Broadcast media draft manual on climate change

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Sunday, July 13, 2014


FOR concerns on climate change and its effects to the environment to reach far and wide, government agencies invited broadcast media for an advocacy seminar workshop to appreciate the current trend of the weather.

The primary focus of the activity dubbed as “Media Advocacy and Write Shop” organized by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in northern Mindanao was to draft a broadcaster’s manual for Climate Change.

Thelma Oliver, PIA regional director, said the broadcaster’s manual would enable broadcast media to better appreciate climate change and become effective messengers especially to communities affected or prone to weather disturbances.

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“The manual will serve as a guide for broadcasters so the information they share on air will somehow educate a wide audience regarding climate change.” Oliver said.

Invited broadcasters from the different radio stations in the region were given inputs on Climate Change, Geographical Hazard, Solid Waste Management, and the National Greening Program at the Midway White Beach Resort in Initao, Misamis Oriental on July 9-11, 2014.

Speakers from the environment and natural resources office were Jessy James Osin of the Environment Management Bureau; Osin Sinsuat of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau; Fidel Gamos Jr. of the Forest Resources Development and Dovee Cherry Geollegue of the Solid Waste Management.

They articulated the issues and concerns of their respective field of expertise – effects of deforestation – floods, soil erosion, landslides and flooding, while in the identification of hazard prone areas to warn stakeholders of the dangers posed to people once utilized as habitat, and the advantage of proper disposal of solid wastes.

As to why the abnormal weather patterns, where snow fall and storm happen in unlikely places, floods and typhoons occurring where they are not expected, the rising sea level due the melting of glaziers, the intense heat of the sun during summer and increased temperature on earth’s surface attributed to the green house effect, were explained.

Landslides occur because of the softening of the surface in times of heavy and long rainfall, determining of fault lines, possible earth movements, among others, that would render places not suitable for human habitation were underlined during the presentation of topics on geo-hazard.

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Segregation, reduce, re-use, recycle of solid wastes, as a matter of concern, to lessen the greenhouse effect was brought the fore of the Solid Waste Management program of the administration under Republic Act 9003.

Instead of leaving biodegradable waste materials to decay in landfill and contaminate underground water tables, are instead transformed into fertilizers and from it derive biogas with the proper technology.

The broadcaster’s manual summarizes the different topics where a broadcaster relates the gained knowledge on the issues, thus informing the listeners of the importance of their involvement to look after mother earth and remind them of their responsibilities in order to minimize if not help mitigate the consequences of a natural disaster.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 13, 2014.

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