The Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR), chaired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), will bring to center stage the milestones towards climate and disaster resiliency during the “Duterte Legacy Summit 2022” on May 30.

CCAM-DRR cluster chair and DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna will lead the presentation of the report, outlining how President Duterte’s strong political will has raised the bar for Philippine environmentalism.

“Over the past six years, government initiatives steered the country into the path of climate and disaster resiliency, through the whole of society approach,” Sampulna said, noting how this became more evident during the pandemic.

Anchored on the theme “Change has Come: We Have Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag Na Buhay, the “Duterte Legacy Summit 2022” that will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) will also serve as a culminating activity of the administration’s campaign on promoting its landmark programs and achievements.

The CCAM-DRR report highlights key areas where landmark progress in climate change resiliency were made due to the steps taken by the Duterte administration in building climate and disaster resilience for the affected communities by disasters and climate hazards; transformative actions to halt and reverse nature loss; supporting quality infrastructures to ensure resilience against extreme weather events and other hazards; innovation and technology to improve knowledge, forecasting and readiness for calamities; key management plans to guide the country towards climate resilience.

The environment chief said the Duterte government pursued a convergence strategy “defined by an institutional network of public and private support between government and stakeholders with strong multi-sector orientations and links to the academe and research institutions” as shown in the Boracay and Manila Bay rehabilitation programs, and the rehabilitation efforts in provinces wreaked by Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses in November 2020.

Likewise in particular is the coastal town of Del Carmen in Siargao whose residents did not experience as much devastation during the typhoon because of the massive mangrove reforestation and were able to quickly recover from Typhoon Odette, according to Del Carmen Fisherfolk Association (DCFA) secretary Judilyn Arreza,

DFCA is a peoples’ organization taking part of the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) since 2016 and, according to Arreza, the town’s healthy environment was key in their economic sustainability especially in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette and the imposition of the lockdown in the COVID-19 pandemic, noting catch yield of DFCA’s members has increased to as much as P1,000 per day on top of the economic benefits they get from Del Carmen’s ecotourism activities. ###

Earthday Jam Foundation in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Climate Change Service (DENR-CCS)
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Criteria for both categories:
Adherence to the theme: 50%
Creativity: 30%
Overall effectiveness of delivery: 10%
Technical quality of videos: 10%
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2nd Place: Php 20,000
3rd Place : Php 10,000
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2nd Place: Php 30,000
3rd Place : Php 20,000
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Best Actor/Best Actress (applicable to performance art)
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Best Music
Best Sound
Best Art Direction
Best Editor
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DENR Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems and Climate Change, Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, together with DENR Climate Change Service Director, Elenida Basug led a team of communicators to bring a ray of hope and a dash of encouragement to the community of Cabayugan, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, one of the hard-hit areas during Typhoon Odette. The team, in collaboration with the USAID SIBOL, the DENR Region IV-B led by Regional Executive Director Lormelyn Claudio, and PENR Officer Cayatoc, conducted activities that cheered the women, men, youth, children and the elderly. Among these were:

      *arts for healing and recovery
      *wastong pamamahala ng basura
      *medical checkup
      *giving of gender-responsive relief items
      *non-traditional way of workshop cum lecture facilitation on:
      -community women and youth encounter to build back better
      -community-based risk reduction towards a culture of preparedness and safety; and fun, laughters and good stories.

The activities were part of DENR's advocacies on environmental protection and natural resources conservation, youth leadership, community resilience and gender and development.

These were also facilitated to celebrate with the global community April 22 as Earth Day, and with the local community April as Earth Month.

by Santiago Celario

DENR-led Cabinet cluster to host dialogue on climate change and environment

TO prepare for climate and environmental change the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be hosting the 2nd United Kingdom-Philippines Climate Change and Environment Dialogue on February 10, 2022.

CCAM-DRR Cabinet Cluster chairperson and DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the second dialogue will be a "crucial" event for the Philippines as it focuses on the pledges made at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021.

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| The Manila Times

February 5, 2022


GOVERNMENT agencies in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) composing the Regional Build Back Better Task Force (RBBBTF) have renewed their commitment and perform their responsibilities to "bring back a better Cagayan Valley" that is economically better, safe and more climate-resilient.

According to Corie Corpuz, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 information officer, the Cagayan River Restoration project was launched in 2021 in Barangay Bangag in Lal-lo, Cagayan through a ceremonial dredging of the Magapit Narrows.

She said the removal of sandbars at the pilot site was completed in July 2021 with a total of 374,000 cubic meters dredged with the Department of Public Works and Highways now removing the sandbars in Barangay Dummun, Gattaran town.