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NOC commends Albay for its excellent preparations for APEC Summit's meetings

By Johnny C. Nunez [(PNA), SCS/JCN/PJN]

LEGAZPI CITY, July 13 (PNA) -- The National Organizing Committee (NOC) for the upcoming 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit in the Philippines has commended Albay for its excellent hosting preparations for the APEC meetings in the province.

The 2015 APEC Learders' Summit starts with an Informal Ministerial Meeting on Dec. 4-6 this year at the luxury hideaway island Misibis Resort in Bacacay, Albay, to be followed by a series of high-level meetings of ranking officials from APEC’s 21-member countries and culminates in the APEC Leaders' Summit in November next year.

Albay is one among the few sites chosen to host the series of high-level conferences. In its assessment of Albay’s ongoing preparations for the conferences last week, the APEC-NOC noted the “well executed tasks so far” by the province for the events.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary for International Economic Affairs Laura del Rosario, who flew to Legazpi City last Thursday with APEC-NOC officials, said they believe in Albay’s “high level of capability… in hosting this kind of big event, most particularly in its self-confidence.”

Del Rosario said APEC organizers have chosen Albay as host on account of their respect for Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, who has excelled in implementing the province’s various mult-faceted programs, particularly those on Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and related concerns.

DRRM and CCA, which are global issues, will figure prominently in the more urgent agenda of the summit.

Del Rosario met Thursday with Albay provincial officials and representatives of other agencies involved in the APEC events’ preparations. She and other APEC NOC officials expressed satisfaction over the province’s preparations so far.

Aside from previously set schedules of APEC meetings in Albay, NOC officials said there will be four additional major events in the province -- one with 150 to 250 participants, another with some 300 participants, and still another with about 250 to 350 participants.

Salceda said that having been chosen to host a good number of the APEC Summit’s events is a concrete proof of the world’s confidence in the capability of Albay, which is not new to hosting international conferences. Only in May, it hosted three meetings of the United Nations World Trade Organization.

The APEC Summit “will further prove that our preparations and efforts respond to international benchmark demands," Salceda said, adding that Albay’s readiness and success in hosting world events should be credited to various local government units of their province and the entire Albay community.

Peasant leader slain in Bicol tags Army - rights groups

(InterAksyon.com)

MANILA, Philippines -- The leader of a coconut farmers’ group in Albay was shot by motorcycle-riding gunmen Friday morning and, before he died, identified the attackers as soldiers, human rights organizations said.

Hustisya and Karapatan said Edgardo Lopez, 40, president of the provincial chapter of the Bicol Coconut Planters Association, was shot three times in front of a store in Barangay Mayon in Daraga town.

A statement from the group said before he died at a hospital, Lopez said: “Army an nagbadil sako (The Army shot me).”

Karapatan-Bicol spokesman Vince Casilihan said Lopez had been harassed by the military before his murder.

In April, troops of the 901st Infantry Brigade surrounded Lopez’s home because communist rebels were allegedly hiding out there. The troops also allegedly warned him against joining rallies and supporting the New People’s Army.

Karapatan-Bicol says the peasant leader is the 50th victim of extrajudicial killings in the region alone since President Benigno Aquino III assumed office in 2010, accounting for a quarter of the 204 murders recorded by Hustisya during this period.

US Ambassador Goldberg to visit Albay on Monday

By Nancy I. Mediavillo (PNA), LAP/FGS/NIM/CBD/

LEGAZPI CITY, July 11 (PNA) -- US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg will visit the province of Albay on Monday next week.

Goldberg's purpose is to personally see the Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation program of the province in cooperation with the Bicol University.

Albay has been known worldwide as a model and center of DRRM-CCA domain in the entire country.

The ambassador will meet with Governor Joey Sarte Salceda; Dr. Cedric Daep, chief of the Albay Provincial Safety and Emergency Management Office and director of the DRRM-CCA Training Institute; Dr. Fay Patria Lauraya, BU president; and eight mayors in the province.

With Goldberg are officials of the World Food Program and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

In this connection, Dr. Lani Pabilando, BU Extension Services Office director, said the university has long been a partner of the province in its DRRM and CCA program and the same is true with the WFP and the USAID.

BU's role through her office will be education and training.

Among the projects the BU has been undertaking under the collaboration with Albay -- and other provinces like Sorsogon -- are mainstreaming of DRRM-CCA in the NSTP curriculum, Family Preparedness and Food Security and Synergizing Science and Technology with Indigenous Knowledge System on Climate-Smart DRRM through Extension in selected local government units down to the barangay level.

460 Albay elementary schools receive weighing scales

By Mike de la Rama [(PNA), CTB/FGS/MDR/CBD]

LEGAZPI CITY, July 10 (PNA) – The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) in the province of Albay will distribute 460 weighing scales in all public elementary schools this Thursday.

Yolanda Guanzon, Albay PSWDO officer, said the distribution of weighing scales is in support to Albay's Nutrition Program under "Operation Timbang," which aims to reduce malnutrition among children.

The commitment of Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, according to Guanzon, is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specifically on poverty and malnutrition reduction.

Aside from weighing scales, the provincial government of Albay also earlier donated feeding utensils in all public elementary schools province-wide.

“The provincial government allotted Php 5 million for the nutrition program, which includes giving awards to best in nutrition initiatives in schools, barangays and local government units,” Guanzon said.

“Health and nutrition is a concern that needs the attention of all sectors because it directly impacts on our education and economic systems,” she said.

In his visit here last week, Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro lauded Salceda for his initiative in addressing malnutrition among children.

Luistro said that throughout the country, only Albay showed full support to the National Nutrition Program, having completed 100-percent distribution of weighing scales and feeding to all elementary pupils.

Through DepEd Order 43 s. 2011, the department is strengthening its school health and nutrition program, aligning it with other existing activities to come up with one seamless whole.

These initiatives are in line with the Education For All and the MDGs of improving education outcomes, reducing absenteeism and ensuring that school-aged children remain in school.

Luistro reiterated his call for the active participation of other government agencies, the local government units, non-government organizations and the private sector on preventive health care, poverty alleviation, hunger mitigation and health awareness.

Albay solon provides 'gripo sa barangay' to waterless communities

By Rhaydz B. Barcia [(PNA), CTB/FGS/RBB/CBD]

POLANGUI, Albay, July 9 (PNA) -- Providing an easy access to safe drinking water in waterless communities and far-flung areas of Albay’s third congressional district for nearly five years has been a must-do action and a passion for Rep. Fernando V. Gonzalez.

The project is called “gripo sa barangay” (jetmatic pump) where Gonzalez shells out funding from his own pocket.

The recent beneficiary of the free gripo sa barangay were the indigenous people (IP) in Barangay Lidong, Polangui town.

This tribe moved in this town from Buhi, Camarines Sur, a few years ago and have daily survived as farm workers.

According to Nelly Sariba, Lidong village chieftain, the indigenous people residing in her area need to walk at least two kilometers or so to fetch drinking water.

Sariba requested Gonzalez for the installation of jetmatic pumps to benefit the tribesmen.

“The nearest place for this tribe to find water is about two kilometers away from their dwellings. With the jetmatic pumps given by Congressman Fernando Gonzalez, they can easily get water which will improve their living condition and sanitation,” she said.

"We are very lucky to have public officials who, despite the abolition of PDAF, continue to provide basic services to the poor communities out of his personal funds,” she said, referring to Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said he wants the remote areas in the 3rd District without water connection from local water district to have an easy access to safe drinking water through the gripo sa barangay project, financed out of his own pocket.

“This is my program from the very beginning of my term. Numerous sitios in the barangays benefited from gripo sa barangay. Personal project ko ito using my own funds. This is not government fund,” he said.

“We want to address the water accessibility to the community in the far-flung barangays without access to local water district services,” the lawmaker added.

Gonzalez said the gripo sa barangay will be given to the municipalities of Guinobatan, Jovellar, Libo, Pioduran, Polangui, and Oas, and Ligao City with reported communities that lack easy access to potable water.

Through his executive assistant Fernando Cabredo, he supervises the putting up of the project to ensure that the gripo sa barangay will be put up in the waterless communities. of thousands of Bicolanos have no access to safe drinking water, thus, have no toilets -- specifically in slum areas where poor communities are packed up like sardines.

United Nations (UN) officials led by Michel Jarraud, UN Water and World Meteorological Organization secretary-general, presented during the high-level panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda World Water Development Report (WWDR) that 2.5 billion people across the globe do not have access to safe water.

US city partners with Legazpi on climate adaptation

(PNA), LAP/FGS/DOC/CBD/

LEGAZPI CITY, July 8 (PNA) -– This prime Bicol metropolis was selected by the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA as partner in the CityLinks technical exchange on climate adaptation that would help both cities learn new and noble approaches to address climate issues facing their communities.

The partnership was recently formalized by the proclamation issued by Fort Lauderdale City Mayor John Seiler that declared June 16-20, 2014 as the “City of Legazpi Adaptation Days in the City of Fort Lauderdale in recognition of exchanging information on this emerging field of climate adaptation where ideas on a global scale can help refine solutions on the local level”.

In the proclamation, Seiler said the City of Fort Lauderdale which is recognized as a leader in peioneering climate adaptation communication, collaboration, planning and implementation can offer Legazpi, a Southeast Asian city assistance on hazards planning, vulnerability assessment and public engagement to building coalitions and developing infrastructure master plans to address rising seas.

In the same proclamation, copy of which obtained from the office of City Mayor Noel Rosal here Tuesday, Seiler cited a previous CityLinks with Durban, South Africa as succesful and continues to provide mutual benefits to both cities.

“The City of Legazpi, Philippines regularly faces the challenges of natural disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mudslides, storm surge and typhoons in additional to the new challenge of climate change”, thus the city was selected to partner with the City of Fort Lauderdale in the CityLinks, Seiler said.

This partnership link came about following a travel by City of Fort Lauderdale staff to this city last April to assess climate issues and learn and learn about the city’s Zero Casualty approach to disaster preparation.

Rosal said the visiting Fort Lauderdale staff was impressed by the local disaster preparedness programs and activities which won for this city the 2013 national championship title in disaster risk reduction and management of Kalasag Awards given by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Later, a team of four Legazpi representatives headed by City Councilor Rolly Rosal traveled to Fort Lauderdale to learn about its progress in addressing climage adaptation — a visit that resulted in the CityLink partnership arrangement.

CityLinks is a program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help cities address challenges posed by climate change.

It is being implemented by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) which recognizes that urban climate impacts are wide-ranging and affect all sectors, populations, and levels of government wherein cities are encouraged to take systemic approaches that include all stakeholders, while building broad-based support for adaptation efforts.

On a national level, CityLinks draws commitments from Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries to ecosystem preservation, protecting forests, rivers and lakes—an ecosystem-based approach now being applied at the urban-scale– to enhance and restore clean air and water, flood control and recreation, among others.

According to ICMA, conventional development pathways do not adequately address new risks from population growth, resource constraints, pollution and other urban challenges that is why cities should understand climate vulnerabilities and invest in alternative, adaptive infrastructure that can improve integration of urban systems with natural and social systems.

Albay pushes Cagsawa Ruins bid as UNESCO World Heritage Site

(PNA), LAM/JCN/UTB

DARAGA, Albay, July 7 (PNA) -- Albay now pursues more actively and persistently its drive for UNESCO to declare the historic Cagsawa Ruins here, as a World Heritage Site, a title that will ensure its global identity and bid to become Asia’s ‘Tower of Pisa.’

Post card famous, the ruins show a belfry of a 1724 baroque church in Barangay Busay, sticking out of hardened lahar field that covered an entire settlement during the 1814 eruption of Mt. Mayon and buried some 1,000 residents. Mayon, the world’s most perfect cone volcano, stands active some eleven kms away.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, who had just concluded a visit to Norway and Italy said he had “always thought and felt that Cagsawa is the Pisa of Asia.” The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a free standing bell tower of a cathedral in the City of Pisa, Italy, known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side. It is visited by tourists all year round.

“My thoughts and feelings were affirmed by my inspectorial tourism. While Pisa has no Mayon Volcano, it has two things: a lot of history and arts, and four major structures, much of which, right now, is a "restored phenomenon,” Salceda said.

He added that the UNESCO title can officially elevate Cagsawa Ruins Park to global standard, as well as Albay, along with its other tourist attractions which will become even more known with a strong sales pitch back up.

Albay has submitted to UNESCO last year a well documented application for the World Heritage Site title. The province is presently acknowledged as the country’s hottest and fastest growing tourist destination. Cagsawa Ruins currently features a protected park overseen by Daraga town and the National Museum of the Philippines,

A team from the Albay Historico Cultural Unit of the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, led by author-historian Abdon Balde Jr., will soon be sent by Salceda to Pisa to see, among others, how cultural tourism remains the city’s bread and butter. A program will be implemented to make Cagsawa even closer to becoming the Pisa of Asia.

“In Cagsawa we have much, much more -- a volcano’s outstanding beauty, its biodiversity, and its natural dangers that spawned a culture of resilience among the people living in its environs,” Balde said.

“In Cagsawa and Daraga, we have the remains of a civilization that was both colonial and primitive; living monuments to man’s ability to survive nature at its worst and then rise again as if mocking the very omnipotent powers that ignite stones and create deadly floods. Better than PISA, we need not restore much, but we tell better stories,” he added.

The Cagsawa Ruins park has a four-hectare area to move about, with shops at the entrance, and a tumble of rocks from where one oversees vast rice fields.

Balde said a strategic parking area could ease vehicular and human traffic inside the Park. They plan to locate the parking area somewhere along the national highway. “From there the tourists could be brought to the park entrance some 600 meters away via colonial carriages, kalesa or “guyudan” (sledge) pulled by horses or carabaos. This would provide income opportunities to locals in the vicinity,” he explained.

Balde also said they will soon launch a Digital Tourism scheme, initially with digital markers for tourist sites in the province, foremost of which is Cagsawa Ruins Park. A tourist with an android phone or the likes, could swipe the marker to download the map, history, and other information about the site.

Albay and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology jointly observed Cagsawa Ruins’ 200th year anniversary last June 26, partly to enhance people’s knowledge of preparedness on the dangers brought about by a volcanic eruption, including flashfloods and lahar flows.

EDC releases eagles into the wild

(People's Journal)

The Energy Development Corp. Bacon-Manito Geothermal Project released two Philippine Serpent Eagles and a Philippine Hawk Eagle into the wild in celebration of World Environment Day recently.

The eagles, an endangered species, were released in EDC's geothermal reservation in Sorsogon, which is a wildlife-protected area under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The Serpent Eagles were rescued by EDC from traps set up by hunters and were nurtured back to health by EDC BacMan’s environmental team.

The Hawk Eagle was turned over to the EDC by the Sorsogon Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Office.

EDC's BacMan plant continues to uphold its green model status by spearheading environmentally-themed interactive activities in Albay and Sorsogon.

EDC BacMan employees planted 50 seedlings of premium and endangered native tree species. These seedlings would be included in EDC’s BINHI Reforestation Program which aims to restore 10,000 hectares in 10 years.

These seedlings would be counted in the National Greening Program of the DENR.

EDC BacMan employees also took part in "E2E: Energy to Environment Challenge, an obstacle course with ecologically-themed mental and physical tasks.

“We will continue to initiate and support projects that will promote environmental sustainability and awareness,” Jay Soriano, head of EDC Bacman said.

The EDC BacMan Geothermal Reservation covers 25,000 has. of protected forest area and is a recognized model of sustainable development for successfully harmonizing its 130-MW geothermal power operations with environmental protection.

Albay cops arrest 9 wanted persons 1 day

(PNA), CTB/FGS/EMC/CBD/PJN

LEGAZPI CITY, July 5 (PNA) -- Different city and municipal units of the Albay Provincial Police Office (APPO) arrested nine wanted persons on Friday, a report of Senior Supt. Marlo Meneses, APPO director, said Saturday.

At about 7:15 a.m. Friday in Purok 2, Barangay Pawa, Legazpi City, joint elements of the Legazpi City Police Office arrested Arjay “Argie” M. Anza, by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Judge Arlinda B. Gratil-Resari, presiding judge of MTCC, Legazpi City, for theft.

About four hours later, at about 11:00 a.m. same day. joint elements of LCPO arrested for rape Neiko “Nieko” C. Dongaol, Crisanto A. Marquez Marlon B. Bombales at Purok 3, Barangay Buraguis, Legazpi City, on the strength of WOA issued by Ruben B. Carretas, presiding judge of RTC Branch 9, Legazpi City.

Elements of the Sto. Domingo Municipal PO led by Senior Inspector Glaiza Marie A. Padua, officer-in-chsrge, collared Felix B. Balean at about 1:00 p.m. in Sitio Timbangan, Barangay San Isidro, Sto Domingo town by virtue of a WOA issued by Ignacio N Almodovar, presiding Judge, RTC Branch 2, Legazpi City, for violation of Comelec Resolution No. 9561-A.

The same police group nabbed Aries B. Belen at about 2:15 p.m. same day at Barangay San Isidro, Sto Domingo, Albay, armed with a WOA issued by Carlos S. Bona, presiding dudge of MCTC - Sto Domingo-Rapu-Rapu, Sto Domingo, Albay, for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.

Later at about 4:45 p.m., Barangay Sta Cruz, Libon, Albay, elements of Libon MPO arrested Rommel P. Aquino, a resident of Barangay Caperperojan, Cordon, Isabela, by virtue of WOAs issued by Judge Efren M. Cacatian of RTC Branch 35, 2nd Judicial Region, Santiago City for homicide.

Then at about 5:30 p.m., elements of Tabaco CPO apprehended at Barangay Salvacion, Tabaco City, Marilyn Lara G. Gualvez a resident of Sangay, Camarines Sur, with WOA issued by Alben C. Rabe, presiding gudge, RTC Branch 15, Tabaco City, for Violation of Section 78 of PD 705 other known as “Revised Forestry Code.”

Lastly, at about 6:30 p.m. at Barangay San Ramon, Tabaco City, elements of TCPO caught Fernando B. Benitez, also for Violation of Section 78 of PD 705 other known as “Revised Forestry Code.”

Albay to host UN Green Climate Fund contributors' meeting this year, says Salceda

By Rhaydz B. Barcia [(PNA), LAM/FGS/RBB/CBD/]

LEGAZPI CITY, July 4 (PNA) -- The Philippines, through the provincial government of Albay, will be hosting the 2nd Contributors’ Meeting of the Initial Resource Mobilization process of the United Nations Green Climate Fund in September here, GCF chair and Albay Governor Joey Salceda said Friday.

Salceda, who also serves as the Regional Development Council chair in Bicol, was in Oslo, Norway, early this week for the 1st Contributors’ Meeting of the Initial Resource Mobilization process where the Norwegian government pledged US 1 billion for the operationalization of the GCF.

He said the US$ 1-billion is the first-ever commitment despite of too much skepticism among donor nations.

During the meeting, the Albay governor said at least 25 countries showed interest to be contributors to the GCF.

Wealthy countries have committed US$ 100 billion for the operationalization of the GCF, which intends to finance international programs to help the vulnerable countries adapt to the changing climate, Salceda added.

This year, he said, he is targeting US$ 15 billion worth of pledges for GCF.

The GCF chair said he will ensure that funds would be available and operational this year to address positive changes in the lives of the vulnerable communities in developing nations affected by climatic change.

Salceda said the GCF's target is to reduce carbon emission, which is largely blamed to developed countries for emitting to much green house gases that trigger extreme change.

The extreme climate is badly affecting developing countries with less capacity to adapt against the adverse impact of global warming that triggers stronger natural calamities, specifically in the Philippines.

“Developing countries stand to benefit from the UNGCF by initiating a paradigm shift toward low-emission and climate-resilient development in adapting to climate change,” he said.

The GCF was established by the conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2011.

Albay town celebrates cultural and culinary heritage

(MST Entertainment)

THE laid back town of Camalig in Albay province recently burst into life as it celebrated its rich cultural and culinary heritage via the Pinangat Festival.

Regarded as a signature Bicol delicacy, “pinangat” is an age-old local vegetable dish with succulent and spicy taste. It has put the town in the culinary map of the country. Pinangat, a Bicol delicacy

Pinangat is one of the most popular regional dishes and it is made with shredded gabi leaves, red ginger, tiny shrimps (known locally as balaw) or a slice of salted fish (in some cases pork) and crushed pepper.

It is then wrapped in gabi leaves, tied in bundles and simmered in coconut milk. Pinangat is a staple on the dining table of most Bicolanos both in the region, and in various parts of the country and the world.

Camalig is situated at the foot of the legendary Mayon Volcano. It is acknowledged as Albay’s heritage town because it has existing ancestral houses dating from the Spanish-American times and still inhabited by the owners or leased to new occupants. They have withstood times, good or bad weather.

Most notable among this is the house of former Albay Congressman Justino Nuyda. It has been a favorite subject of photographers. Today, it also serves as a museum for visitors.

In the heart of the town is the postcard-pretty St. John Church the Baptist, the convent of which serves as repository of relics excavated from archaeological sites at Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave believed to be one of the earliest prehistoric settlements in Luzon.

Another historic spot is the Quituinan Tunnels and Tingib Falls in an interior village which became a Japanese hospital and garrison in World War II.

During the festival, Manila-based rock group rocked the night of the quiet town when opened the two-week festivity. Another Manila band, Shamrock, capped the festivities.

Mayor Carlos Irwin Baldo Jr. said the new festival showcased the pride of the quiet and charming town.

He said that various sporting, trade, and special events punctuated the festival, highlighted by a colorful street dance presentation dramatizing the pinangat cooking process.

The town also named its charming ambassador of goodwill and tourism in the Mutya ng Pinangat pageant won by Vanessa Mae Buitre of Legazpi City.

Baldo said that the municipal government also opened its latest tourist attraction, the scenic Sumlang Lake with the picturesque perfect-cone Mayon Volcano in the background.

The town’s other spots include Calabidongan bat cave, the Quitinday Green Hills Formation Reserve. The town also offers visitors All-Terrain Vehicle Rides along the Mayon Volcano Lava Trail.

DENR, PIA hold S. Luzon climate change info summit

(PNA), SCS/FGS/AMM/CBD/

LEGAZPI CITY, July 2 (PNA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Philippine Information Agency are holding the Southern Luzon climate change information summit starting Wednesday morning up to Friday at the St. Ellis Hotel in Legazpi City.

The summit has for its theme "Nagbabago ang Panahon, Panahon na Para Magbago."

It is part of the DENR-PIA national campaign to effectively communicate climate change adaptation and mitigation measures to the public, particularly the most vulnerable communities, so they can better safeguard their lives and properties in these times.

The meeting will finalize communication plans to be implemented up to the grassroots and aims to motivate key sectors, especially the youth, to participate actively in the campaign.

Participants are PIA information officers, DENR Regional Public Affairs Office representatives, local government information officers and other stakeholders from the 16 provinces, 26 cities and 17 capital towns of Southern Luzon.

The activity also aims to create the Southern Luzon Communicators Network (SolComNet), which will be composed of the various regional communication networks in Southern Luzon, to further strengthen government's links up to the barangay and spearhead information gathering and dissemination in the area.

The participants were welcomed by Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal after the opening remarks done by PIA Deputy Director-General Virgilio DC. Galvez.

Topics discussed in the morning were Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, by Dr. Cedric D. Daep, executive director, Center for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation/Climate Change Academy; and Weather System and Associated Hazards, by Dr. Landrito U. Dalida Jr., regional director, Southern Luzon Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Regional Service Division.

In the afternoon, the topics are Existing Hazard Maps and their Relevance to Vulnerability Assessment and Planning, to be discussed by Engr. Arlene E. Dayao, supervising geologist, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 5; and Albay's Best Practices on DRRM and Climate Change, by Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda, chairman, Green Climate Fund.

There will also be an election of the SolcomNet officers in the afternoon.


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