Wendam said that organic farming involves using techniques to achieve good cropping yields without harming the natural environment or the people who live and work in it. She said that…
Published on 26 August 2014
Attending the Public Advocacy on Climate Change for Local Chief Executives on Aug. 5, they signed the “LakasLikasan Pledge of Local Chief Executives” which stated their vow of commitment to go an extra mile of safeguarding the environment. The signing of the pledge wrapped up the one-day Public Advocacy on Climate Change for LCEs organized by the Regional Task Force on Public Advocacy on Climate…
Published on 26 August 2014
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the strategy was adopted during a meeting of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change, which Philippine President Benigno Aquino III presided over on Wednesday. "Discussed in yesterday's meeting were the action programs of the various departments and agencies. The cluster's joint strategy for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management includes standardization of policies…
Published on 7 August 2014
“Global warming is likely to lead to drier conditions, which will result to a decrease in area planted, hence, affecting rice overall production in the Philippines,” according to the study titled “Impact on Climate Change on the Philippine Rice Sector: Supply/Demand Projections and Policy.” The study, a collaboration between Searca and the IRRI, concludes the impact of climate change on rice farming in the…
Published on 7 August 2014
The fund was given based on a memorandum of agreement signed by the province and the US, which aims to increase risk reduction initiatives in nine provincial governments, 23 municipal governments and eight cities outside Metro Manila by strengthening their capacity for climate change adaptation. The MOA signing was part of the US commitment to advance the disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation…
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