STATEMENT OF SEN. LOREN LEGARDA ON UNICEF’S REPORT THAT PH HAS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DISPLACED CHILDREN FROM 2016 TO 2021 DUE TO CLIMATE CRISISOctober 10, 2023
STATEMENT OF SEN. LOREN LEGARDA ON UNICEF’S REPORT THAT PH HAS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DISPLACED CHILDREN FROM 2016 TO 2021 DUE TO CLIMATE CRISIS
October 10, 2023
We express deep concern over the statement released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) showing that the Philippines topped India and China in the number of children displaced by storms and floods. The UNICEF has called our country the epicenter of the crisis.
While it is true that we are prone to disasters, our number of displaced children is also a function of our planning and our ability to ensure that our population stays within the limits of nature.
I call on all the local government units to ensure that their disaster preparedness can measure up to a standard that shows a deep and abiding concern for children’s rights, the reduction of their vulnerability, and their welfare before, during, and after natural disasters.