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Bulacan Vice Gov Fernando accepts prov’l award for climate change action

Nov 6, 2018 @ 11:09

Bulacan Vice Governor Daniel Fernando, acting as the province’s governor, accepted on Monday the Allen S. Quimpo Climate Leadership for Governance Memorial Award conferred on the Bulacan provincial government.

The recognition was given by The Climate Reality Project Philippines, a non-profit organization founded by Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, and made up over 500 Filipino climate leaders personally trained by Gore.

According to a Facebook post of the provincial government, Bulacan was cited “for advancing climate action and promoting renewable energy.”

On his own Facebook page, Fernando shared what apparently is an excerpt of his acceptance speech, that goes: “We are building resilience through the mainstreaming of climate change action in policy formulation, development plans, poverty reduction strategies and other development tools.”

In the caption of the photos from the awarding ceremony that he shared, the politiko hailed Allen Salas Quimpo, from which the award was named, as the late lawyer and teacher who was also a passionate civic and humanitarian leader of the country.

A photo shared by the provincial government on its Facebook page showed Fernando being joined by officials of the Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society, Inc., and of the Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office.

The 2018 Climate Reality Leadership Awards was held at the National Museum of Natural History in Manila.

Aside from local governments “that pioneered for local sustainability by rejecting coal-related operations and promoting renewable energy,” the awards recognized “outstanding individuals, organizations, networks and initiatives that have exemplified climate leadership through actions to help solve the climate crisis within the Philippine context.”

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