promotes climate research in the country
more Brother Martyrs to be beatified
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.
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
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.
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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