THE Filipino people should all welcome the implementation of various government programs aimed at addressing the growing threats and likely impacts of climate change.
For one, these programs show the government’s resolve to deal decisively with extreme weather conditions, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
For another, the implementation of these programs is seen to enable the people and the environment to bounce back more easily from the negative impacts of climate change.
Under President Duterte, the government has shown its steadfastness in protecting the country’s water resources and ecosystems, said DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.
In fact, the DENR and other concerned state agencies are involved in the ongoing rehabilitation of pollution-challenged Boracay Island, which has been closed to tourists since April 26.
So far, the government has cleared a number of illegal structures built on areas classified as forestlands and wetlands in Boracay.
It is important to emphasize the need to enhance the resilience of ecosystems and communities as part of government efforts to mitigate the effects of changing climate.
Since July last year, the DENR has been working towards improving the country’s forest cover, rehabilitating mined-out areas, conserving coastal and marine resources and enforcing environmental laws.
Cimatu presented DENR’s major accomplishments during the pre-SONA presentation of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR).
Tomorrow, President Duterte is set to deliver his third SONA (State-of-the-Nation Address) before the joint session of Congress at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
Various quarters said the DENR and other concerned government agencies need the support of the public in addressing the growing threats and likely impacts of climate change.
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- Published in Newsdesk