Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday will make a number of changes regarding government departments if he is elected President.
One of these is the creation of the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environment.
“Kaya ho nabanggit ko kanina, ‘yun pong Department of Environment and Natural Resources, bibiyakin ko ho iyon. Kasi talagang problema na po ang environment [That is why I mentioned earlier, I will split the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Because the environment is really a problem already],” Binay told businessmen during the 9th Biennial National Convention of the Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc. at the Manila Hotel.
He was responding to the question of how his government will mitigate effects of natural disasters in the country.
The Philippines is lashed by about 20 storms annually.
Binay, a former Makati City mayor, also mentioned training for local government units, saying they will be an important part of preventing damages caused by climate change.
At an earlier point during the event, he was asked how he will help the agricultural sector on which a third of Filipino families depend.
He said he will split the DENR so that the department can focus on the environment.
Binay also vowed to lift irrigation fees imposed on farmers–which he also mentioned during a sortie in Pangasinan province on Thursday.
He further vowed to appoint an Agriculture secretary who has “executive ability” but refused to give names when asked.
In the same interview, the Vice President said he will also split the Department of Transportation and Communications as he noted that the department was “too large.”
Binay, who led the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council as Vice President, promised to push for the creation of a Department of Housing and Urban Development.