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First Posted on Inside Mindanao (www.insidemindanao.com) on April 9, 2011

Press Release
It is not just all about the drainage system — Librado

Davao City (April 9, 2011) -- Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Committee Chair on Women, Children and Family Relations pointed that while the city is eyeing for a better drainage system in preparation for the rainy days, Dabawenyos should also be educated about mitigating climate change.

Heavy rains and change of weathers are the aftermath of a global phenomenon called climate change. Studies by the Asian Development Bank cited that Philippines will be wet until 2011 due to rainfall change.

"Davao being typhoon-free is a blessing for a city where a few minutes of rainfall can already cause flooding in some areas," Councilor Leah Librado of Davao City District 1, said.

Librado said there are ways by which the cause and effects of climate change can be mitigated. The participation, not only of the government and non-government organizations but also of the people, is key towards facing this challenge.

She suggested for the use of renewable sources of energy that are safe and will contribute to the reduction of climate change and environmental degradation, instead of energy sources like coal-fired power plants that are proven to worsen global warming.

"Their true social, health and environmental costs are beyond repair. Sadly, the women and children are the most vulnerable to climate change," she said.

The issue on energy, Librado said, is as important as the issue of the environment.

Any means of generating power, she pointed out, should be above all safe for public health and the environment. "We are living in one planet. Our children's future will be at stake."

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