Eastern Visayas lauds by Legarda on the issue of climate change; urge fast tracking of downscaled RPs Geo-hazard Maps

By Jason de Asis


SENATE OFFICE, Manila, November 7, 2010-Senator Loren Legarda, the Asia-Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, lauded the growing awareness of the people in Eastern Visayas on the issue of climate change.


Legarda said that the increasing consciousness on the phenomenon would lead to the effective adaptation to its effects where she produced documentaries to inform the public about climate change, adding that once they become aware of climate change then we think of ways to combat its effects.


She commended the local governments and various groups in Eastern Visayas for the frequent conduct of forums on climate change which would make people well informed.


Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 8 reported to Legarda that the RP’s on-going geo-hazard mapping is almost complete in the Eastern Visayas.


Geo-hazard mapping is the RPs identified areas of natural hazards and disasters such as rain-induced landslides, floods’, storm surge, coastal erosion, and sea-level rise, among others are most likely to occur.

“I am hopeful that the geo-hazard maps in the whole country, particularly those that are downscaled, would be completed soonest and be effectively utilized by local governments in development planning," she said.


Legarda concluded that geo-hazard mapping is very useful for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives because it could effectively shield the country’s communities from the destructive effects of geologic hazards since this would be able to make the necessary preparations and build the proper defenses in the appropriate disaster-prone areas, adding that this would definitely reduce the loss of lives and properties brought about by natural disasters. (Jason de Asis)


Sen. Trillanes is the new TATAP president

By Jason de Asis


SENATE OFFICE, Manila, November 7, 2010-Senator Antonio Trillanes IV assumed the country’s governing body for sports and embraced the task of giving table tennis a shot in the arm, adding that he has been named acting president of the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines by its board of trustees, with unanimous approval from regional presidents and member associations.


Trillanes took over Jose Ortalla Jr., who is back to his previous position as vice president, while TATAP head, Senior Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag, is on leave for one (1) year schooling overseas.


“Trillanes was thrilled to make a difference in the sport closest to his heart, having played table tennis in high school and during his cadet days at the Philippine Military Academy,” Ortalla said where the senator played regularly and promoted the game in Camp Crame.


Ortalla added that the Senator accepted the position when he was offered by the majority of the members who believe in him in promoting the said sports in the country wherein the senator wants to focus on the formation of strong national teams since table tennis is one sport where the country can excel internationally.


Trillanes plans to strengthen the national junior program which he hopes to turn into a training ground for future champions where he is also expected to preside over the hosting of the Southeast Asian Table Tennis Championship on December 12 to 15 at the Makati Coliseum.


The organizers are hoping to encourage the best paddlers in the region to boost the sports’ popularity locally. (Jason de Asis)