‘Protect the poor, vulnerable from effects of climate change’

Failure to come up with disaster mitigation plans is tantamount to social injustice, according to the Climate Change Commission (CCC).

Speaking before executives at the two-day Communities for Resilience (CORE) Convergence Forum in Cagayan City on June 8, CCC vice chair Emmanuel de Guzman reminded local government units (LGUs) that failure to come up with measures to reduce disaster risks deprives the poorest and most vulnerable sectors of the much-needed protection against the adverse effects of climate change.

During the forum, attended by LGUs around the Bauayan-Malungon, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Tagoloan River Basins, de Guzman pointed out that…

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Country braces for La Niña

FULLY aware of the devastating effects brought by heavy rains due to the La Nina weather phenomenon, the national government is asking the local government units to undertake disaster preparedness measures.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) earlier announced the official start of the rainy season, which is expected to last until October or November.

PAGASA particularly warned the provinces of Isabela, Quezon, Samar, Leyte, Surigao, Agusan and Bicol of the developing La Nina.

With this, Secretary Mel Senen S. Sarmiento of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is calling on all LGUs to prepare…

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Climate-resilient public housing pushed



The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is urging the government and the business community to tap into the potential of the construction sector to fight climate change by investing in affordable, sustainable and resilient housing and buildings.

CCC vice chair Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman said the construction industry is seen as the single easiest and most effective way for cities to make significant climate contributions.

"The building sector has an oversized environmental footprint. More than 30 percent of global GHG emissions are buildings-related, and emissions could double by 2050 if we carry on business as usual in a time of rapid…

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Public’s help to save PHL eagle asked


THE BIODIVERSITY Management Bureau (BMB), a government agency primarily tasked to save the endemic Philippine eagle from extinction (scientific name 'Pithecophagajefferyi'), is looking for more groups and volunteers to assist them in their undertaking.

"We need all our citizens' help as the campaign can't stop," said BMB's Philippine eagle focal person Mari Almeda, echoing the agency's message for the annual Philippine Eagle Week (PEW) celebration this month.

This year's PEW celebration is anchored on the theme "Saving eagles, protecting forests, securing our future: Stop the killings!"

She noted the Philippine eagle isn't merely a sight to behold but is…

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Coal review resolution welcomed

ENVIRONMENT advocates have welcomed the Climate Change Commission (CCC) resolution to review policies pertaining to new and existing coal-fired power plants in the country in light of the Philippines’ international commitment on shifting to a low-carbon economy.

Members of Green Thumb Coalition, a network of civil society and grassroots organizations seeking the incoming administration's action on environmental issues, viewed the resolution as a positive step in moving away from dirty and harmful energy towards sustainable, renewable energy for all.

Center for Energy, Ecology and Development convenor Gerry Arances said streamlining policies on fossil fuel energy sources - particularly coal –…

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