Left: Participants of the community forum on Climate Change and the Human Environment
Right: UBRDEC Center Head For. Gregorio Santos, Jr. with Prieto Diaz Mayor Benito “Boytee” Doma

In celebration of the National Climate Change Consciousness Week on November 17-24, 2018, the Urban and Biodiversity Research, Development and Extension Center (UBRDEC) teamed up with local government units (LGUs) in Sorsogon province to conduct a Community Forum on Climate Change and the Human Environment at Seamancor Ecodevelopers, Inc., Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon last November 16, 2018.

The forum was organized by UBRDEC, led by Center Head For. Gregorio Santos, Jr. in close cooperation with LGU Prieto Diaz and PENRO Sorsogon. Attended by some 99 local citizens from various sectors, it aimed to educating and promoting awareness on climate change among stakeholders. With this goal in mind, resource speakers from the Provincial Government of Sorsogon were invited to discuss relevant and timely topics at the forum.

Forester Santos opened forum discussions with a talk on climate change & the human environment, giving the audience a primer on the causes and effects of climate change. He was followed by Engr. Raden Dimaano, department head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) discussed the provincial government’s disaster risk reduction management mechanism and protocols. Finally, Ms. Melody Perez of the Provincial Government of Sorsogon – Environment and Natural Resources Office oriented the forum participants on the provincial government’s climate change programs and initiatives

For his part, Prieto Diaz Mayor Benito “Boytee” Doma gave simple and concrete tips to his constituents to help preserve the town’s natural resources and maintain its ecological balance, while PENRO Sorsogon Atty. Ronnel Sopsop called for continued cooperation and vigilance to safeguard the future of the next generation.

A fifth-income class municipality with a population of about 22,442 people, Prieto Diaz is the easternmost frontier of Luzon Island, situated in a historically disaster- prone area. Its long coastline is known for its mangrove beach forest, home to a teeming aquatic ecosystem that provides the town with rich marine resources and a natural buffer against typhoons. Emerson B. Ranara, UBRDEC