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In his statement during the Leaders Event for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, France on November 30, 2015, President Benigno S. Aquino III reiterated his call to rich countries to share the burden of poor countries, especially the so-called Vulnerable 20, in addressing concerns of climate change.
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The “Battle for Manila Bay” – San Juan River Cleanup, whereby the Forest Management Bureau through its Forest Resources Conservation Division (FRCD) gave its full support, was one of the simultaneous cleanup activities undertaken on March 31, 2019 along with those in San Juan and Quezon City. The activity, which was conducted in Barangay 598 and participated in by volunteers from 13 other barangays in Sta. Mesa, Manila City, generated a collection of 71 sacks of garbage that weighed 3,550 kilograms from the surrounding area of San Juan Bridge to Sevilla Bridge, the streets near the dike and the river itself. This accomplishment forms part of the total two million kilograms of collected garbage that involved 5, 700 barangays from the three convergence areas that are part of the San Juan River System.