After 2 months of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), most of the areas in the Philippines have shifted to General Community Quarantine (GCQ), meanwhile, NCR and other areas are now under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). With the final guidelines, the same quarantine restrictions are being applied, but slight changes were made as most of the businesses, sectors, and government work were allowed to resume operations. Some quarantine rules have been lifted, several non-essential businesses are allowed to reopen, and the so-called “new normal” are in place in all other areas in the country that are not under ECQ.
Turtles are important creatures of seas and oceans that play a vital role in maintaining the health of flora and the coral reefs of the marine ecosystem. Sea turtles are also helpful in adequately balancing the marine food web. Tortoises are among the animals with the longest lifespan. They help preserve our oceans’ natural productivity.
We renew the call for stronger conservation and security measures on forests and protected areas in the country following the wildfire incidents in Benguet and Rizal.
In observance of World Tuna Day, we strongly urge long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna resources.
We reiterate the importance of increasing youth participation to address climate change. Whether through educational, awareness-raising, behavioral change campaigns, technology, science or law ─ the youth are tapping into their skills to speak up for climate action. On top of the usual adolescent pressures — grades, socialization, etc. — the youth are confronting a world that may be unrecognizable by the time they grow up.
We salute the media for working round-the-clock and keeping the public informed on the latest developments and vital information about coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while risking their lives in the process. Just like the doctors and nurses, they are also considered to be on the frontlines of this global pandemic.
During these critical summer months, we remind everyone to observe responsible water utilization and conservation measures.
Water is an important resource this time, not only because of the summer season, but water is severely used for sanitation purposes and prevention of spreading of the COVID-19 virus. We use water for constantly washing our hands, for disinfecting our spaces, for cleaning-up our communities.
Following the declaration of State of Calamity throughout the Philippines, imposing of Enhanced Community Quarantine throughout Luzon and raising the COVID-19 to Code Red Sublevel 2, the RA11469 was enacted, declaring a state of national emergency over the entire country and granting the President with powers to immediately be able to implement measures to effectively address COVID-19.
The spread of COVID-19 across the world has seen countries go into lockdown to limit the casualties attributable to the virus. Due to tougher travel restrictions implemented, international climate negotiations that require diplomats and experts from all over the world to participate are also affected, forcing most of the meetings to be postponed.
As the World Meteorological Organization releases its 2019 Statement on the State of the Global Climate, we reiterate the call to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
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The COVID-19 has much taken over the world. In just a few short months, most of the regions have locked down. The government has to implement the enhanced community quarantine on the entire Luzon. Everyone is strictly enforced to stay at home and practice social distancing. Curfew is imposed, only one person in every household is allowed to leave home to purchase necessities such as food and medicine. Land, air and sea travel have been stopped. Most of the companies have shut down. Citizens are being advised to avoid discretionary travel and go work from home over the coming months. Only the private establishments providing the necessities, such as food markets, hospitals and banks, can stay open. Essential workers must show proof of employment at the checkpoint. Malls and shopping centers have been closed, and mass public transport facilities have been suspended. All outbound international flights are also suspended. Public gatherings and events are being cancelled. Similar policies have been implemented in other parts of the Philippines, limiting the operations of businesses leading workers left without jobs.
The earth’s biodiversity is dependent on the climate. But anthropogenic actions resulting in changes in climate cause a major global threat to biodiversity and natural ecosystems. The various elements of climate change affect all levels of biodiversity, and its impacts are expected to increase over the next century, resulting in biodiversity loss.