PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 07, 2012
CIRCA ends 2011 with a blastLEGAZPI CITY, Jan 7 (PIA) –- The Center for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) bids goodbye to a fruitful 2011 as they release their Top 25 achievements for the year.
Considered as one of the biggest projects ever launched is the inauguration of the Climate Change Academy last November 25 beside the BU Graduate School which, according to CIRCA director Nong Rangasa, is the prize of unwavering belief to deliver service amidst drawbacks, meager wages, and lots of frustrations especially when they lack the needed logistical support.
“Looking at the academy, we can proudly say that this is the product of the sweat of our brows,” Rangasa added.
Together with the inauguration of the CCA building is the 1st National Media Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, with both events graced by President Benigno Aquino III.
Officials of 100 barangays comprising the municipalities of Manito, Bacacay, and Rapu-Rapu were taught on how to come up with barangay contingency plans. Likewise, the trainers themselves received training from the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in preparation for the mainstreaming of climate change integration into the school curriculum of Albay and Bicol Region.
Partnership with various government and non-government units in both local and international levels such as the United Nations System and League of provinces, cities, and municipalities of the Philippines were also established through summits, assemblies, and fora conducted in 2011.
Nevertheless, Rangasa said that the challenge now is how to surpass their 2011 achievements. Following this, plans are being laid down for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
Motivated by CIRCA’s renewed hope and enthusiasm, Albay can continue to be of service not only to the province but to the entire country as well, Rangasa furthered. (MAL/SAA-PIA V/Albay)
CIRCA ends 2011 with a blast