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The said Search, which was launched in  the November 2017 climate consciousness week celebration,  is spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’  (DENR) Climate Change Service and Environmental Management Bureau, with the Department of Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region, and assisted by the  Office of Civil Defense-National Capital Region,  Metro Manila Development Authority, and DOST-PAGASA.

Dr. Emmanuel M. Luna of the University of the Philippines’ College of Social Work and Community Development presented some of the potential climate change impacts on health, agriculture, forests as well as protected areas. He also gave the characteristics of disaster-resilient communities which are capacity to anticipate, capacity to manage, and capacity to recover.

Also gracing the event was Ms. Jacqueline A. Caancan, Regional Executive Director of the DENR National Capital Region. In her message, she mentioned why it is important to give communities the opportunity to showcase their good practices in climate and disaster resiliency. "Metro Manila is often prone to extreme weather events such as typhoons, heavy rains and floods. These are just some of the challenges we need to face today and in the future", she said.

Atty. Analiza R. Teh, DENR Undersecretary for Climate Change and Mining Concerns explained the aim of the K5 Search. "We want to identify and feature the good practices of communities, and hopefully encourage others to do the same. Extreme weather events and disaster risks are major challenges in the Philippines. That is why we need to empower our communities to be more resilient and adaptive".

The following barangays were declared as major prize winners:

1st Prize: Brgy. 31, Southside, Makati City

2nd Prize: Brgy. San Isidro, Parañaque

3rd Prize: Brgy. San Jose, Pasig City

Meanwhile, the following barangays were declared as consolation prize winners:

Barangays 121, 170, and 178, Caloocan City

Brgy. ArkongBato, Valenzuela

Brgy. Potrero, Malabon

Barangays Batasan Hills and Commonwealth, Quezon City

Some of the winning innovations and good practices of these barangays include the establishment of a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Unit, installation of CCTV cameras and sirens, conduct of drills, seminars and trainings on DRRM, regular cleanup drives, mobilization of different barangay organizations, greening programs, proper solid waste management, maintenance of Materials Recovery Facilities, and updating of flood markers and hazard maps, among others.

Ms. Elenida Basug, OIC-Director of the DENR Climate Change Service and concurrent Chief of the EMB's Environmental Education and Information Division, commended the winning barangays for all their efforts and initiatives, which can help in addressing current "climate chaos". She also mentioned the 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels as the target maximum increase in global temperature, as set by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Hence, resiliency coupled with positive action is needed. "We hope we can fast track replicating all of your programs on a national scale, so that together we can be resilient and prepared for the negative effects of climate change and disaster risks," Ms. Basug said.

The Seminar-cum- Awarding Ceremony for the Metro Manila Search for Climate-and Disaster-Resilient Communities is a part of the celebration of November 2018 as the National Environmental Awareness Month, with the theme, "Greening the Future: 10 Years of Enhancing Education for a Healthier Environment and Safer Climate,” and November 19-25, 2018 as the National Climate Change Consciousness Week, with the theme, “The 1.5 degrees Celsius Climate Challenge: Survive and Thrive Together.” ###

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is hoping to expand nationwide a highly acclaimed forest and climate change protection project, which resulted in the sustainable management of resources in areas surrounding a mountain range on Panay Island.

According to DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, the recently completed Forest and Climate Protection Panay Project (ForClim)—an eight-year initiative funded and implemented by the German and Philippine governments—is worth replicating in other parts of the country.

“ForClim has proved successful in integrating biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation through sustainable management of forest resources. With the right support from our partner organizations, hopefully we can bring this kind of success to other areas in the country in the near future,” Cimatu said.

Cimatu issued the statement after the implementation of ForClim’s second phase was finally completed this year. A simple closing ceremony held recently at the DENR central office was led by DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas Leones and Cimatu’s chief of staff Undersecretary Rodolfo Garcia.

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The Philippines remains fully committed to sustainable coastal development as it continues to support regional effort towards the sustainable use of coastal and marine ecosystems, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The DENR said the country is a committed partner of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), an intergovernmental organization working to foster and sustain healthy and resilient oceans, coasts, communities and economies across the region.

DENR Undersecretary for Climate Change and Mining Concerns Analiza Rebuelta Teh, who is the PEMSEA national focal point, said the country’s affiliation with the regional organization has led to the successful adaption and implementation of the Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) program under Executive Order (EO) 533.

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A few days before President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA), Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the current administration will continue to take decisive steps to protect citizens from the threats posed by climate change and natural disasters.

“There will be no let-up in the fight against climate change and disaster risks as the government will do everything to protect the public from their immediate threats,” Cimatu said.

The environment chief issued the statement as he revealed the four-point agenda formulated and being implemented by the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR), chaired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, the chair of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR), has turned over to President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte, its plan for climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction for the next four years.

Cimatu said that the roadmap “will serve as an important guide for helping the country lessen the impacts of climate change and disaster risks.”

The turnover of the CCAM-DRR Roadmap to President Duterte is part of the overall plan for the five other cabinet clusters as follows, to turn over their respective roadmaps to the country’s chief executive: Participatory Governance; Infrastructure; Human Development and Poverty Reduction; Security, Justice, and Peace; and Economic Development.

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