EDUCATING and empowering local communities to take immediate action on the negative effects of climate change now deserve serious thought considering the worsening of the global problem.
Thus, we commend two state agencies for signing an agreement for the implementation of K5, otherwise known as the “Kilos sa Klima at Kalamidad Tungo sa Kaligtasan at Kaunlaran” program.
In the view of many, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are on the right track addressing global warming.
Under the memorandum of agreement (MOA), the DILG will assist the DENR in the implementation of the K5 program by providing promotional, technical and financial support.
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said the multi-pronged K5 program is aimed at identifying the best climate and disaster-resilient communities in Metropolitan Manila (MM), the country’s premier region.
A decorated military general, Cimatu said the country needs communities which are prepared to help prevent or minimize the loss or damage to life, property and the environment.
He said these communities must also have the ability to quickly return to work, reopen businesses, and restore other essential services needed for a full and timely economic recovery.
In a speech during the signing ceremonies, DENR Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta Teh for Climate Change Service emphasized the important role played by the DENR in the fight against global warming.
The DENR is chair of the 20-member Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction.
Teh said that while the DENR will help communities in the technical aspect, the roadmap implementation still lies with local government units. “This is why we have this partnership with DILG,” she said.
Certainly, the signing of the historic DENR-DILG agreement “is a move in the right direction considering the fact that the Philippines is one of the world’s favorite sparring partners of deadly typhoons.”