TO COMMITING TO ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION AND CLIMATE RESILIENCY!

TO COMMITING TO ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION AND CLIMATE RESILIENCY!

RD TANCHULING

 

          "To this end, we urge you to make a commitment towards building a climate-resilient community among yourselves," said the In-Charge, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON-Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Section, Melinda G. Gordo as she closed the lecture-forum held on November 18, 2017 at the Barangay Lalakay Covered Court, Los Banos, Laguna.

          The recently concluded activity was undertaken in celebration of the month of November as National Environmental Awareness Month, and in anticipation of the Climate Change Consciousness Week slated on November 19-24 which, together, carry the theme "Kilos Para sa Kalikasan: Building Climate-Resilient Philippines".

          "It is but vital that we know the potential impacts of climate change in order for us to adapt to it," said DENR CALABARZON Regional Director Arsenio N. Tanchuling as he delivered his inspirational message during the lecture-forum, which serves as the office's share to the "Sama-sama sa K5: Kilos sa Klima at Kalamidad Tungo sa Kaligtasan at Kaunlaran" activity simultaneously conducted by various DENR offices nationwide.

 

 

         Initiated by the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau, the simultaneous education and awareness campaign aimed to encourage the public to prepare and take part in alleviating the potential negative impacts of the changing climate.

          Tanchuling emphasized the urgency to address climate change for the poorest of the poor, the most vulnerable to its effects. "Those people who migrate to coastal areas and mountains for subsistence and livelihood are the ones gravely affected by the negative impacts of the changing climate. Not only that they are living in disaster and hazard-prone areas, but also, they are the hardest to survive and recover due to lack of financial means... Here is where applying inclusive growth be greatly needed," he said.

         Barangay Lalakay, the selected venue for the lecture-forum, is said to be one of the most disaster-vulnerable barangays in the CALABARZON region. Dated back in 2006, the barangay experienced massive landslide and flash flood brought about by the Typhoon Milenyo, resulting in a number damaged properties and lost human lives.

          "It is important that we always consider climate change, and everything we have learnt about it, in our community and in our daily lives so as we could adapt to it," Tanchuling stressed.

Having been attended by the barangay officials and staff, Tanchuling pointed out the important role of the local government units, particularly, in giving prompt and proper advise to the residents for them to have enough time to prepare. The activity was also attended by Grade 11 students of Lalakay Senior High School, and barangay beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.

          Gordo led the lecture-forum which focused on the concept of climate change and global warming, its impacts on different aspects, and the ways to adapt to it.

"We, humans, are the main cause of climate change, but it is also us who can do something about it. We hope you can make among yourselves a commitment to do something about it," Gordo said.

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DENR Calabarzon, on alert for Ompong

       

          Power outage and water disruption. These are the expected consequences of the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong, estimated to make a landfall on the northern portion of the Philippine islands in less than 24 hours.

          In preparation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) is calling for volunteers to help.

          DENR Calabarzon Assistant Director for Technical Services, Arturo E. Fadriquela said the plan is to prepare their field personnel for two packaged services. The first package is to provide chainsaws with skilled operators and porters, and the second one is to deliver fully-charged generator sets.

          Fadriquela, the designated captain for the relief and rescue operations, said they will be in close coordination with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) should their services be needed.

         “Kapag ang hiningi sa atin ay tumulong sa clearing ng area, ang gagawin lang pagpasok sa kalsada, may nakaharang (na puno) itabi, putol, itabi… Wala nang retrieval ‘yon, saka na ‘yon kasi mabilisan ‘yon e. Kailangan kasi ma-clear ‘yung daan para makapasok ang serbisyo, pagkain, tubig,” Fadriquela said.

          He also said they are looking into the possibility of providing go bags to the affected communities, and warm bodies to be of aid in other services. “Kung hindi naman apektado, maging available din ang mga tao natin kung saka-sakaling i-deploy sa mga repacking,” the assistant regional director said.

          “We would like to have an inventory of standby generators and water tanks that people can lend and we can mobilize in areas of greatest need so we are calling on people to let us know if they have one we can borrow” added DENR Calabarzon Director, Atty. Maria Paz G. Luna.

          With regard to the potential garbage accumulation, Luna said “we aim to have as close to a zero waste operation as possible because trash mounds in disaster areas turn into breeding places of pests and germs”.

          The relief and rescue operations are part of the Tayo ang Kalikasan program of the department.

          Willing volunteers may contact the DENR regional office through hotline numbers 09202068610 and 09553912684, email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Facebook page @denr4aofficial.

          The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAG-ASA) has raised public storm warning signal no. 1 for the entire region.

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