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Submitted by Arnold Junior Andaya on

After visiting the link – (Filipinos, How are you adapting to climate change? You ask, we answer)
I would like to ask: Is the climate change problem “just a little discomforting?” Does it “make us just a little bit apprehensive about our future?” Should we “lessen our anxiety about this phenomenon?” Should not we face and deal this phenomenon anxiety with all our might, force, power, and strength? Should not we (all individuals on earth) dread the natural calamities to follow Ketsana, Parma, Washi, and Bopha? The Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review (CPEIR), a study undertaken by the World Bank (as requested by the Philippine government), cites a report by Dasgupta et al. in 2009 listing “the cities of San Jose, Manila, Roxas, and Cotabato among the top 10 most vulnerable cities in the East Asia and Pacific Region to sea-level rise.” San Jose and Manila are in Luzon. Roxas City is in Visayas. Cotabato is in Mindanao. Is it too much to say, the whole PHILIPPINES is in danger of being submerged in water due to sea-level rise? Quoted in Ma. Glenda Wui’s module, Biological Adaptation: “New adaptations must be developed if effective relationships with altered habitational conditions are to be maintained (Cohen 1987, 140).” and “The closer the adaptation to the environment, the greater the chances of survival” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2002). Having these two in mind, can we ask our government for achievements or accomplishments concerning the several measures recommended by the World Bank study:
• How does it finance and execute the strengthened framework plans for climate change?
• Are leadership and accountability enhanced through monitoring, evaluation, and review of climate change policies and activities?
• Is capacity built? Is change managed?
Aren’t those too technical? Can’t all of those adaptive measures be translated into a language understood by everyone: male and female, young and old, rich and poor, educated and illiterate? Can’t we discuss those with more conviction, dedication, and passion? Can’t we promote those on television like a Star Cinema’s Kim Chiu film? I believe, a simple yet effective campaign is relevant for greater chances of survival.