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Published on 8 July 2017
"Extreme events cannot be prepared for singly by the local government. Extreme events must be prepared for, orchestrated at the national or regional level; otherwise, if we don't have these scenarios and no conductor, our efforts we think are good, but these will not be aligned. And when these large-scale disasters will occur, we will find out that we are not working as a whole…
Published on 8 July 2017
POWER OF MEDIA. Bryan McClelland suggested that it's time to incorporate climate change and disaster preparedness into pop culture. Actor and YesPinoy Foundation chair Jose Sixto "Dingdong" Dantes III said it is really a challenge to convey to people the message of disaster risk reduction. "I think it is also our duty and responsibility as citizens to help the government, to participate, and not just…
Published on 8 July 2017
VICTIMS OR AGENTS OF CHANGE? Climate Change Commission's Rina Atienza said women are the most vulnerable demographic when it comes to climate change. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler What about the children and the youth? Javier Bornstein, emergency and disaster risk reduction officer of UNICEF, also noted that children are the most exposed to climate change, with a "very high number" of them living in…
Published on 8 July 2017
During the Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness at SM Aura in Taguig, Senator Loren Legarda said that the laws are "not implemented efficiently and effectively." Legarda authored Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, which requires the segregation of wastes. She stressed that the government, and the rest of Filipinos, should be concerned about climate change, which continues to bring about calamities…
Published on 30 June 2017
The other petitioners in the case are the following: Toribio Ortega Jr Nestorio Castro Rosalina Aritmetica Cheryl Magracia Environmental Legal Assistance Center Incorporated SANLAKAS Incorporated Philippine Earth Justice Center Incorporated In their prefatory statement, the petitioners – as represented by their legal counsel Jose Manuel Diokno – noted that the DOE is mandated under Republic Act 9513 or the Renewable Energy Act to…
Published on 28 June 2017
In 2012, then French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault visited the Philippines. It was the first visit by a French head of government to the country. It was followed by the visit of President Benigno Aquino III to France in 2014, and in 2015, French President Francois Hollande’s state visit to the Philippines. Last January, a French Parliamentary delegation, headed by Senator Gérard Miquel, visited the…
Published on 26 June 2017
Invited speakers include leaders of the agencies involved in disaster preparedness and response like Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Senator Richard Gordon, Chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim were also invited to speak at the event. Program…
Published on 24 June 2017
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…
Published on 23 June 2017
“The lack of technical knowledge, promotion and local research on bamboo hinder the development of the local bamboo industry. Bamboo offers a cheaper alternative to hardwood, timber and other raw materials used for furniture or handicraft making. We need to invest more on research and development, bamboo cultivation, processing and product development to spur economic activities,” Legarda said as she pushed for the immediate passage…
Published on 23 June 2017
The followers of my column can treat this as a third installment to my two-part column-series on a possible water crisis (‘Agriculture’s water problems can become too big’), but other issues are highlighted here to make aware to the public that the country is not yet “water secure.” Based on the National Water Security (NSW) Index by Economy of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) from…
Published on 16 June 2017
On May 26, VSU Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 projects turned over high resolution maps, and data in CDs to representatives of local government units in the 5 provinces of Region 8 after 3 years of research. HAZARD MAPS. The resolution maps and data turned over by VSU to local government units in Easter Visayas are the produce of their three years of research The flood…
Published on 16 June 2017
“Direct effects of CC are increased CO2 and temperature while indirect effects may include increased water variability, drought, floods, heat stress, soil salinity, and invasive pests and diseases, among others,” he said. Bantug PMPC farmers were then urged to adopt climate-smart technologies and practices. These include diversified farming, cultivation of varieties adapted to various ecosystems and stresses, controlled irrigation, and the use of machines that…
Published on 11 June 2017
The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), a DENR-attached agency, is pushing the immediate passage of Senate Bill No.1478 or the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Act (PHILBIDA), as well the creation of the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC). Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, who sponsored the bill, said the absence of a government agency focused on bamboo hinders the development of the industry. “With only…
Published on 7 June 2017
The Pangilinan-led company said it continues to build new facilities including additional pumping stations and reservoirs to improve the water supply system’s climate change resiliency and to create redundancies in the event of a disaster. “We need to make these investments to enhance water reliability despite the threat of climate change, infrastructure limitations and the rising demand for water due to population growth and urbanization,”…
Published on 20 March 2017
“With its accession to the agreement, the Philippines confirms its commitment towards global climate action and affirms its leadership in pushing developed countries to undertake more ambitious action and to provide more support to developing countries,” the CCC said in a statement. It said the instrument of accession will be deposited to the United Nations (UN) in time for the next…
Published on 17 March 2017
A large focus of #EarthHourPH2017 will be on galvanizing the youth to be the climate leaders of tomorrow. Members of our National Youth Council led the Earth Hour Camp while two new WWF Youth Ambassadors were introduced along with the official WWF-Philippines song. “While the theme of Earth Hour remains at Shining a Light on Climate Action, we took to heart the role of the…
Published on 3 March 2017
The "Instrument of Accession" is a document signifying the Philippines' ratification of the historic climate change agreement. The signed document was received by Senator Loren Legarda, who said she will sponsor it for concurrence. Present at the ceremonial transmittal was Deputy Executive Secretary Meynard Guevarra and Legarda, who is the chair of the Senate committee on climate change. (READ: Senate to OK Paris climate deal…
Published on 3 March 2017
‘QUICK MELT’ Comiso, also a polar science expert, climatologist and satellite remote sensing scientist, cited the “quickly” melting phenomenon in Greenland during DOST-National Academy of Science and Technology’s “Science Information Forum on Global Climate Change Signals as Observed from Space” held in Manila yesterday. “The area of melt increased dramatically in Greenland in 2002 until 2012 where it was almost completely melted in a rate…
Published on 3 March 2017
That onslaught, one of El Niño’s strongest, adversely affected rainfall patterns and tropical cyclone formation in the country while bringing drought and dry spell to most areas nationwide, including Bulacan province where Angat Dam is located. State hydrologists however believe that Angat is unlikely to encounter water woes until the end of December, even if El Niño recurs this year. “Water in Angat is already…
Published on 3 March 2017
“We urge Sec. Lopez to include in the cancellation order all applications that cover watersheds areas in the region and in other parts of the Cordillera,” said the group. Sherwin de Vera, regional coordinator of DEFEND Ilocos, explained that the region suffers from dry spells and drought almost annually and “mining operations in watershed areas will increase the suffering of the people, especially the farmers…
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