The country needs leaders who are sensitive to the need for better urban growth management and sustainable practices in the face of climate change, UP experts said at the Sayran, Barugan! public forum co-hosted by University of the Philippines Cebu and TV 5 as a prelude to the Visayas leg of the 2016 presidential debates.
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The government needs to “provide immediate and adequate food and livelihood assistance” to farmers suffering from the months-long drought in Mindanao, many of whom have been going hungry since January, OXFAM said at a forum it co-organized with the UP Center for Local and Regional Governance.
“While the impacts of El Niño on farmers have been highlighted in the media, the plight of fisherfolk is less known. But this is also affecting fishermen and women, many of whom are still in the process of recovering from the total loss of livelihood after typhoon Haiyan," said Losanto 'Jun' Castillo, President of the Tacloban Fisherfolk Urban Association, at a forum organized by Oxfam and the University of the Philippines’ Center for Local and Regional Governance (UP CLRG).
In support of the GreenUP initiative, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will be installed in the rooftops of the three buildings in UP Diliman (UPD). GreenUP is also part of PNOC-RC’s “Solar Rooftop Program in Government Agencies” that aims to promote the use of renewable energy resources and mitigate climate change, in accordance with Republic Act No. 9513 or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.
"But what is at stake on Sunday is more than just the vision and capacity of our prospective leaders in handling a super storm or any other major disaster for that matter.... The more dangerous aspect of climate change is in how it triggers slow-onset disasters, the “invisible” and “neglected” kind that usually takes its toll on the countryside." says Dr. Kristoffer Berse, Assistant Professor at the National College of Public Administration and Governance in UP Diliman.
ENS 299, or the Graduate Seminar Class held a seminar entitled "Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) and the Changing Environment" at the Rola Multipurpose Room, College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR), UPLB Last 28 October 2015. The seminar is a culminating activity of the class handled by Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda, Assistant Professor at the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).