Heads of East Asia Inter Regional Tourism Forum (EATOF) visited San Francisco, Cebu, Philippines purposely to see empirically San Francisco as Campaign Role Model for Making Cities Resilient and as a winner of SASAKAWA Award 2011 for Disaster Reduction. Sanfran also is being showcased as one of the tourist destinations in Cebu last September 16, 2011. They are Vu Thi Thu Thuy- Vice Chairman Quang Ning Province- Vietnam; Tazbir- Chairman Yogyakarta – Tourism Authority – Indonesia ; Saysamone Khomthvong- Vice Governor Luang Prabang-Laos ; YB Datuk Hj Talib Zulpilip – Assistant Minister Tourism Sarawak, Malaysia ; Reiji Sato- Deputy Director -General Culture – Totorri Prefecture, Japan ; Bun Tharith – Deputy Governor Seim Reap Province- Cambodia; Enkhbat Tsedevdorj, Tuv- Province – Mongolia and Moonson Choi- Gangwon Province, Korea.
Their visit is a form of support for Climate Change Adaptation Advocacy initiatives of UNISDR Asia Regional Champion Alfredo A. Arquillano, Jr in promoting the Two Million Trees for Green San Francisco on which the project is inviting private companies to offset their carbon emission. The said delegates are inspired and impressed of what Vice Mayor Al presented during EATOF presentation a day prior to their town visit.
EATOF delegates planted native seedlings in San Francisco as sign of their support for the said project in skirmishing the worsening effect of the climate change that is happening now. The Two Million Trees for Green Sanfran project also an avenue which provides income to the vulnerable groups and scholarships for the identified students that in need of financial assistance to support their schooling in exchange that their parents or relatives will render services to the said project.
UNISDR Asia-Pacific Office headed by Dr. Jerry Velasquez based on Thailand was the first International Office did their Carbon Offsetting on August 27, 2011 and was highlighted by a message from Philippine Climate Change Commissioner Nadarev Sano and participated by Sri Lanka four mayors.
The Climate Change Adaptation Commitment Wall set-up in the Lake Danao Park near to the mother nursery is another form of support for the said Green Sanfran Project that was launched on October 13, 2010 during the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day that garnered more than one thousand signatures both local and foreign tourist committed themselves in the advocacy to support the said call as of this writing. This commitment wall is inviting all people in the different walks of life to seriously make local solutions to minimize the negative effect of climate change.
Places visited by the delegates are the Lake Danao Park as the center of the Greening San Francisco Project, the Crocodile Island and Santiago Beach, the show window of nature’s beauty of San Francisco. San Francisco also awarded as the Model town and the Cleanest and Greenest town vanquished other municipalities in the province of Cebu under the Expanded Green Wholesome Environment that Nurtures (EGWEN) for three consecutive years. (Written by: Dr. Serapion Tanduyan, Professor CTU-Camotes Campus and photo by Dustin Desquitado/LDRRMO-Staff)
For more queries on the “Two Million Project for Green Sanfran and for those companies, private organization and offices who are planning to do carbon offset please contact to MENRO Noel Cartagena or Monica P. Tan of LDRRMO with email address firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
-Photo by Municipality of San Francisco, Local Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office