Davao – Mindanao Gold Star Daily https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com Read the Latest News and Updates in Mindanao Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:34:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-GSD-Browser-icon-32x32.png Davao – Mindanao Gold Star Daily https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com 32 32 Davao councilors urged to pass city’s environmental code https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/davao-councilors-urged-to-pass-citys-environmental-code/ Mon, 21 Jan 2019 21:36:59 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=92572 DAVAO City — Environmental advocate here is urging the Davao City Council to pass the city’s Environmental Code, saying it will further spur economic opportunities. Atty. Mark Peñalver of Interface Development Interventions (IDIS).Photo by Davaotoday.com. Interface Development Interventions (Idis) Inc. Policy Advocacy Specialist and lawyer Mark Peñalver said they are pushing for the passage of ...

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DAVAO City — Environmental advocate here is urging the Davao City Council to pass the city’s Environmental Code, saying it will further spur economic opportunities.

Atty. Mark Peñalver of Interface Development Interventions (IDIS).Photo by Davaotoday.com.

Interface Development Interventions (Idis) Inc. Policy Advocacy Specialist and lawyer Mark Peñalver said they are pushing for the passage of the environment code to ensure that Davao will be a sustainable city under its “Build Build” program which facilitates the entry of infrastructure and agricultural development.

“We are aiming to localize the Sustainable Development Goals in crafting the environment code to ensure Davao City’s development is sustainable,” Peñalver said.

Idis is eyeing the environment code of Davao as the basis to allowing the entry of development without impairing the environmental aspect of the city. It will be a lexicon of provisions for the protection of the environment of a broad sense. (davaotoday.com)

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Davao region cacao industry players meet https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/davaoegion-cacao-industry-players-meet/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:35:51 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=90492 Known to have the biggest chunk of cacao production in the country, Davao region naturally boast of active cacao stakeholders, some of whom gathered in a Cacao Learning Exchange in Davao City. Facilitated by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) that has been at the forefront in supporting social enterprises in the country, the event ...

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Known to have the biggest chunk of cacao production in the country, Davao region naturally boast of active cacao stakeholders, some of whom gathered in a Cacao Learning Exchange in Davao City.

Facilitated by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) that has been at the forefront in supporting social enterprises in the country, the event opened innovations for the cacao enthusiasts.

Over 30 participants from 15 organizations and cooperatives in Davao region came for the two-day activity that culminated with a visit to the Chocolate de San Isidro (CSI), a cooperative in Davao del Norte that has the biggest number of cacao farmer members in Davao.

“We should be ‘risk-takers’, said Lolita Pinoon, one of the participants and general manager of the Rehoboth Agriculture Cooperative, pointing out that the challenges being faced by cacao planters are worth taking for the benefit they could gain.

The participants listened and learned among storytellers in cacao farming and production that discussed among others best agricultural practices adopted by successful cacao entrepreneurs; the problems being faced by the farmers and how cacao farmers can improve the quality of cacao; and strategies that can make a demo farm work.

The event was capped with a visit to the cacao farms and production area of CSI where the visitors were not only treated to steaming hot delicious ‘Sikwate’ but were also shown the cacao hills bearing bountiful fruits.

PEF fosters conversations and learning about a variety of topics of interest to stakeholders and partners in building development models that work. (davaotoday.com)

 

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Duterte counts on tourism for inclusive growth, poverty relief https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/duterte-counts-on-tourism-for-inclusive-growth-povertyelief/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:34:39 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=90494 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday, reaffirmed the importance of tourism in achieving inclusive growth and reducing poverty by creating more job opportunities for the Filipinos. The Chief Executive made such statement as he graced the launch of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Food and Travel Festival with the theme ‘Kaon Ta!’ at Abreeza Mall. ...

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday, reaffirmed the importance of tourism in achieving inclusive growth and reducing poverty by creating more job opportunities for the Filipinos.

The Chief Executive made such statement as he graced the launch of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Food and Travel Festival with the theme ‘Kaon Ta!’ at Abreeza Mall.

In his remarks, the President lauded DOT’s approach in promoting the Filipino cuisine as part of the country’s tourism attraction by making the Philippines as a “center of food and gastronomy in the world.”

He further stressed that such impetus would increase the number of tourists visiting the country and promote empowerment to local communities.

“I welcome this initiative as it harnesses the potential of farm tourism as an effective tool in facilitating the growth of our local communities and promoting sustainable development,” the President said.

“I am glad that this tourism approach has gained increasing popularity with the growing number of Filipinos and foreign tourists aspiring to take a break from the stress of city life and, at the same time, augment their income, help them provide more [for] their families, and improve the crop production,” he added.

He also emphasized that this initiative would help create the image of the Philippines as a great culinary destination by bringing together local chefs, world-class dishes, and other agricultural products. He, however, reminded the participants in the event to ensure the quality of their products to be globally competitive.

“Let this occasion, therefore, strengthen your resolve to develop further Filipino cuisine, agricultural products, and technology that celebrate the best of being Filipino,” he said.

“The unique but truly wonderful Filipino culinary experience is something that we should all be proud of. Let this gathering spark greater appreciation of our diverse cuisine as we steer Philippine agriculture and tourism into even greater heights,” he added. (PCOO)

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Duterte son threatens to file libel case vs Trillanes https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/duterte-son-threatens-to-file-libel-case-vs-trillanes/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/duterte-son-threatens-to-file-libel-case-vs-trillanes/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:54:58 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=82688 FORMER Davao vice mayor Paolo Duterte threatened to press criminal and civil libel charges against opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes for dragging him in the controversial P6.4-billion shabu smuggling last year. In a statement released yesterday, nearly six months since he announced his resignation from his post on Dec. 25, 2017, President Duterte’s son said he ...

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FORMER Davao vice mayor Paolo Duterte threatened to press criminal and civil libel charges against opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes for dragging him in the controversial P6.4-billion shabu smuggling last year.

In a statement released yesterday, nearly six months since he announced his resignation from his post on Dec. 25, 2017, President Duterte’s son said he would press charges against the senator for “viciously destroying his name, maligning his reputation and integrity, and for deliberately manufacturing lies and spreading black propaganda against him.”

“Senator Trillanes manufactured lies and deliberately spread these lies with the obvious intention of destroying my name and maligning my reputation, with a view to impacting negatively against our beloved President,” Duterte said.

He added that the senator’s parliamentary immunity would not protect him from his “libelous” remarks during media interviews, as these were made outside the halls of the Senate.

“The Senator was apparently emboldened by his false reliance on and abuse of his parliamentary immunity. But this immunity does not apply to libelous remarks made during media interviews, clearly as these attacks were done outside the halls of the Senate — and definitely not when these were discharged with the pure intention of destroying me,” he added.

The resigned vice mayor previously dismissed the accusation as pure lies and based entirely on gossip, downplaying it as a “desperate black propaganda against the President and his government.”

Duterte and his brother-in-law, lawyer Manases Carpio, filed a civil damage suit against Trillanes for accusing him of graft and corruption.

Duterte and Carpio were among those implicated as members of the so-called Davao Group, which was reportedly behind the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling in May 2017.

The shabu shipment came from China and arrived via the Manila International Container Port in Tondo, Manila. (antonio colina iv of mindanews)

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Matalam 9: Encounter or massacre? https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/matalam-9-encounter-or-massacre/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/matalam-9-encounter-or-massacre/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:38:58 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=82551 By Carolyn O. Arguillas MindaNews . (Last of two parts) DAVAO City — “Wala namang massacre doon” but an encounter, Rowena de Leon, re-elected barangay captain of Kilada, said at the barangay hall. De Leon said the Aban family is not from Barangay Kilada but arrived and settled in Sitio Biao last year and laid ...

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By Carolyn O. Arguillas
MindaNews .

(Last of two parts)

DAVAO City — “Wala namang massacre doon” but an encounter, Rowena de Leon, re-elected barangay captain of Kilada, said at the barangay hall.

De Leon said the Aban family is not from Barangay Kilada but arrived and settled in Sitio Biao last year and laid claim over some 90 hectares of land which she said are all titled lands registered in the names of the owners.

She said the Abans could not produce documents of ownership and became the subject of complaints that warranted a dialogue the mayor called for in November 2017.

As a result, an agreement was signed by Kulaga, Aban Kasan, Esmael Aban, Junggo Aban and Intan Aban as “claimants” and Angeles Mangawang and Raymundo Reyes and three tenants as “occupants.” In the Nov. 23, 2017 agreement, the Abans promised not to enter the land occupied by Mangawang, Batig and Reyes until the court has ruled on the issue and that they will not harass the occupants but allow them to do their daily activities on the land. The Abans also vowed they would not do anything that would cause trouble between them and the occupants.

The agreement, written in Filipino, was signed in the presence of four Muslim religious leaders and members of the Council of Elders and Mayor Cheryl Catamco and Vice Mayor Oscar Valdevieso, who all signed the document as witnesses.

De Leon said that despite the agreement, the Abans allegedly continued their harassment. She noted reports reaching her and the police that “gabi-gabi nagapaputok ng baril, tinututukan mga farmers, sila naga cultivate ng mga lupa” and that the armed men were allegedly involved in illegal drugs.

She said they wonder why they had firearms when Mindanao has been under martial law since May 23 last year.

De Leon said the May 25 raid was coordinated with the barangay and had a certification from the MNLF, the area being an MNLF community, she said.

Lahat ng kailangan na coordination, nagawa po,” she said.

Sr. Supt. Maximo Layugan, provincial police chief, said the operation to implement the search warrants was properly coordinated. “We have all the documents,” he said, including what de Leon said was a certification from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)

He said the area is an MNLF community under Camp Datu Dima Ambil.

Butch Malang, chair of the MILF’s Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities, said there was no coordination with the MILF. He explained that MILF members in Sitio Biao are not newcomers but had married locals there.

“The question is bakit hindi dumaan sa protocol ng AHJAG ang PNP (Philippine National Police)? Bakit sumuko na ang mga tao, hindi na nila hawak ang mga baril nila ay pinagpapatay pa? … Ito ay isang massacre,” Malang said.

Under the ceasefire agreement with the government, the MILF and government peace panels created an Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) which provides for coordination should government forces operate against suspected criminals in MILF areas. (mindanews)

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Government has P40 billion for scholarships this year: solon https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/government-has-p40-billion-for-scholarships-this-year-solon/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/government-has-p40-billion-for-scholarships-this-year-solon/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:58:39 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=82381   By LITO RULONA Correspondent . THE government has set aside P40 billion for scholarships in stateun colleges and universities, and the amount could be doubled next year, the chairman of the House’s appropriations committee said on Wednesday. Rep. Karlo Alexie Nograles of Davao City’s 1st District told a news conference here that the beneficiaries ...

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By LITO RULONA
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THE government has set aside P40 billion for scholarships in stateun colleges and universities, and the amount could be doubled next year, the chairman of the House’s appropriations committee said on Wednesday.

Rep. Karlo Alexie Nograles of Davao City’s 1st District told a news conference here that the beneficiaries include students of the Initao Community College, Magsaysay Community College, and Tagoloan Community College in Misamis Oriental, the and University of Science Technology of the Southern Philippines (USTP) here.

Nograles said the budget would likely be increased by 100 percent next year so as to aid more students seeking college education, and to ensure free tuition.

But he said students need to pass the the entrance examination given by state colleges and universities.

“Kung makapasar ka sa exam then libre ka na sa tuition and miscellaneous fees,” he said.

He said that aside from the scholarship program “Tulong-Dunong Program” of the Commission on Higher Education (Ched), there is the Tertiary Education System (TES) for students from families covered by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Ched, through the TES program, spends P20 thousand every semester for qualified students from impoverished families. This, he said, is supposed to cover expenses for books, school projects, board and lodging, and allowances.

“The fund [for this] comes from the P40-billion education budget,” Nograles said.

For those who fail to qualify or pass the entrance examinations, Nograles gave this advice: take up free vocational courses being offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

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Ombud rules to indict exec for making husband attend course https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/ombudules-to-indict-exec-for-making-husband-attend-course/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/ombudules-to-indict-exec-for-making-husband-attend-course/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 21:54:30 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=81889 THE Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict a director at the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) for violation of the anti-graft law. The ruling was handed down against Charlita Escaño who holds the position of Director IV at the the Office of Finance and Administrative Services of Minda in Davao City for violation ...

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THE Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict a director at the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) for violation of the anti-graft law.

The ruling was handed down against Charlita Escaño who holds the position of Director IV at the the Office of Finance and Administrative Services of Minda in Davao City for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019.

Investigation showed that Escaño allowed her husband, Engineer Allan Escaño, a non-Minda employee, to participate in the “Basic Occupational Safety and Health Course for Construction Officers” held at the Ritz Hotel in Davao City from March 16-20, 2015.

Records revealed that the Minda paid the amount of P30,000 representing the registration fee for five participants, but only four employees attended with Engr. Allan Escaño, a private individual, replacing Engr. Renato Buhat Jr. who was unavailable to attend the seminar.

In her counter-affidavit, respondent claimed that she was informed that refund was not allowed for any cancelled attendance, and as replacement for Engr. Buhat, she invited her husband to attend the seminar and the organizers allowed it.

In the Ombudsman resolution, it was determined that “respondent gave unwarranted benefit, advantage or preference to her husband, Engr. Escaño, by causing his inclusion in the training in lieu of Engr. Buhat for which Minda already paid the registration fee.”

Under Section 3(e) of RA 3019, it shall be unlawful to, among others, give any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of official administrative functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence. (source: office of the ombudsman website)

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Study shows sharp increase in number of faithless Davao folk https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/study-shows-sharp-increase-in-number-of-faithless-davao-folk/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/study-shows-sharp-increase-in-number-of-faithless-davao-folk/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 21:58:13 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=81646 By ANTONIO COLINA IV Mindanews . DAVAO City – More Dabawenyos are losing faith in a deity, according to a study conducted by the Institute of Popular Opinion (IPO) of the Davao City-based University of Mindanao. The study dubbed “Dabawenyo family and faith” showed that the number of non-believers increased to 1.33 percent, a sharp ...

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By ANTONIO COLINA IV
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DAVAO City – More Dabawenyos are losing faith in a deity, according to a study conducted by the Institute of Popular Opinion (IPO) of the Davao City-based University of Mindanao.

The study dubbed “Dabawenyo family and faith” showed that the number of non-believers increased to 1.33 percent, a sharp rise compared to the 0.2 percent recorded in 2015.

The percentage, the UM-IPO said, translates to “equivalently 24,339 Dabawenyos are saying that they do not believe in God.”

Under the supervision of Dr. Adrian Tamayo, director for quantitative studies at the UM-IPO, the study was conducted on 1,200 respondents from April 13 to 22.

The reasons for the change of heart, the study showed, were the deteriorating family habit of going to church together and spending less time for prayer at home.

“The dramatic change in the faith levels is observed in the sharp dive for those who profess strong faith as compared to the 2015 results. An increase in the number of Dabawenyos who rated their faith as weak faith was noted, their number is estimated at 18,508 individuals,” the study found out.

The study also showed that female people possess the highest faith (with a rating of 9.10); followed by male people (8.79); and lastly, the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (8.57).

By age groups, people aged 61 and older manifest strong faith; the youth (18 to 30 years old) and the young adult (31 to 40 years old) groups maintain temporary faith or those individuals who readily switch sides when their doctrines are tested and challenged; and the middle-aged (41 to 60 years old) maintain active faith.

The study said the separated and the widowed are the most “faithful” with a rating of 6.44, compared with married couples with faith rating of 5.47, and living-in couples at 3.83 who readily leave their church when asked of their status.

“It has been told that the family as a basic structure of the society must stay strong and united, foremost in making this is the practice of faith and exercise of religion where parents can readily teach their children values and morals,” reads part of the study.

It added that when respondents were asked of their prayer activities as a family, 11 in 15 households were able to gather the family members to pray together, 10 households go to church together, and nine worship and exercise religious activities together.

“Hence, if the family is remiss in praying at home, it will become harder to convince the family to go to church, all the more to worship as one,” the study noted.

It added whether a dip in the number of households not becoming “faithful” is unacceptable may come as a debate.

But it pointed out that “values and morals are first taught at home, and more often the reference and stories used are those found in the Bible and the lives of the religious peoples.”

“If semblance of sacrifice, respect and care are barely inculcated in the family, then this is an area of interest,” it added.

The study pointed out that being poor does not make one “faithful.” Those in the income class A (with a rating of 6), income class B (8.89), and income class C (5.84) showed strong to active faith compared with those in income class D (4.43) and E (3.22), whose faith is classified as temporary.

“However, making it into the middle income allows a household to exercise religion and attend church activities making faith levels active,” the study noted.

“Too much of everything seems to be working also relative to having money and faith; the income class A, the very rich of the society, seems to experience a kink in their faith, bending backwards towards active faith,” it concluded.

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Beleaguered Salmonan residents ask Duterte admin to stop demolition https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/beleaguered-salmonanesidents-ask-duterte-admin-to-stop-demolition/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/beleaguered-salmonanesidents-ask-duterte-admin-to-stop-demolition/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 21:38:48 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=81001 DAVAO City — As the Holy Week of Ramadan is fast approaching, Moro residents of the contested land in Barangay 26-C Salmonan here appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to halt the demolition. “We appeal to hold the demolition for humanitarian consideration while we wait for the response from the national government regarding our request,” said ...

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DAVAO City — As the Holy Week of Ramadan is fast approaching, Moro residents of the contested land in Barangay 26-C Salmonan here appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to halt the demolition.

“We appeal to hold the demolition for humanitarian consideration while we wait for the response from the national government regarding our request,” said Virgie Gonzales, acting chairperson of the Quezon Boulevard-Lizada-Juan Luna Home Owners Association.

According to Gonzales, they already sent a letter directly to the office of President Rodrigo Duterte last year requesting his intervention on the land dispute.

Abdul Agor, one of the community’s Imams, appealed to the officials during the dialogue to conduct the demolition after the Holy Week of Ramadan which is expected to start on May 15 or 16.

“It will be Ramadan in two weeks, what would happen to us if we will be displaced?” lamented Agor.

However, Jay Esperanza, deputy sheriff of the Regional Trial Court Branch 17 bared during the dialogue that it is up to the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) as to when they will implement the demolition order.

“The ball is on the police. They will give the go signal to the sheriff regarding the demolition,” said Esperanza.

Esperanza said Datu Bahajin Mahadali already refused to the residents’ request to postpone the demolition after Ramadan in a negotiation initiated by DCPO Director, Police Senior Supt. Alexander Tagum.

The DCPO had already scheduled a four-day demolition last April 17-20 but later decided to defer to avoid “violent confrontation” with the residents.

Gonzales said they were satisfied with the dialogue because they were able to present the basis and documents on their claims.

They remained worried, though, because there was no assurance that the demolition will be halted.

Gonzales said, “we will fight and defend our homes.” (davaotoday.com)

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Second Asean science diplomats gather for climate change confab https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/second-asean-science-diplomats-gather-for-climate-change-confab/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/second-asean-science-diplomats-gather-for-climate-change-confab/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 21:36:20 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=81003 DAVAO City — Scientists gathered recently to discuss misconceptions on the climate change. Glenn Banaguas, chairperson of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Science Diplomats and executive director of the Environmental and Climate Research Institute (ECRI), said during the gathering at the Ritz Hotel here that ordinary folks do not understand the terminologies used ...

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DAVAO City — Scientists gathered recently to discuss misconceptions on the climate change.

Glenn Banaguas, chairperson of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Science Diplomats and executive director of the Environmental and Climate Research Institute (ECRI), said during the gathering at the Ritz Hotel here that ordinary folks do not understand the terminologies used by the scientists.

“We do not want to limit our research work or model to our co-scientists. That is why we conduct training and seminars to the universities and schools,” he said.

Banaguas added that they want to share this advocacy not only in the Philippines but also to the Asean members.

Dr. Richard Lemence, assistant professor at the Institute of Mathematics at the UP-Diliman, said there is a gap between the policy makers and local scientists.

Lemence said, there is an issue on what terms to use.

The five-day assembly, organized by ECRI, the De La Salle Araneta University, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of the Philippines, sought to gather outstanding scientists and engineers in the ASEAN region who will be trained in scientific language communication in the context of climate change and energy.

A briefer released by MinDA said that the assembly aimed to enhance regional and international cooperation to address the issues of climate change and its impact on socio-economic development, health, and the environment through the implementation of mitigation and adaptation measures, training, and capacity building.

There were 16 scientists from the Asean region participating in the assembly that started last April 23 and ended yesterday. (davaotoday.com)

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