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Climate experts propose action plans to address top climate-induced risks
MANILA, 7 December 2021 — The Climate Change Commission’s National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) laid out climate science, innovative technologies, and strategies for multi-sectoral cooperation for national and local governments to minimize loss and damage from climate-induced risks and achieve long-term resilience.   In a roundtable discussion held during the annual observance of the 14th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week, the NPTE identified top 10 climate-induced risks such as (1) sea level rise, (2) coastal erosion, (3) flooding, (4) increase in frequency and severity of tropical cyclones, (5) extreme drought, (6) temperature increase/rising urban heat index, (7) extreme rainfall, (8) climate influenced diseases, (9) wind patterns, and (10) biodiversity loss.   “We need to push for collaboration between local government units and higher education institutions to generate regional databases on climate change concerns and issues, integrate climate change adaptation programs in university extension and research, reorganize disaster risk reduction management councils and increase community groups' scientific knowledge on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to inform the people and facilitate their access to the People's Survival Fund,” said Dr. Doracie B. Zoleta-Nantes, chair of the NPTE.   “Looking at the commonalities in terms of challenges in the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Ormoc, Angeles, Legazpi, and Tagum, we will notice that some challenges, which include sea-level rise and coastal inundation, saltwater intrusion, waste management, higher rainfall intensity leading to higher flooding and rain-induced landslide, water supply and demand, drought, poor city zoning, and urban heat island effect, are happening and quite common in the five cities,”  said Dr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez.   “The recent experiences in flood hazard mapping made clear that our local government units are really in need of technical capacity-building activities, for them to maximize the use of latest technologies, and to help them enhance their resilience and reduce their vulnerability to climate impacts like flooding. Therefore, higher education institutions must continuously engage with the local community to inform and capacitate them to mitigate the negative impacts of flooding, as well as in evaluating adaptation strategies,” said Engr. Merriam M. Santillan   “In achieving the mission of developing sustainable innovations, the NPTE, in collaboration with SUCs, ensures a holistic approach toward climate resilience through science, technology, innovation, and policy recommendation for faster adoption and adaptation. We will support upscaling of adaptable and applicable technologies to other provinces to reach greater impact,” said Dr. Nathaniel R. Alibuyog.   “Given the intersecting risks and vulnerabilities, climate and disaster scientists must generate knowledge with local stakeholders, professionals, and practitioners. We must work with public and private sectors to design preventive program measures, preparedness, and information dissemination programs, in order to reduce the impacts of typhoons, floods, sea-level rise, and loss of livelihoods of fisherfolks and farmers,” said Dr. Emma E. Porio.   “During monsoon months, typhoons and floods lead to large damage and losses to cities and localities, especially marginal and vulnerable communities. Our Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment showed Iloilo City as highly exposed and vulnerable to flooding, storm surge, sea-level rise, and drought,” said Dr. Gay D. Defiesta.   “For NPTE climate action, we are suggesting the revitalization of climate change research and development units in state colleges and universities; formation and operationalization of climate action network at the regional as well as national levels; the LGU adoption for climate action program; learning from the locals and knowledge-sharing, bringing back science-based knowledge to the locals; and the adoption of climate and disaster risk financing and insurance for inclusive access to catastrophic insurance at the lowest sustainable cost among our poor and vulnerable local communities,” said Dr. Eduardo O. Mangaoang.   “We are advocating for the private sector to integrate ecosystem-based adaptation as natural capital. It has a direct effect on businesses, which include asset protection, damage cost avoidance, carbon sequestration, alignment to changes in corporate strategy or values, revenue generation, and ultimately, it has the potential to lower the risk profile of businesses in their day-to-day operations, which ends up into a positive cash flow for companies, and improves their respective bottom lines and business performance in general,” said Dr. Maria Angela G. Zafra.   “In order to increase our resiliency to the impacts of climate change on our water resources, we must adopt water demand management. It includes any actions that reduce the amount of freshwater that we use, or that keep the water cleaner in the course of that use than it otherwise would be. It involves the use of technical, administrative, economic, financial, social, and political approaches and practices in order to reduce the use of water, with the goal of securing long-term, reliable, affordable, and safe water supply for the benefit of society and the environment,” said Dr. Jihan H. Adil.   “COVID-19 reminded us about the prime importance of our health. Let us make sure that health is not forgotten as we survive and thrive in this era of a warming planet,” said Dr. Ramon Lorenzo Luis R. Guinto.   “One thing that poses a serious threat to the health of families and communities is displacement. Once people have to leave their homes and be in a place temporarily and unexpectedly, where they do not have access to most basic needs like water, food, and clothing, then we are likely to see outbreaks of diarrheal disease, skin disease, exacerbation of hypertension and diabetes, and the mental health dimension, which could be stress and the suffering that comes from not being in our home,” said Dr. Susan P. Mercado.   “Fisheries are also facing a changing climate. Rising temperatures, increased rainfall, shifting wind and current patterns, will necessarily change seasonal productivity patterns in coastal waters, increasing further the impacts on our resources. We can take measures to make the catching of fish more sustainable in the long term, and by doing so, we reduce our vulnerability to climate change,” said Dr. Wilfredo L. Campos.   “The generation of new fisheries and aquaculture technologies that can withstand the impacts of tropical cyclones and other calamities must be done in order to mitigate their impacts. We should use the best available climate science and strategies in order to combat and mitigate the effects associated with any climate-induced risk,” said Dr. Encarnacion Emilia S. Yap.   “Our surveys from over 50 coastal municipalities show that around 68% of the municipal waters or coastal fisheries are already overfished. The results are underestimated since we did not account for the illegal and destructive fishing practices, which are still rampant in many areas of the country,” said Dr. Richard N. Muallil.   The roundtable discussion brought together state universities and colleges, higher education institutions, local government unit representatives, and various national government agencies, to highlight the importance of local involvement in climate action.   Following the forum, the CCC and the Department of Finance will hold a media briefing this December 9 about climate hazards in the Philippines and actions that the government has been doing to address these risks. Interested media participants may register through this link: bit.ly/CCNPTERegistration.
December 07, 2021 Tuesday
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Manila Observatory, PAGASA warn Filipinos of warmer climate and worse impacts, urge local governments to identify risks and form action plans
MANILA, 7 December 2021 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PAGASA) and the Manila Observatory have released a report on historical and projected annual climate extremes in the country, warning Filipinos of a warmer climate and of its worsening consequences across different sectors.   The report, titled “Philippine Climate Extremes Report 2020: Observed and Projected Climate Extremes in the Philippines to Support Informed Decisions on Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Management,” presents the projected changes in 24 climate extremes indices for RCP4.5 and RCP8.5—referring to representative concentration pathway, which is a greenhouse gas concentration trajectory adopted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. RCP8.5 is the basis for worst-case climate change scenarios.   During its launch held during the annual observance of the 14th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week, the authors introduced the findings of the report, and tackled the consequences on agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and biodiversity, and infrastructure. The report also outlined adaptation options that may help reduce the possible impacts.   “How will the future climate of the Philippines look like based on our analysis of the climate extremes indices? Extreme temperature indices are all pointing towards a warmer climate throughout the Philippines as we go further into the future, with the RCP 8.5 scenario showing warmer temperature increases than the RCP 4.5 scenario, as expected,” said Dr. Francia Avila of Manila Observatory.   The report can be used to identify areas and sectors which are most at risk to climate extremes and thus require rapid disaster risk assessment and climate adaptation planning to minimize current and future impacts. Local government units can use this report in formulating local climate change action plans and mainstreaming of national climate change initiatives.   The report also includes the Climate Extremes Risk Analysis Matrix (CERAM), a complementary tool to Climate Information Risk Analysis Matrix (CLIRAM), that aims to help users in developing their disaster risk assessment and climate adaptation plans. Also presented during the launch was the Climate Information Map, an interactive map that allows users to access datasets on climate projection information within the country.   During the launch, representatives from national government agencies, local government, and the academe who are working on climate science shared their insights on the said report.   “We highly commend PAGASA for developing a portal where planners, local government units, and other users can easily download the data... The DHSUD, through our support to such endeavors, would welcome collaborations with national government agencies, local government units, the academe, local and international partners, CSOs, homeowners’ associations, etc., in developing and providing a sustainable, safe, and resilient human settlement for the Philippines,” said Dir. Dunstan San Vicente of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.   “We can help other sectors in informing them on how climate change may affect their work and in guiding them in finding solutions. We are looking forward to the successful application and the widespread dissemination and future training on the use of these tools among our local government planners, trainers, academic institutions, and other stakeholders,” said Mr. Albert Magalang of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.   “I'm really happy with this kind of collaborative efforts in these climate models, on how this can be applied locally and how it can be mobilized by the local planners, the MDRRMOs, communities, especially the private sector investors in different systems like agriculture, coastal resource, and the like; fine tuning this information and its implication in terms of what crops they should plant, how should it change their strategies, and how will this affect their livelihood,” said Professor Emma Porio of the Ateneo de Manila University, also a member of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) National Panel of Technical Experts.   “In behalf of local governments, we therefore call our national leaders, and big businesses, to look into the science, innovation, and technology for our coastal and upland areas and the metropolitan cities. Explore opportunities to build the right responses for our communities, be it nature-based solutions or engineering solutions,” said Vice Mayor Alfredo Coro of Del Carmen, Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte.   The Climate Extremes Report 2020 follows the DOST-PAGASA reports on the observed climate change (2011) and projected mean climate change (2018) in the Philippines.   The launch and webinar is a collaborative effort of Manila Observatory, DOST-PAGASA, Ateneo de Manila University, and CCC.   Watch the replay of the launch through this link: https://www.facebook.com/CCCPhl/videos/928095581173984 or by visiting the Facebook pages of PAGASA, Manila Observatory, or the CCC.
December 07, 2021 Tuesday
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CCC shares energy-saving tips this Energy Consciousness Month
MANILA, 6 December 2021 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) joins the celebration of National Energy Consciousness Month this December.   The month of December was declared as National Energy Consciousness Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 1427, which aims to create public awareness of the need for judicious conservation and efficient utilization of energy.   This year’s theme, “Committed to Serve: Building a Better Normal by Forging Ahead through Energy Ability, Security, and Sustainability”, underscores the unwavering resolve to bring the country closer towards affordable and clean energy as set by the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development, and sustainable energy as laid out in the National Climate Change Action Plan.   To help the country achieve its energy goals, we share the following energy-saving tips that can be done at home, in the workplace, schools, and establishments:   1.    Switch to LED light bulbs. In the long run, it requires less maintenance and comes out cheaper. 2.    Optimize use of iron or washing machine with more amount of clothes in one workload. 3.    Place refrigerators in an area with adequate ventilation, as higher room temperature results in higher energy consumption for the ref to stay cool. 4.    Open windows and curtains during the day to minimize the use of electric lights 5.    Turn off gadgets/appliances properly and pull out the plugs from the socket when not in use.   Shifting to renewable energy, along with the energy-saving and efficiency efforts of the community, can altogether reduce our emissions while championing the clean energy transition.
December 06, 2021 Monday
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CCC highlights Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris accord during week-long climate change observance
MANILA, 4 December 2021 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC), with the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) Project of the UNEP-DTU Partnership, conducted a webinar on the Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement, during the observance of the 14th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week.   The webinar, entitled, “Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement: Enhancing Transparency Towards Increasing Climate Action and Support” presented the measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) systems in line with the transition to the Enhanced Transparency Framework and provide an overview of options on tools and methodologies that may be useful for sectoral and national reporting on climate action and support.   “The Enhanced Transparency Framework is a central component to make the Paris Agreement operational. Through proper MRV systems, we can measure our collective progress in mitigating climate change, and assess what we still need to do, and where we can get support to expand programs on climate action,” said CCC Commissioner Rachel Herrera.   “We actually refer to transparency as the ‘backbone’ of the Paris Agreement, because it holds everything together. It’s now clearly understood, after COP26, that transparency plays a crucial role, its final elements were agreed. Also, the COP26 saw the conclusion of Article 6 of the Emissions Trading and Exchange Framework under the Paris Agreement, and that is yet another element that requires a strong accounting framework so that countries will be able to participate,” said Dr. Henning Wuester, ICAT Director.   The participants consisted of agencies involved in MRV/M&E of climate change adaptation, mitigation, including those in-charge of climate-relevant data and information management systems and frameworks, were introduced to the general information on the ICAT initiative, overview of the Enhanced Transparency Framework under the Paris Agreement, Philippine initiatives on transparency in climate action and support, and tools and methodologies for transparency.   “We are providing support to assess policies and we also look at integrating transparency at the subnational level and also non-state actors, and currently we are also developing more work and methodology to support countries to engage in mobilizing finance for climate action transparency,” said Randa Ahmed, ICAT Programme Management Officer.   “The COP26 also allowed the development of outlines for the Biennial Transparency Report (BTR). Now we have a structure for BTR, that would be common to all parties, and that would be facilitating basically the review and the global stocktake afterwards. Then we also have the outline of the national inventory document and the technical expert review report. All of these go towards the uniformization and this would facilitate the aggregation of data and make the global stocktake exercise a bit easier than if having different reporting format. This is a good step in the right direction towards our aim,” said Fatima-Zahra Taibi, Senior Advisor of UNEP-DTU Partnership.   “Even prior to signing the UNFCCC, we already had come up with an institutional arrangement for working on climate issues. In 1991 we formed an Interagency Committee on Climate Change. Over the years we’ve developed several policies and measures, even strategies, to help us monitor and track the support that we are getting for us to be able to implement our climate actions,” said Sandee Recabar,  of the Implementation Oversight Division of CCC.   “The ICAT toolbox is an important component of what we offer from ICAT – to build and develop capacity and provide effective support to developing countries. We developed this toolbox in collaboration with our major partners in order to respond to developing country needs,” said Dr. Hannah Swee, Technical Specialist-Environmental of ICAT.   The ICAT Project supports developing countries in improving their capacity to establish transparency systems for climate action and support in line with the Paris Agreement and its Enhanced Transparency Framework.   In the Philippines, this Project supports existing efforts in implementing a robust and sustainable measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) system for adaptation, mitigation, and support through the conduct of stocktake and needs analyses and production of relevant tools.   ICAT is implemented by the UNEP-DTU Partnership with support from the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and ClimateWorks.   Watch the replay of the webinar by visiting the Facebook Page of the Climate Change Commission or by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/CCCPhl/videos/282281293912481/ .
December 04, 2021 Saturday
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Cultural Heritage and Climate Change in 73rd episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ Series
MANILA, 1 December 2021 — The 73rd episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” will feature organizations that undertake efforts to preserve and ensure the sustainability of our cultural heritage amid the pandemic and climate crisis.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 02 December 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl and facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda. Two lucky viewers can win tablets by tuning in throughout the program.   Esteemed guests will join the online conversation including Ar. Carmen Bettina Bulaong, Executive Director of Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation; Mark Ignacio, a mason graduate of Escuela Taller; and Prof. Eric Zerrudo from Center for Cultural Property and Conservation of Environment in the Tropics.   The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the arts and culture sector, as heritage sites and cultural institutions were closed and local cultural events and traditional practices were cancelled.   Cultural heritage, whether tangible or intangible, is also threatened by the impacts of climate change such as strong typhoons, flooding, and rising sea levels, among other risks.   It is, therefore, crucial to consider the increasing climate and disaster risks in efforts to preserve and protect elements of our cultural heritage and determine ways to support the heritage sector.    The upcoming episode will highlight the threats of the pandemic, disasters, and climate change on our cultural heritage and ways to address them.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.
December 01, 2021 Wednesday
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CCC welcomes Aboitiz group, private sector sustainability efforts, urges stronger action and collaboration for climate
MANILA, 30 November 2021 —The Climate Change Commission (CCC) welcomed the sustainability efforts of the Aboitiz Group and called for stronger collaboration across sectors, industries, and communities to safeguard the planet and its climate as the conglomerate presented its adaptation and mitigation practices in line with the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) during the celebration of the 14th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week, held from November 19 to 29.   “Let us unite on this noble cause to secure a resilient and sustainable future for all Filipinos. Bilang nagkakaisang mamamayan, tayo na at magtulungan upang ang klima ng kinabukasan ay ating mapangalagaan,” said CCC Vice Chairperson Emmanuel M. De Guzman.   “Our journey, though far from perfect, is one that definitely progresses through time, as we seek to contribute to sustainable solutions to our country’s biggest problems: poverty, hunger, climate change, waste, energy and water security, social inequality, and better education. Today, as we do every day, we recommit to that journey, as we continue to build climate resilience and sustainability for the future,” said Ginggay Hontiveros, Vice President for Reputation Management of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc.   The Aboitiz Power Corporation, which harnesses power from renewable (hydro, geothermal, and solar) and thermal (coal and oil) sources through 47 generation facilities across the Philippines, committed to expand and develop more renewable energy sources through their Cleanergy Program.   “Ako at ang mga kasama ko sa Aboitiz Group ay nagagalak sa pagkakataong ito na maibahagi ang aming mga kwento tungkol sa aming pagbugsay tungo sa kinabukasan. Nawa’y lahat ng sektor ng bayan ay magsanib upang sama-sama at tulung-tulong sa pagbugsay, mapalaki, mapalakas, at mapalawak natin ang ating aksyon at kabutihang-dulot,” said Suiee Suarez, Vice President for Reputation Management of Aboitiz Power Corporation.   Pilmico Foods Corporation, an integrated agribusiness and food company of the Aboitiz comprised of four divisions—Flour, Feeds, Farms, and Trading—also presented two sustainability innovations: The Pilmico Rice Husk Project and Pilmico Solar Panel Project.   “Those are the two examples of what we are able to do in Pilmico for our facilities, ensuring that there are other environmentally-friendly opportunities that will we can look into. We will be 100% committed to continuously innovating and looking forward to these new solutions,” said Joeben Gamatero II, Vice President for Brand, Marketing & Corporate Social Responsibility of Pilmico Foods Corporation.   Meanwhile, UnionBank of the Philippines emphasized the importance of building small acts towards collective action to help the business sector reduce its carbon footprint.   “Make the switch and try to be responsible, it’s really the small acts individually that matter. Together, when we put them in one collective action, malaki ang ating maco-contribute. It’s very important for us to have the right mindset, the right behavior to help the business sector in this battle to reduce our carbon footprint and climate change,” said Dave Jesus Devilles, UnionBank Vice President for Sustainability, CSR & Employee Relations.   Republic Cement, which operates six facilities nationwide, also presented its Ecoloop program, through which organizations in the public and private sectors are able to reuse or recover thermal and mineral properties of qualified waste materials, helping divert residual wastes away from landfills and waterways.   “Ecoloop is the best partner to help communities and companies manage waste. With Ecoloop and co-processing, we continue to uphold our commitment to a better future by building a greener and stronger republic,” said Angela Edralin-Valencia, Director for Ecoloop of Republic Cement Services Inc.   Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc., which is focused on building better and integrated infrastructure facilities and services, highlighted how its water infrastructures help enhance the country’s capability to implement innovative and sustainable solutions to address the challenges in accessing clean and safe water.   “In the next ten years, we plan to put up additional one depot per year and two reservoirs to support the expansion of the estate. Additionally, we will look for more opportunities or more sustainable water resources and apply for accreditation of its drinking water analysis to expand our laboratory services,” said Anna Victoria Lu, First Vice President & Head for Water Business of Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc.   Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. also touted its CSR projects, including Adopt-A-City/Municipality program for Tiwi, Albay and Iligan City; Buhisan Watershed Forest Reserve Rehabilitation Project; Boracay Wetland No. 4 Rehabilitation; Cleanergy Park; BEST Bus Project; as well as partnerships with government agencies for resilience.   “Protecting our communities from disaster is not charity, it is solidarity and commitment. We still have a long way to go, we’re not yet there. Success or failure is not an act of nature but it is in our hands, we must do more to deal with this global challenge. Together with our business units, we will use the power of the Aboitiz brand, the energy and passion of our team members, and the scale of our businesses to drive change for a better world,” said Maribeth Marasigan, President & Chief Operating Officer of Aboitiz Foundation Inc.   In 2019, the CCC and Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. forged a partnership aiming to increase the adaptive capacity of local governments to climate change. Convergence with the private sector is one of the main goals of the Commission, to help mobilize industries in greening their operations and investment portfolio.   “Our goal is to emphasize the value of public-private partnerships in promoting awareness to climate change, and the actions needed to address it. This is yet another chapter of the story that needs to be told over and over again. As the policy body of the government that coordinates, monitors, and evaluates climate change initiatives, the CCC plays a critical role in the public sector side of the equation,” said DJ Sta. Ana, Senior Vice President & Chief External Affairs Officer of Aboitiz Equity Ventures.
November 30, 2021 Tuesday
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Youth Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Advocacies on 72nd episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ Series
MANILA, 24 November 2021 — For its Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week 2021 special episode, the 72nd episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways” will once again feature the Department of Education (DepEd) learners who exemplified outstanding leadership in biodiversity conservation and climate action within their schools and communities.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 25 November 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl, facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda, and facebook.com/DepartmentOfEducation.PH. This will be part of the official activities for the observance of the 14th Annual Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week and DepEd's 5th National Climate Change Conference (NCCC) with the theme, “Klima ng Kinabukasan, Ating Panglagaan” and "Reinforcing the Youth's Role on Stewardship of Biodiversity for Climate Stability," respectively. Two lucky viewers can win tablets by tuning in throughout the program.   Joining the online conversation are Director Ronilda R. Co of DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS); Arren Jean J. Jacalan from Tangub City National High School, SDO Tangub City, Region X; Sean Michael G. Endiable from City of San Jose del Monte National Science High School, SDO San Jose Del Monte City, Region III; and Shekinah A. Moreno from Quezon National High School, SDO Bukidnon, Region X to share their biodiversity conservation and climate change advocacies.   Biodiversity is fundamental to sustaining life, supplying critical ecosystem services such as food provisioning, water purification, flood and drought control, nutrient cycling, and climate regulation. These services are essential to support human well-being and economic growth.   Despite this significance, they are still being destroyed at an unprecedented and accelerating rate worldwide. The Philippines is considered one of the 18 megadiverse countries in the world. However, it is also known as one of the “hotspot areas” where biodiversity is under tremendous threat of destruction.   As part of its climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM) program, the DepEd DRRMS recognizes the role of education in biodiversity conservation for climate stability. It is through the conduct of the NCCC that DepEd intends to provide a platform to elevate discussions on the impacts of climate change and human actions on biodiversity, strategize participatory and concrete actions that can be done to contribute a meaningful change, and help the learners, personnel, and their families gain a deeper appreciation and awareness of the country’s vast biodiversity.   The upcoming episode aims to strengthen awareness of the role of biodiversity in climate stability and increase participation of learners and DepEd personnel in climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation. 
November 24, 2021 Wednesday
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Message of Department of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez, Chairperson-designate of the Climate Change Commission for the observance of the 14th Annual Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week
READ: Message of Department of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez, Chairperson-designate of the Climate Change Commission for the observance of the 14th Annual Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week Secretary Dominguez led the Philippine Delegation to the recently-conducted United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) where he declared the country's determination to be a world leader in climate action.  #CCCWeek2021 #ClimateActionPH #ClimateJusticePH
November 23, 2021 Tuesday
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Outcomes of the COP26 Meeting
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November 21, 2021 Sunday
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Climate Change Commission to hold annual CCC Week; highlights efforts to fulfill PH NDC
MANILA, 19 November 2021 — With the year 2021 considered a make-or-break year for climate action, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) invites the public to join in the celebration of the 14th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week (CCC) Week from November 19 to 29, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1667 s.2008 to raise awareness on global warming.   In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, most activities for the CCC Week 2021 will be live streamed on the official Facebook page of the CCC via www.facebook.com/CCCPhl and its organizing partners.   Coming after the conclusion of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, this year’s observance with the theme, “Klima ng Kinabukasan, Ating Pangalagaan”, seeks to highlight the gains towards achieving the ambition of our Philippine NDC, particularly on strengthening adaptation and mitigation strategies, rehabilitating ecosystems, greening the sectors, and mobilizing climate finance.   In April of this year, the Philippines, the CCC, with the leadership of Department of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez as the Designated Representative of the Chairperson, and together with lead sectoral agencies — the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), of Agriculture (DA), of Transportation (DOTr) and of Energy (DOE); of Foreign Affairs (DFA); and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) — submitted its first Nationally Determined Contribution or NDC bannering a 75-percent greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and avoidance by 2030, as part of the Philippines' commitment to the  Paris Agreement on Climate Change.   The NDC represents the country’s goal of modernizing and pursuing low carbon and resilient development for the agriculture, waste, industry, transport, and energy sectors over the 2020-2030 period.   The climate body emphasized that more than an avenue for exchange of knowledge and practical solutions, the CCC Week 2021 must also serve as a wake-up call for leaders and all sectors to unite and deliver climate action while there is still time.   To stay updated, see the list of activities and registrations by visiting the CCC’s Facebook page or its website at www.climate.gov.ph.  
November 19, 2021 Friday
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Second part of Together for a Sustainable Future in 71st episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ Series
MANILA, 17 November 2021 — The 71st episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” will once again feature initiatives of organizations that  help communities adapt to climate change and work to improve the lives of Filipinos.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 18 November 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl and facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda. Two lucky viewers can win tablets by tuning in throughout the program.   Joining the online conversation are Ryan Gersava, Founder and President of Virtualahan; Sarah Queblatin, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Green Releaf Initiative; and Engr. Cle Bern Paglinawan, Provincial Tourism Officer from the Province of Siquijor.   Climate change is the single biggest threat to sustainable development. Urgent climate action is essential to meet all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as eradicating poverty and hunger, ensuring inclusive economic growth, and protecting ecosystems.   The upcoming episode will feature organizations that are helping communities specifically on digital skills for persons with disabilities, zero waste and upcycling programs, and regenerative agriculture.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.
November 17, 2021 Wednesday
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Ikalawang bahagi ng Together for a Sustainable Future episode ng seryeng 'Stories for a Better Normal'
MAYNILA, ika-17 ng Nobyembre 2021 — Muling itatampok sa ika-71 na episode ng seryeng "Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” ang mga organisasyong may mga simulaing tumulong sa ating mga pamayanan upang labanan ang climate change at mapabuti ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino.   Ang online na talakayan, na hango sa konsepto at pangunguna ng  three-term Senator, na ngayo’y Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, ay ipapalabas sa Huwebes, ika-18 ng Nobyembre 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live sa facebook.com/CCCPhl at facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda. Dalawang masuwerteng manonood ang maaaring manalo ng tablet sa  pag-tune in sa buong programa.   Kasama sa online discussion sina Ryan Gersava, Founder at President ng Virtualahan; Sarah Queblatin, Co-Founder at Executive Director ng Green Releaf Initiative; at Engr. Cle Bern Paglinawan, Provincial Tourism Officer ng Provincial Government of Siquijor.   Ang climate change ay ang pinakamalaking banta sa sustenableng pag-unlad. Mahalaga ang agarang climate action upang makamit ang lahat ng Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) tulad ng pagpuksa sa kahirapan at kagutuman, ang pagsisiguro sa pangkalahatang economic growth, at ang pagprotekta sa mga ecosystem.   Pag-uusapan sa episode ang mga programa para sa mga persons with disabilities, zero waste at upcycling programs, pati na regenerative agriculture.   Bilang isang online na talakayan upang maisulong ang kamalayang pang-kapaligiran, at mga kasanayan sa paghahanda sa nagbabagong klima, naglalayon ang “Stories for a Better Normal” na baguhin ang kaisipan ng bawat Pilipino, mga pamilya at pamayanan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapakita ng mga paraan kung paano maisasakatuparan ang ‘better normal’ sa loob ng ating mga pamayanan.   Ang online na talakayan na ito ay na-organisa sa pagtutulungan ng tanggapan ni Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda at Climate Change Commission, na binigyang-suporta naman ng Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines at Mother Earth Foundation. 
November 17, 2021 Wednesday
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Align local plans and programs with SDGs to achieve global resilience
MANILA, 16 November 2021 — In continuation of its COP26 Series, the 70th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways” put spotlight to several organizations that are helping communities in the areas of water security, agriculture and food security, and waste and plastic pollution towards enhanced global climate action.   The online conversation conceptualized and hosted by three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, with CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera as co-host, featured guests including Jenica Dizon, Country Director of Waves for Water Philippines; Hazel Tanchuling, Executive Director of Rice Watch Action Network (R1); and Carlos Hechanova, co-Executive Director for Operations of makesense Philippines.   Ms. Dizon introduced Waves for Water Philippines, a humanitarian aid organization that focuses on providing clean water access to underserved communities.   “Ang climate change o ang sinasabing krisis sa klima ay primarily nararamdaman natin sa tubig. Either napakarami or binabaha tayo, or napaka-kaunti o meron tayong nararamdamang tagtuyot. Nakakaapekto ito hindi lang sa ating health o kalugusan, kundi maging sa ating pananim at food security. 'Yung kakainin natin ay maaapektuhan din. Kapag ang extreme weather events ay dumalas nang dumalas, maaapektuhan din ang ating mga trabaho, bahay, imprastraktura, pati na rin ‘yung pang-araw-araw nating pamumuhay,” said Dizon.   Ms. Tanchuling introduced Rice Watch Action Network (R1), a non-government organization that helps capacitate local communities and local government units through different projects and capacity-building activities, such as the Climate Resiliency Field School program, to promote sustainable livelihood and community resilience.   “We have the Climate-Resiliency Field School, at kakambal nito ang pag-capacitate ng local governments sa localization of climate services. We also assist in action community resiliency building and community organizing, at para ma-mainstream ‘yung climate-resilient agriculture in local government plans ay ina-assist din namin ang mga LGU in LCCAP formulation and enhancement, including ‘yung pagkakaroon nila ng agriculture and fisheries plans,” said Tanchuling.   Mr. Hechanova introduced makesense Philippines, an organization that promotes incubation and innovation for early stage social startups, especially in the field of plastics management.   “Ang pangarap namin is basically to see that every actor in the society is part of creating social and environmental change. Working on the climate emergency is not something that should be limited to certain organizations and certain actors. We should all be taking climate action together as a community, because it's a human problem,” said Hechanova.   Legarda lauded the climate initiatives of the guest organizations that are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She underscored the need to carry out climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM), disaster risk reduction (DRR), and environmental conservation at all levels—from global down to national to local level and even to the smallest community—to ensure a more holistic approach towards resilience and sustainability.   "I'm proud that in my three terms as a Senator, even before the SDGs were implemented, the laws, programs, and policies that I wrote, implemented, and funded as Chair of the Senate Committee of Finance fall under the 17 SDGs. The challenge now is to make sure that we save a life, make sure that we roll it out to every LGU, and we make sure that every local chief executive understands all these laws, programs, and SDGs. Now is the time where we choose between extinction or survival," Legarda emphasized.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.
November 16, 2021 Tuesday
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Legislators outline PH goals for global climate action as world leaders convene in COP26
MANILA, 10 November 2021 — Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, House Committee on Climate Change Chair and Bohol 1st District Representative Edgar Chatto, and Kabataan Partylist Representative Sarah Elago underscored the goals of the Philippines at the ongoing climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).   World leaders have reconvened for COP26, after a year of postponement due to the pandemic, to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, who is also the designated chairperson of the Climate Change Commission (CCC), leads the Philippine delegation.   In her privilege speech, Legarda discussed what the Philippines must push COP26 to deliver “if it is to be a summit of survival,” including securing a concrete delivery plan for the USD500 billion promised by developed countries, advancing action on the area of Loss and Damage, pushing emissions avoidance, and seeking more ambitious national climate targets around the world.   “The Parties at COP26 must agree on a clear and concrete delivery plan for the annual USD100 billion over five years pledged by developed countries to developing ones from 2020 to 2024—after which we expect the amount to increase,” Legarda said, adding that this pledge will help developing countries build their capacity to reduce emissions and adapt to the intensifying impacts of climate change.   “These twelve days of climate talks could well be the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control. Today, November 8, the nation also commemorates the eighth anniversary of Supertyphoon Yolanda. Indeed, this climate summit is a make-or-break for the most vulnerable countries,” Legarda also said.   Rep. Chatto explained that our delegation hopes to get the finalization of rules for Article 6 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which involve modalities and procedures for implementing cooperative approaches between developed and developing countries.   “Our delegates need to ensure that developed countries will finally move with urgency to deliver on their commitments in terms of the Paris Agreement’s means of implementation, that is, through climate finance, technology transfer, and capacity building from developed countries to developing ones,” Chatto said.   “Without these, our country will not be able to develop the capacity and technical know-how we need to avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and we will not be able to survive the worsening impacts of climate change,” he added.   Rep. Elago also expressed support to the call for accelerated actions to address planetary emergency and climate crisis, as well as to uphold climate justice.   “Ang Pilipinas ang isa po sa pinaka-vulnerable, pinaka-apektado ng climate crisis sa buong mundo, ngunit tayo rin po ang isa sa may pinakamaliit na kontribusyon sa CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. Kaya nanawagan tayo na nawa’y di manatili sa mga papel, sa mga manifesto ‘yung mga commitment ng ating mga leaders kundi makita talaga natin ‘yan sa mga pagbabago sa ating mga kasalukuyang patakaran at legislation,” Rep. Elago said.   COP26 is hosted by the United Kingdom and is taking place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, 2021. The summit brings world leaders together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC.
November 10, 2021 Wednesday
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CCC: Strengthen climate information, education, and communication campaign
MANILA, 10 November 2021 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) highlights the importance of environmental education in strengthening climate action, in celebration of National Environmental Awareness Month this November.   Republic Act No. 9512 or the National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008, coauthored by three-term Senator Loren Legarda, declares the month of November as Environmental Awareness Month.   Environmental education, according to the law, encompasses environmental concepts and principles, environmental laws, the state of international and local environment, local environmental best practices, the threats of environmental degradation and its impact on human well-being, the responsibility of the citizenry to the environment and the value of conservation, protection and rehabilitation of natural resources and the environment.   The law also mandates the integration of environmental education in school curricula at all levels, whether public or private, including in barangay daycare, preschool, non-formal, technical vocational, professional level, indigenous learning and out-of school youth courses or programs.   As the climate crisis continues to prevail, the CCC urges all agencies of government, academe, youth groups, and relevant stakeholders to strengthen information, education and communication programs, activities, and projects about the environment and the science of climate change, to bring all sectors and citizens together in protecting, restoring and enhancing our planet.   Aside from conventional classroom learning, the Commission encourages the public, especially the youth, to lead on spreading awareness about the state of our climate and promote simple, easy-to-do climate action, such as tree planting; waste reduction, segregation, recycling and composting; and marine and forest management and conservation.
November 10, 2021 Wednesday
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Together for a Sustainable Future in 70th episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ COP26 Series
MANILA, 10 November 2021 — The 70th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” will feature organizations and initiatives that are helping communities adapt to climate change and work to improve the lives of Filipinos.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 11 November 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl and facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda. Two lucky viewers can win tablets by tuning in throughout the program.   Joining the online conversation are Jenica Dizon, Country Director of Waves for Water Philippines; Hazel Tanchuling, Executive Director of Rice Watch Action Network (R1); and Carlos Hechanova, co-Executive Director for Operations of makesense Philippines.   Climate change is the single biggest threat to sustainable development. Urgent climate action is essential to meet all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as eradicating poverty and hunger, providing safe water, ensuring healthy lives, and protecting ecosystems. COP26 presents an opportunity for the global community to accelerate action to fight climate change and build a sustainable future.   The upcoming episode will highlight organizations helping communities in the areas of water security, agriculture and food security, and waste and plastic pollution towards enhanced global climate action.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.
November 10, 2021 Wednesday
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Engage the youth in science-based climate solutions
TAKIP (cover in English) explores the feasibility of using wax from taro leaf (Alocasia macrorrhizos) as a for reusable face mask fabric to repel water. This can protect users from getting COVID-19 from droplets of water. Photo from the presentation of Kiara Raye Cartojano, inventor of Takip. MANILA, 9 November 2021 — In continuation of its COP26 Youth Series, the 69th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways” once again highlighted the exemplary innovation of young Filipina innovators and advocacy campaigns of young leaders on climate change adaptation and mitigation.   The online conversation conceptualized and hosted by three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, with CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera as co-host, featured young inventors and climate advocates, including Engr. Aisa Mijeno, Inventor and Co-Founder of Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt); Kiara Cartojano, Inventor of Takip (Taro Leaf Wax coating for reusable face mask fabric); Engr. Angelica Anne Munar, an International Eco-Concrete Competition Awardee; and Engr. Danielle Madriaga, Coordinator for The Climate Reality Project Philippines.   “The youth will continue to drive the climate ambition that we need to have as a global community, and the youth will always continue to keep the governments and decision-makers accountable. We hope for the Philippine delegation to deliver, to bring home what we really need here, the support, financing, technology, for us to be successful in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius,” said Comm. Herrera.   The first three guests shared their outstanding innovations, such as the Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt), a sustainable lamp powered by salt water; Eco-concrete made from recycled materials such as fly ash and waste glass combined with pozzolanic tuff; and Takip, a reusable face mask that uses Taro Leaf Wax as a hydrophobic coating for its fabric.   “We need to get ourselves involved because we are all going to be affected by climate change. Accessing of information, learning of what’s happening around is no longer an option, it is an obligation, not just for the youth, but for all of us. Moving and taking part in the solution should be our commitment, not just as a citizen of this country but also as an inhabitant of this world,” said Engr. Mijeno.   “What we can do as a youth is to be responsible for sharing climate information and awareness. Yung mga small actions po, like supporting local businesses that advocate for sustainability, that’s what the youth can also do in addressing the climate problem,” said Cartojano.   "Being eco-friendly does not only talking about shifting material decisions, it is also important to think about everything holistically, about your choices as a whole. Learning is actually limitless, but I believe leadership and sustainability should also be limitless,” said Engr Munar.   Engr. Madriaga, meanwhile, shared her journey as a Climate Reality Leader, the importance of green buildings, and the role of youth in the ongoing climate negotiations in Glasgow.   "To my fellow youth - Take this opportunity to be engaged because this is a critical decade for climate action. No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, there's always something you can contribute. Take inspiration from the amazing youth innovators and leaders who were able to find a way to contribute in their own fields, and join us in manifesting a better reality, a better normal for all of us,” said Engr. Madriaga.   As a way of supporting young innovators, Deputy Speaker Legarda suggested for all their invention to be transmitted and proposed to the Department of Science and Technology for patenting.   "Lahat ng inventions ng ating mga kabataan ay dapat na mai-share sa DOST Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program at i-adopt, para hindi mawala sa kanila. May mga inventions sila, ngunit busy sa eskwela o walang pondong kapital, kaya nakakalimutan na, sayang lang. Now that we are doing the budget, we can provide an endorsement funding under the DOST-CEST," Deputy Speaker Legarda said.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation. 
November 09, 2021 Tuesday
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CCC commemorates Yolanda, calls to strengthen anticipatory adaptation to protect Filipinos as climate risks worsen
MANILA, 8 November 2021 — The Climate Change Commission joins the nation in commemoration of the 8th anniversary of the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) today, November 8, and calls for stronger anticipatory adaptation action to protect the lives of Filipinos as climate risks worsen.   “Eight years on, Yolanda remains a powerful reminder to strengthen our anticipatory adaptation measures to protect Filipinos amid worsening climate risks, and make sure they and future generations will not have to suffer like our people did in 2013,” said the Commission.   This year’s commemoration comes as the world is in deep talks at the 26th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland. COP26 has been touted as a critical climate summit, especially with the past decade emerging as the warmest on record and with more extreme weather events including typhoons, heatwaves, floods, and forest fires worsening all over the world because of the effects of climate change—effects that disproportionately impact climate-vulnerable countries like the Philippines.   The climate body said that “The latest climate science shows that the coming climate change impacts can be even more frequent and more severe for vulnerable countries like the Philippines, ranked as 4th in the 2021 Global Climate Risk Index of countries most affected by climate-related disasters in the last decade. To be proactive in protecting the lives and livelihoods of Filipinos at the local level, we must build up scientific knowledge on local hazards in our communities to develop risk-adaptive measures. For every coastal community, we must know the risk of storm surge that may go inland and submerge homes, farmland, and other properties. Early warning systems will only be effective if they are actionable, and this means they must consist of understandable information down to the last mile."   Anticipatory or proactive adaptation refers to measures that must take place even before the impacts of climate change are observed, instead of simply reacting to them. Aside from building knowledge on local hazards and strengthening early warning systems, other possible measures include setting new building codes and design standards to address likely hazards, providing incentives for relocating and retrofitting, purchasing insurance and other social protection to cushion losses and unemployment, and adjusting housing conditions to extreme weather events.   Reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council estimate that Yolanda, which made a total of six landfalls from November 8, 2013, affected over 16 million and displaced 5.1 million people, and caused over P95 billion in damages. One of the strongest tropical cyclones in world recorded history, it left 6,300 dead, more than 1,000 missing, and over 28,000 injured in all affected areas.
November 08, 2021 Monday
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Second part of Pinoy Youth for a Sustainable Future in 69th episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ COP26 Series
MANILA, 3 November 2021 — The 69th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” will once again feature Filipino youth innovators and leaders and their innovations and advocacy campaigns on climate change adaptation and mitigation to inspire more youth to innovate toward a healthy, resilient, and sustainable future.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 4 November 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl and facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda. Two lucky viewers can win tablets by tuning in throughout the program.   Joining the online conversation are Engr. Aisa Mejino, Inventor and Co-Founder of Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt); Engr. Angelica Anne Munar, an International Eco-Concrete Competition Awardee; Kiara Cartojano, Inventor of Takip (Taro Leaf Wax coating for reusable face mask fabric); and Engr. Danielle Madriaga, Coordinator for The Climate Reality Project Philippines.   The youth are leading the charge on climate action. As nations gather to step up climate ambition at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), the voice of the youth on the need for urgent climate solutions should be amplified. Countries must redouble efforts to support the youth who are working for disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and environmental sustainability.   The upcoming episode shall recognize the Filipino youth innovators and grassroots leaders, to encourage and inspire their fellow youth to be the innovators of the future and contribute to the mitigation of climate change.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.
November 03, 2021 Wednesday
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CCC, OML Center launch second edition of Klima Film Festival for young Filipino filmmakers
MANILA, 3 November 2021 — The Climate Change Commission, in partnership with the Oscar M. Lopez Center, has launched the second Klima Film Festival (KFF) 2021 with the theme, “Adapting for a Sustainable Future: Stepping Up Local Climate Action in a Post-Pandemic World” as it aims to reach  young filmmakers and mobilize them as communicators on the importance of scaling up local climate action.   This year’s KFF specifically focuses on harnessing the potential of films in building awareness and understanding of the climate crisis, and driving action to address its causes and impacts; urging the youth in amplifying the importance of local climate solutions to further increase their influence on local climate policy-making, and generating local climate adaptation stories as viewed by young Filipino filmmakers by providing venue for the production and promotion of climate science-based short films.   In the digital launch held October 29, the CCC and OMLC welcomed the interested youth participants and introduced the mechanics of the film festival.   “On this second year of KFF, I am confident that our youth will make us proud again. Give all your best. Let your creativity flow and shine through. And make a world of difference in building a healthier, safer, and more secure future for all Filipinos,” said CCC Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman.   “I'm looking forward to the entries for this year's Klima Film Festival. The youth is the future, not just of our nation, but of the planetary climate. You will inherit the climate, and to a large degree, you are also influencing what the future climate will be. Therefore, your voice is so important in this conversation,” said OML Center Executive Director Dr. Rodel D. Lasco.   “As one of the members of the youth who have the dedication, the resiliency or have the ability to adapt to change, our love for making different films were affected too by the pandemic.  However, let's remember, fellow youth, that if one door has closed, there's always hope that it will open a new opportunity to come,” said Jerome Pineda of Aquarian Eye Media, who was awarded last year for Best Film for his KFF entry ‘Our World’.   “This prestigious event will not just showcase the talents of the youth, but enables them to learn more about climate change in their locality and translate it into a creative way. By this, the youth will become the tool to educate the people about what we can do to have a sustainable future, and how much time we have left, that we have to move, and that we have to take responsibility as it is all in our hands,” said Mikone Joshua Calungsod of Ang Maharlika Productions, winner of the KFF 2020 Second Best Film for "Verdant."   Chairperson Mary Liza B. Diño of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and Mr. Butch Ibañez, Vice Head of the National Committee on Cinema of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, were present to support the launch.   “We need loud, energetic, aggressive voices to disturb the downturn and talk about saving rather than wasting. Like Greta Thunberg, KFF and its young invested filmmakers are now about to join this revolution," said Chair Diño.   “The best part of watching any films is what comes right after. The impact. To all the filmmakers, may your films shine a light into array, a spark may be small but within us all, it can be mighty,” said Mr. Ibañez.   The youth participants also joined the General Assembly – the first of the two-part learning workshops for the KFF, where the rationale of the KFF theme, contest mechanics, forms, and gender considerations were discussed.   For the next steps, participants are expected to submit their film concept or synopsis and their team information through the Official Registration of the KFF which can be accessed through this link https://bit.ly/KFF2021TeamRegistration to proceed to the  Climate Film Labs.   Each Climate Film Lab will involve science and film mentors who shall guide the teams on the technical soundness of storytelling and the craft of filmmaking.   For more details about the Klima Film Festival, visit the official Facebook pages of the Climate Change Commission and Oscar M. Lopez Center at https://www.facebook.com/CCCPhl and https://www.facebook.com/OMLopezCenter.   To access the 2020 KFF winners and entries, contact the KFF Secretariat at klimafilmfestival2021@gmail.com.   
November 03, 2021 Wednesday
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