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Published on 3 March 2017
Fernando Zobel de Ayala “As we execute and accomplish our plans, we firmly believe that our company’s success and growth cannot be measured solely in terms of profitability and market presence,” said ALI Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala. “We are mindful of our corporate sustainability targets and our efforts to set new goals, such as carbon neutrality, affirm our commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth.”…
Published on 1 March 2017
Atom Araullo's "Warmer," a documentary that delves into grave climate conditions as experienced in two different parts of the world, made it as a finalist in the climate change and sustainability category in the New York Festivals Awards for international TV programs and films. Other ABS-CBN programs and productions that reached the final lists of their respective categories include "Lando's Wrath" (best coverage of a…
Published on 31 January 2017
That year, the Philippines topped the Global Climate Risk Index’s list of countries most vulnerable to weather-related disasters. The storm’s aftermath revealed more complex realities borne of disasters. Blocked roads and bridges limited the access to food rations from outside, supplies dipped, and hunger rose in affected communities. Children’s groups shared fears for the wellbeing of those left orphan by the storm and living in…
Published on 16 January 2017
On Monday, French Senator Gerard Miquel, president of the France-Southeast Asia Inter-Parliamentary Friendship group, met with Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr, who vowed that the Philippines would ratify the landmark international climate deal by mid-year. "We met this morning with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, who very much assured us of the willingness of the Philippine government to ratify the agreement by July," Miquel…
Published on 14 November 2016
The first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1) started last November 07 and will end on November 18 in Marrakech, Morocco in conjunction with COP 22 and CMP 12. As to the status of the treaty, the following are the countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement to date: Albania, Algeria, Antigua…
Published on 10 November 2016
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Published on 10 November 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte must ratify the Philippines’ accession to a landmark climate change pact to be adopted in November or place Filipinos at risk of the severe effects of global warming, former President Fidel Ramos warned. “Any further delay will increase Filipinos’ vulnerability to super typhoons that are forecast to come soon,” Ramos said in an impassioned editorial published in…
Published on 19 October 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Provisions on environmental sustainability continue to be mainstreamed in the proposed P3.35-trillion national budget for 2017 even as the Senate monitors the implementation of the country’s environmental laws, Sen. Loren Legarda said.  Legarda, chairperson of the Senate committee on finance, made the statement during the hearing for the proposed 2017 budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) late last…
Published on 11 October 2016
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and Global Champion for Resilience of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), made the statement following developments in the status of ratification of the Agreement. “More and more nations are ratifying the Paris Agreement. Vulnerable small island states, such as Fiji, Marshall Islands, Palau and Maldives, took the lead and, recently, the largest emitters…
Published on 26 September 2016
“As we celebrate International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, let us be reminded that no challenge is too great if all nations, all of humanity, will unite to protect our only home. Development need not come at the cost of the environment and the survival of the Earth. Our actions must be geared towards development that is sustainable, one that ensures…
Published on 26 September 2016
Piñol made the appeal after farmers in Tantangan and Norala, both in South Cotabato and M’lang in North Cotabato sought help from him through the social media after strong winds damaged last week the soon to be harvested palay. Piñol said disasters strike anytime and it is best for farmers to have their crops insured before PCIC so they can recover from losses. “Disasters like…
Published on 20 September 2016
The book, "Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change," received the Gintong Aklat (Golden Book) award for English Literature and Design. "Agam is a brilliantly produced book that is extremely relevant for our times," declared Teresa Maria Custodio, chair of the board of judges for 2016 Gintong Aklat Awards. "Agam" is also internationally acclaimed for its original narratives on climate impacts in the Philippines…
Published on 5 September 2016
At the Forum Food Security Forum: Safe, Nutritious, and Affordable Food for All in Manila, Mahfuz Ahmed, technical advisor for rural development and food security with the Asian Development Bank pinpointed large-scale migration as one of the top threats to food security. Rural–urban migration reduces the number of people working in agriculture. Another top threat is extreme weather, a corollary of climate change, which further…
Published on 5 September 2016
Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol on Thursday said the Duterte administration would push for rice self-sufficiency and protect farmers from the ill-effects of climate change. During the House of Representatives budget hearing on the proposed P50.6 billion budget of the DA and its attached agencies for 2017, Piñol said the country should not rely on importing rice from other countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. He said these…
Published on 23 August 2016
Logo photo courtesy of scrapetv.com Greenpeace Philippines’ Climate and Energy Campaigner Reuben Muni also challenged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to take the initiative further by putting on hold all other pending coal-fired power applications until the review is completed and a more rigorous permitting system is in place. “Coal is the single greatest threat to the global climate. Given the economic…
Published on 22 August 2016
Senator Loren Legarda, chairperson of the Senate committee on Climate Change, said climate change is now one of the most significant factors affecting the sustainable program for World Heritage Sites, including the Ifugao Rice Terraces. “I have constantly warned about the effects of climate change on food, water, settlement, jobs, livelihood, human welfare, safety and security, poverty reduction, and economic growth. Now, we have another…
Published on 22 August 2016
The CVF held a weeklong event in the Philippines to mark the end of the Philippine CVF presidency and the official handover of CVF presidency to Ethiopia, the first African nation to chair the 43-member global cooperation body. “The CVF has elevated the voice of the vulnerable under the Philippine presidency and we are certain the Ethiopian chair will lift climate action to an even…
Published on 22 August 2016
“The 2015 Paris Agreement has been hailed by many as a landmark agreement, but its aspirations will not happen on its own,” Legarda said on Monday during a high-level meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Fourm (CVF) — which is composed of 43 countries. The Agreement aims to limit global temperature rise to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures and pursue efforts to keep…
Published on 8 August 2016
SFR, according to Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), is a water impounding structure with a maximum height of embankment of 4 meter and average pond area of 1,500 square meters. Farmers with areas no more than 2 ha of rainfed farms find the tool convenient to use. “Almost every farm here has SFR since we have limited water resources and irrigation can’t reach…
Published on 29 July 2016
In a potential landmark legal case, the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR), a constitutional body with the power to investigate human rights violations, has sent 47 “carbon majors” including Shell, BP, Chevron, BHP Billiton and Anglo American, a 60-page document accusing them of breaching people’s fundamental rights to “life, food, water, sanitation, adequate housing, and to self determination.” The move is the…
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