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5 MARCH 2001. VOLUME 32. NUMBER 39. 4 PAGES_ 

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DLSU-Manila promotes climate research in the country

Five more Brother Martyrs to be beatified

On March 11, 2001, five more Brother Martyrs from Spain will be beatified in Rome. They are Brother Honorato Andres (Andres Zorraquino Herrero), Brother Florencio Martin (Alvaro Ibanez Martin), Brother Ambrosio Leon (Pedro Lorente Vicente), Brother Bertran Francisco (Francisco Lahoz Moliner), and Brother Elias Julian (Julian Torrijo Sanchez).

The five belonged to the District of Barcelona, but all of these Brothers were from the city of Teruel, which today is within the geographic boundaries of the District of Valencia.

The special day will see the beatification of 226 Spanish Martyrs from the diocese of Valencia. In the group are 37 lay persons, 40 diocesan priests, and 149 religious.

In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of climate change issues, De La Salle University-Manila through its Center for Natural Sciences and Environmental Research (CENSER) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on February 23 with the Manila Observatory, host of the Climate Change Information Center (CCIC).

Affixing their signatures were Brother Rolando Dizon, FSC, DLSU System president, Dr. Carmelita Quebengco, DLSU-Manila executive vice president, and Father Daniel McNamara, SJ, Manila Observatory director. Before the signing, Father Jose Villarin, head of the Climate Studies Division of the Manila Observatory, made a presentation on the CCIC.

Launched in June last year, CENSER is an interdisciplinary research center that conducts scientific researches and projects on various aspects of the Philippine environment. It is also tasked to develop linkages to different scientific, academic, and funding institutions and agencies.

CENSER Director Dr. Eric Punzalan challenged everyone involved to put the partnership to good use, not only by helping the researchers of both institutions to gather data but also to broaden the public’s awareness of climate issues and its effect on the environment.

The CCIC, on the other hand, is a joint project of the Inter-Agency Committee on Climate Change, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Department of Energy, with assistance from the United States Agency for International Development through the Philippine Climate Change Mitigation Program. The first climate change center in the ASEAN, the CCIC is envisioned to be a focal point for national and regional information sharing and capability building on climate change.

One of the primary objectives of this partnership is to foster productive collaboration among academic, government agencies, and non-government institutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation leading towards sustainable deve-lopment.

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