Tubbataha acquires adaptive technologies to combat climate change
The Tubbataha Management Office is the beneficiary a biogas digester, rainwater harvesting system and bio sand water filter after serving as venue and demonstration site for the two-week training on adaptive technologies held by WWF-Philippines on 14-26 September 2015. The Philippine Center for Water and Sanitation – ITN Foundation conducted the training in collaboration with WWF-Philippines.
The trainees came from Puerto Princesa City and the Municipality of Cagayancillo. Sessions on the construction, operation and maintenance of the biogas digester and rainwater harvesting system, using a low-cost construction system called ferrocement, were part of the training.
Engr. Apolonio Jimenez and Yunusri Ong of the Philippine Center for Water and Sanitation, a non-government organization with extensive experience in providing technical assistance to communities nationwide in enhancing water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), particularly through the use of ferrocement, facilitated the hands-on training. Engr. Jimemez explained that households have been found to be one of the major contributors of greenhouse gas emissions and therefor to climate change. The technology his group brings contributes not only to the elimination of household emissions but generates savings for the household as well.
In June this year, marine park rangers reported incidents of coral bleaching in Tubbataha. The bleaching incident is attributed to the rising sea temperature, which is one of the impacts of climate change.