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The Philippine delegation officially opens the first-ever Philippine Pavilion during the 2023 United Nations 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) at the Dubai Expo City in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary and Head of the Philippine Delegation Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga (5th from left) and Special Assistant to the President Antonio Lagdameo (3rd from left) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony. They are joined by (from left) Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo Pascual, Department of Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa, UAE Ambassador to the Philippines Mohamed Obaid Alqataam Alzaabi, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Alfonso Ferdinand A. Ver, and Rep. Mark Cojuangco.

United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Reduction Mami Mizutori joined Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga (2nd and 3rd from left, respectively) in visiting the Disaster Risk Resilience (DRR) Exhibit during the 10th Top Leaders Forum last October 13, 2023. The exhibit showcased DRR solutions and tools from government, embassies, and local establishments. Organized by ARISE Philippines, the National Resilience Council (NRC) and its partner agencies, the forum centered around the theme of “Transforming Victims to Victors: A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Inclusive Resilience.” The forum brought together top leaders from government, the private sector and various stakeholders to identify strategies to foster resilience in the Philippines which supports the Philippine Development Plan’s vision to align disaster resilience with the country’s development goals. With Mizutori and Loyzaga were Hans Sy, SM Prime Holdings Executive Committee Chairman and Chairperson of ARISE Philippines and NRC (4th from left), and UN ARISE Global Board Member Alexander Pama (leftmost). ###

Around 300 barangays in the country expressed their support for DENR’s Project TRANSFORM during the conclusion of the Barangayan para sa Kalikasan at Bayang Matatag forum on October 12 in Pasay City. TRANSFORM or Transdisciplinary Approach for Resilience and Environmental Sustainability through Multistakeholder Engagement aims to combat poverty, enhance community resilience, and foster public-private partnerships throughout the country’s provinces, municipalities, and cities. Barangay leaders who participated in the event hailed from Limay, Orion, and Mariveles in Bataan; Tanay, Antipolo, San Mateo, Rodriguez, and Baras in Rizal; Del Carmen and Burgos in Surigao del Norte; Ormoc City in Leyte; and the cities of Pasay, Parañaque, Quezon, and Manila in Metro Manila. The event was in collaboration with the Department of National Defense-Office of Civil Defense, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the National Resilience Council.#

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Integrated Environmental Science Carlos Primo C. David (leftmost) moderates the panel discussion entitled “Bakit Kailangan Maging Matatag: Conversation with Scientists/Experts” during the DENR-led “Barangayan para sa Kalikasan at Bayang Matatag” Forum on October 12, 2023. Held in Pasay City, Metro Manila, the discourse between (from left) Manila Observatory Head of Geomatics for Environment and Development Laboratory Dr. Faye Cruz, Quirino Province Governor Dakila Carlo Enriquez Cua, and Bago City, Negros Occidental Mayor Nicholas Yulo focused on understanding resilience in the context of exposures to various risks and ecological vulnerabilities and how local government units should address them. The Barangay Resilience Forum led by the DENR was attended by barangay officials, local chief executives, development organizations from the private sector, civil society, and academic institutions. The event was in collaboration with the Department of National Defense-Office of Civil Defense, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the National Resilience Council.#

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urges the youth leaders to actively participate in initiatives that would help their communities build resiliency and mitigate risks from disasters. Speaking before over 120 youth leaders, local youth development councils and state workers during the Youth for Resilience training in Balanga, Bataan, DENR Chief of Staff and Supervising Undersecretary for Strategic Communications Marilou Erni encouraged participants to learn about environmental conservation, and the risks faced by their communities from natural disasters. Participants at the DENR-organized training took part in a variety of lectures and activities designed to spread knowledge and awareness about disaster risk reduction (DRR), resilience-building, and the principles of DRR action plans. Apart from DENR officials, non-governmental group U-INSPIRE representatives also served as resource persons during the event. U-INSPIRE Philippines is an alliance of youth and young professionals working to support Disaster Risk Reduction. As a culminating activity, the youth participants joined the DENR in cleaning the coastlines of Balanga Wetland in Barangay Tortugas, Balanga City, Bataan in celebration of the International Coastal Cleanup.