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Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism

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manila times  article by philip camara The Manila Times

http://www.manilatimes.net/AREA-DEVELOPMENT-SUBSIDIARITY-FEDERALISM/305243/

by Philip Camara on January 5, 2017 Analysis

 

TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.


The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.

One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.

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Philippines signs the Paris Climate Agreement

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Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Excellencies, we sign the Paris Agreement today, Earth Day, with faith and hope in the 196 parties to the UNFCCC that adopted the agreement.

The Philippines, a highly vulnerable developing nation, with one of the most ambitious targets, has already taken steps to pursue national actions to address climate change through its intended nationally determined contribution or INDC.

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DENR 7 LEADS 2016 EARTH MONTH CELEBRATION

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Geared towards educating and mobilizing people to help in the protection and conservation of the environment and rekindling public commitment and involvement and reflecting environmental values and broaden public support, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 will lead a month-long celebration of Earth Month 2016 with the theme “Trees for the Earth”.

This is in accordance to the Proclamation 1482 that was issued on April 10, 2008 declaring the month of April as the Philippines’ Earth Month and identified the DENR as the main convenor of the celebration.

In a statement, DENR 7 Regional Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo urged all other national government agencies and local government units to take part in the environment celebration to ensure the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources mindful of the present threats of climate change.

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Kapihan sa PIA

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DENR 7 Chief Conservation Division Mario V. Aragon, Assistant Protected Superintendent for Tañon Strait Protected Seascape Forester Melchor Rhett F. Sarmago, Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist Forester Fercival Fiel and TSPS Legal Assistant Steve Vincent Larona in a Kapihan sa PIA session to highlight the Ocean Month Celebration with the theme “Buhay Dagat, Buhay Natin” held last May 4, 2016.

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DENR 7 EXCEEDS NATIONAL GREENING PROGRAM TARGETS

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 reported a total of 80,973.31 hectares of established plantations for the five year implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) in Central Visayas.

This has exceeded around four percent of the six-year target of reforesting around 77,479 hectares as a contribution to the nationwide effort of bringing back the country’s lost forest cover.

“We are now on its last year of implementation and for the past five years since 2011, region 7 has always been on top when it comes to NGP accomplishments, more than the reforestation efforts as NGP also rejuvenates rural economies by providing livelihood opportunities to our partner people’s organizations,” said DENR 7 Regional Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo.

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