Friday, November 30, 2012

1st National Climate Change Summit & Strategy on Disaster/Calamity Preparedness Competition Held - IN Observance of the Climate Change Consciousness Week - ON Climate Change Month - November - IN BORACAY ISLAND

By Rodel J. Abalus

The first National Climate Change Summit and Strategy on Disaster /Calamity Preparedness Competition was launched by the National Council Commission to Combat Climate Change, in coordination with the Climate Change Commission, on November 24 to 25 at La Carmela Hotel, Boracay.

The launching was held in observance of the Climate Change Consciousness Week from 19 to 25 November, and to celebrate the “Climate Change Month” of November and it has the theme: “Climate Change in action: All for One, One for All thru Public Awareness.”

Different Government agencies, including the Department of Education and the private sector participated in the event.

In a phone interview, Dr. Erlinda “Erly” S. Curro, the Project Chair of the National Council to Combat Climate Change, stated that the “Strategy on Disaster /Calamity Preparedness Competition” was held on November 24 and the LGU of Tacloban City won a Free Travel Abroad to a future event dubbed as Asean Climate Change Awareness but that the venue was yet to be determined as of press time.

 A Slogan Contest was also held bested by the representatives from DOLE Philippines, Polomolok, South Cotabato, followed by a symposium on how the national council can assist on projects or developments and other concerns pertaining to climate change.

The 5th National English Jazz Chants Festival followed with the Tupi National High School, of Tupi, South Cotabato, winning the Grand Prize and the whole team will be travelling to Hongkong and to the “Windows of the World” at Shenzhen, China.
On the second day, LGUS, CENRO Boracay, Film Actor Carlo Maceda, and other sectors participated in a “Fun Run for a Cause” held along the shore which according to Delilah S. Maugeri, DENR-CENRO Acting Chief of the Forest Management System Services  in a separate interview, was indeed fun.

English skills of participants were also honed in an Oral English Enhancement activity.

When asked about the future developments and for final words, Maugeri mentioned the Executive Order No. 23 which declares a Moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests and creating the anti-illegal logging task force.

Dr. Curro hoped for participation from regional, provincial, community and other sectors when climate change awareness activities will be organized in the future.

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