Legarda to Assess Government's Efforts on Disaster Prevention Amid Worsening Climate Change Impacts
October 01, 2011
The Senate Committee on Climate Change will conduct a hearing on Monday, October 3, to discuss updates on the government's disaster prevention given the worsening climate change impacts manifested by extreme weather events, including the entry of typhoon Quiel today.
Senator Loren Legarda, the committee chair, said the highlights of the hearing include the presentations by Climate Change Commission Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering on the National Climate Change Action Plan, and by Gen. Benito Ramos of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on the progress of the implementation of the NDRRM Act.
"Recently, typhoon Pedring brought strong winds and produced heavy rains that battered and flooded Metro Manila, Central Luzon and other regions. Today typhoon Quiel made landfall over Isabela province. While it was evident that we have improved on our disaster preparedness during typhoon Pedring as opposed during typhoon Ondoy, we should continue to improve our disaster risk management and strive to target zero casualty," she explained.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino and Department of Public Works and Highways officials were also invited to discuss about the dredging and flood control activities in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces; while MarikinaCity Mayor Del de Guzman was invited to share disaster-resiliency initiatives that have been undertaken by the city, which was wors-hit by typhoon Ondoy.
"It is imperative for the country's leaders to submit to the discipline of disaster and climate risk-sensitive development planning. As a nation considered to be the third most vulnerable to disaster risks and natural hazards, reducing disaster risk not only makes good economic sense but secures our children's future," Legarda stressed.
"Even as we undertake projects for improved disaster preparedness, there is no substitute for national and local government budget that are climate change-adaptive," she added.
During the back-to-back launch of her book Message of Our Times and the Disaster Preparedness and First Aid Handbook, Legarda pointed out that disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation go hand-in-hand.
"Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction are mutual efforts. The steps we take to prepare for the onslaught of disasters help in our efforts to adapt to climate change," Legarda concluded.
Legarda Nagpatawag ng Pagdinig sa Kahandaan ng Pamahalaan sa Disaster
October 01, 2011
Nagpatawag ang Senate Committee on Climate Change ng pagdinig sa Lunes, Oktubre 3 para imbestigahan ang kakayahan ng pamahalaan na harapin ang mga sakuna, batay na rin sa paglala ng sitwasyon dala ng climate change.
Kasabay sa pagdinig ang presentasyon ni Climate Change Commission Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering ng isang National Climate Change Action Plan. Magpapaliwanag naman si Gen. Benito Ramos ng National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) sa pagpapatupad ng NDRRM Act.
"Ilang araw pa lang ang nakalilipas, nagdala ang bagyong Pedring ng malakas na ulan at malalaking pagbaha sa Metro Manila, Central Luzon at iba pang rehiyon. Ngayon, hinagupit naman ng bagyong Quiel ang Isabela. Bagaman may malaking pagbabago na sa disaster preparedness ng bansa, dapat patuloy tayong nagaaral para makamit natin ang zero casualty," ani Legarda.
Inimbitahan din si Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino at ang Department of Public Works and Highways para ipaliwanag ang dredging at flood control sa Metro Manila at karatig-probinsya. Magbabahagi naman si Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman sa diskarte ng mga Marikeno sa pagharap sa mga baha, bilang isa sa mga siyudad na naperwisyo ng bagyong Ondoy.
"Kailangan nating magkaisa para sa disaster and climate risk-sensitive development planning. Bilang ikatlo sa itinuturing na most vulnerable sa buong mundo, dapat tayong magplano dahil ang kaunlaran ng ekonomiya ay mababale-wala kapag paulit-ulit tayong tatamaan ng disaster. Bukod pa siyempre na ang paghahandang ito ay pagsisiguro sa maayos na kinabukasan ng mga kabataan," paliwanag ng senador.
"Kasabay ng pagpaplano at pagsisimula ng anumang proyekto ang paninigurong may perang laan para dito," dagdag ni Legarda sa okasyon at paglulunsad ng dalawang librong kanyang inakda: ang Message of Our Times at ang Disaster Preparedness and First Aid Handbook.
"Magkaugnay ang climate change adaptation at disaster risk reduction. Ang hakbang natin para harapin ang mga sakuna ay pagpapalakas ng kakayahan natin para sa hamon ng climate change," diin ni Legarda.Comments blog comments powered by Disqus