Philippines Target to Be Model Country For Electric Vehicles

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electric jeepelectric jeep1With the below-acceptable conditions of pollution, impossible traffic, and sacrifices commuters are experiencing in the country, it is but right that the Philippines would be the perfect place in this time for a drastic change—conversion of public transport  to electric vehicles. Not only will this move help the public with regards to health,  comfort, and safety but also develop a special automotive industry that can create jobs and help the nation’s economy. This was discussed during the 3rd Electric Vehicle Summit held at Meralco last February 27.

“The Philippines is now on the verge of an EV tipping point where all the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place.  Once they come together, the Philippines may finally be the EV manufacturing hub of the region.  But first, we need to put the right business environment in place,” states Rommel Juan, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines or eVAP.

The EV Summit showcased a trade fair where foreign and local EV parts manufacturers displayed their latest products.  TECO of Taiwan, partner of local EV pioneer PhUV Inc. unveiled their locally-assembled electric tricycle. Mistusbishi Motors Philippines launched their electric version of the Outlander. Electric motorcyles and Jeeps were also on display.  Media people were given a ride on an electric jeep around the Meralco premises to experience how smooth, smokeless and noiseless an electric jeep runs.

evap summit“Electric Vehicles have now become more relevant in the light of the recent effects of Typhoon Yolanda.  Now, people are more conscious of the negative effects that can be brought upon by our neglect in preserving the environment thus resulting in global warming and climate change.  Thus, this year, even major auto shows abroad have prominently featured electric vehicles and other forms of alternative fuel vehicles,” adds Juan.

eVAP now boasts of 56 active members, 27 of whom are corporate members. It is now part of the lead organizing group Electric Vehicle Alliance consisting of Meralco and various like-minded NGOs such as Partnership for Clean Air (PCA),  Clean Air Initiative Asia and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC).

For more on what was discussed, please see video below.


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Spine Alignment May Be The Simple Cure to Migraines, Fever, and other Body Ailments

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SAM_1266SAM_1248Why pop a tablet right away the moment you feel headache, dizziness, sneezing, runny nose, or a warm forehead? These are just symptoms or warnings  your body is sending you that there is something wrong. Having a fever is your body’s way of telling you that it is fighting a virus or that there is an infection somewhere. The wrong response is to stop the message immediately like taking painkillers or an aspirin. Why take these chemically-produced tablets for minor symptoms right away? Overkill.
SAM_1269Try natural methods first, like rest, drinking lots of water and taking in vitamin C. Simple, practical, natural. In cases like this, I always go back to around the time of Adam and Eve and not long after, where there were no hospitals, pharmacies and groceries to run to, just a large garden for your nutrition and medical supplies. The Garden of Eden is the only place where you can heal your body through rest, giving it proper nutrition with healthy fruits and vegetables, and picking out medicinal plants for minor ailments.  During that time, it is the only place for everything else . . . but let us focus on healing.  The Garden of Eden is  the best concept to get my message across: Heal the body Naturally First before resorting to ingesting chemicals, which in the long run, may have an adverse effect or make matters more complicated when the solution is plain and simple.
SAM_1261Most of us don’t have overflowing cash to keep visiting hospitals or buying expensive medications. Too many of us don’t earn enough to set aside for an emergency health crisis, so the more practical way to go is to maintain health on a daily basis. How? By eating the right food, opting for the nutritious dish over the cholesterol and diabetis-encouraging dishes; Cooking or preparing meals that help preserve the natural vitamins and minerals of fruits and vegetables; Selecting the naturally grown produce that will help your body heal itself. Chemicals and preservatives get in the way of your body’s natural healing abilities.
SAM_1253When your body suddenly tells you that you need a rest from the daily stress with a major headache or dizzy spells, or when your stomach tells you that you ate something bad through stomach pains, LISTEN. Don’t muffle the message, by taking in a Biogesic or a Diatab right away. Try taking the day off, simply lie down and take a nap.  Or let your body clean out the dirt, don’t stop your body from eliminating the toxins by taking a tablet for the discomfort. Allow your body to heal itself naturally.
SAM_0439According to Chiropractor Dr. Miguel Flores DC, “The best healer is the brain. It tells the body what to do.” Another reason for migraines, dizzyness and other body discomforts may be due to non-alignment of the spine to the head. This happens because we carry heavy loads, regular sport activities, accidental falls, as well as daily activities that tug at our muscles and bones. It’s common to get our spine misaligned with our everyday physical activities. So we need to visit a certified Chiropractor, who understands how to properly manipulate our bodies, to keep our body in tip top shape. No need to ingest chemicals.  Chiropractors make use of x-rays and the finger-probing of critical spots especially the “atlas” or the bone that connects the base of the skull to the spine, to be able to pinpoint the problem.

Several who have undergone the treatment will share the positive, refreshing, rejuvinating and relaxing after-effect. But, but, but, you must not just trust any untrained physical therapist to snap bones or even manipulate the spine as this may cause paralysis or death in the worst case scenario. Always look for a certification.
SAM_1249Unfortunately, there are not many laws protecting the public from uncertified, self-proclaimed chiropractors so be wise in your selection. Ask for recommendations and look for certifications. Warning, there are less than 10 certified, legal chiropractors in the Philippines so make sure they are on the list that I will be posting here should you want to explore this treatment.
SAM_1260After a short introduction, briefing, initial treatment with an x-ray at Dr. Flores’ clinic at Jupiter Place in Makati, I got a taste of what to expect and the procedures involved. The whole idea of body maintenance through proper nutrition and spine alignment appealed to me a lot, considering that I do advocate a natural lifestyle including natural remedies to common ailments and avoidance of chemicals and preservatives. If you are reading this until this point, then chances are you are interested and agree with my NATURAL way of life philosophy. Why not give it a shot before taking in those never-ending prescription pills. Though we love our doctors for their wonderful skills and specializations in helping us with specific ailments, let’s not run to them right away for a minor complaint.

For more information, check their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/N8uppercervical

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WWF Targets Transportation, Agriculture, and Waste for Emission Reduction in PH

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The Bangui Windmills by Gregg Yan“We have one of the highest power rates in Asia, mostly because of inefficiencies in the power sector and our reliance on imported fossil fuels. With coal and oil prices rising from increased demand, we will pay even more in the coming years – unless we invest in indigenous Renewable Energy now,” explains WWF-Philippines Climate and Energy Programme Head Atty. Angela Ibay.

Identified sectors for emissions-reduction were transportation, agriculture and waste. A shift from landfill-based garbage disposal to full recycling systems will optimize waste elimination. Agricultural emissions from rice, corn and livestock cultivation must be reduced by increasing operational efficiency and shifting to organic agricultural practices. An efficient reforestation program that fosters inclusive growth for upland farmers and indigenous people should be implemented. Far-sighted policy direction must be applied to the transport sector – eliminating inefficient transport options and promoting hybrid or electric vehicles – vastly improving the air quality of Philippine cities.

Shifting to indigenous Renewable Energy (RE) options, veering away from fossil fuels and optimizing energy usage are the surest paths to a low-carbon future, reveals a new study commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The study recommends increasing investments in both RE and Energy Efficiency (EE), while decoupling the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels like coal and oil. The Philippines is a fossil fuel-poor country and is vulnerable to the volatility of international fossil fuel prices.

“All countries are vulnerable but developing countries have a greater sensitivity, with more people living in poverty and fewer resources to respond to climate disasters,” warns Chamling Rai, WWF International Senior Adviser for National Climate Change Adaptation Plans. “We need to put in place measures that will slow down warming and put us on a fair and just transition to a sustainable world. Ambitious emissions cuts now can reduce the risk of climate change in the second half of this century.”

WWF works to prevent global warming of over 2-degrees Celsius beyond pre-Industrial Revolution conditions. Earth has already heated up by about 1-degree in the last two centuries, with an expected jump of 0.8-degrees from atmospheric heat stored by the oceans. Beyond 4-degrees, up to 30% of all known plant and animal species will die – and intense storms, droughts and other climate effects will become nearly unmanageable for less-developed nations. Today, the three largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) are energy generation, transportation and agriculture.

As developing countries progress, their GHG contributions are expected to rise – and the Philippines is no exception. Though it currently contributes less than 0.35% of global GHG emissions, its share will spike due to economic and population growth coupled with rapid urbanization.

Building Momentum for Low Carbon Development is a WWF-led project which presents plans to synergize national development objectives with climate change mitigation strategies. The project presents a path for the Philippines to transition from a fossil-fuel dependent economy to one that uses 100% Renewable Energy (RE) by 2050.

“Climate change mitigation reducing country emissions is critical because Asian economies are in full swing,” says WWF-Philippines Project Manager Philline Donggay. Asia is presently the world’s fastest growing economic region and the largest continental economy by GDP. Globally, six in ten people live in Asia.

The study established a Philippine carbon emissions budget and matched it with current emissions trends. It was found that the budget shall be surpassed by 2020, the take-off point for WWF’s recommendation for a 100% RE-based economy. “This might be difficult but it is certainly possible,” says Juergen Lorenz, of the commissioned research team. “Technologies and practices already exist and an innovative strategy can be programmed into a timeline that determines the best path to full transition.”

WWF is now working with public and private institutions to promote the value of embarking on this low-carbon pathway and helping decision-makers contribute to concerted bottom-up and top-down efforts in terms of both policy and technological applications.

“Since fuel prices affect everything, two very different futures await Pinoys by 2050. Under a Business-As-Usual scenario, the average Filipino will be burdened by ever-growing prices of goods, services, fuel and electricity. Living conditions will plummet and basic commodity prices will soar,” warns Ibay. More powerful storms and floods will wreak havoc on agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries, straining the nation’s ability to feed itself. An over-reliance on imports will create a cycle of dependence.

“Properly realized, the low-carbon pathway recommended in the study gifts Pinoys with affordable, limitless power – decoupling our reliance on imported fuel. This drives prices down while enhancing our future purchase power,” concludes Ibay. “Electric vehicles will finally ply the smog-free conduits of EDSA and C5. Most importantly, biodiversity shall be protected – providing all Pinoys with an ample supply of food, water, air and energy.”

In the 1970s, Filipinos had the foresight to invest in indigenous geothermal power, helping equalize energy generation costs. “Some of the biggest Renewable Energy investors are now the most globally-competitive economies, like China, the US, Germany and South Korea. We should follow their lead and use one of our country’s few competitive advantageous – our vast Renewable Energy resources,” adds Ibay.

Run for Mother Earth on April 12 at BGC, Continue the Race Even After

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More and more people are rallying behind mother earth in their own way, some sing and dance, others turn off their lights, and some prefer to run.  If you are into running, then you have an opportunity to do what you enjoy and help our planet at the same time.  Join the Pro Earth Run on April 12, 4:30 am at BGC.

After the run,  the race to save planet earth is not yet over.  There is more that needs to be done, much more.  Please watch the video below to understand what is going on beyond the run.  From here on, we have to keep involving ourselves in ways to save the Earth.  Support pro-earth companies so they can also help take care of the earth.  Never get tired of doing your part even if it feels like no one is paying attention.  One day, they will.


This 12 April 2014, 4:30AM, at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Earth Day Network Philippines stages its first-ever fun run, PRO-EARTH RUN 2014. An advocacy run to encourage people to Protect, Respect, and Oversee the sensible and sustainable care for Mother Earth, it is presented by Malungai Life Oil – all-natural concentrated vegetable extract developed from pure Malunggay leaves and seeds (www.malungailifeoil.com) and UPS – United Parcel Service (www.ups.com).

A 3K, 5K, 10K race category event, with special 1.5K Run with Doraemon track, PRO EARTH RUN is also supported by PCSO, First Gen, Merrell, Globe, The Body Shop, Holcim, Free Food Co. Coco Dolce, Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insight, Business World, Manila Times, Circuit Magazine, 106.7 Energy FM, 107.5 Win Radio, SM Tickets, SM Cinema, Digi Post, and Mother Earth advocates and runners.

Earth Day Network Philippines is the local counterpart of the global Earth Day Network International. It is a network organization that campaigns for environmental citizenship, spearheading the annual April 22nd Earth Day Celebration by partnering with government agencies, non-government organizations, private corporations, academic institutions, religious groups, and environmental advocates (www.earthdayphilippines.org).
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Earth in Deep Trouble, Ignore Only If You are an Alien

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Earth is in deep trouble says an IPCC report, act now while we still have time—cut emissions now and invest in adaptation!   I am, ofcourse under the impression that most of those reading this are residents of the Eath so we should all be very concerned.  Otherwise, go on your merry ways since you may have another planet to go back to.  Read on if you are still with me . . .

A UN climate impact report, released last 31 March, gave the clearest and most comprehensive evidence yet that the earth we call home is in deep trouble. It reinforces the sobering view that climate change is real, it’s happening now and it’s affecting the lives and the livelihoods of people as well as the sensitive ecosystems that sustain life.

“This report tells us that we have two clear choices: cut emissions now and invest in adaption – and have a world that has challenging and just barely manageable risks; or do nothing and face a world of devastating and unmanageable risks and impacts.” Samantha Smith, leader of the WWF Global Climate & Energy Initiative says the report highlights, for the first time, the dramatic difference of impacts between a world where we act now to cut emissions, which now come mostly from using fossil fuels; and a world where we fail to act quickly and at scale.

”The report makes it clear that we still have time to act. We can limit climate instability and adapt to some of the changes we see now. But without immediate and specific action, we are in danger of going far beyond the limits of adaptation. With this risk posed so clearly, we have to hope that the next IPCC report which is being released in Berlin in April, will provide us with strong statements on the solutions that we know exist,” she says.

This is the second in a series of four reports being prepared by the world’s leading climate authorities in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It assesses the impacts, adaptation and vulnerability of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. 

Despite the warnings given by the IPCC in its reports over the past 20 years – reinforced by the release of the report today – the gap between the science and what governments are doing remains huge, says Sandeep Chamling Rai, head of the WWF delegation to the meeting.

“The science is clear and the debate is over. Climate change is happening and humans are the major cause of emissions, driven mainly by our dependence on fossil fuels. This is driving global warming. This report sets out the impacts we already see, the risks we face in the future, and the opportunities to act. It has been accepted by the member governments of the IPCC. Now it is up to people to hold their governments to account, to get them to act purposefully and immediately,” he says.

The risks of collective inaction are greatest for developing countries, says Chamling Rai. “All countries are vulnerable but developing countries have a greater sensitivity, with more people living in poverty and fewer resources to respond to climate disasters. We need to put in place those measures that will slow down warming and put us on a fair and just transition to a sustainable world. The report shows that ambitious emissions cuts now can reduce the risk of climate change in the second half of this century.”

And the regional assessments – given in depth in this report – show with a great degree of certainty what the impacts will be in the key regions of the world.

“”We now have a better understanding of how climate impacts will affect people and nature in different regions. International adaptation efforts need to be intensified to adequately respond to such varied impacts,” says Chamling Rai.