Philippines Weekly News Round-Up (September 3-9, 2011)

2011-09-03 04:00 - 2011-09-09 04:00

Philippines 3rd on Disaster Risk Index  |  Lanao Residents Unite To Protect Environment  |  Philippines Is Losing Farmers And Fishermen  |  Endangered Ducks Need Protection


Philippines 3rd on Disaster Risk Index

In Brief:

>       The Philippines now ranks third among countries most at risk for disasters, after Vanuatu and Tonga, according to the World Risk Index (WRI), which measures exposure to natural hazards, climate change, and social vulnerability.

>       The index was developed by the  United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Germany.

>       The Philippines got an overall score of 24.32% in the index, receiving the following marks:

          Exposure - 45.09%

          Vulnerability - 53.93%

          Susceptibility - 34.99%

          Lack of coping capacity - 82.78%

          Lack of adaptive capacity - 44.01%

 >      Other countries on the list in order of ranking from fourth to tenth are:  Solomon Islands, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Timor-Leste, Costa Rica, Cambodia, El Salvador.

>       The top 5 safest countries are Qatar, Malta, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, and Bahrain.

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Lanao Residents Unite To Protect Environment

In Brief:

>       The Philippine Army’s 35th Infantry Battalion spearheaded a camping event at Mt. Inayawan Range Natural Park in Nunungan Town, Lanao del Norte last weekend.

>       Almost 200 campers joined the event and committed to protecting their watersheds against poachers.

>       The event resulted in the "Kalikasan Patrollers ng Hilagang Lanao", an inter-agency environmental protection volunteer group to help protect their natural resources.

>       Maj.Gen. Noel Coballes, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, also vowed to augment security in the area to drive out illegal loggers and nature poachers.

>       "We hope that tourists would ply to Nunungan to promote our tourism spot that is still to be unveiled to the local and national interest," said Nunungan Mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan.

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Philippines Is Losing Farmers And Fishermen

In Brief:

>       The current generation of farmers and fishermen are now nearing retirement age and their children are not keen on taking over because they do not believe farming and fishing is the way out of poverty.

>       The average age of our 11 million farmers and fishermen is 57, many of whom till an average of 2.5 hectares.

>       According to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, a farmer’s annual average income is about P20,000 (US$450.).

>       Senator Francis Pangilinan, Chairman of the Senate Committee On Agriculture And Food, wants the Philippine government to (a) modernize the agriculture sector and improve yields, (b) better science and technology should be taught, and (c) marketing support by the Department Of Agriculture should be increased.

>       The Department Of Agriculture currently plans to (a) front-load irrigation services and infrastructure projects, (b) improve post-harvest production to minimize wastage, (c) set up trading centers nationwide so that farmers can trade direct with consumers without middlemen, and (d) hire farmers between planting seasons to provide them with supplemental income.

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Endangered Ducks Need Protection

Endangered Philippine Duck

In Brief:

>       The 27-hectare Cabusao Wetland in Camarines Sur, Philippines in now under the protection of the Department Of Environment And Natural Resources (DENR) to protect the Philippine Duck.

>       The Philippine Duck is a unique specie found only in the Philippines.

>       Hunting and development is now banned in the wetland, along with illegal dumping, mining, and logging.

>       The Philippine Duck is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's list of threatened species.

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