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‘Sendong’ forum set in Oro

January 29, 2012, Cagayan De Oro City – A FORUM that would dissect the human-induced tragedy is set at 5 p.m. of January 31 at the Mass-Specc conference room along Tiano St. in Cagayan de Oro.

Environmental watchdog Task Force Macajalar (TFM), in cooperation with the Federation of Philippine Sustainable Development Cooperatives (FPSDC) and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, organized the event.

Tropical Storm Sendong (international codename: Washi) killed 1,257 persons with more than a thousand reported missing

Tuesday’s forum shall tackle the human aspects of the tragedy by looking back at historical antecedents, the early warnings and calls for early response.and feared dead. In Cagayan de Oro alone, 615 were confirmed dead, 555 missing and at least 225 injured.

The forum would also try to synthesize a tangible course of action aimed at addressing the issues of environmental degradation brought by logging, mining, unsustainable agriculture, solid waste mismanagement, bad urban planning, lack of transparent and accountable governance to increasing people’s capacity to adapt to climate change and increased resiliency to disaster.

Environmentalist and natural resource management expert Raoul Geollegue would explain the factual basis of dire warnings as early as 20 years ago about the possibility of a flooding tragedy akin to the one that struck Ormoc City in November 1991.

Environmentalist Orlando R. Ravanera would also share the historic struggle of Task Force Macajalar to stop logging, mining and a host of environment issues in Cagayan de Oro.

Journalist and environment campaigner Ben Cyrus G. Ellorin will also try to analyze “why, what happened?” from the point of view of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and general governance issues.

Climate change campaigner Red Constantino of the Institute of Climate and Sustainable Cities would also discuss climate change realities, the need for climate change adaptation finance that addresses climate justice and the imperative of the passage of the Philippine Survival Fund.

Meanwhile, environmental lawyer Kristine Ravanera would synthesize the short term and long term policy options based on good governance principles of participation, transparency and accountability, and the principles of sustainable development. (PR)

Source: Sunstar Cagayan De Oro

Photo of the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong in CDO by: Naderev Saño