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    “We weave our Romblon mats and bags at dawn or when it is raining, We cannot weave when it is hot because the “Romblon” material that we use will break”, laments Mansueta Patrias, 55, when asked how climate change affected her bag and romblon- mat making alternative livelihood.

    Mansueta added that unlike before, she can still weave bags or mats until 10:00 o’clock in the morning and continue weaving again at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon. But now, weaving should start earlier that there are even times when she wakes up at 3:00 o’clock in the morning especially if she gets orders for her products. “Waking up at dawn simply means weaving more bags or mats” quips Mansueta.

    image-02As a member of the Nagkahiusang Kristohanong Mag-uuma sa Maputi (NAKRISMA), a people’s organization at Barangay Maputi, San Isidro, Davao Oriental, Mansueta along with the other men and women members of the organization are the living witnesses of how climate change have affected their community livelihood. Moreover, they come to realize that they ought to protect their forests and plant more trees to mitigate the effect of climate change on their water resources, agro-forestry farms and the production of the Romblon materials for bag and mat weaving.

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DENR-XI’s REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT ACADEMY HELD

Departmentimg 9532 resized of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) recently hosted the Regional Environmental Academy which aims to harness both the technical and managerial expertise of the agency’s frontline managers in the field of environmental governance.

The 2-day training which was participated in by DENR-XI’s Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs and CENROs), also intends to further augment the Perspective, Experience, Attitude, Knowledge and Skills (P.E.A.K.S.) of the officials as pre-requisites to effective governance. It also aims to refine the knowledge of the officials on the Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations, policies on protected areas and Land Administration Management System (LAMS) and Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

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