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DENR Climate Change Service Director Elenida Basug (center) together with the speakers from Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc., UPLB, United Nations Development Programme and representatives from the different bureaus, offices and attached agencies of the  DENR actively participated in the 2nd workshop for the Study on the Implications of IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 C incorporating climate resiliency to the Priority Programs of the Department held on 04 September 2019, 9 AM- 4:30 PM, FMB Conference Room, DENR Main Building, Visayas Ave., Diliman, Quezon City.

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DENR Climate Change Service Director Elenida Basug (center) delivers her opening statement emphasizing the significance of integrating climate  resiliency to all priority programs of the DENR, in response to the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 C.

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Dr. RodelLasco, Executive Director of Oscar M. Lopez Center discusses the overall strategies and explains the implication of global warming to existing projects looking into the global scale for DENR’s programs to be climate resilient through responsive indicators per area of concern.

18 July 2019 | PNA

LANANG, DAVAO CITY – The third and final installment of the forum, leading to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA), marks the stark changes made by the administration, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said.

Andanar moderated the Mindanao leg of Tatak ng Pagbabago 2019: Pre-SONA Forum held at the SMX Convention Center on July 17 here.

With the theme: Patuloy na Katatagan, the forum highlights the accomplishments on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction Cluster (CCAMDRRC), as well as the Security, Justice, and Peace Cluster (SJPC).

Andanar said the government has introduced and welcomed change—leading to an increase in the number of lives improved since Duterte came into office in 2016.

“Patuloy ang pagbabago, patuloy ang pangako na magandang buhay para sa bawat Pilipino (change continues, the promise of a good life for every Filipino continues),” Andanar said.

 

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Climate Change Service (DENR-CCS),  in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation Inc. (OML Center), conducted a workshop on the “Study on the Implications of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C to the DENR’s Plans and Programs” last July 30, 2019.

Director Elenida Basug of the DENR Climate Change Service, in her welcome address said, “For us in government, a key intervention to respond to the IPCC Special Report may be to examine our units of work measurement for our key programs at the central, regional and provincial levels to see concrete ways we can make them climate-responsive. In doing so, implementation of our policies, programs and projects may be able to cope up with the increasing challenge and imperatives of the IPCC Special Report”.

The workshop, which was held at the Forest Management Bureau-DENR Conference Room, brought together the Planning Officers and Climate Change focal persons of the different bureaus and offices of the DENR. Representatives from Department of Agriculture and PAGASA-Department of Science and Technology also attended the workshop.

Led by Dr. Rodel Lasco, executive director of the OML Center, as the project leader, the project aims to develop short- and long-term recommendations for DENR’s policy and program agenda, particularly in the context of the findings of the aforecited IPCC Special Report and other relevant studies. 

The workshop was a whole-day event covering presentations on Latest Climate Projections given by Rosalina de Guzman of PAGASA, Climate and Ecosystems in the Philippines by Dr. Rex Cruz, and Philippine Agriculture Under a Warmer Climate: Challenges by Dr. Victoria Espaldon, both from UP Los Baños. This was followed by sharing of key programs and policies of the Department of Agriculture and the DENR.

The Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate hazards. Climate change is expected to further exacerbate the situation as temperature rises and rainfall pattern shifts. The IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C warns that without aggressive mitigation action, more severe impacts are expected.

Other participants included delegates from DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau,  Mines and Geosciences Bureau,  Forest Management Bureau,  Biodiversity Management Bureau,  Land Management Bureau,  Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau,  National Mapping and Resource Information Authority,  Laguna Lake Development Authority,  National Water Resources Board,  River Basin Control Office,  Manila Bay Coordinating Office,  Policy and Planning Service  Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service. Participants from the following also attended: Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Systems-Wide Climate Change Office, Planning and Monitoring Service, United Nations Development Programme, and the Oscar M. Lopez Center.

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BY LUDWIG O. FEDERIGAN | The Manila Times

JULY 20, 2019

 

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Davao City, Philippines: I had the opportunity to attend the last of the three pre-State of the Nation Address organized by the Office of the Cabinet Secretary and the President Communication Operations Office held in SMX Convention Center, Davao City with the theme “Tatak ng Pagbabago 2019: Patuloy na Katatagan.”

“The administration is steadfast in its resolve to maintain peace and order and to strengthen resilience of communities, thereby, enabling the Filipino people to live in a secure and peaceful nation,” according to the PCOO’s briefer released.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, also the chairman of the Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR) Cluster, presented its accomplishments and future directions in preserving and maintaining the country’s ecological integrity.

 

The CCAM-DRR was created pursuant to Executive Order 24 issued on May 16, 2017. It focuses on the conservation and protection of the environment and natural resources, and serves as a venue for discussing inter-related concerns on climate change and disaster risk management. It also takes the lead in the effective integration of policies and programs on climate risk management, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable development. The cluster shall pursue the following objectives:

– Increase climate change resiliency of rural communities through increased agricultural productivity, water sufficiency, food security and climate and disaster risk-resilient development;

– Intensify sustainable management of natural resources through the adaptation of ridge-to-reef approach and sustainable integrated area development;

– Manage natural resources through strict enforcement of, and compliance with environmental standards and safeguards to achieve sustainable and resilient ecosystems;

– Ensure inclusive, people-centered, and sector-wide disaster mitigation, preparedness and quick emergency response, recovery and rehabilitation from natural and/or human-induced emergencies; and

– Promote and protect the Philippine national interest in adhering to international environment commitments.

The cluster is co-chaired by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Twenty-one national government agencies are part of the cluster. The cluster secretariat is handled by the Climate Change Commission.

 

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DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – The government will set aside a budget worth P10 billion as investments to increase the capabilities of the vulnerable provinces on climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction as “readiness and preparedness is key to resiliency,” Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said.

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