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Remembrance and reflections on the Luntiang Dahon (Green Leaf) Climate Leadership Award

A couple of weeks after having been accepted as Organizational Development Specialist by VSO Cambodia, I received a notification that The Climate Reality Project will be conferring to me the first Luntiang Dahon Climate Leadership Award. It came as a huge surprise because awards are not something I really think about. Working in the environment sector since 2001 and being an active member of CRP since 2011, I never thought that my efforts would be given any recognition since I don’t do what I do for recognition anyway.

The Climate Reality Project Climate Leadership Awards were given to outstanding groups and individuals recognized by CRP Philippines in celebration of its first anniversary on March 16 and Earth Day on April 22. The awarding ceremony was conducted at the Philippine Senate on April 21.

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On being a facilitator

 

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MEAL Volunteers and Red Cross Staffs work out a participatory session together in preparation for their facilitators role in the DEC Evaluation.

Just last Friday, my team, MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Leaning Unit of the PRC-Haiyan Recovery Program in Iloilo supported by the British Red Cross) celebrated the end of the participatory evaluation conducted for the Livelihoods and Shelter support provided inthe Municipalities of Ajuy and Balasan. It capped several weeks of preparation and field work, daily debriefings, which gave us the opportunity to reach 721 community people in 13 barangays for the part of the program  funded by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). 

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Of COPs and Christmases

great planetEver since I became a Climate Reality Leader after my training under Al Gore in Jakarta (2011), I became doubly aware of the Conference of Parties (COP) being conducted each year by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Each year, I wait with baited breath hoping a strong and binding agreement could be forged by world leaders to ensure a world more benign to the atmosphere. Year by year each COP failed to deliver what the people of the world long for and demand. Around that time, each year also, my country reels with the brunt of super typhoons and mourns the loss of so many lives, property, and livelihood.

In the last five years, and somewhere before, after, or in between COPs and Christmases, the Philippines was ravaged by extreme weather events like Sendong (Washi 2011), Pablo (Bopha 2012), Yolanda (Haiyan 2013, Hagupit (Ruby 2014), Nona (Melor 2015).  The tragedies unimaginable. The loss unspeakable. The damage immeasurable.

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