The changing climate

“THERE’S idiosyncrasy in the recent 1st National Media Conference on Climate Change Adaptation that was held in Albay province as far as its organizers specifically the CIRCA (Centre for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation) or directly the provincial government under the helm of Gov. Joey Salceda are concerned.

As what the title signifies, the event should have been an assembly of media practitioners from various places all over the country gathered as one primarily to make them fully aware about the climate change and its ill-effects to our environment and us.

Known as the first UN Senior Global Champion on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, the extra-workaholic but hilarious governor was apparently unaware about the annoyance and inconveniences the media people, particularly the contingent of the National Press Club headed by Jerry Yap and Benny Antipor-da’s Alyansa ng Filipinong Mamamahayag, had suffered during their two-day stay at the place where the cone-perfect Mt. Mayon is located.

Salceda and CIRCA’s Nong Rangasa may have been credited for picking resource speakers who had effectively elucidated the various focal points which has something to do with the issue but they miserably overlooked the members of the Fourth Estate who actually were the reason why such event was held.

The provincial leadership and CIRCA which linked up with numerous agencies including the United Nations Development Programme and the Spain government, among others, that poured out huge funds for purpose had failed to provide what was fitting to these enduring media people who had to leave their regular work and family as well just to be part of the campaign but only to go through by the organizer’s disorganized style of treating them.

One can’t imagine sitting for hours while listening attentively with the resource speakers inside the Bicol University’s amphithea-ter but no one minding from the organizers to throw even a bottle of cold water for the media participants who were helpless since they’re obviously unfamiliar with the place. Come lunch time, they still had to wait for more extra minutes as the food caterer had yet to serve it though it’s already past 12 noon, really disgusting.

So unsystematic the organizers were as the ever low-key NPC president had to go back to the hotel by tricycle from BU where he stayed with heads of other media groups to prepare a statement for the event. Whew, it’s one of a kind!

Acting like robots, the mediamen were even limited to go only to the conference venue and back to the hotel as the van drivers were advised not to entertain those who wanted to go elsewhere, hence depriving them to explore the province’s beauty and products. Incredibly infuriating.

Worst, the organizers had in their minds to use the media to make the public fully aware about climate change and yet they failed to put up a media center at the hotel where the media delegates can write their stories, so maddening really.

“THERE’S idiosyncrasy in the recent 1st National Media Conference on Climate Change Adaptation that was held in Albay province as far as its organizers specifically the CIRCA (Centre for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation) or directly the provincial government under the helm of Gov. Joey Salceda are concerned.

As what the title signifies, the event should have been an assembly of media practitioners from various places all over the country gathered as one primarily to make them fully aware about the climate change and its ill-effects to our environment and us.

Known as the first UN Senior Global Champion on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, the extra-workaholic but hilarious governor was apparently unaware about the annoyance and inconveniences the media people, particularly the contingent of the National Press Club headed by Jerry Yap and Benny Antiporda’s Alyansa ng Filipinong Mamamahayag, had suffered during their two-day stay at the place where the cone-perfect Mt. Mayon is located.

Salceda and CIRCA’s Nong Rangasa may have been credited for picking resource speakers who had effectively elucidated the various focal points which has something to do with the issue but they miserably overlooked the members of the Fourth Estate who actually were the reason why such event was held.

The provincial leadership and CIRCA which linked up with numerous agencies including the United Nations Development Programme and the Spain government, among others, that poured out huge funds for purpose had failed to provide what was fitting to these enduring media people who had to leave their regular work and family as well just to be part of the campaign but only to go through by the organizer’s disorganized style of treating them.

One can’t imagine sitting for hours while listening attentively with the resource speakers inside the Bicol University’s amphitheater but no one minding from the organizers to throw even a bottle of cold water for the media participants who were helpless since they’re obviously unfamiliar with the place. Come lunch time, they still had to wait for more extra minutes as the food caterer had yet to serve it though it’s already past 12 noon, really disgusting.

So unsystematic the organizers were as the ever low-key NPC president had to go back to the hotel by tricycle from BU where he stayed with heads of other media groups to prepare a statement for the event. Whew, it’s one of a kind!

Acting like robots, the mediamen were even limited to go only to the conference venue and back to the hotel as the van drivers were advised not to entertain those who wanted to go elsewhere, hence depriving them to explore the province’s beauty and products. Incredibly infuriating.

Worst, the organizers had in their minds to use the media to make the public fully aware about climate change and yet they failed to put up a media center at the hotel where the media delegates can write their stories, so maddening really.

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