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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Davao Nor pursues climate change adaptation

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- Provincial officials and employees of Davao del Norte have committed themselves to adopt measures and coping strategies in responding to the life-threatening impacts of climate change.

At the Forum on Climate Change Adaptation at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan in Tagum City, Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario led provincial officials and personnel, as well as, guests in signing the pledge of commitment to reduce disaster risks and vulnerability through climate change adaptation.

Realizing that the world is in danger, the participants committed themselves to “prevent global warming and ensure a cleaner, safer and healthier future for our children up to the next generations through climate change adaptation.”

Joining the governor were Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr., Board Members Shirley Belen Aala, Daniel Lu and Hernanie Duco, DNPPO Director PSSupt. Edgardo Wycoco, Asuncion Mayor Joseph Nilo Parrenas, and the Capitol executives and personnel, led by OIC-Provincial Administrator Norma Lumain.

The signing of the pledge was done in response to the illuminating lecture of Mr. Rodne R. Galicha, Country District Manager of The Climate Reality Project (TCRP), on the pressing concerns about climate change and how to effectively cope up with the crucial issue.

TCRP was founded by Nobel Laureate and Former US Vice President, Al Gore.

As he emphasizes the need for urgent action to address climate change, Galicha asked the province to invest in the restoration of its critical watershed areas, which act as a natural ‘sponge’ to absorb excess rainwater.

He likewise urged the installation of barangay geo-hazard maps in order to help communities better respond to the impacts of climate change.

He further challenged everyone to help save Mother Earth by observing the eight Rs of environmentalism, that include; reuse, reduce, recycle, repair, refuse, rethink, re-buy and restore.

In his opening statement, Gov. del Rosario said the campaign to promote and protect the environment has become more necessary, as flooding in the province has become more destructive and more frequent.

“People should positively respond to these environmental programs, while we still have time,” he warned. (CLC/PIO-DavNor/Noel Baguio)

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