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Info officers welcome briefing on climate change, global warming

Roxas City (13 August) -- Government public information officers in Capiz welcomed the briefing on climate change and global warming conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) August 7 to equip the members of the Capiz Association of Government Public Information Officers (CAGPIO) with relevant information on two urgent environmental issues that have drawn global concern.

The briefing, held at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Provincial Office Conference Room here, was organized by CAGPIO and the Philippine Information Agency in coordination with DENR and DAR headed by PARO Eberardo N. Erispe. CAGPIO is presently headed by Carlette C. Pretta, Public Information Officer of DAR.

The briefing, conducted by Forester I Rod Diego of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office here headed by PENRO Dionisio Molina, Jr., introduced the information officers to the major cause of climate change and global warming, which is the disturbance caused on the ozone layer by the emission of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide.

Diego cited the report compiled by DENR Region VI's Science Research Specialist II Alberto Victorino Perez which described climate change and global warming as the biggest and most threatening environmental issue facing mankind.

In the report, Perez also said that the disturbance that is caused to the ozone layer today will be seen, felt and suffered not by this generation or the next, but by the generation after the next generation.

Indications that the world's climate is changing and warming up include unusual or extreme weather patters that wreak havoc all over the world, rise in global sea level, increasing greenhouse gases, and rising global temperature.

In the Philippines, the past typhoons including "Frank" have been unusually heavy and have brought about devastation.

Global response to climate change has started way back in 1979 with the holding of the First World Climate Conference which explored the relation between climate change and human activities. In 1988, the United Nations established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to provide scientific proof of climate change, assess its impact, and formulate response strategies.

These were followed by the signing by 154 countries of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and the Kyoto (Japan) Protocol that was adopted by 10,000 delegates and entered into force in February 2004 and was ratified by169 countries.

As a signatory to the UN convention and Kyoto Protocol on climate change, the Philippine has responded to climate change by adopting a biofuels program and enacting the biofuels law and other environmental laws and pursuing a comprehensive waste management program that are all aimed at minimizing greenhouse gases emissions.

The country also has adopted the shift in energy mix from fossil fuels to renewable sources, active promotion of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, Green Philippine Highways tree planting, adaptation measures to mitigate effects of climate change, and Administrative Order No. 171 creating the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change.

Diego said every Filipino can help do something against climate change at work, on schools and campuses. On the road, and at home.

Last week, the UN and the Governments of the Philippines signed a three-year Joint Programme on "Strengthening the Philippines' Institutional Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change" with a US Dollars 8-million funding from the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Achievement Fund.

Malacaņang said the joint programme is timely given the worldwide effects now being felt from global warming and climate change. (PIA-JSC) [top]

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