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CCC calls for strengthened and unified actions to restore Earth
April 07, 2021 Wednesday

MANILA, 7 April 2021 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) encourages all Filipinos to join in the global call for strengthened and unified actions to nurture the Earth in celebration of the Month of Planet Earth this April.   April of every year is declared as the Month of Planet Earth by virtue of Proclamation No. 1482, s. 2008, and throughout the month, various sectors celebrate with activities aimed at raising awareness and strengthening programs to protect and save the planet from environmental degradation and to ensure a sustainable future for all.   With the theme, “Doing our Fair Share to Restore the Earth,” this year’s celebration calls for sustainable and resilient recovery not only from COVID-19, but also from the escalating climate-related disaster risks.   While looking for efficient ways to put a stop to the rise of COVID-19 cases and providing aid to the Filipinos who were severely affected by the pandemic, we must not pull back from continued climate action.   The CCC recalls that within a year into the pandemic, the world has witnessed rampant wildlife trade and continued environmental exploitation which has stalled the socioeconomic growth of most countries around the globe and poses threat to health, food and human security.   Recognizing that climate action is one of the pillars of swift and sustainable recovery, the CCC said that the people and the communities’ capacity to respond, adapt, and recover from emerging threats must be ensured and enhanced.   With this, the CCC urges all sectors to frame and implement green recovery to sustain climate action momentum while addressing the impacts of the pandemic.  The climate body also strongly calls for collaboration and recognition of the collective responsibility among the people and the government to activate and enhance emergency response systems to build inclusive and sustainable economies that are more resilient to challenges like COVID-19 and climate change.   As the Philippines and countries across the world face a daunting challenge in the midst of COVID-19, the CCC stresses that only a green pandemic recovery can be sustained in the long term to protect the most vulnerable communities and sectors.

Plant-based diets, ibibida sa ika-40 episode ng Seryeng ‘Stories for a Better Normal’
April 07, 2021 Wednesday

MAYNILA, ika-7 ng Abril taong 2021 — Hihimay-himayin virtually ng mga plant-based chefs ang kanilang kaalaman ukol sa diyetang mula sa mga luntiang mga halaman at gulay, at nang maiangat ang kamalayan sa kaugnayan ng pagkain at pagbabago ng klima ngayong ika-40 episode ng seryeng "Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” na may temang “Oh My Gulay!" Mapapanood ang episode na ito ngayong Huwebes ika- 08 ng Abril 2021, 10:00 AM sa Facebook live.   Kasama ni Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda na host ng online na talakayan ang mga mahihilig magluto ng sustenableng mga pagkain na sina Chef Mae Dolonius ng Studio Plantmade; Chef JR Royol, host ng GMA7 show na Farm to Table; at si Asha Peri ng Ecology of Food upang pag-usapan ang mga easy-to-do  na plant-based recipes.   Matatandaang sa nakaraang mga episode, tinalakay sa online serye ang kahalagahan ng pangangalaga natin sa ating lokal na mga pamanang pagkain sa pamamagitan ng sustenableng mga diyeta, pati na rin ang pagtatanim sa likod-bakuran, food gardening, pag-iipon ng mga binhi, at organikong pagtatanim ng mga prutas at mga gulay sa pamamaraang permaculture upang maipakita kung paano tayo maging self-sustainable at self-sufficient.   Para naman sa episode na ito, bibigyang-diin ni Deputy Speaker Legarda at ng kanyang mga panauhin kung paano makatutulong ang balanced diet, sa pamamagitan ng mga pagkaing hango sa luntiang halaman at gulay, na mapagaan ang epekto ng climate change at mga maaaring panganib na maidudulot nito.   Nagbabadya ng banta sa ating food security ang climate change. Mga tag-tuyot, pagbaha, pagtaas ng sea level, at mga matinding kaganapan sa klima na siyang nakaaapekto sa ating mga pananim at paghahayupan. Sa pandaigdigang kalagayan, tinatayang aabot sa 18% ang kabuuang greenhouse gas emissions na kaugnay sa livestock at pagkain ng karne. Dagdag pa rito, kapag kinakailangang i-biyahe pa ng malayong distansya ang pagkain bago pa man ito makarating sa hapag-kainan ng konsyumer, gagamit pa ito ng mas maraming enerhiya para lang sa transportasyon at preserbasyon, kung saan magdudulot pa ng mas malaking carbon emissions.   Bukod dito, ipinagdiriwang ang Filipino Food Month tuwing Abril alinsunod sa Presidential Proclamation 469 na nilagdaan noong 2018, na naglalayong siguruhin na ang culinary traditions at treasures ng bansa ay napahahalagahan, napapangalagaan, at naitataguyod upang masigurog maipapasa ito sa susunod pa nating mga salinglahi at nang masuportahan ang iba't iba nating mga industriya, mga magsasaka, at mga komunidad na pang-agrikulturang nakikinabang dito.   Sa pagdiriwang natin ng Filipino Food Month, makatutulong sa mga manonood ang paparating na episode upang kanilang maunawaan na nasa ating mga kamay ang pagtugon sa climate change – sa pamamagitan ng pagtangkilik ng lokal na mga luntiang halamang gulay at napapanahong mga pagkain, ang pagbili ng sariwang lokal na mga pagkain mula sa farmer markets at food supplies mula sa lokal na mga pamilihan, at pagtatanim ng prutas at gulay sa ating mga bakuran.   Bilang isang online na talakayan upang maisulong ang kalusugan at kamalayang pang-kapaligiran, naglalayon ang "Stories for a Better Normal" na baguhin ang kaisipan ng mga tao, mga pamilya, at mga pamayanan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapakita ng mga pamamaraan kung saan maaaring magkaroon tayo at maisasabuhay natin ang isang ‘better normal’ sa loob ng ating mga pamayanan.   Na-organisa ang online na talakayang ito mula sa pagtutulungan ng tanggapan ni Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda at ng Climate Change Commission (CCC) na binigyang-suporta naman mula sa Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Commission on Women, at civil society organizations na Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.

CCC on World Health Day: Build a more just, equitable, healthier world
April 07, 2021 Wednesday

MANILA, 7 April 2021 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) joins the global community in calling for the protection of rights of all people to equal opportunities and adequate access to essential services, in celebration of World Health Day today.   April 7th of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 3: Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages.   With the theme, “Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone,” this year’s celebration highlights the World Health Organization (WHO) principle that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”   The COVID-19 pandemic has hit all countries hard, but its impact has been harshest on those communities already facing significant risk and vulnerability to sudden systematic shocks. These communities are also less likely to have access to quality health care services and more likely to experience adverse consequences as a result of measures implemented to contain the pandemic.   In data from the WHO, up to 60% of people living in the Western Pacific region, which includes the Philippines, lack coverage in terms of essential health services. More than 1 billion people living in informal settlements or ‘slums’ are facing increased challenges in preventing infection and transmission of the coronavirus.   At present, the country’s COVID-19 cases top 800,000. As daily cases continue to break previous records, the government imposed Enhanced Community Quarantine in the National Capital Region and its nearby provinces, affecting the livelihoods of millions.   With this, the CCC joins the call to ensure that everyone has living and working conditions that are conducive to good health, and that all people are able to access quality health services depending on their needs and values within their communities.   Moreover, the Commission encourages all Filipinos across the globe to amplify the importance of breaking all forms of gender, social, and health inequities to ensure inclusive recovery from emerging challenges like COVID-19, as well as increased resilience to disasters and climate-related risks.

Plant-based diets in 40th episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ Series
April 06, 2021 Tuesday

MANILA, 6 April 2021 — Plant-based chefs will gather virtually to share knowledge on plant-based diets, including preservation of vegetable dishes in Filipino cuisine, and to raise awareness on the power of plant-based food to address the climate crisis on the 40th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” with the topic “Oh My Gulay!”   The episode, hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 8 April 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live through the  Climate Change Commission, Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda and the Department of Education.   Joining the online conversation are sustainable food enthusiasts including Chef Mae Dolonius of Studio Plantmaed; Chef JR Royol, host of GMA’s Farm to Table; and Asha Peri of Ecology of Food to discuss nutritious and sustainable food consumption through easy-to-do, plant-based recipes.   In previous episodes, the online series tackled the importance of preserving local food heritage through sustainable diets, as well as backyard farming, food gardening, saving seeds, and planting organic fruits and vegetables the permaculture way in order to teach the public how to be self-sustainable and self-sufficient.   For this episode, Legarda and guests will highlight how a balanced diet though plant-based foods can present major opportunities to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impact.   Climate change poses a threat to food security. Droughts, floods, sea-level rise, and extreme weather events affect crops and livestock. Globally, an estimated 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions are associated with meat consumption. Further, when food has to travel through a great distance before it reaches the consumer’s table, it utilizes more energy for transportation and preservation, leading to greater carbon emissions.   Moreover, Filipino Food Month is celebrated every April according to Presidential Proclamation 469 signed in 2018, which aims to make sure that the country’s culinary tradition and treasures are appreciated, preserved, and promoted to ensure their transmission to future generations and to support the various industries, farmers, and agri-communities benefiting from it.   In celebration of Filipino Food Month, the upcoming episode will help the viewers understand that the answer to climate change is on our plates – by patronizing local, plant-based, and in-season foods, purchasing fresh local foods from farmer markets and food supplies from the local market, and growing fruits and vegetables in our own backyards.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.

“Dagdagan pa ang suporta ng pamahalaan para sa bamboo industry” – Ayon sa mga tagasulong at eksperto sa kawayan
March 29, 2021 Monday

MAYNILA, ika-29 Marso taong 2021 — Binigyang-diin ng mga tagasulong at eksperto sa kawayan ang malaking potensyal ng Philippine bamboo industry sa pagbubuo at pagkakaroon natin ng sustenableng pangkabuhayan, socio-economic development at environmental protection sa ika-39 na episode ng “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways,” na may temang “Bamboo is Life!”   Pinangunahan ni dating three-term Senator at ngayo’y Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda ang online na talakayan, na panghuli mula sa makaapat na episode na nakatuon sa pagsuporta sa resilient livelihoods. Kasama bilang mga panauhin sina Deputy Speaker at Ilocos Sur First District Representative Deogracias Victor “DV” Savellano; Mayor Esmie Pineda ng Lubao, Pampanga; Ed Manda na presidente ng Philippine Bamboo Foundation; at Architect Jed Michael de Guzman na isang bamboo material expert at agripreneur.   “Bakit mahalaga ang kawayan para sa mga Pilipino? Tulad din ng kawayan, matitibay tayong mga Pilipino. Pangalawa, mahalaga ito economically, daan-daang taon na itong ginagamit sa ating mga tahanan. Fast-growing pa ito, renewable, at sustainable resource,” pahayag ni Legarda. “Ang kawayan ay maganda rin ecologically. Isa ito sa pinakamahusay na sequesterer ng carbon dioxide. Ayon sa Ecosystems Research Development Bureau (ERDB), nakapag-iipon ng mahigit-kumulang 40-44% na total na dami ng carbon ang matatandang mga kawayan mula sa kanilang biomass," dagdag pa ni Deputy Speaker Legarda.   Ibinahagi ng mga panauhin ang mga initiative na ginagawa sa kani-kanilang mga hurisdiksyon para masuportahan ang Philippine bamboo industry, pati na ang pagpapaunlad ng mas marami pang mga pagkakataon para sa mga nagta-trabaho sa loob ng sektor sa kasalukuyang new normal.   “Sobrang mahalaga ang potensyal ng industriya ng kawayan sa halos lahat ng aspeto ng buhay – sa kalikasan, kabuhayan, kaunlaran, at kinabukasan. Kaya itinatag namin ang ‘Kilusang 5K’ upang hikayatin ang sambayanan na magtanim ng kawayan upang ating matugunan ang climate change at global warming, pagbutihin ang air quality, wakasan ang kahirapan, at makapagbigay ng pagkakakitaang pangkabuhayan para sa lahat,” aniya ni Deputy Speaker Deogracias Victor “DV” Savellano.   “Dito sa Lubao, maliban sa Bamboo Park, mayroon din kaming nursery na mayroong 26 bamboo species. Sa tulong ng DOST at DTI, nagbibigay sila ng mga basic training kung papaano kami makagagawa ng produkto mula sa bamboo, tulad ng speakers, lamps, at frames. Sa kasamaang palad, natigil dahil sa pandemiya, pero nasa proseso pa rin kami ng paghahanap ng ibang bamboo species dahil gusto rin namin mag-propagate ng ibang species,” wika ni Mayor Esmie Pineda.   “Yung massive education campaign, kailangang pagtulung-tulungan. Sa pamamagitan ng education campaign sa ating mga farmer, mas maiintindihan nila ang economic uses ng kawayan. Kasi ‘pag wala silang education diyan at hindi nila naiintindihan, hindi nila papansinin ‘yung kawayan na nandoon lang sa bakuran nila,” sabi ni Ed Manda.   “Bilang arkitekto, sa side po namin, mayro’n tayong kakulangan sa suplay ng kawayan. At kung ano ang kakulangan na ‘yun, gumagawa tayo ng paraan kung papaano pa rin siya magagamit sa paggawa ng istruktura, paggawa ng furniture. At ang problema natin ngayon, maraming arkitekto, maraming contractor ang gustong gumawa na gamit ang kawayan, ngunit kulang sa carpenters, skilled laborers, at wood carvers para gawin ito,” kuwento ni Architect Jed Michael de Guzman.   Binigyang-diin ni Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda ang pangangailangan ng bamboo sector sa bansa ng technical at financial support mula sa pamahalaan upang gawin itong mas competitive sa parehong lokal at international na merkado para makapagbigay ng mga oportunidad gaya ng lokal na trabaho at makapaglunsad ng mga negosyong batay sa kawayan.   “Napakalaki ng interes, passion, initiative, at resources sa bamboo kaya lang, kalat-kalat e. Hindi natin masasabi na walang pondo, [dahil] ang daming pondo. It's just a matter of earmarking. Nasaan ang budget? Ano’ng programa o bureau o ahensya? Sa kabuuang budget, anong porsyento ang ilalaan sa kawayan? Kung walang line item, puwede pa ‘yang i-allocate sa areas ng bamboo production, planting, rehabilitation, conservation, at nurseries,” pagtatapos ni Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda.   Bilang isang online na talakayan upang maisulong ang kalusugan at kamalayang pang-kapaligiran, naglalayon ang "Stories for a Better Normal" na baguhin ang kaisipan ng mga tao, mga pamilya, at mga pamayanan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapakita ng mga pamamaraan kung saan maaaring magkaroon tayo at maisasabuhay natin ang isang ‘better normal’ sa loob ng ating mga pamayanan.   Na-organisa ang online na talakayang ito mula sa pagtutulungan ng tanggapan ni Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda at ng Climate Change Commission (CCC) na binigyang-suporta naman mula sa Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Commission on Women, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.