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Mega Finish and a Great Start for Philippines

The 1st International River Summit ceremoniously ended in Iloilo City, Philippines, on June 1, 2012, with a keynote speech by  the Philippine President Benigno Aquino lauding the city’s efforts in river restoration and a declaration of 5 major river-driven policy recommendations for the nation to act upon. A sweet end to the 3-day extravaganza and a great start for a nation at the frontline of climate change.

The World Bank lists Philippines at the top of the climate change hit-list – the country most vulnerable to storms, ahead of Bangladesh and Madagascar. At the far east in Pacific, the country’s 7,000+ islands lie directly in the path of battering tropical storms and typhoons, making a landfall on an average of 6 to 9 times per year. A scenario where the rivers can swell and turn deadly. “Achilles Heel” is how Mr. Heherson “Sonny” Alvarez…

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