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Oro dad welcomes EU to discuss climate change

by Henry D. Daquipel

Cagayan de Oro (18 February) -- Climate change adaptation demands knowledge and understanding from the citizenry.

Thus said City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula when he delivered his message during the forum on "Climate Change Adaptation Strategies and EU Initiatives" held at Little Theater, Xavier University–Ateneo de Cagayan, February 16, this city.

Mayor Jaraula also mentioned that the effects of climate change can be reversed if people will start learning and making responsible actions in ensuring that nature is protected and cared for. He ended his speech with a positive note saying that the city government of Cagayan de Oro has allocated an initial budget of five (5) million pesos both for agricultural livelihood and reforestation as an effort to curb the effects of climate change.

In the same event, Ambassador Alistair Macdonald, head of Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines, said that the Philippines is at risk because of its archipelagic character.

He mentioned that the European Union (EU) is at the forefront of advocating carbon emission reduction to at least 20 percent (%). He added that adapting to climate change later is much more expensive than taking action now.

According to Alistair, climate change will have a direct effect on employment, agriculture, business and other sectors and more than that, it will not spare anybody.

Fr. Jose T. Villarin, SJ, president of Xavier University–Ateneo de Cagayan also presented an informative message on climate risk reduction. He said that climate change should be dealt with by reducing carbon (mitigation) such as energy efficiency / conservation, waste management, and reducing risk (adaptation) which includes information campaign and risk assessment.

The EU is a unique economic and political partnership between 27 European countries whose aim is to attain peace, prosperity and freedom for a fairer and safer world. Its commitment involves tackling climate change both domestically and internationally. (PIA 10) [top]

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