Press Release
April 12, 2011


Following the successful launch of the COMSTE's (Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering) coastal research program last week, Senator Edgardo J. Angara called for immediate action to protect Philippine coastlines against the adverse impact of climate change.

The Integrated Evaluation of Coastal Research Enhancement and Adaptive Management, or the ICE CREAM Program is a joint undertaking by COMSTE together with the Manila Observatory, the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute and initially funded by the Department of Science and Technology.

"The research findings all point to an incontrovertible truth--that global warming is negatively affecting our marine life," said Angara.

According to Angara, chair of COMSTE, several factors contribute to the degradation of our coastal areas.

"Coastal systems in the Philippines already experience extreme stress from the people's overexploitation, pollution, and population growth. Aggravating the deterioration and destruction is the fluctuations in the region's climate patterns," explained Angara.

Angara, current chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology expressed his full support for the project which will generate data essential to the development of adaptive measures.

"The inevitable climate impact on coastal systems holds enormous consequences for our country. It is therefore our responsibility to ensure the protection and prevent further damage to our coral reefs and marine ecosystems," he said.

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