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National conference on El Niño and Climate Change kicks off in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY, Feb 22 – A two-day conference on El Niño and climate change that aimed to come up with a common goal in addressing pressing issues kicked off here Monday.

The conference with the theme “Strengthening Partnerships in Addressing the Challenges of El Niño and Climate Change” gathered experts on said issues, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, concerned government agencies and representatives of vulnerable areas” for a intensive discussion of identified concerns.

Climate Change Commissioner, Atty. Mary Ann Lucille Sering during the open forum, meanwhile, reminded participants that said concerns should not just be left to the government alone.

Instead she stressed that people in the grassroots should be made to understand the issue because addressing the concern needs collective efforts.

Dr. Lourdes V. Tibig of the Manila Observatory emphasized that the issue on climate change “is no cause for panic.”

“We need to look at all options available. There is no cause for panic,” she said.

Tibig also added that while there are risks that go with climate change still there are also opportunities and benefits.

“The challenge is how to take advantage of the benefits,” she added.

Discussions on the two-day conference focused on Science of Climate Change Risks, Overview of the Climate Change Act, National Climate Change Adaptation Framework, El Niño and its Impacts, Response of the Department of Agriculture and various initiatives from the ground.

It was organized by the Regional Field Unit 6 of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Central Philippine University, Panay Rural Development Center Inc, Green Forum-Western Visayas and Christian Aid. (PNA) LAP/PGLena/vlo

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