Avoiding Pandora’s Box: ASEAN and Energy Cooperation

The Greek mythology talks about Pandora’s Box, which when opened released a host of evils and tribulations upon the earth. 

This article was published in the Jakata Post and the Philippine Daily Inquirer http://m.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/26/avoiding-pandora-s-box-asean-and-energy-cooperation.html

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Article: The importance of creating climate-smart industries

The importance of creating climate-smart industries


Charting the Road to Paris: What needs to be delivered in Warsaw


ASEAN for a Fair, Ambitious and Binding Global Climate Deal (A-FAB) Coalition of Greenpeace, Oxfam-GROW East Asia and EROPA

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The need for global action to address climate change and to help people cope with its negative impacts is especially important and urgent for Southeast Asia. Over the last few years, countries in the region such as the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, among others, had been suffering the devastating effects of climate induced extreme weather events. Agriculture, which is an important source of food and livelihood for millions of poor families and communities across the region, is particularly vulnerable to rapidly changing climate patterns. Continue reading

Regional NGOs calls for unified, vigorous ASEAN stance in climate talks following Haiyan devastation

“The scene is one of utter devastation.”

This is how Oxfam staff Tata Abella Bolo described Daanbantayan, a town in the northern most part of Cebu devastated by Super typhoon Yolanda (International name Haiyan) though she is practically describing Tacloban, Palo, Leyte and all the other towns that have been devastated by the typhoon last November 8, Friday. (download the pdf file) Continue reading

Farmers deal, cope with climate change

Published in the Philippine Daily inquirer
October 8, 2013


Even as a boy, Ponciano Onia, 47, considered himself a farmer.

“I belong to a family of farmers. My work ranged from cleaning the pilapil (mini earth dikes) of weeds to helping in preparing the land, planting and harvesting. I was immersed in all aspects of rice production,” Onia said.

He knew then that on the last days of April or the first days of May every year, the rains will come as sure as the sun rises in the morning and sets in the afternoon.
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AFAB visits Myanmar embassy in the Philippines

AFAB representatives Dr. Orly Mercado of EROPA and Atty. Zelda DT. H.E readingSoriano of Greenpeace Southeast Asia visited the Embassy of the Union of the Republic of Myanmar in the Philippines and presented to H.E. Ye Myint Aung, Myanmar Ambassador to the Philippines AFAB’s policy brief “The 2015 Climate Challenge: A Low-carbon and Climate Change Resilient ASEAN Economic Community is Possible”.

Ambassador Aung committed that he will bring the matter to the appropriate agencies as Myanmar assumes ASEAN Chairmanship next year.

Myanmar Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Ye Myint Aung with AFAB representatives Dr. Orlando Mercado and Atty Zelda Soriano

Myanmar Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Ye Myint Aung with AFAB representatives Dr. Orlando Mercado and Atty Zelda Soriano

The human choice

Published in The Manila Standard Today
Posted on September 29, 2013


The latest report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, Climate Change 2013: the Physical Science Basis,  says it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of global warming since the mid-20th century.
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