Photo exhibit on Climate Change launched
The World Food Program and the Ateneo Innovation Center yesterday unveiled “Pinoy Lens on Climate Change,” a photo exhibit that featured the winners of a photo contest on the present and immediate effects of Climate Change to the lives of Filipinos.
The photo exhibit located at the Social Sciences foyer was opened by Asaka Nyangara, Country Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Philippines, Heherson Alvarez, Commissioner, Climate Change Commission, Amir Alba and Vic Sison of the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Bong Serevo, Vice President and Director for Image Communication Products of Canon Marketing Philippines, and Matthew Cua of the Ateneo Innovation Center.
Also during the opening of the exhibit, the update for the World Food Program (WFP) and the Ateneo Innovation Center (AIC) Partnership on Innovations for Disaster Preparedness and Response was delivered by Mr. Matthew Cua, Managing Director of the Ateneo Innovation Center.
In the welcome remarks of University President Fr Jett Villarin, he said the partnership of the two groups, the WFP and the AIC, is already in the 2nd phase of 3 parts. He added that activities such as the photo contest can raise awareness of the real and present effects of climate change.
“What is in store in monitoring and assessing our vulnerabilities to climate change that is on the horizon? It really has become a task but I’m glad that by even doing activities like a photo contest, can help raise awareness,” Villarin said.
As the “implementing partner” of the WFP, the Ateneo de Manila University through the Ateneo Innovation Center (AIC) “shall assume responsibility for the implementation of WFP assistance with respect to those services and facilities as part of the DPR programme.” The AIC piloted innovations for Disaster Preparedness and Response (DPR) during Typhoon Sendong.