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Friday, November 10, 2006

Have you ever visited the Senate at 1:30 in the morning?


It's the only way to describe it.

Thanks to tag-team, Nori "Who's your dadeh?!?" Tolibas and Jong "Ukay-Ukay Hustler" Baloloy, I caught myself several times double checking if the silhouette at the corner is but a shadow or the ghost of a late Senator. If it is the latter, may he or she rest in peace...

Our 1:30 am field-trip was during the eve of the "Climate in Crisis: Philippines in Crisis" exhibit launch at the Senate. We were in the final stage of setting up the exhibit, making sure that the photos are secured and won't flop in front of a visiting Senator.

It was so different from the organized-chaos that I experienced during the three-day political work with Jasper and Greenpeace staff and volunteers after the launch of the exhibit. We went room-to-room, badgering the senate staff day-after-day, playing "patintero"(Filipino version of the cat and mouse) with Senators and getting their commitment before they enter the session hall.

Out of 24 Senators, we've gathered 5 commitments for Pilipinas, Go Renewable!, namely from Senate President Manny Villar, Senator Eduardo Angara, Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Senator Jamby Madrigal and Senator Francis Pangilinan. Like the rest of the team, I was hoping for more. But what do you expect when the 10-year pending Renewable Energy bill is not even in the priority list of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) for the 13th Congress?

Wake up people! Climate change is real and it is happening! If we go business-as-usual with our dependence on coal, climate change impacts will be worse especially for developing countries such as the Philippines. The time to embrace solutions such as renewable energy and energy efficiency is NOW!

Help wake up the Philippine government! Log on to http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/en/starpower/petition and sign the 10% by 2010 Petition. The Petition demands the Philippine government that by the year 2010, at east 10% of our energy must come from wind, solar power and modern biomass. Let's go 10% by 2010! Kaya natin ito!

Eerie photo courtesy of South Con Blog. Senate photos courtesy of Mr. Shailendra-baba Yashwant. Clean Energy Now logo courtesy of Fara Manuel and Miko Alino.

posted by dyabayns @ 7:18 PM,


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