Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, DENR Undersecretary for Climate Change, and DENR Climate Change Service Director Elenida Basug led the DENR’s support activities to the 2019 National Climate Change Consciousness Week during the DENR Flag Raising Ceremony last November 18, 2019.

    The celebration started with the handover of the Storybook "Ang Paglalakbay nina Niño at Niña" to Chair and CEO of National Youth Commission (NYC), Mr. Ryan Enriquez, Director Margarita Ballesteros of Department of Education (DepEd), and Ms. Sharmaine Lizada, director-general of Greenducation Philippines. The story book on climate change, meant for children 7 to 10 years old, is a joint project of the DENR’s Climate Change Service and the Environmental Management Bureau.

      Meanwhile, the winners of the Climate Change Needs Behavior Change Comic Strip-Making Contest were also awarded in the ceremony. This was followed by the ribbon-cutting of the exhibit of the winning and selected entries to the same contest led by the DENR Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, with other officials of the DENR namely: Undersecretary Jonas Leones, Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna, Assistant Secretary Corazon Davis, Assistant Secretary Nonita Caguioa, Head Executive Assistant Gavin Edjawan, Director Nilo Tamoria, and DepEd Director Margarita Ballesteros. This contest focused on the so-called 30 behavioral solutions to climate change, which a global civil society organization, Rare, reported may be able to mitigate 19.9 to 36.8 percent of global emissions from 2020-2050. This analysis is built in Drawdown’s work in the evaluation of the role of individual behavior and its potential to reduce emissions.

     The contest was open to college students of Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog, and Central Luzon. Winners in this contest were the following: Zyrus Manuel (UP Diliman), first prize; Bryan Sison (Integrated Innovation and Hospitality Colleges, Inc), second prize; Chantal Manalili (University of Assumption), third prize, and consolation prize holders as follows: Cherobelle Manipis (DLSU - Dasmarinas); Keen Brucal (DLSU - Dasmarinas); Kenneth Febrero (UP Los Baños); Angeli Marcon (UP Los Baños); Aildjan Collado (DLSU Dasmariñas); Fatima Ferrer (DLSU - Dasmariñas); and, Alizza Anatan (UP Diliman).

       Prizes were at Php 10,000, Php 7,000, Php 5,000 for first to third placers, respectively, and Php 3,000 for the consolation prizes.

The National Climate Change Consciousness Week is observed from November 19 to 25 by virtue of Proclamation No. 1667 signed on November 18, 2008. DENR-organized activities to the week-long celebration can be accessed here.