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Legarda wants laws enacted to achieve climate justice should have more teeth.

MANILA, Philippines — Loren Legarda, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, underlined the importance of giving landmark environmental laws greater fangs in order to advance climate justice.

Legarda made the comment after the House passed Resolution 2605, which expresses the House’s concern for climate justice as it works to improve the country’s climate change and environmental sustainability policies.

“Sana po ay patuloy nating bigyan ng ngipin,” she said. “Hopefully, we will continue to add teeth) for the effective and efficient implementation, ang ating (of our) 10 landmark environmental laws, so that we can ensure a climate-resilient, sustainable, green, and regenerative economy that is fair and just to all of our country’s vulnerable populations.”

The resolution backed the creation of a climate change accountability framework as well as a dedicated Loss and Damage Fund.

It also called for an enabling policy framework to help the country transition to sustainability and climate resilience, as well as to support the government’s efforts to meet the Paris Agreement’s goals.

Party-list Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elago applauded the resolution’s passage, calling it “another step toward climate justice.”

“This youth representative would just like to express our heartfelt gratitude to various groups of climate action and climate justice advocates and eco-warriors who have tirelessly worked with and alongside us for the passage of House Resolution 2605 and the advancement of multiple legislative measures aimed at urgently addressing the planetary emergency,” Elago said. (

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