Climate change and economic challenges

Almost 200 individuals representing different sectors on Wednesday gathered at the People’s Village in Tiendesitas Pasig to kick off a year-long 2012 campaign to help local communities gain resiliency against climate change and economic challenges.

Organizers said the “Run for Your Life!” Campaign aims to trigger community action towards installing harmonized ecological and economic (“Eco-Eco”) strategies and mechanisms for developing resiliency.

“Resiliency means having the capacity to bounce back quickly and with relative ease and certainty, after every crisis or calamity. This is what our communities badly need now, especially the poorer ones, in the face of climate unpredictability and a global economy on the brink of collapse,” said Faustino Mendoza, Jr., an economist-entrepreneur and director of Nepaserv, an information technology (IT) company with a techno-cultural and socio-economic development orientation.

The “Run for Your Life” campaign is initiated and organized by Nepaserv.

The event was held in collaboration with Pasig Green City and Pasig Green Net. Environmentalists, economists, business sector representatives and other sympathetic groups and individuals participated, including Pasig officials and Green Police.

The kick-off run was preceded by a short program where Pasig City Mayor Roberto Eusebio, Dr. Ernesto Gonzales of the National Economic Protectionism Association (NEPA), Rei Panaligan of Ecowaste Coalition, and Joseph Aaron Miravalles, president of the regional council (NCR) of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) were among the speakers who expressed their support for more green action.

Miravalles and Pasig Councilor Alexee Santiago, who brought his three-month-old baby along, appealed for a safe future for their young children and all our children.

City ENRO Raquel Naciongayo spoke about the necessity of protecting the source (“bukal”) of life itself, our mother nature.

“Today’s run underscores the urgency of acting now to save Filipino lives, property and livelihoods,” said Marie Marciano, Nepaserv Director and a staunch environmentalist.

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