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Protesters in front of our office opposing a coal plant in Calaca, Batangas. While the operation of the coal plant is under the watch of the Department of Energy, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources ensures that there are no environmental regulations are violated in the course of its operation. Yeah, sounds lame for some, but it's true. The DENR thru the Environmental Management Bureau do baseline characterization of the area and determine if there was a "negative externality" produced or effected to the environment by its operation (sounds too good eh?..well, that's one face of this "regulation" thing).

And, related to this opposition to coal plants...climate change. Yes, climate change is a highly pressing environmental issue/problem...and highly political too. And while the Philippines committed 70% (the highest per my conversation with my boss Usec. Met) in the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) of the Philippines is less than 1/3 of 1% to the total carbon emission. Question is, "why did we commit 70%, Lord oh Lord?!" Are the "international political lobby groups" representing big multinational companies so strong that they can buy governments? Why do industrialized countries cannot reduce a much larger chunk of its contribution instead of offsetting it by financing forestation projects thru carbon trading in developing countries? We do our part in the mitigation even if our emission contribution is highly insignificant to the overall carbon emission...BUT, We need more funds for adaptation as developing countries are most vulnerable to the ill effects of climate change. I've seen this so many times... "if you really think that the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money"....

PS: The protesters that picketed in front of our office were actually members of a left-leaning group...

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