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[Press Release] Celebrities Kylie Padilla and Mikael Daez and GMA team with Save the Children for Yolanda survivors

Celebrities Kylie Padilla and Mikael Daez and GMA team with Save the Children for Yolanda survivors

Mikael Daez and Kylie Padilla today become official representatives of children’s charity Save the Children.

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The pair, who are GMA’s hottest young stars are the first Filipino representatives of the charity who internationally have ambassadors such as ‘Hollywood’ A-Listers, Jennifer Garner and Julianne Moore, football star Cristiano Ronaldo and international designer Rachel Zoe.

Kylie, who rose to fame in hit drama series “Adarna” and won PMPC 2008 Best New Female Personality, is delighted with her new role and engagement with the children’s organization

Kylie Padilla represents Save the Children

Kylie Padilla represents Save the Children

‘It is a privilege to be a representative of Save the Children and be given the opportunity to help children in need, especially typhoon Yolanda survivors. I want to do whatever I can to help provide them everything they need so they can recover from their experiences and reach their full potential.”

In the coming days, Padilla and Daez will be traveling with Save the Children to visit Yolanda-affected communities across Visayas and meet with some of the survivors who lost everything in the storm November 8th.

Save the Children has reached nearly 800,000 people in some of the ‘Yolanda’-hit areas with emergency life-saving aid and long-term support for livelihoods and aims to continue working with those affected for the next two years.

Save the Children’s country director Ned Olney said about the relationship:

“Save the Children is delighted to have such passionate engaged young people working with us as we strive to give every child in the Philippines the best start in life.

We hope that our relationship with Kylie and Mikael will give us the opportunity to reach many more children and save even more lives.”

Actor and ‘24 Oras Midnight Express’ segment host Mikael said about his latest engagement;

Mikael Daez represents Save the Children

Mikael Daez represents Save the Children

“I’ve always wanted to help children. All children should be able to dream about what they want to be when they grow up. Save the Children’s work means that more children can have those dreams. I am excited about the opportunity to work alongside this amazing charity and am privileged to be able to use my work for this excellent cause.”

Both celebrities are filming for their new drama series. Daez prepares for ‘Ang Lihim ni Annasandra’ while Padilla gears up for ‘Ilustrado.’
 

NOTE:
Save the Children welcomes the public to its photo exhibition entitled: ‘Yolanda’: A Children’s Story photo from November 5-20th at the SM Mall of Asia ‘By the Bay’. To know more about this exhibition, visit our website: http://www.savethechildren.org.ph and social media sites: fb.com/SavetheChildrenPH and @PHSaveChildren.

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need working in over 120 countries. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Dedicated to helping children, Save the Children has worked in the Philippines for over three decades, providing both emergency and long-term support to improve the quality of life for children.

STRICTLY FOR PRESS/MEDIA:
Kylie Padilla and Mikael Daez join Save the Children’s press launch of ’Yolanda’ one year after report and photo exhibition on November 4, 2014 (Tuesday) 10 AM at Café Abe/Adriatico Restaurant SM Mall of Asia ‘By the Bay’ Pasay City .

To know more about the press launch/photo exhibition, high resolution photos and for interviews with our celebrity representatives, email april.sumaylo@savethechildren.org or call +639173011240.

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[Press Release] Legislator renews call for alternative mining law -ATM

Legislator renews call for alternative mining law

Lone District of Nueva Vizcaya Representative and House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Carlos M. Padilla said the enactment of alternative mining law is important to provide a new policy in managing our country’s mineral resources and in resolving glaring flaws of the Republic Act No. 7942 otherwise known as the Mining Act of 1995.

House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Carlos M. Padilla. Photo by Kehvin Yu/ATM

House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Carlos M. Padilla. Photo by Kehvin Yu/ATM

“Given the track record of mining in the Philippines under the Mining Act of 1995, we have witnessed one mine disaster after another, displacement of population and the militarization of communities where mining operations exist,” Rep. Padilla said.

Despite all the praises and promotion by the government and mining industry of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 as a “world class” mining law, the overwhelming truth remains that for the past 19 years, the Mining Act of 1995 has legitimized the plunder of our mineral resources, the destruction of our environment and displacement of communities.

Brandished by government and mining sector as “one of the best in the world,” the Mining Act of 1995 only proved to be a recipe for disaster.

In his privilege speech today at the House of Representatives, Rep. Padilla renews call for Congress to revisit the Mining Act of 1995 and assess its implementation. Likewise, he cited the increasing opposition and public opinion towards mining due to various disasters attendant to large-scale mining operations.

“In light of the foregoing facts, it is high time for Congress to put premium in the human dignity of communities and biodiversity value of our country’s mineral resources. No less than an alternative minerals law will do this,” Rep. Padilla said.

Rep. Padilla added that under the present law, it allows 100% ownership of minerals by foreign entities through Financial and Technical Assistance Agreements (FTAAs); allows for more open areas to mining than to mining-free zones; grants auxiliary entitlements to mining firms such as timber rights, water rights and even the right to use explosives among others; and allows tax deduction, yet leaving communities divided and underdeveloped and which traditional livelihoods directly dependent on natural resources destroyed.

In the province of Nueva Vizcaya is home to two large-scale mining companies, OceanaGold and FCF Minerals. One of the first Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) approved under the law is Didipio Gold Project in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya, now under the operation of Oceana Gold Philippines Incorporated (OGPI).

“The two mining companies are all threats to my province’s mountains, water systems and agricultural products. This is true because at a broader scale the impacts of mining are not contained within the mining area but the use of explosives naturally results in deforestation and slope destabilization,” Rep. Padilla said.

He emphasized that “I won’t allow my province of Nueva Vizcaya’s natural resources wantonly destroyed in the name of profit.”

“We saw the increasing number of barricades put up and managed by peoples who refuse to give up their ancestral lands. And we saw numerous provincial and municipal ordinances passed opposing the entry of mining companies in their areas,” Rep. Padilla added.

In February 2014, the House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading House Bill 3667 seeking to declare the province of Nueva Vizcaya as a mining free zone.

The bill authored by Rep. Padilla provides it shall be unlawful for any person to mine or engage in mining operations in Nueva Vizcaya. Violators shall be penalized with 6 to 12 years imprisonment and a fine of P100,000 to P500,000.

The campaign against large scale mining in Nueva Vizcaya has strong public sentiment and this is led by the Diocese of Bayombong Bishop Ramon Villena, people’s organizations and civil society organizations.

This week–dubbed “Mining Hell Week” –as a time of reckoning of the tragedies and the irreversible damage mining activities have continuously inflicted on communities since the enactment of Mining Act of 1995. Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) led various actions including a caravan to different government agencies and the House of Representatives calling for the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and enactment of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).

Groups and supporters from ATM gathered today to denounce mining corporations’ impunity outside of the offices of mining corporations like Philex, Nickel Asia, Sagittarius Mines and Barrick Gold.-end-

For details, please contact:
Farah Y. Sevilla, Policy Research and Advocacy Officer, ATM National Secretariat
+63915-3313361, +63923-5122374

Press release
March 12, 2014

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[Press Release] Large mining corporations in the Philippines acting with impunity -ATM

Large mining corporations in the Philippines acting with impunity

Photo by ATM

Photo by ATM

Groups and supporters from Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) gathered yesterday to denounce mining corporations’ impunity outside of the offices of mining corporations like Philex, Nickel Asia, Sagittarius Mines and Barrick Gold.

Photo by ATM

Photo by ATM

ATM, a coalition of more than one hundred organizations, and part of the TAO MUNA, HINDI MINA campaign, said we are critical with these mining companies based on experiences of many mining affected communities supported by many studies have found that they are plundering the country’s mineral reserves without any consideration for the communities or the environment.

“Marcopper, Philex, Nickel Asia, Sagittarius Mines and Barrick Gold mining corporations are linked to and responsible for tragedies, repression and violence in the areas where they operates. For 19 years under the Mining Act of 1995, we have witnessed outbreaks of violent attacks in mining affected communities in many mining-affected communities in Marinduque, Benguet, South Cotabato and Eastern Samar,” Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator said.

“The government has done little to investigate and prosecute those responsible. Not only did these mining companies damage the environment but they also violate people’s human rights. Community leaders have been threatened. Trumped up criminal charges (‘criminalization of human rights defenders’) have been laid against a number of community leaders,” Garganera added.

Photo by ATM

Photo by ATM

“In the case of Marcopper, Marinduqueños are convinced the case we filed against Placer Dome Inc. (now Barrick Gold) in US on October 4, 2005 is probably the last major chance to seek justice. For 30 years, they have operated in the island with seeming impunity, as to have damaged the Calancan Bay with mine tailings.” Beth Manggol, Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns (MaCEC).

In August 2012, Philex’s Padcal tailings pond spill of 20-million metric tons of mine waste. Rehabilitation was concluded this month but did not clean up the Balog and Agno River; while most adversely affected communities are not compensated. The Php 1 billion fine that was paid by Philex did not include compensation for downstream communities of NAPOCOR.

Garganera further said “Sagittarius Mines’ mining investment in South Cotabato continue to cause injustice in indigenous peoples communities. Due to the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project, community leaders and their families have been murdered and more of them are threatened by the militarization in the area.”

Tampakan and nearby communities are militarized allegedly to protect the mining investments there. On October 18, 2012, tribal Blaan mother, Juvy Capion and her two sons John and Jordan were killed in what the Philippine Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion considered as “operational lapses”.

The killing of Capion is linked to the Blaan tribe’s defense of their ancestral land in Tampakan against the mining company Sagittarius Mines Inc-Xstrata-Glencore that operates in the boundaries of Tampakan, South Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

While, Nickel Asia owns several mining companies. Their investments and operations in Eastern Visayas, Southern Palawan, and the CARAGA Region cause irreversible damages to the environment, ATM cited.

Nickel Asia was selected as private sector development partner for the post-Yolanda rehabilitation efforts in Eastern Samar, a policy that was openly opposed by ATM.

“While these mining companies make a big profit from the country’s resources, majority of Filipinos continue to live in poverty with no schools, no hospitals and other entitlements. This situation cannot be allowed to continue,” said Garganera.

This week–dubbed “Mining Hell Week” –as a time of reckoning of the tragedies and the irreversible damage mining activities have continuously inflicted on communities since the enactment of Mining Act of 1995. ATM led various actions including a caravan to different government agencies and the House of Representatives calling for the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and enactment of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).

Press Release
March 12, 2014

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[Press Release] Groups urge gov’t: seek justice for victims of Marcopper toxic mine tragedy, other mining disasters -ATM

Groups urge gov’t: seek justice for victims of Marcopper toxic mine tragedy, other mining disasters

Photo by Kehvin Yu/ATM

Photo by Kehvin Yu/ATM

Led by the Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), groups called on the government to step up and lead the people in demanding justice for victims of the Marcopper toxic mine tragedy and other mining disasters.

Photo by Kehvin Yu/ATM

Photo by Kehvin Yu/ATM

This morning, the groups went agency-hopping in a caravan from Bantayog ng mga Bayani to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), then to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR), and concluded in front of the House of Representatives (HOR).

At the DENR, the group with the Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns (MACEC) submitted a petition for the agency not to allow the acceptance of the Nevada settlement offer related to cases filed after the Marcopper toxic mine disaster in March 24, 1996. The case up to now is yet to be resolved.

The group demanded that the DENR must not sign the waiver to pave way for the Marcopper Settlement.

In its endorsement letter, ATM said that the government should not allow the settlement to push through, because if accepted, Marcopper, Placer Dome and Barrick Gold will only leave “the burden to rehabilitate and ensure the recovery of the damaged areas to the government and communities.”

MACEC added that government should not let this settlement erase the responsibility of the mining companies to rehabilitate Marinduque and compensate the people affected by the tragedy.

Photo by Kehvin Yu/ATM

Photo by Kehvin Yu/ATM

At the HOR, the groups reiterated that the Mining Act of 1995 (Republic Act No. 7942) is a flawed policy in many ways—and that its disastrous impacts has only benefited a number of foreign and local mining firms at the expense of many Filipino communities.

ATM national coordinator Jaybee Garganera said: “19 years and the Mining Law continue to fail us. It is about time that we scrap this law and enact a new bill that will ensure that mining companies, such as Marcopper can and will be held responsible and accountable for the effects of their mines.”

The group also called for the rehabilitation of many abandoned mine areas that today stand at around 800 closed down mines.

Alyansa Tigil Mina is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who oppose the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of EO 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995, and passage of the AMMB.

Photo by Kehvin Yu/ATM

Photo by Kehvin Yu/ATM

For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator (0927) 761.76.02 nc@alyansatigilmina.net
Farah Sevilla, ATM Policy Advocacy Officer (0915) 331.33.61 policy@alyansatigilmina.net

Press Release
March 11, 2014

[People] The planet under attack. By Fr. Shay Cullen

The planet under attack
By Fr. Shay Cullen

Powerful storms, tidal surges, high winds, toppled trees and electric posts and massive floods over a wide area, natural disasters that are typical of the Philippines. We have endured 25 such storms in the past year more than ever before. Millions of people have lost their houses, lands and crops. Thousands of light fishing banka boats were destroyed or damaged and over 6000 people were killed. Many still depending on relief food and are surviving in tents.

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What I describe above is now happening to a lesser degree in Ireland and England as I write this. In the United States and Canada, massive ice and snow storms have paralyzed the North Eastern side of the continent and to the South West in California, there is extreme drought. This is the worst in living memory, according to the people living there and whose cattle are dying by the thousands and crops are burning up.

In Australia, bush fires are devouring homes and forests year after year, and in South America likewise, forest fires are destroying the beautiful wilderness of Chile. In China, massive unprecedented yearly floods destroy lives and property. Huge sand storms, coming from encroaching deserts in the North East, are engulfing the capital Beijing every year.

In days gone by, they were called acts of God, or natural disasters over which humankind has no control or responsibility for. The overwhelming scientific evidence (despite billions of dollars spent to deny it) shows that the climate has changed dramatically and is more violent, the change is caused by human activity.

Yes we, the humans with the big brains and intelligence, who have the duty and responsibility to protect all life and creation, are causing this. Our lifestyles are excessively damaging to the environment. It’s called global warming due to the non-stop pumping of obnoxious poison gases and chemical fumes into the atmosphere for the past one hundred years. This has caused a blanket of methane, CO2 and every other gas produced by industry to rise to the stratosphere and blanket the globe. Inside the blanket of gas, the suffering planet is overheating. Its finely-tuned sensitive and balanced interdependent ecosystems are being disrupted.

This happened hundreds of millions of years ago through volcanic eruptions and later crashing asteroids spewed dust and chemicals that brought life to the brink of total extinction.

Human intelligence developed a gigantic chemical industry driven by coal and oil burning electric power stations that pour gas and chemicals into the atmosphere non-stop day and night. No wonder that cancers of all kinds are spreading all over the planet.

In the northern hemisphere, people grew wealthy, and cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens are now produced on an industrial scale and are fed chemically tainted foods. They changed the diet from a predominately vegetables, fruit and fish diet to one based on fatty meat and dairy products on a gigantic scale. The result is cholesterol clogged arteries and heart attacks.

To make more pastures for the animals, the rich land-grabbers and corrupt government officials cut down the rain forests for pastures and meat production resulting in animals by their billions producing billions of tons of methane gas every year adding to the ever thickening blanket of gasses in the atmosphere making the planet warmer.

The ice-caps melt so the hot sun beams are not reflected back into space but are absorbed by the oceans, so warmer oceans means more melting, causing rising ocean levels, greater storm surges, more evaporation, clouds, torrential rain, and more floods.

The deforestation has deprived the planet of its protective forests that absorb naturally occurring CO2. The Philippines had 92 percent forest cover in 1903. Today, it has just 3 percent forest cover. The oceans are damaged also. The CO2, methane, and sulphur gasses are absorbed by the ocean, making the waters more acidic and that poisons the fish or kills the eggs and they head for extinction and people go hungry. Billions of tons of industrial plastic floats on the ocean currents killing marine life and depriving fish of their natural foods.

Everything is connected in the planet’s ecosystem and industrial pollution and global warming is damaging everything. If the planet earth were a living creature that is being tortured and tormented by swarms of attacking mosquitoes, it would be driven to retaliate and react to the threat. That’s how I see the planet today; it’s reacting to human attack.

The Gaia theory developed by James Lovelock in the 1970 suggests that the planet earth is a magnificent, self-organizing entity whereby all systems promote life on earth and life forms evolve and adapt to maintain a healthy life sustaining environment. But it has a cancer and it is us – humans. We attack the planet in parts and as a whole through industrial production and this disrupts the delicate balances of all ecosystems.

We as a species have societies with uncontrolled greed and excessive consumption. We have no natural enemy to eliminate us other than deadly viruses and our own self-destructive lifestyles and violence against each other and against nature.

We have to master and control both or we will destroy ourselves and eventually become extinct. And that may not be such a bad thing after all.    [shaycullen@preda.org, http://www.preda.org]

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[Press Release] PH economy at high risk from natural disasters -climaterealityproject.org

PH economy at high risk from natural disasters
Climate group calls for genuine sustainable development platform

Manila, Philippines – The emerging growing economy of the Philippines is at highest risk in falling out due to natural hazards according to the 2nd Natural Hazards Risk Atlas released by Maplecroft, a global risk research institution.

“Bangladesh, the Philippines, Myanmar, India and Viet Nam are among the ten countries with the greatest proportion of their economic output exposed to natural hazards. In addition, they also demonstrate poor capability to recover from a significant event exposing investments in those countries to risk of supply chain and market disruptions,” Maplecroft statement said.

“High exposure to natural hazards in these countries are compounded by a lack of resilience to combat the effects of a disaster should one emerge,” explains Maplecroft’s Head of Maps and Indices Helen Hodge. “Given the exposure of key financial and manufacturing centres, the occurrence of a major event would be very likely to have significant impacts on the total economic output of these countries, as well as foreign business.”

Maplecroft said that the “Philippines’ resilience to natural hazards has been tested over recent days, with severe floods affecting the northern island of Luzon, including the capital Manila. At the time of writing nearly 2.7 million people have been affected by the floods which have killed at least 66 people. Large sections of the Philippine economy are exposed to typhoons, volcanic activity, landslides, floods and storm surges; a fact reflected by the 274 recorded disasters over the last 20 years.”

An official statement from Malacanang Palace stated that “the Philippine economy grew by 5.9% in the second quarter of 2012, outpacing most of the economies in Asia. The gross domestic product growth for the second quarter was way above the Asean preliminary average growth rate of 4.7% and higher than the industry forecast of 5.4%.”

“The growing economy of the Philippines seems to be good news for everyone, however, if the whole country is exposed to natural hazards with development platforms which induce vulnerabilities of communities instead of promoting resiliency, definitely the economy which is meant to be pro-people will fall down,” said Rodne Galicha, Philippine District Manager of The Climate Reality Project (TCRP), a global movement based in Wasington, DC, with 5 million members and supporters worldwide.

“We see more coal-fired power plants planned to be opened; mountains, seas and agricultural lands being exploited for mining; land conversions giving way to large subdivisions and mono-culture plantations – all these, resulting to the depletion of natural resources and biodiversity, are hypocrisies yet to be addressed under the shadows of fake sustainability,” said Galicha.

TCRP Filipino Climate Leaders, joining climate alliance Aksyon Klima, are calling for a genuine development platform to promote disaster resilient communities in the country by adhering to the basic principles of sustainable development which the United Nations’ Brundtland Commission defines as meeting ‘the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.

“The Philippines has been respected worldwide for pioneering sustainable development in its policies such as the Philippine Strategy for Sustainable Development and Philippine Agenda 21 but we have seen a gradual deviation of economic plans from the very essence of the agenda despite new laws like the Climate Change Act, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act and the People’s Survival Fund,” said Miguel Magalang, climate leader, Executive Director of Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns (MACEC), and private sector representative to the Regional Development Council of MIMAROPA.

Magalang assessed that the deviation from the principles of Philippine Agenda 21 is the result of a lack of understanding of the real objectives of sustainability especially in the time of climate crisis.

“The path to development should not be governed by an economy which aggravates exposures and vulnerabilities to climate hazards and disasters – we should learn our lessons from the realities we have been experiencing – high level of precipitation, unpredictable intensities of storms, floods, landslides. Does our economic platform address all these?,” said Magalang.

The Climate Leaders also recommends that “disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives should not be standalone ones but should form integral part of an integrated and sustainable development framework. There is also a need to come up with a convergent institutional framework in the local governments that would push for the whole sustainable development platform. Local development councils from barangays to the regional level should be reoriented and reorganized as local sustainable development councils where all other councils, bodies and committees in the local governments are clustered under one umbrella. This will result in dovetailing of plans and savings in time resources because local chief executives will need only to preside in one meeting.”

“Together with Aksyon Klima, the Climate Leaders will continue to engage with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to further our quest for a genuine platform which will address the needs of the present Philippines without compromising the survival of the next generations in the spirit of environmental sustainability and climate justice,” Galicha concluded.

The Climate Reality Project is bringing the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engaging the public in conversation about how to solve it. We help citizens around the world discover the truth and take meaningful steps to bring about change. Founded and chaired by Al Gore, Nobel Laureate and former Vice President of the United States, The Climate Reality Project has more than 5 million members and supporters worldwide. It is guided by one simple truth: The climate crisis is real and we know how to solve it.

For more information:
Rodne Galicha, kalikasan101@gmail.com (http://presenters.climaterealityproject.org/presenter/rodne-galicha_2079)
Miguel Magalang, marinduque.macec@yahoo.com (http://www.slideshare.net/pwyp/myke-magalang-pwyp-montreal-conference-2009)

Maplecroft: http://maplecroft.com/about/news/nha_2012.html
Philippine Economy: http://president.gov.ph/daang_matuwid/philippines-improves-by-10-places-in-global-competitive-index/
The Climate Reality Project: http://climaterealityproject.org

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September 7/8, 2012

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[Blog] After the flood: What is to be done? -DEKONZTRUKTSCHON

After the flood: What is to be done?
DEKONZTRUKTSCHON

Rod Rivera

The question is a familiar one which Vladimir Lenin asked about the people’s revolution, which laid the grounds and framework to pursue the proletarian cause of establishing a people’s state that holds the mode of production against capitalism. The question is rhetorical and indeed an intelligent one that emphasizes taking control of the situation. The same applies in the critical examination of the people’s actions towards natural disasters.

After a few days of continuous rain, the monsoon rains devastated Luzon with floods and landslides. Now, the water has subsided in most areas, and this is not the first time that the country has experienced massive destruction – inundation to some others. The heavy rains and flooding put the Philippine’s disaster risk reduction management centers into test, that came more urgent when Ondoy flooded Metro Manila and adjacent provinces in 2009. It also tested, the effectiveness of the government’s project NOAH or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazard just recently in placed.

While households pick up the fragments of what is left in the floodwater, it is but high time to put forward solutions from the littlest things individuals could do and communities could contribute, and the systematic efforts institutions both private and public could share. Nobody wants to be submerged under water. Nobody wants to starve under a disaster. Nobody wants to lose a family member. Nobody wants to see a house torn by the raging floodwater.

Everyone needs safety and security. Hence, disaster risk reduction and management are vital to everyone. This has to take into consideration that the country is no more dealing with the usual type of disaster. The weather system has significantly changed. More volume of rains are expected, massive expanse of flooding in low lying areas, higher sea levels, greater winds, stronger quakes. Meteorological and geological statistics would tell that one natural event is like trying to beat another in the past.

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[Event] I Blackout against power hike!

I BLACKOUT AGAINST POWER HIKE!

Noticed your electric bills?
It has started.
Power rate has gone up due to wrong policies under privatization and EPIRA.

Register your protest! BLACK OUT your profile pics and say…
“I BLACKOUT AGAINST POWER HIKE”

FB campaign mechanics:

All Filipinos and friends around the World-Wide Web with Facebook account and wishing to register one simple act of protest against continuing hike of power rates in the Philippines are enjoined to temporarily change their profile picture with the BLACKOUT logo (below) on  October 11, 2011 from 3:00 in the afternoon to 9:00 in the evening.  Let us register our voices that even as Facebookers we too are concerned NETizens and affected by the increasing power rate.  Invite all your facebook friends to do an act of SOLIDARITY.

FACEBOOKERS UNITE!!!

BLACKOUT AGAINST POWER HIKE!
Join the National day of action, Oct.11, 7:30-8pm National Power-OFF/Lights-OFF!