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Friday, November 25, 2011

Climate Change Adaptation through Education


It’s another great time for educators and administrators as they got together and talk about climate change adaptation during the 16th National Senior Educators Assembly in Environmental Protection and Management. The event was held on November 24 – 25, 2011 at the Legend Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. This was organized by the Philippine Association of Tertiary Level Educational Institutions in Environmental Protection and Management (PATLEPAM) in cooperation with the EMB-DENR and Palawan State University.
The Meeting showcased the reports of selected universities nationwide on their climate change adaptation experiences. The reports focused on the following areas: coastal and marine, health, agriculture, and forestry. These were presented respectively by Prof. Rowena Zoilo (NSTP Director, Bicol University), Dr. Roger Guzman (Executive Director, Philippine Federation for Environmental Concerns), Dr. Helen Sigua, MD (Professor, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health), Dr. Leonora Ngilangil (Professor, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University), Dr. Helen Pondevida (Research Director, University of Southeastern Philippines), Dr. Santiago Utzurrum, Jr. (Professor, Silliman University), and Dr. Olga Nuneza (Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology)
Guest speakers who opened the ceremony were the following: Dr. Teoticia Taguibao (OIC-President, Palawan State University), Dr. Ruth Guzman (VP for Research, Extension, and Information Services, Rizal Technological University and Chair, PATLEPAM Board of Directors), Ms. Gay Maureen Alagcan (Outcome Manager, MDGF 1656 Programme Management Unit, National Economic Development Authority), Mr. Reynaldo Pallaya (OIC-Provincial Environmental Management Officer, Environmental Management Bureau-DENR), and Vice Mayor Lucilo Byron of Puerto Princesa City.

Other topics presented in the meeting are the following:

Assessment on the Extent of Knowledge of Educators on Climate Change Adaptation (Ms. Sofia Alaira, UPLB-SESAM)

Assessment of the Extent of Knowledge of Administrators on Climate Change Adaptation (Dr. Ruth Guzman, RTU)

Assesment on the Extent of Climate Change (CC) Integration in Selected Higher Education Curricula, and the Enhanced Syllabi with CC Concerns (Dr. Cely Binoya, CBSU)

Resource Inventory on Climate Change Adaptation (Dr. Ninfa Pelea, BU)

Following the presentations is the open forum and the PATLEPAM Business Meeting.
The Meeting culminated with the body's approval of PATLEPAM General Assembly Resolution No. 1 series of 2011 otherwise known as “Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Reduction and Risk Management (DRRM) in the Curricular Programs of Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s). The resolution asks the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to issue a memorandum (CMO) obliging higher education institutions (HEI’s) in the country to integrate CCA and DRRM in the school curriculum.

After the meeting, the participants had the chance to visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River, the world's longest navigable subterranean river and recently been announced as one of the New 7 Wonders of the Natural World.

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