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New administration can bring about the needed quantum leap in fight vs climate change — Alvarez

MANILA, June 27 — The incoming administration of President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III gives renewed optimism for the nation, especially in the struggle against climate change, which is considered the most severe problem that humanity is facing today.

Climate Change Commission (CCC) vice chairman Secretary Heherson Alvarez said an administration’s resolve to take measures to assure the survival of the country could spell a great deal of success to efforts to combat global warming and climate change as well as its impacts on the country and its people.

“With the determination and political will of the incoming government, it can bring about the needed quantum leap in the nation’s fight against global warming and climate change,” Alvarez pointed out.

Climate change is deemed a far greater threat to the world than terrorism. Its impacts are seen to seriously affect ecosystems, including natural resources and biodiversity, thus endangering food security and livelihood of nations.

Climate change is seen as a major threat to the continued survival of civilization on Earth.

The Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009 or Republic Act No. 9729 provides for the creation of a body that would formulate and implement plans to enable the country to effectively address climate change and its impacts.

The law mandates the creation of the Climate Change Commission, a policy-making organization attached to the Office of the President. The CCC is tasked to coordinate, monitor, and evaluate programs and action plans concerning climate change.

The four-member Commission is chaired by the President. Heads of concerned government departments, as well as representatives from the academe, business sector, non-government organizations, and disaster-risk reduction community, will serve as members of the the CCC's Advisory Board.

Supported by a panel of technical experts, the CCC is tasked under the law to come up with the National Framework Strategy and Program on Climate Change, which will then serve as the foundation for the eventual crafting of a National Action Plan on Climate Change.

On April 28, the Arroyo government approved the National Framework Strategy on Climate Change, which aims to turn the Philippines into a climate-resilient country through climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies by way of the river basin system, de-carbonization, green infrastructure, food production, coastal management and disaster risk reduction.

The drafting of the National Action Plan on Climate Change is expected to proceed within the year in order to draw a final plan by 2011, under the new administration, as mandated by law. (PNA) scs/rudyma

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