NAMRIA spearheads campaign on climate change - reaches out to the barangay
By: Joseph Estrella

Officials and staff of the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) spearheaded a forum on Climate Change. A team headed by Staff Support Services Branch Director Febrina E. Damaso conducted a forum on climate change and disaster resiliency with barangay officials and residents of Barangay Pinagsama Village Phase 2, Taguig City on 18 November 2017. The event is in line with the celebration of the Climate Change Consciousness Week on 19-24 November 2017, pursuant to Proclamation No. 1667, series of 2008. The celebration with this year’s theme, “Linking Science, Policy and Practice for Climate Change and Disaster Resilience” aims to create awareness on global warming and climate change. To support this objective, intensive information, education, and communication campaigns with the public were conducted through different activities such as fora, clean-up drives, tree/mangrove planting activities, and others. The campaigns were held in climate/disaster-vulnerable communities throughout the nation by the different bureaus and attached agencies of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on the said date.
Director Damaso delivers opening ramrks during the forum.
Director Damaso delivers her opening remarks during the forum.
The NAMRIA forum entitled “Adopting to Climate Change through Effective Solid Waste Management and Disaster Risk Reduction” was held at the Kapitan Eddie T. Reyes Integrated School where Director Damaso welcomed the participants and explained the objectives and importance of such an event. 
Barangay Pinagsama Kagawad Jomil Bryan C. Serna welcomes the residents of the barangay.
On the other hand, Barangay Pinagsama Kagawad Jomil Bryan C. Serna encouraged his constituents to take advantage of such event by attentively listening to the lectures and actively participating in the discussions. He also appreciated the help and the support the agency is extending to their barangay as it is one of the 200 plus barangays without Internal Revenue Allotment. He said, “We always welcome lahat ng mga libre na pupunta dito sa barangay namin para di mabinbin yun aming serbisyo sa publiko”. He also added, “Now mas maganda siguro na at least mayroon tayo dito mga kaibigan from the NAMRIA and you as stakeholders of this barangay na magkaroon tayo ng mga ganitong klase ng events na libre. Wala na tayong ginastos may matututunan pa tayo.”  
Ms Juvinia P. Serafin in her presentation on Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
The forum had a morning and afternoon session to accommodate the resident-participants representing various sectors of the barangay.  Ms Juvinia P. Serafin, resource person from the Solid Waste Management Division (SWMD),  Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), presented a lecture on Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 while Mr. Aaron M. Santiago, Team Leader for Taguig of Solid Waste Enforcer and Educators Team also from EMB, presented their programs and activities in the different barangays in the City of Taguig. This writer presented on the NAMRIA mandate, its products and services, and hazard map appreciation. Mr. Jeffrey A. Quodala acted as moderator/facilitator of the forum. It was a successful event and ended with the residents being given tokens for their participation.
The giving of tokens  after the event
Group picture with the afternoon session participants 

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