Taking a Deep Dive into the H2O Issues

November 20, 2018 Tuesday

  • Water sufficiency - The heart of people’s health and survival nexus in light of 1.5oC
  • Water technologies and agriculture
  • Water Security, Regulation and Governance
  • Climate Science Youth Congress - CCC’s 2019 Search for Young Outstanding Climate Scientists

Manila, Philippines 20 November 2018 – The Climate Change Commission is spearheading this year’s observance of the Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week from 19 to 25 November 2018 with the theme: The 1.5╦ÜCelsius Climate Challenge: Survive and Thrive Together.

On its second day, 20 November 2018, the conference takes a deep dive into the water issues with the objective of emerging with crystal clear information, technology, best practices and commitment to action from various sectors. We have long been submerged under the combined harmful habits in the use of water across our very own lifestyle and livelihood, from agriculture to fisheries to business practices. This threatens the quality and security of water - the vital need for life to continue.

The conference tackles Water Security by The Numbers to be presented by Lisa Bersales, PhD from the Philippine Statistics Authority, followed by Clean Water For Our Communities: The Heart of The People’s Health And Survival Nexus In Light Of 1.50C by Susan Pineda-Mercado, PhD, the Special Envoy of the President for Global Health Initiatives.

Department of Agriculture takes on the stage with its Latest Water Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture by Director Angel Enriquez. On the business sector, Jose Angelo Fernandez will present the Aboitiz Model: Public-Private Partnerships Approach to Water Security.

Waves of other issues and efforts come into the spotlight when Roberto Soriano, PhD discusses the Climate Science: Assessment of Laguna Lake For Sustainable Water Use In Metro Manila, Followed by Towards A Convergent Water Regulation and Governance In The Era Of Climate Change by Executive Director Sevillo David, Jr. of the National Water Resources Board, and Securing Water For The Local Government Units by Secretary Eduardo Ano of DILG.

The afternoon session shows the surge of developments that the Philippine Science High School endeavored to research and study: Development Of A Self-Sustaining Rainwater Collection System and AWD-Based Water Level Sensor For Philippine Farm For Reduced Water Consumption; Synthesis of A Pectin-Based Biodegradable Superabsorbent Polymer From Citrus Maxima For Agriculture Use; and Design of An Automated Spray Irrigation System For Cabbage Farming Using A Time-Domain Reflectometry-Based Soil Moisture Sensor

The Climate Change Commission will launch its 2019 Search for Young Outstanding Climate Scientist before the day ends. The collaborative efforts from among leaders, students, communities and business sectors fortify the resolve to address water issues with ideas, information, and coherent action.