The Manila Bay Coordinating Office (MBCO), in coordination with the Malabon City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) facilitated the site visit of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs delegates to Brgy. Dampalit, Malabon City last October 24, 2018. The main purpose of the visit is to see the effects of climate change/disasters/rising sea levels/urbanization to the lives of the people and how communities address these effects.

The Council was founded in New York City in 1914 by Andrew Carnegie to work toward the ideal of world peace and to make war obsolete. Today, it aspires to be the “voice for ethics” in international affairs as it provides a “home” for those who explore the ethical dilemmas posed by issues such as deadly conflict, human rights violations, the ethics of globalization,
global economic inequalities, and the increasing role of religion in politics around the world.

The delegates whom come from different countries had a short dialogue with barangay officials led by Kagawad Cruz R. Jaime who gave a brief history and background of the area. He told the delegates that the barangay used to have a huge mangrove forest cover, but it rapidly decreased as residents and people from nearby areas used them in charcoal-making. He also shared that the occurrence of flooding in the area became more frequent and the flood depth increased due to some factors like sea-level rise and sinking. Also, the delegates had a 20-minute boat ride around the community to see for themselves the impacts of climate change and the efforts done by the community particularly the mangrove enhancement/enrichment planting to protect the constructed flood dikes against storm surges and its reinforcement through hybrid measures (e.g., planting of vetiver grass on the dike slopes to prevent erosion).

Prior to the site visit, MBCO staff led by Director Donna Mayor-Gordove met with the Mayor of Malabon City, Hon. Antolin Oreta, to discuss possible partnership and to thank him for accommodating the Carnegie delegates.

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