Video Entries of 2021 Mga Kwentong KLIMA-likasan Tungo sa Katatagan

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Agata is the first Philippine mining company to adapt thematic landscaping and ecotourism concept into its rehabilitation initiatives. Their Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (EPEP) includes the progressive rehabilitation of mined-out areas, landscaping and maintenance, reforestation and the National Greening Program, plantation maintenance, buffer zone management, erosion control / slope stabilization and seedling production, and the improvement and expansion of its central and satellite nurseries.
Agata’s transformative mining rehabilitation, which aims to create an Agroforestry and Ecotourism Hub for the future, is programmed under the Land Resource Management component of its EPEP. This environmental attraction will have seven vast areas that will plant specific crops and trees such as various fruits and vegetables, bananas, coconuts, papayas and pineapples, different tree species, a protected forest, and a pine forest.
 
Guided by its philosophy of “Starting it right, keeping the end in mind,” the company is geared towards improving not only the natural environment but also the socio-economic condition of its beneficiary communities. It is further enabled by sustainable projects that go beyond the life of mine.

 

Click here to see the full KLIMA-likasan Entry: Carving an Ecotourism Hub for the Future: Agata's Progressive Rehabilitation and Reforestation Projects

 
 
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KRISTINE LIZARDO MARASIGAN
MINALABAC, CAMARINES SUR
 
From a private university educator to the Municipal Environmental and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO), Ms. Kristine Marasigan had only one goal for her municipality - to lead the greening program of Minalabac, Camarines Sur. It started when she became the MENRO for the province in 2017. She was given given the opportunity, along with significant authority, to steer the direction of the town. As a daughter of Minalabac, born and raised in a comfortable home, sent to some of the best schools in the country, this became her chance to do her part in making an impact and helping in uplifting her rural hometown.
 
On the 4th quarter of 2020, the province faced three (3) consecutive typhoons submerging low-lying areas with floodwater - a clear sign that climate change is becoming more severe.
To encourage more nurturing initiatives and engage citizens to plant more trees in support of the municipality’s greening program, Ms. Marasigan and her team designed an improved version of the greening program of Minalabac which will target to reverse the harmful human impacts on the environment. The program will tap and connect with more people and develop their sense of ownership about the program.
 
With the new project, they are ready to give out trees to land holders and donate to tree planting activities by private groups - all with a simple application process apprising them of their role and responsibilities in caring for their planting site to ensure survival and maturity of these valued seedlings.

 

Click here to see the full KLIMA-likasan Entry: Huring Dahon

 
 
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Covering 3,000 square kilometers of forest land, the Aeta “Mag-anchi” tribe of CADT-025 are the keepers and stewards of this forest sanctuary since time immemorial. Following the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991, the Mag-anchi tribe, often called as “kulots” by locals, had survived and established their settlements in Bamban, Tarlac.
 
Abundant harvests of agricultural crops of families are sold to lowlands to the “unats” (local townsfolks) and to tourists visiting Clark. Their reliance on the agricultural produce helped them survive, a simple life on which the kulots are content. However, just like any environment exposed to impacts of climate change, the Mag-anchis are also affected by changes in climate. In their environment where water is an important resource, water tables recede earlier than usual. These made the Mag-anchis move from one place to another, settling to areas where water is available.
 
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through its Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program, provided Solar Powered Water Pump that supplies potable water for the Mag-anchi tribe. The said water pump enables these communities to mitigate the dire effects of climate change and still thrive in harmony with their treasured CADT.
 
Today, still there is a lot to be done in helping the Mag-anchis to continue to combat the effects of climate change. Thanks to the Department of Science and Technology through its CEST program, which helped on creating resilient communities against the negative effects of climate change. Maybe, in the coming days, other agencies or private companies will follow the initiatives done in these communities.

 

Click here to see the full KLIMA-likasan Entry: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for the Indigenous People of Bamban, Tarlac

 
 
 
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 THE 2021 MGA KWENTONG KLIMA-LIKASAN TUNGO SA KATATAGAN: CLIMATE AND DISASTER RESILIENCE AWARDS THIRD PLACE WINNER
 
MARIA CLARITA G. LIMBARO
LGU-Bayabas, Surigao del Sur
 
Sagip-Wakatan Program is an annual mangrove reforestation, replanting, and coastal cleanup activity anchored with the fact that maintaining and improving the mangrove cover density can help protect the community against destructive effects of storm surges, tidal waves, tsunami, and soil erosion.
 
This program is participated by different sectors such as fisher folks, women, youth, religious groups, volunteer groups (SERTSS, BHWS, TANOD, Day Care Workers, Bantay- Dagat), 4Ps Parent Leaders, LGU workers, and National Agency personnel.
The LGU firmly believes that the success of the program lies on the people of Bayabas. The spirit of oneness and unwavering commitment contribute to the sustainability and longevity of Sagip-Wakatan Program. All the government’s programs and interventions on risk-reduction and climate mitigation will only be made possible through the commitment of the people.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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OLIVIA E. GREGORIO
MASINLOC, ZAMBALES
 
In 2015, a Vulnerability Assessment on Climate Change, funded by the DENR during its Sustainable Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Project (SCREMP), was conducted by Natural Ecosystem Managers’ Organization (NEMO). It showed that the overall score of coastal barangays in Masinloc is MEDIUM - vulnerable to climate change.
 
In order to address this, the Local Government Unit (LGU), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and DENR formed a partnership on conserving marine ecosystem to combat climate change with Samahang Magbabalat ng San Salvador (SMSS), a Community based People’s Organization (PO) in Brgy. San Salvador that was established in 2012.
 
The SMSS serves as a partner in projects such as coral rehabilitation, sea cucumber ranching/culture, mangrove planting, coastal clean-up and was awarded a Biodiversity Friendly Enterprise (BDFE) project by the DENR. These projects were sustained by the LGU for a better local governance to achieve sustainable coastal and fisheries management.

 

Click here to see the full KLIMA-likasan Entry: Conserving Marine Ecosystem for Resilience to Climate Change