Climate change governance urged

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Cebu City: Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday called for integration of climate change mitigation in all aspects of governance from national to barangay level.

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“It is imperative for us to consider the effects of climate change in the planning and implementation of practically all government programs,” said Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Works.

No less than former US Vice President Al Gore had visited Tacloban City recently to urge everybody to make concrete actions to prepare for any eventuality. Thousands of Tacloban residents died when Typhoon Yolanda battered the city and the nearby islands in Nov. 2013.

Marcos said government infrastructure projects like classrooms should be designed and implemented to mitigate the effects of natural calamities brought about by climate change.

He cited the 2015 report of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction saying the Philippines was the fourth in the world among countries hit by the highest number of disasters.

He noted that many of the casualties of Yolanda perished in evacuation centers that collapsed due to strong winds or were submerged in the storm surge.

“We should use the lessons learned from super-typhoon Yolanda to enable us to build structures that are designed to withstand natural disasters such as typhoons and floods,” he said.

Marcos said all concerned government agencies must improve their preparedness to launch relief and rescue operations during times of natural calamities.

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