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Legarda Urges Schools, Millennials to Use Idle Lands and Small Spaces for Growing Food
MANILA, 19 June 2020 — During the 5th episode of the online series “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways” on the topic ‘Growing Your Own Food Part 2’, House Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda featured urban farming and home gardening tips and advice from experts and advocates, as well as urged schools and millennials to follow suit. The episode presented University of the Philippines (UP) President Danilo Concepcion and wife Atty. Gaby Concepcion; Dr. Carlos Primo “CP” David, chair of the Climate Change Commission’s (CCC) National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) and UP Diliman professor of Geology and Environmental Science; University of Antique President Dr. Pablo Crespo, Jr.; Carlo Sumaoang, founder of MNL Growkits Corporation; Chef Jam Melchor, head of Slow Food Youth Network Philippines and founder of the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement; Karla Delgado, Earth Leader and director of Kai Farms; and Bea Misa-Crisostomo, owner of Ritual, who all shared practical information on food gardening. Sonia Mendoza of Mother Earth Foundation, Atty. Paula Aberasturi of DowntoEarth PH, and Atty. Ipat Luna of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources also joined the online conversation as reactors. President Concepcion and Atty. Gaby shared how the UP Diliman campus started converting their executive gardens into gulayan beds, and how the UP system could further encourage individuals to jumpstart their own food gardens through videos and online tutorials. “Sa UP, mayroon tayong ilau-launch na isang programa upang turuan ang ating mga kababayan na walang bakuran para magtanim ng halaman. Karamihan po sa mga nakatira sa siyudad ay walang space. Sa TVUP (YouTube), maglau-launch kami ng tutorials kung papaano magtanim sa paso at saan ilalagay ang paso. Higit sa lahat, magtuturo kami ng hydroponics o kung papaano magtanim nang walang lupa sa loob ng bahay,” said Concepcion. Dr. David discussed his proposal, Commercial Scale Urban Agriculture: Transforming UP Diliman as a Major Food Production Area, which aims to convert some of the university’s 25-hectare idle lands into a major food production area. “Urban farming should not only be confined to our own backyards. If we look at Metro Manila, it is highly urbanized, but there are still pockets of land where we can do massive urban gardening and farming. By far, the largest open area in Metro Manila is the UP Diliman campus. The proposal is to make UP campus as a major food production area. The purpose of producing our own food connects a lot to climate change. During times of calamities, flooding and pandemic, we want our food to be within our reach and know that it is fresh and free of pesticides,” said Dr. David. Dr. Crespo shared some initiatives of the University of Antique to promote edible landscapes and resilient agriculture. “Marami tayong mga plants and herbs na akala natin hindi kinakain, pero nakakain pala. So we’ve been coming up with a book about this. We also have one project now with the Central Philippines State University that has perfected a technology on vermicomposting. We will make sure na sa lahat ng campuses ng University of Antique ay mag-vermicomposting kami,” said Dr. Crespo. Legarda then urged other state universities, colleges, and even private schools to utilize spaces and plant vegetables, edible flowers, and trees within their campus and called for the strict implementation of Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001 where segregation at source, recycling, and composting practices are followed. Ms. Mendoza shared the different methods of composting, such as underground composting, clay pot composting, using tire towers, and vermicomposting, which can be done within households. Sumaoang recalled how he introduced organic grow kits in the Philippines through MNL Growkits and shared how urban gardening became a growing interest and more relatable even among millennials. “The objective of MNL Growkits is basically palitan ‘yung perception ng mga kabataan towards farming. Naglabas po kami ng grow kits. Lahat ng kailangan para mag-start magpalaki ng halaman ay nasa isang box. We really try to make farming relatable. We’re very happy to say that, after so many years of inviting people to farm, ang dami na ngayong first-time growers na talagang tuluy-tuloy na ang pagtatanim nila,” he said. Chef Melchor, an advocate for slow food and food mapping, shared his efforts on fighting food waste and promoting urban and sustainable agriculture, especially among the youth. “Our objective is to fight food waste. We also reached out to our LGUs that instead of giving out canned goods, fresh produce ang kanilang ipamigay. We also want to teach our youth na dapat ang approach nila sa pagkain is multi-faceted. Dapat ‘di lang sila active sa keyboard, pero lumabas sila para magtanim, makihalubilo sa mga farmers, at bumisita sa mga farms. Kami din pong mga chefs, hindi lang dapat nagluluto, dapat alam namin kung saan nanggagaling ‘yung pagkain,” said Melchor. Legarda supported the food mapping project of the Slow Food Youth Network Philippines mentioned by Melchor and also asked the UP System, CCC, and The Climate Reality Project Philippines to help in this initiative. Karla Delgado, an owner of a permaculture farm engaged in seed saving and education for sustainability, shared her top three reasons why we should save seeds. “One, seeds are wealth. Currently in the Philippines, most farms buy seeds. So by saving our own seeds, farms will be able to save cash in their farming operations. Two, seeds promote food security. The answer to food security is families and households planting food in their backyard, in pots, or any space they can manage. And third, seeds protect biodiversity and promote a healthy gut. Eating local, biodiverse, and organic food will keep us healthy and strong,” Delgado said. Bea Misa-Crisostomo, an eco-entrepreneur, shared her experience in establishing Ritual, a sustainable general store, and her efforts to promote biocultural diversity. “We said if we are going to do a store, then we don’t want to use plastic. We put up the store and said zero waste is the “how” and not the “what” of our business. Ritual focuses on biocultural diversity. We wanted to represent local products, heritage products, and start helping at least one farmer at a time. It works in a palengke setting because most people want access to their regional products,” said Crisostomo. To close, Legarda, a backyard farmer herself, stressed how food gardening and sustainable farming can help ensure food availability and supply in our households, while helping protect the environment and climate. “Food gardening teaches us how to be self-sustainable. It tries to correct our hyperconsumerist mindset, which is killing our planet. It teaches us to segregate and recycle, to save our seeds and plant what we eat, and to grow our own food no matter how small a place we live in. These small steps can really impact our communities in a huge way,” Legarda concluded. 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 to lead sustainable lives towards a healthier, safer, and much better normal than we used to have. This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission (CCC), with support from the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), The Climate Reality Project-Philippines, and Mother Earth Foundation. 
June 19, 2020 Friday
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Message of Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman - 159th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal
June 19, 2020 Friday
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Message of Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman - World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
June 17, 2020 Wednesday
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CCC on Desertification and Drought Day: Behavioral Change and Policy Interventions are Keys to Sustainable Land Management
MANILA, 17 June 2020 — In observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought today, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) underscored the importance of behavioral change and policy interventions in ensuring the efficient and sustainable management of our lands. In line with the theme of this year’s observance, Food. Feed. Fibre, the CCC said that changing consumption patterns and enacting the right policies could send a powerful signal to producers and suppliers of the change they need to make in order to thrive in a more sustainable and better normal. In 2019, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land revealed that the major drivers of desertification and climate change are the expansion of croplands, unsustainable land management practices, and increased pressure on land from population and income growth. Based on the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by mid-century and could peak at nearly 11 billion by 2100. By 2030, food production will require an additional 30 hectares of land while the fashion industry is projected to use an additional 35 percent of land or approximately 115 million hectares, according to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Given these figures, the climate body emphasized that the shift to sustainable consumption and production is necessary to ensure a livable and thriving planet for the generations to come. According to the CCC, there is a need to develop policies that will create an enabling environment for the private business sector to practice resource efficiency, establish sustainable supply chains, and adopt more efficient and sustainable land use and land management practices. This will require collaboration between multiple areas and levels within the government. In this connection, the CCC reiterated the call of President Duterte for the enactment of the National Land Use Act (NLUA) which seeks to ensure the sustainable and efficient use of the country’s land and physical resources. In his 2017, 2018, and 2019 State of the Nation Address, the President has asked the Congress to pass the proposed NLUA, which has been pending in Congress for two decades. Early this year, in lieu of a law still pending in Congress, the National Economic and Development Authority has initiated drafting an executive order that will institutionalize national land use planning in the country.  
June 17, 2020 Wednesday
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Growing Your Own Food Part 2 in 5th Episode of “Stories for a Better Normal” Series
MANILA, 17 June 2020 – For the fifth episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” as part two of the topic on “Growing Your Own Food”, House Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda will gather experts and home gardeners to exchange stories, approaches and practical tips on building home and community food gardens, which help in building climate resilience and ensuring food security. The fifth episode will be shown live on Thursday, 18 June 2020, 10 AM, via Facebook at facebook.com/conglorenlegarda and facebook.com/CCCPhl/. Joining Legarda are millennial urban farmers and sustainable food advocates, including Carlo Sumaoang, Founder of MNL Growkits Corporation (a team of millennials first to offer organic plant kits in the Philippines);  Chef Jam Melchor, Head of the Slow Food Youth Network Philippines and Founder of the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement; Karla Delgado, Director of Kai Farms (a permaculture farm engaged in seed-saving and education for sustainability based in Silang, Cavite); and Bea Misa-Crisostomo, Owner of Ritual (a sustainable general store). University of the Philippines (UP) President Danilo Concepcion and wife Atty. Gaby Concepcion; Dr. Carlos Primo David, Chair of the National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and a UP Diliman professor on earth science and environment; and Dr. Pablo Crespo, president of the University of Antique, will also join the online conversation. Reactors will include Assistant Director Rosana Mula from the Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), Atty. Paula Aberasturi of Down to Earth PH, and Ms. Sonia Mendoza of Mother Earth Foundation. Legarda, author of House Bill No. 637 or the Food Forest Gardening Act of 2019, highlighted the importance of establishing food gardens as a sustainable practice to help ensure food supply and availability while helping address climate impacts, during the previous episode of “Growing Your Own Food” aired last May 21. Part one of the topic also discussed the government’s “Plant, Plant, Plant Program” which aims to increase the country’s agri-fishery output in order to support productivity across all commodities, as well as the DA-ATI’s distribution of free household starter kits on home gardening for those living in areas with no adequate space for gardens. For this upcoming episode, Legarda will further provide practical tips to encourage households and communities to start their own home and community food gardens as well as implement ecological solid waste management. 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 Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities and Mother Earth Foundation.
June 17, 2020 Wednesday
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Legarda: Free Our People from Oppression of Immobility, Outdated Thinking
MANILA 12 June 2020 – “What we want now is nothing less than the liberation of the 88% of Metro Manila households who, because they do not have the fortune of owning cars, remain imprisoned by the lack of inclusive sustainable mobility options. And as long as we in government prioritize the minority, which is only 12% of households who own cars, how can we call ourselves free?” said House Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda.   Legarda made the statement during part two of the sustainable urban mobility episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways,” streamed online on June 11, eve of the Philippine Independence Day.   “It is high time that we support a holistic approach in the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program by ensuring that it translates into building bicycle lanes and sidewalks, as well as promoting sustainability and green and blue economies. This is how we can honor the efforts of our ancestors to free our people today from the oppression of immobility and rigid, outdated thinking,” added Legarda.   Mr. Red Constantino, Executive Director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) and Legarda’s co-host for the episode, shared the study that 88% of households in Metro Manila and the rest of the Greater Manila Area do not own cars, while only the remaining 12% own at least one.   “The keyword is mobility. It’s not just about cars, not about cycling, not about mass transport. It’s moving people, not cars. It’s providing policy means, budget, and government support for the majority of the population or the 88% of people within Metro Manila —instead of the minority who actually have the means to move around in a protected way because they own cars,” said Constantino.   The episode’s resource speakers included Dutch Ambassador Saskia De Lang; Mr. Benjamin De la Peña, Advisory Council Member of the Roddenberry Foundation and a global expert on urban development, transportation, and planning; ICSC Urban Transitions Analyst Celine Tabinga; The Climate Reality Project (TCRP) Philippines Branch Manager Nazrin Castro; and Climate Reality Leader Len Jamandores. Reactors from the government included Undersecretary Frisco San Juan, Jr. of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Assistant Secretary Sheilah Napalang of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and Director Anna Mae Lamentillo, Chairperson of the 'Build Build Build' Program of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).   Ambassador De Lang shared the culture of cycling in the Netherlands, saying that it is the decision of the Dutch government to support safe biking infrastructure and veer away from cars to prioritize cyclists, pedestrians, and public transport.   “For the Dutch, cycling is for everyone. It is a great equalizer. You can even see the Prime Minister going to work on his bike. It gives the feeling of freedom, to be in contact with the surroundings, the sights, sounds, and smell of the city. That's one of the reasons why Dutch children are considered the happiest in the world,” said Ambassador De Lang, who also mentioned the Dutch Cycling Embassy organization’s efforts to hold Think Bike workshops, already piloted in Iloilo City, to help urban planners develop cycling route maps within a city.   De La Peña meanwhile stressed that traffic is just a symptom and that the country needs to focus on transportation. He added that transportation is not just a technical concern but also a political one.   “As Bogotá (Colombia) Mayor Enrique Peñalosa said, having a protected bike lane on a major road is a moral statement that says, “People who can only afford a one or two-thousand-peso bike are as important in our infrastructure as people who can afford half-a-million-peso cars.” If you believe that we are facing a climate crisis, you have to be for protective bike lanes. There is no way that you can hold these two truths in opposite,” said Dela Peña.   ICSC Urban Transitions Analyst Celine Tabinga presented findings on the PH Mobility survey their group conducted with MNL Moves and the University of Twente, including the top proposals to improve walking and cycling in Metro Manila.   “Active mobility (walking and cycling) can and should be made easier and safer in Metro Manila. We have to enable cycling and pedestrian infrastructure; change mindsets, priorities, and policies to move people, not cars; and generate more data to support planning and policies.”   Ms. Nazrin Castro shared how The Climate Reality Project Philippines is supporting this movement and cited initiatives that can help encourage and cultivate a culture of biking, such as extending bike loans to employees; installing showers, lockers, and dressing rooms; having coaching programs to accompany beginners from home to workplace; and incentivizing workers to bike to work.   “Our potential for sustainable urban mobility initiatives to address air pollution and curb greenhouse gas emissions is really massive. We need to grab this window of opportunity to plan, strategize, and actually implement our policies to transition our local government units to a better normal, to have a better reality for the Filipino people,” said Castro.   Climate Reality Leader Jamandores also shared how her organization and the government collaborated on the proposed Metro Manila bike lane network map, which aims to establish bike infrastructure along major roads, and provided insights on how LGUs can visualize and sustain bike lanes.   “Delegate which roads to designate as bike lanes. They don’t have to be permanent immediately, but there must be conviction from LGUs that these are lanes to cater to our vulnerable commuters. Aside from converting roads, we should also target connecting critical infrastructure, such as hospitals or schools. It’s not about how long your bike lane is, but about how many of these infrastructures are connected and servicing the people,” Jamandores explained.   While the DOTr, DPWH, and MMDA expressed support to the establishment of bike lanes and other sustainable mobility initiatives, Legarda invited them once again for another episode to clarify which agency should be leading in the planning and implementation of bike lane programs.     “The words dignified, fair, and equitable should be applied to bikers and pedestrians. The roads are our common areas, which must be shared with people who cannot afford a million-peso car. Those who walk five or more kilometers have rights just like anyone who can afford a car,” said Legarda. To conclude, Legarda greeted the viewers with: “Happy Independence from fossil fuel! Happy Independence from rigid, outdated thinking!”   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 to lead sustainable lives towards a healthier, safer, and much better normal than we used to have.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission (CCC), with support from the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), The Climate Reality Project-Philippines, and Mother Earth Foundation.
June 12, 2020 Friday
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Part 2 of Sustainable Urban Mobility in 4th Episode of “Stories for a Better Normal” Series
MANILA 10 June 2020 – In the fourth episode of the online discussion series “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways,” as part two on the topic of sustainable urban mobility, Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda will once again promote biking and other greener modes of transportation as essential means to move commuters and citizens in this period of pandemic and climate crisis. The fourth episode will air this Thursday, June 11, 10AM, via Facebook Live at facebook.com/conglorenlegarda or facebook.com/CCCPhl. Mr. Red Constantino, Executive Director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities and bike advocate, will join as Legarda’s co-anchor. Resource speakers will include: Mr. Benjamin de la Peña, Advisory Council Member of the Roddenberry Foundation and urban planning expert; The Climate Reality Project (TCRP) Philippines Branch Manager Nazrin Castro; Climate Reality Leader Len Jamandores, and ICSC Urban Transitions Analyst Celine Tabinga. Ambassador Saskia de Lang of the Netherlands will also share knowledge and experience from her home country known for its cycling culture supported by efficient transport systems. During the first episode discussing sustainable urban mobility, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) supported Legarda’s recommendation to have a bike masterplan in Metro Manila, including the establishment of dedicated, protected, and connected bike lanes, as part of “Better Normal for the Workplace, Communities and Public Spaces Act of 2020” (House Bill 6864 or Better Normal Bill), which she authored and sponsored in Congress. 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 to lead sustainable lives towards a healthier, safer, and much better normal than we used to have. This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission (CCC), with support from the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), The Climate Reality Project-Philippines, and Mother Earth Foundation.
June 10, 2020 Wednesday
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CCC: Mobilize Integrated Climate and Environmental Actions for Climate Emergency and COVID-19 Recovery
MANILA, 08 June 2020 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) underscored the need for a holistic and comprehensive approach in addressing the complex challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, its ensuing economic fallout, and the unfolding climate and environmental crisis. This pronouncement was made in support of the two House Resolutions calling for emergency action to save communities and the economy from the clear and present danger of climate change, which were adopted by the House Committee on Climate Change during the virtual meeting on 04 June 2020. HR No. 724, which was authored by Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, calls for the mobilization of government agencies and instrumentalities and local government units toward the effective implementation of environmental, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction and management laws in light of the global climate and environmental emergency. HR No. 761, which was authored by Bohol 1st District Representative Edgar M. Chatto, encourages that climate emergency be placed at the center of all policy decision-making at the local and national levels and calls on local government units to adopt a No To New Coal Policy. “Dealing with climate change is a matter of life and death with enormous and lingering socio-economic consequences, many times more than the pandemic,” CCC Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman said during the meeting. “Neither the virus nor greenhouse gases respect national boundaries. But both of them demand rapid and far-reaching action on an unprecedented scale. We see it now happening on Covid-19, but not yet on carbon emissions,” he added. An international team of climate experts has recently estimated that the failure of the global community to achieve the 1.5 C goal of the Paris Agreement could lead to up to USD 600 trillion in losses by the end of the century.[1] Rep. Chatto, Chair of the House Committee on Climate Change, emphasized the role of developed countries in addressing the climate emergency. "If the world and the government, especially in the industrialized nations took climate change mitigation and adaptation seriously with great dispatch and urgency as we have seen in our fight with COVID-19, then perhaps humanity will be in a better state of well-being and virus free,” he said. The Paris Agreement and the decisions adopted by the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) stated that developed countries are to continue to take the lead in mobilizing climate finance to support the poorest and most vulnerable countries. The goal is to allocate US$100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries by 2020 with a commitment for further finances by 2025, taking into consideration the needs and priorities of developing countries.  In line with this, the CCC said that it endeavors to facilitate the country’s access to international climate finance to fill in the gaps in funding for programs and projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build the adaptive capacities of communities to climate change. “We hope that the economic adjustments shall give way to a streamlined and rationalized process for accessing international green and climate finance. We must accelerate the implementation of technical cooperation projects and grants supportive of adaptation and mitigation programs such as those under the Green Climate Fund”, CCC Commissioner Rachel Herrera, National Focal Point to the Green Climate Fund, said. The CCC also assured the House Committee on Climate Change that it shall continue to heed science to pave a better normal toward a sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the climate body, it shall deliver on its mandates under the law and respond to the challenges of a better normal by pursuing four (4) action tracks: (1) development of science-based policies and plans through the National Climate Change Action Plan, National Adaptation Plan, and Nationally Determined Contributions; (2) conduct of climate science and policy research studies and the production of climate risk management decision support and knowledge management tools; (3) provision of technical assistance and capacity development services on climate change adaptation and mitigation to local government units and key stakeholders, especially for accessing climate finance; and  (4) monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of the implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, plans, programs, and projects of the government.    [1] Wei, Y., Han, R., Wang, C. et al. Self-preservation strategy for approaching global warming targets in the post-Paris Agreement era. Nat Commun 11, 1624 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15453-z
June 08, 2020 Monday
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CCC Calls for Bolder Actions on World’s Critical Environmental and Health Challenges
MANILA, 5 June 2020 — In observance of World Environment Day, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) called on national and global leaders to take bolder actions to address the two most daunting challenges the world is currently facing—the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency. With the theme, Time for Nature, the CCC said that this observance shall serve as a reminder that while nations are slowly transitioning to a new normal, the momentum to raise awareness on the importance of nature and climate action should be sustained and scaled up even more for a safer planet. The country’s environmental laws such as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 (Republic Act No. 9147), Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2018 (Republic Act No. 11038), and the Climate Change Act of 2009 (Republic Act No. 9729) are regarded as landmark legislations by the international community. The implementation of these laws, according to the CCC, will contribute significantly to the envisioned green and resilient post-COVID recovery. According to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Philippines is listed as one of the world’s “megadiverse” countries and sustaining to around 70-80% of the planet’s biodiversity. The Philippines ranks fifth in the number of plant species and maintains 5% of the world’s flora. The CBD also reported that the Philippines has very high species endemism, covering at least 25 genera of plants and 49% of terrestrial wildlife, while the country ranks fourth in bird endemism. The Philippines is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots with at least 700 threatened species thus making it one of the top global conservation areas. The climate body stressed that climate action and biodiversity conservation are two important issues that should be prioritized to ensure a safer and more sustainable future for the Filipino people.
June 05, 2020 Friday
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Message of Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman on the World Environment Day
June 05, 2020 Friday
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Legarda Highlights Landmark Environmental and Climate Laws, Best Adaptation Practices in “Conversations with the Champion”
MANILA, 05 June 2020 — In celebration of World Environment Day today and the Philippine Environment Month this June, House Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda featured ten landmark laws on environmental protection and climate risk governance, as well as ten exemplary adaptation practices, during the virtual forum “Conversations with the Champion” aired via Facebook Live today. Legarda shared insights on what the country has done and what needs to be achieved to protect the environment and build resilience to climate risks, while recovering from the pandemic through sustainable ways. “We have the laws in place. What we need now is the political will to enforce them. Nature has a way of reminding us that we have to do more and act faster to survive the shocks from pandemics, climate change, and emerging crises,” said Legarda.  As the country’s foremost advocate for the environment and climate change, Legarda authored and supported the passage of laws, such as the Clean Air Act of 1999 (RA 8749), Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act No. 9003), Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 (RA 9147), Clean Water Act of 2004 (RA 9275), National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008 (RA 9512), Renewable Energy Act of 2008 (RA 9513), Climate Change Act of 2009 (RA 9729), as amended by the People's Survival Fund Act of 2012 (RA 10174), and the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA 10121), among others.   “We realize that these are extraordinary times, necessitating extraordinary action from us. Nature is sending us a message that we need to take better care of our environment. It is time to stop the abuse of nature. It is time to build a better normal. It’s time to conserve and protect our nature,” Legarda said. “The raging COVID 19 pandemic has brought out the sobering reality that the world is not as advanced and prosperous as we think. We have realized that our societies and economic systems are fragile, and that we are only as strong as our most vulnerable. We need to value the intricate interrelationships of all life on earth, and we need a fundamental shift in the way we live. Returning to normal is not an option,” Legarda stressed. Legarda is author and sponsor of House Bill (HB) No. 6864 or the “Better Normal for Workplaces, Communities and Public Spaces Bill,” which provides for stringent health and safety measures and improves policies and actions ranging from health, environment, climate change, education, agriculture, labor, tourism, and arts and culture toward a better normal.   As a United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Global Champion for Resilience, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Global Champion for National Adaptation Plans, UNDRR Asia Pacific Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, and Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation, Legarda highlighted the importance of synergy between the Philippines and international climate organizations to address global challenges at hand. Legarda responded to questions from experts, including Global Optimism founder and former UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; International Strategy for Disaster Reduction forerunner Salvano Briceño; United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat Head Helena Valdes; World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Climate Prediction and Adaptation’s Former Director and Weather and Climate Extremes Journal Editor-in-Chief Dr. Mannava Sivakumar; Matthew McKinnon of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF); Dr. Rodel Lasco and Dr. Rosa Perez of the National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) of the Climate Change Commission.  On the importance of a holistic approach to address climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, Legarda said, “We cannot solve our current problems by using the same kind of thinking that we used when we created this problem. That is why the approach must be from a systems perspective, to ensure that our actions from now do not restore the same vulnerabilities that we had before the pandemic. In everything we do, we must look back at what were the wrong things we did that spawned this and we should not repeat it.  On the importance of international cooperation, Legarda highlighted that “the international community should support through technology, exchange of best practices, finance, and capacity building to help our local economy transition toward a green economy” and that “a rebuilding of the economy must be towards a sustainable, resilient, and green development path.”  On a green and inclusive recovery pathway for the Philippines, Legarda said, “It is more expensive not to adapt, not to abide by the laws of nature. It is time to step back and pause. It is time to follow environmental laws. It is for our very own survival", Legarda said. “On World Environment Day, let us be kinder to each other as human beings, kinder to our community, kinder to the environment, kinder to nature. In return, nature will be kinder to us.” Legarda concluded.
June 05, 2020 Friday
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Itinampok ni Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda ang Katangi-tangi nating mga Environmental at Climate Laws at Adaptation Practices sa “Conversations with the Champion”
MAYNILA, Ika-5 ng Hunyo taong 2020 — Sa pagdiriwang ng World Environment Day ngayong araw na ito at ng Philippine Environment Month ngayong Hunyo, itinampok ni House Deputy Speaker at Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda ang sampung katangi-tanging mga batas natin ukol sa environmental protection at climate risk governance,  kasama na rito dito ang sampung napakagandang mga halimbawa ng climate change adaptation practices, sa virtual forum na pinamagatang “Conversations with the Champion” na inilunsad at napanood sa Facebook Live. Ibinahagi ni Deputy Speaker Legarda ang kanyang kaalaman at mga pananaw ukol sa mga napagtagumpayan na ng bansa at ang mga kinakailangang makamit natin upang maprotektahan ang kapaligiran at maging matatag sa gitna ng peligrong dala ng climate change, habang bumabangon pa tayo mula sa epekto ng pandemiya. “Mayroon na tayong mga batas. Kung kaya't ang kinakailangan na lang natin ngayon ay ang political will upang maipatupad natin ang mga ito. Mayroong mga pamamaraan ang ating kalikasan upang mapaalalahanan tayo sa kung anong mga bagay ang dapat pa nating gawin nang mas malawakan at kumilos nang mas mabilis para harapin ang pandemiya, climate change, at iba pang krisis,” sabi ni Legarda. Bilang pangunahing tagapagtaguyod ng environment at climate change, naiakda at naisulong ni  Legarda ang pagpasa ng mga batas tulad ng Clean Air Act of 1999, Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, Wildlife Resources Conservation at Protection Act of 2001, Clean Water Act of 2004, National Environmental Awareness at Education Act of 2008, Renewable Energy Act of 2008, Climate Change Act of 2009, People's Survival Fund Act of 2012, Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, at iba pa.   “Tayo ngayon ay nabubuhay sa hindi ordinaryong panahon kung kaya’t nangangailangan din ito ng karampatang hindi ordinaryong mga pagkilos mula sa atin. Nagpapahatid sa atin ng mensahe  na kinakailangan pa natin alagaan ng mas mabuti ang ating kapaligiran. At panahon na upang tigilan na ang pang-aabuso natin sa kalikasan. Panahon na ngayon upang bumuo tayo ng better normal. Panahon na rin ito kung saan kinakailangan na natin protektahan ang ating kalikasan,” sabi ni Legarda.   “Ang nananalantang COVID 19 pandemic na siyang nagmulat sa atin ng masakit na katotohanan na ang mundo ay di kasing unlad ng inaakala natin. Napagtanto natin na ang ating mga lipunan at ang ating economic systems ay sadyang napaka-rupok, na tayo ay kasing lakas lamang ng kung sino mang pinaka-vulnerable sa atin. Kinakailangan natin ngayong pahalagahan ang pagkaka-ugnay ng lahat ng buhay dito sa mundo, at kinakailangan din natin magkaroon ng pangunahin at malawakang pagbabago sa uri ng ating pamumuhay. Ang pagbabalik natin sa nakagawiang normal ay di na dapat pinag-iisipan pa,” giit ni Legarda. Si Legarda ang isa sa mga may-akda ng House Bill na “Better Normal for Workplaces, Communities and Public Spaces Bill,” na nagsusulong ng mahigpit panuntunang pangkalusugan at pang kaligtasan at napapabuti nito ang mga patakaran hinggil sa kalusugan, kapaligiran, climate change, edukasyon, agrikultura, labor, turismo, at sining at kultura tungo sa isang better normal.   Bilang Global Champion for Resilience ng United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Global Champion for National Adaptation Plans, Global Champion din ng UNDRR Asia Pacific Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, at Commissioner ng Global Commission on Adaptation, binigyang diin ni Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda ang kahalagahan ng synergy o pagkakaisa sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at ng mga international climate organization upang matugunan ang mga global challenges na kasalukuyan nating hinaharap. Sinagot ni Legarda ang mga katanungang nagmula sa mga bihasa, kasama na rito ang  tagapagtatag ng Global Optimism at dating Executive Secretary ng UNFCCC na si Christiana Figueres; Salvano Briceño na dating kabilang sa International Strategy for Disaster Reduction; ang Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat Head na si Helena Molin-Valdes; Dr. Mannava Sivakumar ng World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Matthew McKinnon ng Climate Vulnerable Forum; Dr. Rodel Lasco at Dr. Rosa Perez ng National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) ng Climate Change Commission. Ukol sa kahalagahan ng isang holistic approach upang matugunan ang climate change at ang pandemiyang COVID-19, sinabi ni Legarda na, “Di natin kakayanin lutasin ang kasalukuyan nating mga problema kung gagamitin natin ang nakagawiang pag-iisip at nakasanayang mga pananaw na dati nang nagamit at kung saan nga nagmula ang problema. Kung kaya nga ang paghihimay dito ay kinakailangang magmula sa isang systems perspective, upang masiguro na ang ating mga pagkilos mula ngayon ay hindi makapapanumbalik ng dati na nating mga kahinaan. Sa lahat ngayon ng ating mga gagawin, kinakailangan nating lumingon upang tingnan at suriin kung saan man tayo nagkamali at huwag nang ulitin pa ito. Ukol sa kahalagahang ng pakikipagtulungan sa ibang bansa, binigyang diin ni Legarda na “ang international community ay kailangang sumuporta sa pamamagitan ng teknolohiya, exchange ng best practices, pinansyal na tulong, at capacity building upang transpormahin ang lokal na ekonomiyang tungo sa isang "green economy.” Ukol sa green recovery pathway para sa Pilipinas, “Napakalaki ng gastos kung di tayo makikibagay at susunod sa batas ng kalikasan. Panahon na upang sumunod sa mga batas pangkalikasan dahil dito nakasalalay ang ating kaligtasan." sabi ni Legarda. “Sa World Environment Day, maging mas mabait sana tayo sa isa't isa bilang tao, mas mabait sa ating pamayanan, mas mabait sa ating kapaligiran, mas mabait sa ating kalikasan. Kapalit nito, ang kalikasan ay magiging mas mabait sa atin.” pagtatapos ni Legarda.
June 05, 2020 Friday
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CCC, Legarda Launch "Conversations with the Champion”
MANILA 3 June 2020 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Office of Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda will host a virtual forum, “Conversations with the Champion,” which will discuss what the Philippines has accomplished thus far and what remains to be done to protect the environment and build resilience to climate change, as we seek to recover from the pandemic in a more sustainable manner.   The online forum, which will be livestreamed via Facebook Live on Friday, June 5, 10:00 am, is organized in celebration of World Environment Day, and the Philippine Environment Month this June.   It will feature ten landmark Philippine laws for environmental protection and climate risk governance, as well as ten exemplary adaptation solutions by local communities in adapting to climate impacts.   Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda will share her personal stories and insights on the laws she has authored or sponsored, as well as her leadership to advance environmental protection and climate action in the country and the world.   While being the country’s foremost advocate for the environment and climate change, Legarda is also a United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Global Champion for Resilience and Asia Pacific Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Global Champion for National Adaptation Plans, Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation, and Member of the Green Climate Fund Board.   The forum will feature messages from global experts, including Global Optimism founder and former UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; International Strategy for Disaster Reduction forerunner Salvano Briceño; United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat Head Helena Molin-Valdez; Green Climate Fund Director for Mitigation and Adaptation Dr. Jerry Velasquez; World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Climate Prediction and Adaptation’s Former Director and Weather and Climate Extremes Journal Editor-in-Chief Dr. Mannava Sivakumar; and one of the Filipino authors in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, University of the Philippines Los Baños Professor Dr. Rodel Lasco.    Conversations with the Champion will be livestreamed through the Facebook accounts of the CCC and Congresswoman Loren Legarda.
June 03, 2020 Wednesday
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CCC Seeks the Establishment of Safe Cycling Lanes Integrated with Green Spaces
MANILA, 03 June 2020 — The Climate Change Commission today called for the urgent establishment of safe and dedicated cycling lanes in observance of World Bicycle Day. Out of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), SDG 12 directly connects with the importance of bicycles, in recognition of the need to promote sustainable urban mobility and a healthy, economic way to commute.       However, CCC acknowledged that one of the main factors in decision-making for potential cyclists is the perceived danger on major roadways when merged with motor vehicle traffic. Thus, an important approach to increase the use of bicycles as a means of transportation is to provide dedicated and protected bike lanes that will link the cities of Metro Manila, complemented by interventions that enable a safe bicycle infrastructure and promote bicycle parking areas in different establishments. Having more local governments, especially those with sprouting urban centers, adopting bicycle masterplans will allow for a national transition to a new and better normal. As a mode of transportation, cycling produces no greenhouse gas emissions nor noise pollution. The effect of less congestion on the roads allows for more roadway and residential space, thereby providing room for trees and green spaces in urban areas.  The climate body said that the lockdown has triggered social, economic and cultural lifestyle changes, many of which have had a significant impact on mobility patterns. Using bicycles may be seen as a means of transport that allows for the required social distancing to be maintained. The 3rd day of June is designated as World Bicycle Day by the United Nations General Assembly, with the aim of celebrating and promoting bicycle use around the world.
June 03, 2020 Wednesday
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Message of Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman on World Bicycle Day
June 03, 2020 Wednesday
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CCC: Preserve Coastal, Marine Resources to Ensure Sustainability of Goods and Services
MANILA, 1 June 2020 – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) underscored the importance of preserving the coastal and marine resources to ensure the sustainable sources of goods and services during the online forum, “The Great Web: COVID-19, Climate Change, and The Ocean”, a knowledge-for-action webinar on COVID-19, climate emergency and ocean conservation. In observance of the Month of the Ocean, Climate Change Commissioner Noel Antonio V. Gaerlan said that the public should give preferential attention in reinforcing, observing, and developing coastal and marine activities to facilitate the conservation, rehabilitation, and sustainable management of the Philippine coastal and marine resources. During his intervention, Comm. Gaerlan also highlighted the value of the coastal and marine resources in the field of medicine and in providing services for the health sector. Among the resources speakers for today’s online forum were Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Balik Scientist and Director of Center for Chemical Biology and Biotechnology of the University of San Agustin Dr. Doralyn S. Dalisay; Department of Agriculture – National Fisheries Research and Development Institute Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos; and Associate Vice President and Research and Global Relations Director of the Center for Natural Drug Discovery and Development (CND3) of the University of San Agustin, Dr. Jonel P. Saludes. Dr. Dalisay and Dr. Saludes, both of the University of San Agustin, discussed the “Cures from Beneath Ebb and Swell of the Ocean” which highlighted the contribution of marine ecosystem in public health and the discovery of antibiotics from beneficial bacteria that could possibly treat secondary bacterial infections. Dr. Dalisay also shared that the marine environment is a very dynamic and fascinating ecosystem of diverse organisms that are continuously interacting with themselves and with their environment. These organisms are said to develop strategies to live, thrive and survive in the competitive environment. “Why is the marine ecosystem important to our discovery? As we all know, oceans occupy 71% of the Earth’s surface, and hold 97% of the Earth’s water and nearly 87% of life which is essentially unexplored and untouched life forms, and is a great source of undiscovered organisms, including microorganisms," said Dr. Dalisay. During the open forum, Dr. Saludes emphasized the importance of raising awareness and educating the public in effectively implementing environmental policies. “The country does not lack laws; we have a stockpile of laws to protect our biodiversity,  whether that’s on wildlife, marine resources, plants, natural products, and many more to protect biopiracy. In my opinion, what we lack is awareness among ourselves. What do we do to protect and implement those laws? I believe, educating our fellow Filipinos is the key to this, if not the lack of laws," said Dr. Saludes. Dr. Santos, an ocean and marine conservation advocate, discussed the importance of fisheries in the Philippine economy and how climate change affects the livelihood of local fisherfolks. "The Philippines is always ranked top 10 in terms of vulnerability to the impacts of climate change simply because we have exposure to natural hazards, typhoons, flooding, and many more. Our systems are very sensitive right now, meaning there's a lot of pollution, degradation in our reef system, and our adaptive capacities are very low. Seventy percent of the communities in coastal areas, a lot of them are fisherfolks, are considered the poorest of the poor in our country,” he emphasized. Dr. Santos added that mobilizing protection and conservation efforts are necessary in order to maintain a healthy marine biodiversity that is resilient to climate change. He also noted that while the country needs to address the Covid-19 pandemic, the public should not forget the big picture with the larger issues that the country needs to think about, related to climate change. Atty. Gamboa, who served as the moderator of the online forum, stated that the ocean plays a great role in the web of life, especially in putting balance to the environment, climate and health of human beings. “This is actually part of the celebration of the Month of the Ocean, and we would like to highlight the many uses and services of the coastal and marine ecosystem that does not only provide us with leisure and food, but also plays a great role when we talk about public health. Especially now that we are all in the midst of a public health emergency,” Atty. Gamboa concluded. This online forum is a partnership between the CCC and RARE Philippines, with support from the Center for Chemical Biology and Biotechnology and CND3 of the University of San Agustin, and the Department of Agriculture – National Fisheries Research and Development Institute.
June 01, 2020 Monday
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Philippine Environment Month 2020
"It’s time to build back better for People and Planet" The Philippines is one of the 17 mega-biodiverse countries of the world, together hosting two-thirds of the Earth’s biodiversity and between 70-80% of the world’s plant and animal species. But the Philippines is also considered as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots due to overexploitation, deforestation, land degradation, pollution, and other unsustainable human activities, all aggravated by climate change. As we celebrate the Philippine Environment Month and World Environment Day this June 5, the Climate Change Commission urges everyone to initiate and support each other's efforts to live more sustainably within our households, offices, and communities. It's time for nature to heal and thrive again. Let us continue protecting humanity’s delicate balance by working and building with nature around us. The hope and fate of the future generations rest on our actions today.
June 01, 2020 Monday
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Isusulong ni Deputy Speaker Legarda ang Sustainable Urban Mobility sa Better Normal Bill
MANILA 30 May 2020 – Sa kamakailang Sustainable Urban Mobility episode ng programang “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways” tinalakay ni House Deputy Speaker at Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda kasama ang mga bike advocates at cyclists kung paanong ang pagbi-bisikleta ay makatutulong sa ating mga frontliner na makapagbiyahe sa gitna ng dinaranas nating community quarantine at kung paano masusuportahan ng mga syudad at probinsya ang pagbi-bisikleta bilang isang mas maka-kalusugang alternatibo para sa ating mga commuter at transport sector. Si Red Constantino, Executive Director ng  Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, ay co-anchor ni Legarda sa talakayan, at kasama sina Undersecretary Frisco San Juan, Jr. ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA); Atty. Crisanto Saruca, MMDA Director para sa Legal and Legislative Affairs, Edison Nebrija ng MMDA Task Force of Special Operations; Keisha Mayuga, Life Cycles PH founder; Aldrin Pelicano MNL Moves founder Aldrin Pelicano; at Rommel Miles Corro, Climate Reality Leader at Triabetics member.  “Hindi dapat na maging pangarap na lamang ang Sustainable Urban Mobility. Gawin natin itong isang permanenteng solusyon para matugunan ang mga paghihirap at araw-araw na pakikibaka ng ating mga commuters. Sa ating Better Normal Bill, sisiguruhin ko na ang lahat ng mga konstruksyon at imprastraktura ay magkakaroon ng kani-kaniyang luntiang espasyo na may mga pagtataniman ng mga halaman at puno na akma sa ating klima, at may pedestrian at bike lanes. Ibalik natin ang mga espasyong  ito sa ating mga mamamayan,” sabi ni Legarda, na mag do-donate ng bagong bike sa Life Cycles PH at MNL Moves. Ibinahagi ni Red Constantino ang tantya ng Department of Transportation na mahigit kumulang na 50% na kabawasan sa passenger capacity ng mga bus, pampasaherong dyip o PUJ, at public utility vehicles o PUVs, kasama na rito ang  80-90% na kabawasan mula sa rail sector. Nagbigay din sya ng mga halimbawa at paliwanag ukol sa malaking pakinabang ng pagbi-bisikleta sa ating ekonomiya at klima. “Ang pagbi-bisikleta papuntang trabaho ay mabuti para sa ating ekonomiya dahil nababawasan ang gamit na gasolina at importasyon ng langis, mas malinis ang hangin, at mas mainam ang kalusugan para sa ating mga manggagawa. Nakatutulong rin sa climate action. Napakaraming mga projection ang nagpapakita na napakalaki ng carbon emissions ang maaaring maibawas —makatitipid ang mga syudad ng $25 trillion sa loob ng susunod na 25 na taon dahil sa pagbibisikleta at maaaring makaiwas ng 300 megatonnes ng carbon,” sabi ni Constantino. Ibinahagi ni Keisha Mayuga ang mga simulaing isinagawa na ng Life Cycles PH upang matulungan ang ating mga frontliners sa gitna ng kasalukuyang pandemic at ang panawagan upang magkaroon ng mga dedicated at protected na mga bike lanes sa Metro Manila na konektado sa mga karatig-pook. “Sinimulan ko ang grupong Life Cycles PH noong narinig namin na mawawalan ng mass transport sa gitna ng pandemic. Nadurog ang puso ko nang malaman na ang mga mamamayan ay hindi makauuwi sa kani kaniyang mga tahanan kung kaya't namigay kami ng mahigit na 1,400 na mga bisikleta sa pamamagitan ng isang donation drive, na nakalikom na ng mahigit 3 million pesos na pondo. Sa pamamagitan ng community matching sa Facebook, ang mga pribadong indibidwal at mga frontliners ay maaring makahiram ng mga bisikleta. Gayundin, sa pamamagitan ng EDSA Evolution ay ipinaglalaban at isinusulong ang pagkakaroon natin ng  permanent at protected bike lanes para masiguro ang kaligtasan ng ating mga frontliners at bikers,” sabi ni Mayuga. Ibinahagi ni Aldrin Pelicano kung paanong nagmula lamang sa kahiligang gawain ang MNL Moves, na ngayon ay naging isa ng pamayanan ng mga nagsusulong ng pagbibisikleta. Ibinahagi din niya ang survey na kanilang ginawa kasama ng ICSC at ng University of Twente (UT) sa Netherlands ukol sa regular na bike routes ng mahigit na 400 cyclists at ang naging resultang mga rekomendasyon ukol sa pagkakaroon ng interconnected bike lanes. “Ang pagkakaroon ng mas maraming oras para sa pamilya dahil sa pagbi-bisikleta ang naging mensahe ko para mapalawak ang MNL Moves hanggang ito'y maging isang community. Kami ngayon ay nagsimulang manawagan at manghikayat sa mga organisasyon maski na sa labas ng cycling community upang makapagdaos ng mga pagsasanay at ang pagkakaroon ng mga programa upang makapagbahagi ng kaalaman. Maaaring ipatupad muna ng mga LGUs ang pagkakaroon ng temporary bike lanes upang matutunan din paano gawing permanente ang mga bike lanes,” sabi ni Pelicano.    Tinalakay at ibinahagi din ni Rommel Miles Corro ang kanyang mga karanasan sa pagbi-bisikleta mula Muntinlupa, kung saan inihahatid nya ang kanyang mga anak sa kanilang paaralan, at pagkatapos noon patuloy siyang nagbibisikleta papunta sa kanyang trabaho sa Makati.  “Papaano at bakit ba ako nagkaroon ng matinding kahiligan at pagmamahal sa pagbibisikleta? Hindi lamang ito dahil nakaka-menos ako sa gastos. Hindi lamang ito dahil binabawasan ko ang ating carbon footprint. Kundi, napupukaw din nito ang pagiging malaya ng aking kaluluwa at damdamin. Nagkaroon na din ako ng natural na pagkasuklam sa kadalasang pag-iisa ko sa loob ng kotse. Nakaka-konsensya kasi bahagi ako ng traffic at hindi bahagi ng solusyon. Ngunit kapag ikaw ay nagbibisikleta papuntang trabaho, nagkakaroon ka ng bahagyang kalayaan at nabibigyan ako nito ng malawakan na laya sa anumang oras na mayroon ako,” sabi ni Rommel Miles Corro. Samantala nagpahayag ng suporta sa rekomendasyon ni Legarda na magkaroon tayo ng isang  bike masterplan sa Metro Manila si MMDA Usec. San Juan. Bahagi ng bike masterplan na ito ay  kang pagkakaroon ng  dedicated at protected bike lanes, na isusulong sa House Bill 6864, o ang "Better Normal for the Workplace, Communities and Public Spaces Act" o ang Better Normal Bill na ini-akda at itinaguyod ni Legarda. “Kami ay sumusuporta sa  bike lane program sa Better Normal Bill. Bago magkaroon ng pandemic, mayroon nang kasalukuyang umiiral na bike lane project sa kahabaan ng Ilog Pasig, mula Pasig hanggang Manila. Inaayos pa po ang obstructions para maging continuous bike lane siya. Ang ating panaginip ay binibigyan ng pagkakataon na maging isang katotohanan sa mga darating na buwan,” sabi ni Usec. San Juan.
May 30, 2020 Saturday
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Legarda to Embed Sustainable Urban Mobility in Better Normal Bill
MANILA 29 May 2020 – In the Sustainable Urban Mobility episode of the “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways” series, House Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda discussed with bike advocates and cyclists how biking is helping frontliners move during this community quarantine and how cities and provinces can support biking for a healthier and better normal for commuters and the transport sector.  Mr. Red Constantino, Executive Director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, co-anchored the show with Legarda. Resource speakers included Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Undersecretary Frisco San Juan, Jr.; Atty. Crisanto Saruca, MMDA Director, Legal and Legislative Affairs, Edison Nebrija, Head, MMDA Task Force of Special Operations; Life Cycles PH founder Keisha Mayuga; MNL Moves founder Aldrin Pelicano; and Climate Reality Leader and Triabetics member Rommel Miles Corro. “Sustainable urban mobility should no longer be a dream. Let’s make it permanent. The government must address the struggles of our frontliners and daily commuters. Sa ating Better Normal Bill, I will see to it that all constructions have green spaces, may mga pagtataniman ng halaman at puno, akma sa ating klima, at may pedestrian at bike lanes. Let’s give back the space to our people,” said Legarda, who will donate one new bike each for Life Cycles PH and MNL Moves.  Constantino shared the Department of Transportation’s projection of at least 50% reduction in passenger capacity for buses, jeepneys or PUJs, and public utility vehicles or PUVs, as well as an 80-90% reduction for the rail sector. He also cited figures on benefits of cycling to the economy and climate. “Cycling to work as a mainstream and essential service and option is good for the economy, in terms of less fuel use, less imports, better air quality, and better health of workers, with co-benefits to climate action. A lot of projections are showing that the amount of carbon emissions that we can reduce is really substantial—cities could save $25 trillion over the next 25 years due to cycling and could avoid 300 megatonnes of CO2,” said Constantino. Mayuga shared Life Cycles PH’s initiatives to help frontliners during this pandemic and in calling for dedicated, protected, and connected bike lanes in Metro Manila and neighboring areas.  “I started the group Life Cycles PH when we heard that there’s no mass transport. It broke my heart to learn that people won’t be getting home. Now, we’ve provided more than 1,400 bikes through a donation drive, which already raised over P3 million pesos, and through community matching on Facebook, where private individuals and frontliners can lend or borrow bikes. Also, through EDSA Evolution, we advocate for permanent and protected bike lanes to ensure the safety of our frontliners and bikers,” said Mayuga. Pelicano shared how MNL Moves started as a passion project, which has now become a community of cycling advocates. He also shared the survey they did together with ICSC and the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands on the regular bike routes of more than 400 cyclists and the resulting recommendations on interconnected bike lanes. “Ang pagkakaroon ng mas maraming oras para sa pamilya dahil sa pagbibisikleta ang naging mensahe ko para mapalawak ang MNL Moves into a community. We then started reaching out to organizations even outside the cycling community to hold trainings and knowledge exchange programs. Local governments can implement temporary bike lanes to learn how to build permanent ones,” said Pelicano.   Corro talked about his experiences cycling from Muntinlupa, where he drops off his kids for school, to Makati for work.  “Why am I passionate and committed to cycling? It’s not just because I get to save a lot. It is not just because I’m minimizing my carbon footprint. There’s something spiritual about it. I’ve developed a natural abhorrence to being alone inside a car. Nakaka-konsensya kasi I’m part of the traffic and not part of the solution. But when you bike to work, it’s allowing you a certain degree of freedom. It gives me a lot of controlled time,” said Corro. MMDA Usec. San Juan meanwhile expressed support to Legarda’s recommendation for a bike masterplan in Metro Manila, which would include dedicated and protected bike lanes, to be incorporated in House Bill 6864, or the "Better Normal for the Workplace, Communities and Public Spaces Act of 2020" (Better Normal Bill) authored and sponsored by Legarda. “We are in full support of the bike lane program under the Better Normal Bill. Bago magkaroon ng pandemic, mayroong ongoing bike lane project along Pasig River, from Pasig to Manila. Inaayos pa po ang obstructions para maging continuous bike lane siya. Ang ating panaginip ay binibigyan ng pagkakataon na maging isang katotohanan in our near future, sa mga darating na buwan,” said Usec. San Juan. 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 to lead sustainable lives towards a healthier, safer, and much better normal than we used to have. This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission (CCC), with support from the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), The Climate Reality Project-Philippines, and Mother Earth Foundation.
May 29, 2020 Friday
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Sustainable Urban Mobility in 3rd Episode of “Stories for a Better Normal” Series
MANILA 27 May 2020 – In the third episode of the online discussion series “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” with the topic of sustainable urban mobility, House Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda will facilitate the discussion on how to encourage cities and citizens to adopt greener modes of transportation and infrastructure.  The third episode will air this Thursday, May 28, 10AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/conglorenlegarda or facebook.com/CCCPhl. Mr. Red Constantino, Executive Director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities and bike advocate, will join as Legarda’s co-anchor. Resource speakers will include: Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Ret. General Danilo Lim; Life Cycles PH founder Keisha Mayuga; urban planner behind the Facebook Page MNL Moves Aldrin Pelicano; The Climate Reality Project (TCRP) Philippines Branch Manager Nazrin Castro; and TCRP leader and cyclist Rommel Miles Corro. As an episode produced in anticipation of World Bicycle Day on June 3, it will highlight the role of bicycles as a common mode of transportation for frontliners and other essential workers during this community quarantine period. It will also discuss the challenges and opportunities of using bicycles, the economic and environmental benefits of cycling, and national and local government strategies to establish bicycle masterplans in key areas. Legarda had earlier written the members of the Metro Manila Council, urging them to declare cycling as an essential mode of transportation and providing recommendations where dedicated and protected bike lanes can be established to link the cities in Metro Manila. 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 to lead sustainable lives towards a healthier, safer, and much better normal than we used to have. This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission (CCC), with support from the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), The Climate Reality Project-Philippines, and Mother Earth Foundation.
May 27, 2020 Wednesday
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