November 4-10, 2019

6 ways to keep a sustainable kitchen operation
By Angelo G. Garcia
Restaurants today are not only required to produce good food but also comply with what the modern world demands. And as the sustainability movement continues to get traction across the globe, more businesses, including the food service sector, are shifting to greener operations. 
Smart cities in the Philippines: A citizen-centric goal
By Edler Panlilio
All eyes are set on the developments made in Central Luzon as the first phase of construction of the country’s first “smart city” is now in full swing. This long-sighted planned community, called the New Clark City, is envisioned to cater to the recurring problems of the national capital—congested roads, excessive flooding, high costs of utilities, overcrowding and, more important, the lack of resiliency to natural disasters.
Phivolcs chief pitches building code compliance to cut disaster risks
By Jonathan L. Mayuga
An official of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Tuesday reiterated his call for building code-compliant construction to avoid the risk of disasters in the event of a strong earthquake, or other geological hazards.
NEDA presses for sustainability, environment impact accounting
By Beatrice M. Laforga
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said it is pressing companies and households to adopt a sustainable approach to consumption and production, in part by better accounting for environmental and social costs of their actions.
The interface of disaster and conflict in the Philippines
By Jennifer Santiago Oreta
Last October, a series of strong earthquakes hit Central Mindanao (Region XI, Region XII and BARMM), killing and injuring people, displacing thousands of residents, and damaging and/or destroying thousands of structures. According to the group Save the Children, more than 3 million school-aged children were affected, with more than 180 classrooms completely destroyed. Kidapawan City, Davao, and Cotabato are among the areas that are reported to have incurred major damage in infrastructure.
Google workers pen open letter to company demanding climate action
By Sara Ashley O’Brien
Googlers are calling on the company to address specific climate demands. In an open letter published Monday addressed to Google CFO Ruth Porat, workers are asking for a climate plan that incorporates specific asks that have similarly been set by workers at other tech companies, including Amazon and Microsoft.
Duterte floats idea of single-use plastic ban in the Philippines
By Hannah Alcoseba Fernandez
The president, whose country has been identified as the third-worst ocean plastic polluter in the world after China and Indonesia, apparently mooted the idea at a cabinet meeting on November 6.
How rising sea levels could affect PHL cities, towns by 2050
By Ma. Angelica Garcia
The Philippines is one of the eight Asian countries at great risk due to the coastal flooding made worse by climate change in 2050, according to new research.
Duterte mulls ban on plastic use in PH to save environment
By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte is amenable to the ban on the use of plastics in the country to curb pollution and protect the environment, Malacañang announced Thursday.
DepEd to hold 3rd National Climate Change Conference
By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
In an effort to strengthen awareness of the basic education sector on climate change and its effects, the Department of Education (DepEd) is set to host the 3rd National Climate Change Conference (NCCC) this November.
Smart Cities in Philippines: A citizen-centric goal
By Edler Panlilio
All eyes are set on the developments made in Central Luzon as the first phase of the construction of the country’s first ‘smart city’ is now in full swing. This long-sighted planned community, called the New Clark City, is envisioned to cater to the reoccurring problems of the national capital—the congested roads, excessive flooding, the high costs of utilities, overcrowding, and more importantly, the lack of resiliency to natural disasters. 
Careless dev’t models in ‘Yolanda’s’ wake
By Jamie Kemsey
On Nov. 8 in 2013, one of the strongest storms on record swept through the Pacific, leaving a broad scar of untold devastation in its wake. Supertyphoon Yolanda battered the Philippines, Taiwan, China and Vietnam, damaging more than 280,000 homes and leaving 1.9 million people homeless. The Philippines bore the brunt of the superstorm, with 6,300 people dead and destruction totaling $14 billion. And in the direct path of Yolanda was Tacloban, in Leyte, Eastern Visayas, which was almost entirely flattened.

6 years after 'Yolanda,' mental scars linger
By Jhesset O. Enano
(First of two parts)
In Lonching Redaja’s mind, it was the cruel sea that took away her husband Genaro—and with him, a happy marriage that had seen them through the toughest of times.
Rising sea levels likely to sink Metro Manila cities by 2050 – study
Roughly 30 years from now, major cities in the National Capital Region could likely be submerged as coastal flooding is seen to become extensive worldwide by 2050 due to climate change.

DOF studying carbon tax as IMF urges Asean shift to ‘green’ economy

By Ben o. de Vera
The Department of Finance (DOF) is looking into imposing a carbon tax or levy on the carbon content of fossil fuels as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged Asean economies to shift from “brown” to “green” to decelerate climate change.
Scorched-earth threat
President Duterte had a bold message for his fellow leaders at the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Thailand.

Baguio tapping recycled water from sewage

By Vincent Cabreza
The city government is tapping a Japanese technology that recycles water, including what households flush down their toilets, officials here said.

Philippines among countries most threatened by rising seas, says new study

The Philippines is one of eight Asian countries most threatened by coastal flooding due to increasingly higher tides in the coming mid-century, a new study found.
MGB touts merits of responsible mining in new campaign
By Adrian Carlo Herico
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) on Friday launched its information campaign titled #MineResponsibility which seeks to change the negative public perception of the mining industry with an alternative view highlighting environmental rehabilitation and community development.
UN chief calls for strengthened efforts vs. climate change
By Joann Villanueva
Nonthaburi, Thailand – Gains against climate change continue to lag behind the destruction of the environment that has put the lives of more people in danger, the chief of the United Nations (UN) said Sunday.
OCD commemorates Yolanda with disaster risk reduction conference in Samar
Taking the lessons taught by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) 6 years since its onslaught, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) conducted a disaster risk reduction conference at Guiuan, Eastern Samar on Saturday, November 9.
‘Those in power have long abused the Filipino’s resiliency’
By Mavic Conde
Albay, Philippines - A climate justice program manager for a German foundation based in Manila urged Filipinos to rethink the mainstream representation of our resilience.
LIST: 2019 Yolanda commemoration activities
As the commemoration of the 6th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) draws closer, various groups and organizations will be staging activities throughout November.
Transport groups call for ‘just transition’ in PUV modernization
By John Leo Algo
Public transport groups are demanding a just transition in the ongoing public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program, wherein their workers' livelihoods and rights are secured.
Our right to speak for climate justice
By Fr. Shay Cullen, SSC
A few years ago Pope Francis challenged those responsible for the well-being of the poor. He established the World Day of the Poor. It is a day that should be stretched into a week, a month or even a year of action challenging and protesting against the root causes of poverty, the most perverse of which being the political and corporate corruption that infests societies.
Humans are greedy, selfish and competitive
By Ludwig O. Federigan
As I celebrate my 80th article with The Manila Times, humbly allow me to share with you the excerpts of my interview with a group of legal management students – Hannah Socorro Cruz, Emmyll Victoria Sison, Melynn Kristina Saguid, Marielle Banares, and Hanni Maica Shi – of the University of Santo Tomas.
Plastic ban a difficult but worthwhile idea
At a Cabinet meeting this week, President Rodrigo Duterte “floated the idea” of imposing a ban on plastic as an environmental measure, according to his spokesman Salvador Panelo. Although it is difficult to imagine a world without plastic, we think it is an idea worth studying.
South Korea committed to deepen ties with PH
By Bernadette Tamayo
South Korea is committed to deepen its defense, economic and cultural ties with the Philippines as the two countries celebrated 70 years of bilateral relations, its Ambassador to Manila Han Dong-man said.
Duterte back from ‘fruitful’ participation in Asean meet – Palace
By Catherine S. Valente
President Rodrigo Duterte returned to the country early Tuesday from the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, where he called for collective action to address territorial disputes, transnational crimes, trade-related tensions and climate change, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
Seas to rise dramatically even if greenhouse gases are curbed
By Agence France- Presse
Washington, United States — Just as an oil tanker steaming ahead at full speed cannot stop immediately, so the dramatic rise in sea levels will continue even if the world manages to slash greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030, experts warned in a study published Monday.
Lawmakers want centralized disaster department
By Paolo Romero
The Senate will prioritize the passage of proposals creating a department that will have the full authority and resources to swiftly respond to disasters.
Water crisis and what lies ahead
By Sara Soliven De Guzman
There is a water crisis today. But the crisis is not about having too little water to satisfy our needs. It is a crisis of managing water so badly that billions of people – and the environment – suffer badly – World Water Vision Report.

CCC in the News
Salceda pushes to put PAGASA under proposed DDR
Recent reports from three UN agencies revealing the Philippines’ higher risks from climate change render more crucial to survival the plan to position the Philippine Atmospherical Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) under the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).