FSLF join the SELFIEs for #NOWPH Social Mobilization Project

FSLF join the SELFIEs for #NOWPH Social Mobilization Project

In response to the national concern and government implementing policies and programs for Climate Change, Friends of Seven Lakes Foundation (FSLF) join the social mobilization campaign #NOWPH: One Million Filipino Youth Voices initiated by Greeneration Philippines. The campaign aims to unite the Filipino Youth for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in the call to prevent global warming from reaching two degrees Celsius. It also seeks to raise public consciousness on the science of climate change and on ways to lead a climate-resilient and climate-smart lifestyle. “We are encouraging every Filipino to take part of this action for Climate Change awareness and with our simple ways, we can show  that Philippines has its voice to share to the world.” said Bobby Azores, Chairman of FSLF. All we have to do is log-on to www.nowph.org, fill up the form, use our code “0033” and add your selfie to pledge your support to this campaign. he added. Republic Act No. 9729 or the Climate Change Act of 2009, mandated the mainstreaming of climate change in synergy with disaster risk reduction into national, local, and sectoral policies and processes, and creation of the Climate Change Commission (CCC), the government’s lead policy-making body on climate change. The Law was then amended in 2012 by Republic Act No. 10174 creating the People’s Survival Fund. Further, the President, also the Chairperson of CCC, approved theNational Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) that outlines the country’s adaptation and mitigation agenda from 2011 to 2028. In order to increase the level of understanding on climate change and the government’s initiatives, CCC has also embarked on utilizing various information, education and  communication strategies including the Greeneration...
Laguna’s 7 Crater Lakes proclaimed world’s most threatened

Laguna’s 7 Crater Lakes proclaimed world’s most threatened

  MANILA – The Philippines’ Seven Crater Lakes in San Pablo City, Laguna have been chosen as the “Threatened Lakes of the Year 2014” by the Germany-based environmental group Global Nature Fund (GNF). In commemoration of World Wetlands Day, the GNF drew attention to the advancing destruction of the seven crater lakes, named Sampaloc, Bunot, Mojicap, Pandin, Palakpakin, Yambo and Kalibato. The GNF and the Friends of the Seven Lakes Foundation (FSLF) are seeking sustainable measures to protect the lakes and improve the quality of their water. For over 30 years, the Seven Crater Lakes were used for recreational activities by local residents. However, years of neglect have led to their deterioration. In the 1990s, illegal constructions sprouted along the lakeshore while fish cages mushroomed on the lakes, covering as much as 70 percent of the surface area. 2012 satellite images showed that fish cages still occupy more than 40 percent of the surface area, compared to the allowable 10 percent. A supposed moratorium on the renovation of existing fish cages and establishment of new cages has not been enforced.   Bobby Azores, chairman of the FSLF, said the growing number of fish cages exacerbates the degradation of the lakes to the point of killing aquatic life. “This is evidenced by occasional fish kills and the massive growth of green algae as a result of the high pollution levels of the lake,” Azores said. “Freshwater bodies like ponds and lakes, especially a small lake like Lake Sampaloc, are considered to be ‘stagnant water’ and have little ability to cleanse themselves, unlike oceans or seas,” he added. Collective effort Since 2000,...
What are the United Nations   Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?

What are the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. “We will have time to reach the Millennium Development Goals – worldwide and in most, or even all, individual countries – but only if we break with business as usual. We cannot win overnight. Success will require sustained action across the entire decade between now and the deadline. It takes time to train the teachers, nurses and engineers; to build the roads, schools and hospitals; to grow the small and large businesses able to create the jobs and income needed. So we must start now. And we must more than double global development assistance over the next few years. Nothing less will help to achieve the Goals.”   – Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General...
Yakap sa Lawa 2

Yakap sa Lawa 2

FSLF joined Lingap sa Pitong Lawa (LSPL), OSAD-M2K and other NGOs of San Pablo in organizing the YAKAP SA LAWA 2, which took plalce on Friday, October 10, 2008. This was a celebration of thanksgiving and unity for the eight years of unified efforts of the citizens, non-governmental organizations and the local and provincial officials to protect our seven lakes. Over 4,000 people filled the Central School Gym, which was the new site of the event (due to heavy downpour). Special guests in the persons of Sen. Loren Legarda, Sec. Sonny Alvarez, Former Governor Joey Lina, DENR RED Tamoria, LLDA GM Manda, basketball star Alwind Santos representing Sen Mar Roxas, Miss Earth Philippines Michelle Oblea and many others graced the event. Governor Lazaro and Mayor Amante were on hand to welcome the guests. This year’s Yakap sa Lawa focused on thanksgiving and unity for the seven lakes.  The event ended with a sectoral dialogue participated in by LLDA GM Ed Manda and Presidential Adviser for Climate Change Sec. Sonny Alvarez. Included in the discussions were the fishcage belt issue and bamboo propagation.Yakap sa Lawa 2 is one of the activities that hopes to draw attention to Project 747. This project, spearheaded by LSPL, brings together business and civic groups, and religious, non-government and people’s organizations in pursuit of one goal…and that is to raise 7 million pesos for 7 lakes (or 747).   These funds will be used for social development projects that support initiatives on:  Education & Youth Development, Entrereneurship, Environment Protection, and Ecotourism.  This is a project of San Pablenos wherever they may be.  For more information call +6349-800-0082....
Msgr. Jerry Bitoon Visits FSLF 2008

Msgr. Jerry Bitoon Visits FSLF 2008

Msgr. Jerry Bitoon visited with FSLF members and guests on August 12, 2008, The gathering was held at KKAN, Farmers Building, San Pablo City. Msgr. Jerry updated the group on Project 747, initiated by Lingap sa Pitong Lawa, which aims to raise P7million pesos for community development projects of the seven lakes and the city. Also discussed at the gathering is the upcoming YAKAP SA LAWA, Part 2, which is the community’s symbolic embrace in thanksgiving and unity for the environment to be held on October 10, 2008. With the Monsignor in photo are seated: Kathy Chan, Daida San Andres, Ed Jaramillo, Sue Azores and Judge Bienvenido Reyes. Standing are: Cari Azores, Remz Devanadera, Vic Anyayahan, Atty. Tony Lat, Arvin Carandang and Bobby...
World Water Day 2008

World Water Day 2008

San Pablo City, March 27, 2008 – The FSLF welcomed Chairman Ramon Alikpala and members of the Philippine Water Partnerships organizations to San Pablo City on March 27, 2008. The group spent the day in San Pablo City to learn about the seven lakes and the watershed as their way of celebrating World Water Day. They began their visit with a meeting with City Mayor, Vicente Amante, joined by the FSLF ofiicers. They then transferred to the Tahanan ni Aling Meding along Dagatan Blvd where presentations were made by the FSLF and the San Pablo City Water District. This was followed by lunch. The group then visited Sampaloc Lake, the Gawad Kalinga relocation site and Palakpakin Lake accompanied by members of the FSLF, FARMC and GK. They also drove to Pandin Lake, but the heavy rains prevented them from actually walking to the...