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Encouraged: a review of PH climate change policy

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The government needs to review all of its policies and programs that would lessen the effects of climate change, according to Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. on Monday.

The Senate should investigate the “palpable and growing effects of climate change to protect the safety and welfare of Filipinos amidst the threats and hazards brought about by the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters and tragedies,” Revilla stated in Senate Resolution No. 262.

Apart from the mitigation measures we are taking to address the worsening of climate change, we should also reevaluate the policies and programs we have in place to ensure that they are in line with climate change adaptation and resilience in order to make sure that we are doing as much as possible to prevent further harm to our homes and other resources.

With reference to recent typhoons and storms that caught Filipinos off guard, the resolution seeks to ensure that the systems and policies that support safety and resilience are institutionalized.

“These strong natural disasters have rarely been this severe in the past. It only serves to highlight how crucial it is for current laws to be reviewed and updated in order to put systems in place to guarantee that vital guidelines, infrastructure, and facilities are maintained and built to withstand the crippling effects of natural calamities and disasters “Revilla declared.

Additionally, he called for the country’s policies and practices for adaptation to climate change to take a whole-nation approach.

He continued, “Filipinos, led by their government, and various sectors of the society should help one another to enhance our plans and defense in times of calamities. Dapat magtulungan ang buong bansa, sa pangunguna ng gobyerno, kasama ang iba’t ibang mga sektor ng lipunan.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s most recent study, the cost of the recent Severe Tropical Storm Paeng’s damage to infrastructure and agriculture is currently PHP7.3 billion.

Additionally, the number of victims increased to 156, surpassing the number of fatalities brought on by Typhoon Ulysses in 2020.

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