Positioned at the front lines of climate change impacts, the Philippines is plagued by food and nutrition security concerns—a growing emergency. The worsening impact of climate change and the unpredictability of extreme weather events, such as typhoons, El Niño events or drought, are putting unnecessary stresses on the coping mechanisms of farmers who provide food for Filipinos.
This February, GMA News TV airs a very timely documentary that highlights the need for our country to address the disastrous impacts of El Niño. Produced by the environmental group Greenpeace, Surviving El Niño tells the story of how Filipino farmers confront the challenges of climate change and of the need to shift to a more climate-resilient ecological farming.
Set against the backdrop of a developing El Niño, the story follows a number of farmers who are into organic and inorganic farming from different parts of the country—Bohol Sorsogon, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and North Cotabato. The compelling drone shots that capture the breadth of the ill effects of El Niño on our fields include those shot in Mindanao by GMA news anchor RaffyTima.
As the National Elections draws near, this documentary also calls for the next president to prioritize food and agriculture by developing policies and programs to help transition the country’s farming system towards a more climate-resilient ecological agriculture, as well as equipping farmers with timely and localized weather information and an early warning system to enable farmers to plan well.
Greenpeace’s Surviving El Niño” premieres on Philippine TV, 5:30 p.m. today on GMA News TV.
Chiz happy Heart and his twins are very close
Sen. Chiz Escudero is glad that his wife, Heart Evangelista and his twins, Chesi and Quino, are getting along fine.
In fact, according to Chiz, because of the narrow age gap between Heart and the twins, their bonding is deeper.
Heart turned 31 on Feb. 14 and at her young age, she knows what the kids are into these days, including the songs they prefer to listen and sing along with.
“Mas nagkakasundo sila siguro kasi mas malapit yung edad ni Heart sa anak ko kaysa ako,” Chiz revealed in an interview.
Recently, Heart shared with her followers on her Instagram account the letterChesi wrote to her and Chiz.
“Dear Tita Heart and Daddy, Thank you for being kind and for teaching me how to act properly. I am sorry that sometimes I don’t follow you. I am happy that I have both of you. Love, Chesi,” says Chesi in her letter.
Heart said she was really touched by the letter.
Chiz is happy because he always think of his children’s welfare.
“Sa ngayon kasi nasa mura pa silang edad, mas ako ang nagdedesisyon para sa kanila. Pero, kabilang palagisa pagdedesisyon ko ang mga anak ko. Maskina noong nagpakasal ako kay Heart. Tinanong ko rin sila,” the Senator says.