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Published on 21 July 2017
These include Green Thumb Coalition, Power for People, Forest Resources Bill among others. They claim the president failed to fulfill his promise to protect the environment and natural resources of the country. “We want to tell him the pending issues and our calls to enact good environmental laws and the need for stricter and better administration in DENR,” Green Thumb Coalition convenor, Jaybee Garganera said…
Published on 19 July 2017
While this process of iceberg calving is a natural one, the one that broke off was an unusually big one and scientists will be looking if it was due to climate change. There has been a marked increase in solar radiation absorbed in polar ice regions since the year 2000 and this has been attributed to increased carbon emissions by the world’s industrial nations. Thus…
Published on 19 July 2017
About 80 delegates will be hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the 28th annual meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials for Environment (ASOEN) to be held in Pasay City from July 23 to 29. The meeting will be chaired by the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR). DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said the meeting will “critical” among the ASEAN members to…
Published on 16 July 2017
During the competition’s final Q&A portion, Ibasco was asked what change she wants to see in national environmental policies. “In terms of environmental policies, everyone is experiencing climate change. The whole world is experiencing climate change and I’m just grateful that the Philippines signed the Paris Treaty,” Ibasco said. “What I want to see is to pass a carbon tax. In that way, we would…
Published on 15 July 2017
Ortega is Toribio Ortega Jr, a 79-year old retired engineer from Palawan who was among the ranks of civil society and community groups that spearheaded his hometown Aborlan’s successful fight against a coal-fired power plant project. The legal action filed by the group of petitioners on June 30, 2017, was a petition for mandamus, a legal instrument that sought to hold the two government agencies…
Published on 15 July 2017
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/914078/adb-7-ph-cities-most-vulnerable-to-flooding Source: Inquirer.net | 15 July 2017
Published on 14 July 2017
National Renewable Energy Board Chairman Jose Layug, who spoke at the Negros Renewable Energy Summit 2017 at SMX Convention Center Bacolod on Thursday, July 13, said the region has biomass energy sources that can serve as base load on top of solar and hydro power. Layug said the National Energy Program has a doable target of 35 percent renewable energy use in the country by…
Published on 12 July 2017
Insufficient budget Back in March, the NDRRMC said only about P5.8 billion is left of the calamity fund which is not enough to cover the needs of areas recovering from disasters. This means that two-thirds of the DRRM fund had already been used in the first 3 months of the year. Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo earlier told Rappler that the budget for 2017 is…
Published on 10 July 2017
DISASTER RISK REDUCTION. Senator Loren Legarda shares at least 9 ways Filipinos can help mitigate the impact of disasters on their lives. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler Here are at least 9 ways to do it, according to Legarda: 1. Multi-hazard early warning systems Disasters now rarely cause one hazard alone, said Legarda. Citing the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013, she said there…
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…
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