Mga Kwento ng Klima

A co-production of the OML Center and ABS-CBN DocuCentral, “Mga Kwento ng Klima” is an award-winning documentary chronicling climate change in the context of the Filipino experience.

Taking six months to produce, the OML Center and the ABS-CBN DocuCentral team visited areas gravely impacted by climate change as well as areas soon to be affected by it, harnessing narratives of survival and adaptation strategies.

As part of the development of the documentary, the OML Center held several mini-workshops with multi-sectoral stakeholders on themes surrounding climate change, including culture, land use, water and seascape, policy and public service, economy, and risks to sectors and industry, among others.

“Mga Kwento ng Klima” aired on ABS-CBN’s “Sunday’s Best” on November 24, 2019. It is available for streaming via iWant TFC and ABS-CBN News’ YouTube channel.

Part 1: Hinagupit ng Bagyo

In Part 1 of “Mga Kwento ng Klima”, OML Center Executive Director  Dr. Rodel Lasco and UP Marine Science Institute (UPMSI) Director and OML Center fellow Dr. Laura David explain climate change and its impacts. “Hinagupit ng Bagyo” also features Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivor  Joanna Sustento who recounts her experience as well as Dr. Gerry Bagtasa, (UP Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology) Rosalina de Guzman, (Pagasa) as resource persons.


Part 2: Nilamon ng Tubig

“Nilamon ng Tubig” focuses on the challenges that vulnerable communities face in managing rising waters due to sea level rise, extreme rainfall, and floods, among others. Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) survivors Rafael Salamat of Paombong, Bulacan and Nenita Pascual of Marikina recount their experiences and share the lessons they learned.

Experts interviewed in this segment include OML Center’s Dr. Rodel Lasco, Dr. Gerry Bagtasa (UP Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology), Dr. Laura David (UPMSI), and Dr. Mahar Lagmay (UP Resilience Institute).


Part 3: Sinukol ng Gutom

“Sinukol ng Gutom” focuses on the effects of the changing climate on agriculture and food security. Farmers from Mindanao and Bicol also share insights on the economic changes and challenges cooperatives are experiencing due to prolonged drought as well as adjustments made to adapt to the impacts of the changing climate.

The third part of “Mga Kwento ng Klima” also features insights from Dr. Gerry Bagtasa (UP Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology), Chito Medina (Philippine Network of Food Security Programmes Inc.), Soc Banzuela (Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka) and Abel Wagas (Department of Agriculture – CARAGA).


Part 4: Enerhiya at Kalikasan

“Enerhiya at Kalikasan” features efforts in Romblon such as the renewable energy system implemented by the Romblon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Romelco) and the rain water harvesting units in the island of Cobrador, which has helped the province adapt to the changing climate.

OML Center’s Dr. Rodel Lasco, Sec. Emmanuel M. de Guzman of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) are featured in this segment along with Dr. Leoncio Amadore and Dr. Lourdes Tibig who are members of the CCC’s National Panel of Technical Experts. 


Part 5: Binuhay ng Pag-asa

The last part of the documentary weaves climate action, adaptation, resilience, and human rights. “Binuhay ng Pag-asa” features Joanna Sustento’s reflections post-Typhoon Yolanda, the climate emergency protests held in Metro Manila, spearheaded by the youth, and examples of adaptations solutions.

Experts and resource persons interviewed in this part include OML Center’s Dr. Rodel Lasco, Dr. Gerry Bagtasa (UP Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology), Dr. Laura David (UPMSI), Atty. Chito Gascon (Commission on Human Rights), and Chito Medina (Philippine Network of Food Security Programmes, Inc.).