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PBBM ‘on the mark’ regarding climate change issues: solon.

Alan 1 Ecleo, chair of the House Committee on Disaster Resilience, praised President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday for emphasizing the issue of developing nations suffering the most from climate change in his speech to the 77th United Nations General Assembly.

“We urge the international world to act with unity in reducing emissions and strengthening the resilience of the most vulnerable, just as we Filipinos do with each typhoon that destroys our nation. We appreciate PBBM’s reiteration of this in his speech to the UN, “said Ecleo.

Following Marcos’ request for “industrialized countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and give climate money and technological transfer for adaptation for the most vulnerable and poor countries,” he made the statement.

Ecleo noted that “the demands of adaptation to climate change, along with the rehabilitation from climate-related disasters, are mounting, and we cannot continue to have developing countries like the Philippines be the ones to pay the price.” Her province of Dinagat was destroyed by Category 5 Typhoon Odette in December of last year.

Rich, industrialized nations that have significantly benefited from centuries of emission-fueled prosperity must contribute somewhat to the costs of adaptation, mitigation, and rehabilitation for vulnerable nations, according to Ecleo.

Earlier, Ecleo submitted House Resolution 289 requesting that the Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Education (DepEd) develop a master plan for disaster-resistant schools.

He also demanded answers from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and other departments involved in disaster resilience and response during the hearing of the Disaster Resilience Committee last September 15.

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