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Philconsa President Martin Romualdez: “Strong typhoons should be another wake-up call for us to take climate change and global warming very seriously and put in place the necessary adaptation and mitigation measures. We must ensure the safety of our people who live in areas highly vulnerable to natural disasters. This is part of compassionate and responsible governance.” Philconsa President Martin Romualdez: “Strong typhoons should be another wake-up call for us to take climate change and global warming very seriously and put in place the necessary adaptation and mitigation measures. We must ensure the safety of our people who live in areas highly vulnerable to natural disasters. This is part of compassionate and responsible governance.”

PHILIPPINE Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez yesterday lamented the loss of lives and extensive damage to property and agricultural crops caused by various typhoons.

“Strong typhoons should be another wake-up call for us to take climate  change and global warming very seriously and put in place the ne­cessary adaptation and mitigation measures,” said Romualdez, a  former House Independent Bloc Leader and ex-Leyte congressman for  three consecutive terms.

“Normally, we do not get typhoons at this time of the year. But  scientists have warned us that climate change is really here and the  prevailing El Niño weather phenomenon is likely to cause more powerful  weather disturbances such as this, so we should always be prepared,”  Romualdez added.

Romualdez, husband of Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez,  vowed to continue his advocacy to help mobilize aid for calamity  victims in the same way that his province received much-needed help  when it bore the brunt of super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

In the aftermath of Yolanda, Leyte immediately received relief and  rehabilitation assistance from government, the private sector and  ordinary citizens as well as the international community so the province could get back on its feet.
   
“We must ensure the safety of our people who live in areas highly  vulnerable to natural disasters. This is part of compassionate and  responsible governance,” Romualdez said.
   
He urged the government to launch an extensive information and  education campaign on the nature of climate change and how Filipinos  can cope with it following the Paris agreement that binds the  international community to impose limits on greenhouse gases emissions  responsible for global warming.
   
“Filipinos should be made aware of the long-term consequences of climate change so that we can mitigate its adverse effects,” Romualdez  pointed out.
   
Romualdez is a lawyer and a former member of the House special  committee on climate change.