Bicolano lawmaker leads climate change body


LEGAZPI CITY: The House of Representatives appointed a Bicolano lawmaker to head the special body on climate change to look into policies and programs that will address the worsening impact of global warming.

Rep. Rodel Batocabe of Ako Bicol partylist told The Manila Times that his post will allow him to take a direct hand in crafting laws on climate change.

Batocabe’s election came at the heels of a state visit to the Philippines this week of French President Francois Hollande, who aims to rally a global support for actions to address the impacts of worsening weather conditions.

The special committee is tasked to look into and to craft policies and programs related to global warming, greenhouse effect, rising sea levels and shifts in meteorological patterns.

Batocabe explained that his committee’s goal is to scrutinize the executive policies, programs and projects on climate change and to ensure that vulnerable communities will become resilient to adverse impacts of vastly shifting climate patterns

“We will champion the cause of all local governments in the Philippines to ensure that the full power of Congress is mobilized in ensuring that our vulnerable communities are able to adapt to the impacts of climate change and disasters,” he added.


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