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The Fight Against Climate Change

One of the projected effects of climate change in the Philippines is having worse dry and wet seasons, as mentioned by then Undersecretary Graciano Yumul of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). We see this change as the Philippines experiences more disastrous typhoons like Sendong. The areas greatly affected by these typhoons prove to be not well-equipped to face the wrath of nature. One of the questions asked is, what has the government been doing to mitigate the effects of these environmental problems?

Climate Change Commissioner Lucille Sering said on ANC’s Headstart that climate change is an economic issue and not just an environmental problem. She emphasized that the focus should be on resiliency, good governance, quality of infrastructure, and more importantly, information dissemnation. In line with this, they have drafted a curriculum to raise climate change awareness.

Aside from this, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) together with several other government agencies had a meeting to discuss relevant environmental issues, plan an education campaign, and formulate strategies to address the issues of global warming and climate change.

Among the plans was the launching of the ‘Adopt Estero’ Program at the Masao River, Butuan City wherein the community and even government agencies will be cleaning and planting in the area. Also, pursuant to the policy set forth in R.A. 9512, the month of November of every year will be set as the “Environmental Awareness Month” in the Philippines.

MMDA also urged local government units (LGUs) to come up with their own plans to combat climate change and global warming. One of the plans was a ban in plastic and styrofoam packaging in all 17 LGUs in Metro Manila by 2013. These packaging materials are major causes of environmental degradation and massive flooding. As of February 2012, Muntinlupa City, Las Piñas and Makati have enforced the ban and there were similar actions in Taguig and Quezon City, according to MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.

Museo Pambata also held an awareness campaign entitled “Children & Climate Change-2nd Asian Children’s Museum Conference” to teach children about the importance of the environment as well as how to care for it. They were introduced to various effects of climate change and global warming. They were also inspired to act in their own little ways that they too may take a part in saving this planet that they will inherit in the future.

Despite all these, the combat against global warming and climate change is still not easy. In the end, as what Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said, the government definitely needs long-term solutions and planning to fix these problems, together with the rest of the world.

Sources:

Cathy Yamsuan, Kristine Alave. “An inconvenient truth for Philippines: Wetter, drier”. Philippine Daily Inquirer. (Posted on October 2, 2011). Retrieved on April 28, 2012 from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/69281/climate-change-blamed-for-storms-flooding-drought
“Philippines needs to Act vs. Climate Change”. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Climate Change Resource Center. Retrieved on April 28, 2012 from http://climatechange.denr.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59:philippines-needs-to-act-vs-climate-change&catid=7:news
“MMDA urges LGUs to have action plans on global warming and climate change”. Positive News Media. (Posted on February 1, 2012). Retrieved on April 28, 2012 from http://positivenewsmedia.com/blog/2012/02/mmda-urges-lgus-to-have-action-plans-on-global-warming-and-climate-change/
Evelyn Macairan. “Museo Pambata to tap children for climate change campaign”. The Philippine Star. (Posted on February 3, 2012). Retrieved on April 23, 2012 from http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=773880
Mike U. Crismundo. “Awareness to mitigate climate change” Manila Bulletin. (Posted on October 17, 2011). Retrieved on April 23, 2012 from http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/338039/awareness-mitigate-climate-change

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