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Iloilo summit calls for protection of rivers and environment

Posted June 2nd, 2012 by Othel V. Campos [ ]

Iloilo City — Participants to the first International River Summit in Iloilo City have signed a manifesto to protect the world’s rivers and called for greater investment to address environmental challenges.

“The first Philippine International River Summit intends to emphasize the urgency for joint and collaborative action to manage our waters especially since the adverse effects of climate change on our water assets are becoming more pronounced every day,” Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said at the close of the two-day summit at the Centennial Resort Hotel and Convention Center.

Mabilog, who presented the manifesto, said that the summit would establish a cooperative approach in confronting challenges that threaten the environment.

The summit is a joint project of the national government through the Environment Department, with the PLDT group and the city of Iloilo as co-presentors.  The PDLT group has been implementing programs that seek to rejuvenate the country’s river systems and has a continuing project to replant mangroves along the Iloilo river.

The manifesto cited the need to mainstream biodiversity management, disaster risk reduction management and climate change adaptation, into national and local legislative agenda.

It also called for efforts to enhance the capacity of the local government units and improve access to resources and technical opportunities for river conservation.

(Published in the Manila Standard Today newspaper on /2012/June/02)

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