"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.


Scientists Support the Closed Season for Tawilis from March to April

Dr. Francis Magbanua, President of the Philippine Society for Freshwater Science (PSFS) stated their support regarding the declaration of the Tawilis as an endangered species and supports the ordinance issued by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) to implement the closed season of Taal Lake during March to April, including the implementation of a proper mesh size and establishment of sanctuaries.
Dr. Magbanua also emphasized the need for enforcement in the area. He reminded that not only it is a job for the DENR and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), but also for the Local Government Units and other stakeholders. He also called for the need for continuous monitoring of the Tawilis and the lake to see if the implementation is successful.
During the Tawilis Summit held on February 19, with the theme: “4TS: Talakayan Tungkol sa Tawilis at Taal”, the stakeholders of Taal Volcano Protected Landscape gathered at the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. The whole day event targeted to inform the public about the rationale and other related researches about the Sardinella Tawilis and Taal Lake. The summit provided the venue for stakeholders to discuss the current status and future management prescriptions to conserve the Tawilis population. Tawilis is the only freshwater sardine and can only be found in Taal Lake. According to a study of Reproductive Biology of the Tawilis done by Associate Professor Alicia Pagulayan, “Sardinella Tawilis breeds the whole year round with peak spawning activities from December to March and a less pronounced spawning during the months of July to October”.

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