"Taklub" may help spread awareness on climate change

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The success of the Yolanda-inspired movie “Taklub” in the recent Cannes Film Festival in France has shown to the world the Filipino resilience during and after disasters.

 Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje hoped that the movie, which was co-produced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), will help people become aware of the impacts of climate change and the need to adapt to this global phenomenon.

Yolanda, the most powerful storm that ravaged the country in November 2013, has killed at least 6,000 people and displaced 4,000,000.

Taklub” is a Waray word for “cover” and the movie realistically brought unto the big screen the story of how victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda have struggled back to normal life despite the painful tragedy.

“We see Taklub as one of those movies that have the power to change the way we see the world and inspire all of us to take action on the critical issue of climate change,” Paje stressed.

           Super Typhoon Yolanda was an eye-opener to the Filipino people and the government that there is a need to strengthen our coastal defense – the mangrove and beach forests. Thus, President Aquino had ordered a massive nationwide mangrove reforestation to serve as natural windbreakers.

            “Our efforts in reforesting our beach and mangrove areas will pay off in the long run. These areas are our first line of defense to possible havocs a super typhoon could unleash on our lives and properties. We must work hard now in creating our defenses,” said DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.

             In Region 6, the DENR spearheaded the reforestation activities along the mangrove and beach areas in the provinces of Antique, Aklan, Capiz and Iloilo. Those areas were planted with species of Bakauan, Dangkalan, Pagatpat, Balabago, Talisay and Api-Api under the cash-for-work of the National Greening Program (NGP).

         Other rehabilitation efforts initiated by the DENR on Typhoon Yolanda affected areas include seedlings production (3,130,683 of mangrove and beach forest species), site preparation and plantation establishment (1,473 hectares), establishment of vegetative measures, and construction of structural measures, among others.

 

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