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PIA Press Release
2010/02/18

Negros Occidental gears up for climate changes

Bacolod City (18 February) -- Former Deputy Administrator of the National Disaster Coordinating Council Dr. Anthony Golez disclosed that Negros is prone to disasters because of all the geo hazards present in the island like the volcano, landslide prone areas, flashflood prone areas, earthquake fault and coastlines.

Golez said this means that Negros is a fertile ground for disasters to happen and there is really need to prepare the people.

A conference on climate change was held recently in Bacolod City and to inform people about the efforts of stakeholders to mitigate the adverse impact of climate change.

The conference entitled “Enhancing Communities Capacity to Confront Extreme Geo-Meteorological Events at the Core of Climate Changes” was attended by representatives from different sectors.

Recently, the Philippines has experienced temperature spikes brought about by climate change. These include deadly and damaging typhoons, floods, landslides, severe El Niño and La Niña events, drought, and forest fires. Adversely affected sectors include agriculture, fresh water, coastal and marine resources and health.

Golez said Western Visayas is the most prepared in terms of disasters since it has the most number of formed Project for Enhancement on Emergency Response (PEERS), an internationally recognize standard for emergency response.

PEERS is USAID funded and graduates can be sent to other countries if there are disasters since they are well trained in the standard of PEERS. (PIA/cad) [top]

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