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PBBM highlights the necessity of improving catastrophe preparedness and response

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President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. stated on Sunday that improving disaster planning and response will remain a national government priority.

Marcos stressed the importance of strengthening local preparedness and response capabilities in his weekly vlog to prevent and lessen the effects of catastrophes on communities.

“Improving and strengthening our disaster response and disaster preparedness is a priority of our government,” he declared. “Ang disaster response at disaster preparedness natin ay prayoridad ng ating pamahalaan na lalo pang pagandahin at palakasin.”

He claimed that in order to protect ecosystems, which in turn will increase climate resilience, communal efforts are required.

“Whenever there is a pagkakataon, I always bring up the topic of climate change. It’s not biro at all. It is indeed totoong-totoo. It’s not a joke anymore; climate change is real, so damaging our mountains, rivers, or seas won’t help us, he added. “Whenever there is an opportunity, I always bring up climate change. It’s not a joke anymore. It’s real.

Because carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas produced by human activity, is absorbed by trees, according to Marcos, planting trees will help mitigate the effects of climate change.

Malayo is a beautiful example of a simple puno pagtatanim. Ilang henerasyon ang maisasalba nito, whether in a sakuna or trahedya. That is our responsibility, not just to our country but also to our fellow humans, he continued. “Yan po ang tungkulin natin, hindi lang sa ating bayan, kundi sa ating kapwa tao (Simply planting trees would go a long way. It will save many generations from disaster or tragedy),” he said.

He voiced his belief that collective social actions will improve how the nation and the rest of the globe deal with climate change.

The 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which began on Sunday in Sharm el-Sheikh City, Egypt, will be where the Philippines will once again claim its right to support and assistance in the battle against climate change this month.

Leading the delegation to the event from November 6 to 18, Environment Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga stated that the Philippines would once more call on developed nations to live up to their obligations and “deliver without delay on their commitments on climate finance, technology transfer, and capacity building.”

Continued support

Additionally, Marcos provided updates on ongoing assistance programs for the regions and people impacted by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng (Nalgae) last week.

These include the Philippine Coast Guard’s rescue operations, the Department of Public Works and Highways’ road clearing efforts, the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s and Office of Civil Defense’s distribution of food and other aid, and the Department of Agriculture’s distribution of seeds and loans to farmers (DA).

According to Marcos, the concurrent DA Secretary, Paeng destroyed agricultural products worth at least PHP1.3 billion.

In order to evaluate the response and relief operations, he recalled visiting disaster-affected communities in Cavite, Maguindanao, and Western Visayas.

For enhancement

He did admit that there was room for improvement, notably in the way aid was distributed.

As he recalled the ticketing system implemented by a barangay official in Leyte during the onslaught of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013 to stop multiple claims of relief goods, he emphasized the need to do away with bureaucracy in order to provide assistance to those affected by natural calamities.

According to Marcos, it is the responsibility of the government to ensure the prompt delivery of aid supplies and to make other modifications for more effective distribution.

“Dapat is regarding kaagad. Nga, salanta, eh. This is the attitude I want to see instilled in every member of my family when it comes to disaster preparedness. We shouldn’t pick and choose who to assist, he said, “but we should make distribution quicker. That’s the mentality I want all of our organizations to adopt when it comes to disaster response.

Marcos promised to keep bolstering the government’s overall approach to catastrophe preparedness and response.

“That is the kind of management we promote: Agencies that have initiatives in their roles. That is a working management system, and that is what we will continue to improve on,” he said. “Mga ahensiya na may kusa at inisyatibo sa kanilang ginagampanang bahagi. “Yan po ay isang gumaganang sistema ng pamamahala at ‘yan

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