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DENR to recognize good stories on climate, disaster resiliency

DO you have good stories about women leadership, community livelihood development, integrated water resources management, and coastal/upland protection?

If you are one of those who cares about the environment and is a good story teller, now is your chance to share your story by joining the “Mga Kwentong KLIMA-likasan Tungo sa Katatagan: A Climate and Disaster Resiliency Recognition Awards,” a project of the

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Gender and Development (GAD) Office and Climate Change Service (CCS).

The awards. which is in support of the Global Good Stories Movement, seek to recognize the stories of individuals, both women and men, and groups on the impacts of climate change and disasters in their communities, and on how they are addressing them through pursuing relevant programs on environmental protection and conservation, climate change, and disaster risk reduction.

The Global Good Stories Movement is a movement of people who share the common belief that “we can change the story of the world by changing the storyline.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the awards aim to give recognition to Filipino “movers and workers” who have been making change to bolster climate and disaster resiliency.

This award will be a testament of the zeal and passion of all the people who do not merely talk but labor in the peripherals to bring knowledge and assistance on climate change concerns to those who need them most,” Cimatu said.

Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, DENR Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems, and Climate Change, and the Chairperson of DENR National GAD Focal Point System, on the other hand, believed that there are pockets of good stories and narratives at different levels.

“As we seek them out, document and publicize them, we hope such can create even more ripples of hope for expanded good stories,” Rebuelta-Teh said.

Rebuelta-Teh added that they are also looking for stories about critical resilient infrastructure, climate and disaster information services, solid waste management, marine conservation, and coastal governance, road sharing and non-motorized mobility, edible landscaping and food gardens.

She further disclosed that stories on eco-governance, environmental legislation, environmental education, arts for the earth, environmental jurisprudence, youth leadership, environmental diplomacy, marine enforcement, renewable energy, cultural heritage, beach restoration, environmental litigation, water use and recycling, will also be accepted.

The entries will be judged according to the following criteria: climate and disaster resiliency content (60 percent), visual appeal of the photographs and video (30 percent), and geographical reach of the initiative (10 percent).

The winners of the Climate and Disaster Resiliency Recognition Awards will be awarded P50,000 for first prize, P40,000 for second prize, and P30,000 for third prize.

Consolation prizes of P15,000 each will also be given to seven selected entries.

The winners will be announced and awarded by the end of June 2021 as part of the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month.

Participants must submit their entries and filled-up entry form individually to [email protected] and [email protected] on or before May 4, 2021.

Entries may also be submitted to the nearest DENR Community or Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office or DENR regional offices.