Bataan holds climate change summit

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BALANGA CITY: PTT Philippines Corporation held an environmental summit on June 25 in Bataan to address the worsening problem of climate change.

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“Malala na kalagayan ng planeta, lumalala ng lalo at nag-a-accelerate ang epektong climate change [The situation in the planet is worsening because of climate change],” Climate Change Commissioner Nadereb “Yeb” Sano said.

He said that super typhoons, rainfall patterns and drought are brought about by this phenomenon.

“Dapat alagaan ang kagubatan, dapat bigyan ng pansin ang problema at alagaan ang natitirang natural resources upang hindi magpatuloy ang kakulangan ng pagkain at pagkasira ng buhay at ari-arian [We should take care of the forests and our natural resources so we will have enough food and no lives are lost and properties won’t be damaged],” Sano said.

He asked the youth to become part of the solution.

“Through the environmental summit, we hope the youth will help save the planet,” the commissioner said.

But he still believes that there is hope as long as the people unite in saving and protecting the environment.

“Narito nga tayo upang hikayatin lalo na ang kabataan na maging bahagi ng solusyon [We are here to ask for your help, especially from the youth who should be a part of the solution],” he said.

“We want to bring environmental awareness to students and the people of Bataan through this environmental summit,” said Wisarn Chawalitanon, PTT chief executive officer and president.

He said that this awareness has to be passed on from generation to generations.

The Thai executive said they would plant 30,000 fruit-bearing and forest trees at the Bataan National Park in Morong under their Gas Up for a Tree project.

So far, they have planted 10,000 trees during the first phase of the project and would be planting another 10,000 on Saturday.

“We have invited students in different schools in Bataan because we want to have more volunteers so the event will become bigger and bigger,” Chawalitanon said.

Secretary Nerius Acosta, presidential adviser on environmental protection, said the country has less than a million hectares of forests left.

“Kapag walang watershed, walang tubig, kapag walang tubig walang taniman, walang pagkain, walang buhay, walang ekonomiya [If there is no watershed, there is no water; without water, plants won’t grow, there is no food, no life, and no economy],” said to Acosta, the manager of Laguna Lake Development Authority.

Felicito Payumo, former Bases Conversion Development Authority chairman, discussed the status of the Bataan National Park and what is being done to protect it.

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