Aquino pushes global action to address climate change

 President Benigno Aquino 3rd urges world leaders to act with urgency to stop global warming  during his speech at the Climate Change Summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino 3rd urges world leaders to act with urgency to stop global warming during his speech at the Climate Change Summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has urged global leaders to stop debating and start doing “everything they can” to address climate change.

In his speech at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), Aquino said debates on whether climate change is real are over.

He added that the world leaders should also stop wrangling over individual commitments of countries in the battle against climate change.

“Instead, everyone here has to do everything they can to address climate change, without first waiting for their neighbors to engage in action. Doing anything less leaves the problem unattended to thereby increasing the problem we all face,” Aquino said.

He called for a global coordinated action, saying climate change does not recognize national boundaries or political or economic affiliations.

“The choice before us, then, is clear: Together we must face these challenges and surmount them, or together we will suffer the consequences of inaction,” the President said.

He ticked off measures that the Philippines took to combat climate change despite its limited resources such as the enactment of a Renewable Energy Act and a legislation that will lessen the impact of disasters by adopting a comprehensive approach to disaster response, multi-hazard and geo-hazard mapping for effective assessment risk, a massive re-greening program and an anti-illegal logging campaign.

At the same time, the Philippine government also started tagging public expenditure on climate change to ensure that the appropriate prioritization and allocation of funds is achieved, he said.

To reduce the impact of disasters on the poorest and most vulnerable Filipinos, the government, the President added, engaged other stakeholders in developing a disaster risk financing and insurance policy framework.

“Perhaps the international community may see the value of such an instrument, and look at it as a model to increase the financial resiliency of other nations in a situation similar to ours,” he said.

The Philippines, Aquino noted, will also continue taking steps to maintain and even improve the country’s low-emission development strategy and the trajectory of its energy mix.

“And we are hopeful that our fellow developing nations, especially those who have been gaining the economic wherewithal to pursue similar strategies, will tread a path akin to ours,” he said.

Although less industrialized, the Philippines never lacked the resolve with regard to transitioning toward less traditional sources of energy, according to the President.

“It would not be an exaggeration to say that Filipinos bear a disproportionate amount of the burden when it comes to climate change. Being less industrialized, we are not a major emitter. Still, even while the fulfillment of our full development potential remains on the horizon, we see the opportunities borne of more environmentally progressive policies,” he said.


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  1. The nerve of this fellow telling other countries to “tread a path akin to ours” what is he talking about what has this government done. Again he grabs the credit of adhering to the Kyoto protocol he should remember that it was before his time when this was done. It would have been something to crow about had this administration lent full support to the almost finished geothermal project in Biliran Leyte but no its silence is infuriating and it would rather look at leasing diesel generators to add energy. He should realize that the climate summit is all about reducing emissions from burning oil and not about preparedness of our country for natural calamities which he went about in his speech. The speech writer should be blamed for this fellows ineptitude, he can’t help it he merely reads not knowing any better anyway.

  2. Frank Castaneda on

    My dear President Benigno Aquino III, in a positive response to your appeal for immediate global action to address climate change, our friends in Austria are willing to develop a EURO33million project to transform the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), plastics, waste rubber tires into fertilizer, liquid fuels, and electricity – but because the technology is so new and has no green house gas emissions (GHG), it exceeds the requirements of RA 9513, also known as the Renewable Energy Act of 2008. A positive response from the Office of the President and the concerned Secretary of the Department of Energy and the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources would open the way for this technology and massive investments to come into the Philippines – to be a part of the President’s response addressing the need for climate change.

  3. Yoo, umarte na naman tong mischievous President natin. The usual boast and self-serving sweet talk, blah, blah, blah. He should be asked what he has done about climate change in the Philippines. He must stop boasting and lecturing other countries about climate change which he obviously not done anything.